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Intel (INTC +0.2%) says new Ivy Bridge processor chips based on a new "3-D" manufacturing...

Intel (INTC +0.2%) says new Ivy Bridge processor chips based on a new "3-D" manufacturing technique will be produced by the end of the year - giving the company a strategy to keep Moore's Law (suggesting that transistor density doubles every two years) going along despite what some thought were physical limits, using a "skyscraper"-like approach.
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  • kevfunk
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    What's with the bounce?
    4 May 2011, 01:50 PM Reply Like
  • tigersam
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    Intel is going up, up and up. Buy it now.
    4 May 2011, 02:03 PM Reply Like
  • jjmc2001
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    The stock has been strong lately and this should drive it much higher as the mobile area was it's only perceived weakness.
    4 May 2011, 07:11 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    I don't know what any of this means, but I like the gigantic words.
    4 May 2011, 07:31 PM Reply Like
  • rickaz80
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    3D process; the last report I read said INTC was 3 to 4 years ahead of the rest. This is vast potential.
    4 May 2011, 10:36 PM Reply Like
  • Cerina Jen
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    Ivy Bridge is Intel's 22nm successor to Sandy Bridge architecture (32nm). The benefits of 3D transistor design are significant.

     

    One of the limitations to low power chip design is the off-state leakage current of individual transistor switches. This off-state leakage power can account for up to 50% of overall power consumption in modern chips. The best way to visualize this is light switches with dimming control, but imagine you can not turn the light off completely.

     

    This new 3D design reduces the leakage of the transistor during off-mode significantly by doing a better job of shutting things off, thus it will result in significant benefits in reduced overall power consumption.
    5 May 2011, 02:06 AM Reply Like
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