David Kanter reviews and analyzes the 32nm process technologies presented at IEDM 2008 and VLSI 2009.
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Here's a hitch in AMD's plans. Back in 2001, AMD and Intel did some cross licensing of various patents. I'm not sure what Intel gave AMD, but AMD says it gave Intel rights to use some of its IP on 64-bit architecture extentions, integrated memory controllers, and multi-core architecture. Now Intel says that the structure of the deal that produced AMD's Dresden-based foundry jv, Global Foundries, breaches the deal. Intel says the foundry deal "could result in the loss of licenses and rights granted to AMD by Intel." As you might expect, statements from both companies involved a lot of huffing and …
Intel's done it. According to Intel's roadmap, the first 32-nm chips will roll out in devices in late 2009. By now, 32-nm test chips put the node squarely in the development part of Intel's three-year research-development-manufacturing cycle. TSMC did it in late September/early October, announcing two different 28 nanometer chip making processes slated for fabrication in 2010. IMEC did it and told us how at IEDM (immersion lithography). The notable odd man out is AMD, which just released Shanghai in November, debuting its hot new 45-nm chip technology just in time to mark the one-year anniversary …