Intel lays the base for 14nm chips in 2014, "to light a fire under" Apple and Samsung

Intel lays the base for 14nm chips in 2014,
If you’re a total geek like us the symbolic promise of 14nm chips in 2014 should not only get you excited but jumping of joy. If a roadmap is a base, Intel has a solid one, and if we add the chip maker’s swagger in its ambitions to “light a fire under” Apple, Samsung and LG, things start to look more than interesting.

Intel’s roadmap shows the company is planning to jump to 22nm manufacturing for its chips in 2013, and down to 14nm in 2014, an aggressive plan that goes faster than Moore’s law predicts. The law basically says that you can fit twice as much transistors on a die each year.

Having a 14nm chip in 2014 would put Intel close to reaching the theoretical limit of silicon around 9nm to 11nm. The company however has earlier mentioned that it expects to have the technology to jump to 8nm chips in 2015.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini also confirmed that the chip maker has enough factories for both PC and non-PC silicon. Intel has also unveiled details about its upcoming chips including the Atom Z2460 which we expect to land on devices soon.

source: Intel

Images courtesy of TheVerge.

Intel Expands Smartphone Portfolio: New Customers, Products, Software and Services
Posted by IntelPR on Feb 27, 2012 9:21:29 AM

Announces Smartphone Device Engagements with Orange*, Lava*, ZTE* and Visa*

Discloses Range of New Smartphone SoCs and Communications Products

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 27, 2012 – Intel Corporation President and CEO Paul Otellini today detailed a number of announcements and plans aimed at expanding the company's smartphone product portfolio and customer ecosystem, including strategic new engagements with Orange*, Lava International Ltd.*, ZTE*, and Visa*.

"We are very pleased to add new, important customers and capabilities to our phone offerings today. We remain focused on delivering exciting new features and outstanding performance to smartphone customers around the world." said Otellini.

Otellini made the announcements during an Intel news conference at Mobile World Congress. He also highlighted the company's plans to expand its smartphone SoC and communications product roadmaps for the performance and value smartphone market segments.

New Smartphone Customer Engagements
Building on strategic engagements with Motorola Mobility Inc.* and Lenovo*, Intel detailed new device relationships with Orange, Lava International Ltd. and ZTE.

Yves Maitre, Orange senior vice president of Mobile Multimedia and Devices, joined Otellini to discuss a new Orange smartphone based on the Intel® Atom™ processor Z2460 reference design. Housed in a sleek body, the design enables rich entertainment experiences and Orange services, including Orange TV, Daily Motion, Deezer, Orange Wednesdays and Orange Gestures. The Orange smartphone will be available in the United Kingdom and France later this summer.

Intel also announced plans to enter the high-growth market for smartphones in India through an alliance with Lava International Ltd., one of the fastest-growing Indian mobile handset companies.Vishal Sehgal, Lava co-founder and board director, announced the launch of XOLO Smartphone by Lava. The XOLO X900 is based on Intel's smartphone reference design and will be the first Intel technology-based smartphone in the India market. The device will be available from top retail outlets early in the second quarter of 2012 and will support major Indian cellular networks.

Similar to its previously announced partnership with Motorola Mobility, Intel also announced a multi-year mobile device collaboration across smartphones and tablets with global handset maker ZTE. Mr. He Shiyou, executive vice president and head of the Terminal Division of ZTE, discussed how his company's alliance with Intel will enable ZTE to move faster and create unique and differentiated products for wireless operators. He also announced that ZTE's first Intel-powered mobile device is scheduled to debut in the second half of 2012.

Expanding Smartphone SoC and Communications Roadmaps
Building on its ecosystem engagements, Intel announced plans for three new smartphone SoC products that expand the company's portfolio from the performance-to-value market segments.

Extending the leading performance and energy efficiency of the Intel™ Atom® processor Z2460, formerly codenamed "Medfield," Intel announced that the platform will now support speeds up to 2GHz.

Intel also announced the Atom™ Z2580 processor that doubles the performance of the Atom processor Z2460, and features an advanced multimode LTE/3G/2G solution. Intel will sample the Z2580 in the second half of the year with customer products scheduled in the first half of 2013.

Addressing the growing handset opportunity in emerging markets where consumers look for more value at lower prices, Intel disclosed plans for the Intel® Atom™ processor Z2000.

The Z2000 is aimed squarely at the value smartphone market segment, which industry sources predict could reach up to 500 million units by 20151.The platform includes a 1.0 GHz Atom CPU offering great graphics and video performance, and the ability to access the Web and play Google Android* games. It also supports the Intel® XMM 6265 3G HSPA+ modem with Dual-SIM 2G/3G, offering flexibility on data/voice calling plans to save on costs. Intel will sample the Z2000 in mid-2012 with customer products scheduled by early 2013.

Building on these 32nm announcements, Otellini discussed how the Atom™ processor will outpace Moore's Law and announced that Intel will ship 22nm SoCs for carrier certification next year, and is already in development on 14nm SoC technology.

In 2011, Intel shipped in more than 400 million cellular platforms. Building on this market segment position, Intel announced the XMM 7160, an advanced multimode LTE/3G/2G platform with support for 100Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink, and support for HSPA+ 42Mbps. Intel will sample the product in the second quarter with customer designs scheduled to launch by the end of 2012.

Intel also announced that it is sampling the XMM 6360 platform, a new slim modem 3G HSPA+ solution supporting 42Mbps downlink and 11.5Mbps uplink for small form factors.

Building Better Experiences on Intel Architecture
Intel's strategy is to create and enable engaging, consistent, aware and secure user experiences across a range of mobile devices.

An emerging trend is the use of mobile devices to enable secure online and retail commerce. Otellini welcomed John Partridge, President, Visa Inc., who announced a strategic multi-year alliance to develop mobile commerce solutions tailored to consumers in developed and developing countries.

The effort includes collaboration across a range of Visa mobile services and Intel® Atom™-based smartphones and tablets to deliver compelling and secure user services. As a first step, Partridge announced that Intel's smartphone reference design is now certified for Visa payWave* mobile financial transactions. This means that customer products based on Intel's smartphone reference design will have time-to-market support of Visa mobile services.

Building on its collaboration with Google, Intel continues to work closely with ISVs to help ensure the majority of Android apps run on Intel Atom processor-based devices. Otellini discussed how Intel has all the right tools and expertise to support the robust mobile application developer ecosystem.

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at and

Intel, Atom and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. * Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.



1. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I must be a total geek. I'm pumped for 14nm.

2. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

As somebody who likes to build PCs, I definitely appreciate Intel's ambitions in reducing the size of the die. While I don't expect desktop chips to keep pace with mobile chips in this regard, I look forward to smaller chips that offer more performance while reducing cost and power consumption. Also, man I hope AMD plans to compete in some way. Not good for the industry if Intel goes from one major competitor to no major competitors (PC space, not mobile).

5. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011 need to shrink their power hungry (desktop...well...I dont care about desktop) notebook cpu. My i7 (its total power hog) notebook runs out of steam in an hour!

7. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

my i3 runs for a solid 4hrs heavy use. 6 hrs airplane mode, power-saving mode and low brightness. still cant wait to upgrade to an i7 pro though.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Im sure AMD has a plan. Intel and AMD seem to go back n forth on who is going to leap ahead of the other. AMD did it with the Athalon X2, and Intel did it with the core2duo (and is still doing it). I have faith that AMD has a rabbit in their hat. Its amazing just how small they are getting. When I was young, my 8086 chip was like the size of my fist and now they are going to be not even as big as a finger nail, and of course they are like 50 million times stronger.

13. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

AMD officially quit the nm race, it's transitioning to 28nm as Intel goes further down to 22nm. So Intel wins there without a doubt. But it sure has got a lot going on otherwise - APUs and servers mostly.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

AMD doesnt have nearly the money Intel does. AMD loses money more quarters than not.. they havent been doing well. So I guess they are just trying to squeeze every drop of juice they can out of the designs they come up with to stay competitive. They will reduce size sooner or later.. they will have to.. or they will be pretty much belly up. Its kind of sad.. they were pulling slightly ahead of Intel for a while there but not only had intel caught up, they figured out how to do rings around AMD. Thats one of the main reasons I think the first Intel mobile chip will be a failed mess, then in the 2nd and 3rd generations they come back with a vengance. They are arrogant and make mistakes, but they tend to only make them once. I will keep rooting for AMD, but my money is going to the best bang for the buck. I'm a horsepower geek.. cant help it. :) Talk to me in dirty PFlops. :)

3. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

I think Intel should drop the name Atom. Every time I have talk to other people about it we always say when we here Atom Processor we think of that slow netbook.

16. beachguy757

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

i bet you dont know that atom processors can run 64 bit and also netbooks equipped with an atom cpu only come with 1 GB 800 MHz ram, so upgrading windows to 64 bit and adding ram the atom cpu actually runs quite well

22. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Actually i've only ever seen netbooks run with 2GB of RAM. Still slow. Windows is too big of an OS for the original Atoms to handle from what I've seen. However these new Atom processors should be more than enough for an Android OS. We'll have to see. Don't get me wrong I love my intel i7 in the computer I built but when it comes to mobile world I hope they can make a big impact.

4. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well...Its good that Intel is joining party with a bang...more competition...more benefit to user :)

6. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

This article is total BS hype unfortunately. Intel is having problems with their "22nm" process and production of Ivy Bridge is behind schedule. The whole naming scheme for the process nodes is no longer legit. Even their "22nm with 3D trigates" isn't truly that scale. So, when they say they're moving faster than Moore predicted with 14nm and 8nm, it just isn't credible. I hate to poopoo on this because, personally, I would love to see technology to keep moving quickly.

12. doubleD

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Also, Moore's law says the transistors double every 18 months, not a year as the article states

19. beachguy757

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

every 2 years

17. beachguy757

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

i remember reading a long time ago that the current manufacturing techniques or processes run into problems when smaller than 16nm where the transistors gate is 5 nm. when shrunk further down electrons start leaking out of the transistors. But to be fair if in fact Intel claims they can do it keep in mind the transistors for chips being manufactured now were developed over a decade ago and have been tested and research since

21. beachguy757

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

I have also seen that Intel is buidling a new facility in arizona for its 14nm process and that article led me to this article

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This will no doubt fuel companies to improve their chip architecture but when intel introduces these chips their rivals will no doubt have something quite similar to release by then. They won't exactly be lighting a fire under the companies more so fighting fire with fire

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

i really hope that they push samsung. We all saw what happened when apple pushed samsung.

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

All i have to say is that CHIP IS DAMN SMALL

20. beachguy757

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

chip is the same size

14. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

With this move we'll see cheaper Ultrabooks on the way

15. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Think of Intel's 22nm as something akin to T-Mobile's 4G

18. beachguy757

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

not really, 4g isnt all that practical. 22nm chip will have slightly more power but a lot less energy consumption whereas 4g provides slightly more speed consuming more energy from your phone

24. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I meant that T-Mobile's 4G wouldn't be considered 4G by others.

25. beachguy757

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

@doubler86 The net books can run more than 2 GB ram and I don't think you understand that the OS runs from the hard drive through the ram. Running the netbook x64 windows 7 runs great keeping in mind it's not made to handle heavy multitasking but for the most part it'll keep up with core2duos 45nm.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.