Intel to start mass production of 22nm phone and tablet chips in 2013, says TSMC is beat

Intel to start mass production of 22nm phone and tablet chips in 2013, says TSMC is beat
The 28/32nm processes that current top-shelf mobile chips are built with are already delivering great power/performance ratio, but another die shrink is going to compound that even further with the processors coming next year.

Samsung is prepping 20nm and even 14nm chips to be built in a new $2 billion foundry, and Qualcomm and NVIDIA are circling TSMC for its next-gen silicon wafers too.

Intel, on the other side, as the world's most advanced producer, is already at 22nm, but for its desktop and laptop chips, like the new Ivy Bridge Core processors. It utilizes an innovative tri-gate method, where the transistors are stacked, thus saving space and improving performance.

Yesterday at an industry conference Intel announced that it plans to bring this same 22nm process to its upcoming chips for smartphones and tablets, too. It already has one in the Motorola RAZR i, for instance, which is chasing ARM-based processors in terms of performance/power consumption ratio, but it is built with 32nm, and a die shrink might give Intel a competitive advantage, at least as far as the CPU is concerned.

Intel's Mark Bohr mentioned that the technology had "far surpassed" what foundries like TSMC are capable of with their current 28nm process and the upcoming 20nm one, in terms of performance and leakage. “We have a significant lead over our competitors,” he claimed. “We know that it’s scalable to 14nm,” was mentioned too.

We doubt that Intel will be ready with those frugal 22nm powerhouses to go into phones and tablets before end of summer next year, and the ARM licensees are unlikely to stand still in the meantime, but it will probably mark the first time they will have real mobile competition from Intel, which we can all only benefit from. It might not be by accident that we have so many rumors about Apple and Intel teaming up on mobile chips then.



10. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I wanna see a quad core Intel chips

9. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Hit the wall with 1nm lol. First I want to hit single digit

7. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

If each year they will continue to reduce the chip's die size by 2nm, then very soon we would be looking at 0nm(zero nm) chips........ But what after 0nm(zero nm)......????

8. fullmonty

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

0nm....Seriously? nano = 1e-09 'nano' is a standard unit prefix, comes after milli (e-03) & micro (e-06); followed by pico (e-12) & femto (e-15) and so on.

5. MeoCao unregistered

I can't wait to see how Intel 3D mobile chips compare to ARM A15. 1 thing I can't understand is how 22nm technology can "far surpass" 20nm

6. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It's because of the "tri-gate method", as in the conventional way the transistors are spread like in a flat surface, while with that Intel managed to stack them in the three dimensions, being able to further increase the transistors density. TSMC is working in a similar technology, but it's unclear when they will have it ready.

3. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

its good to have current mobile chip manufacturers, but we should not, rather CAN NOT neglect the presence of Intel and THE BEST CHIP manufacturer! Intel would produce mobile chips and it WILL surpass current Chip manufactures! Its only a matter of time now....

2. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Intel plans for microchips are huge but their workouts aren't.

1. jstahl

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012



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11. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

10 NANOMETERS!!!!!! AHHH!!!!!

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