Intel co-founder Gordon Moore is a visionary.
His bold prediction, popularly known as Moore's Law, states that the number of transistors on a chip will double approximately every two years.
Intel, which has maintained this pace for decades, uses this golden rule as both a guiding principle and a springboard for technological advancement, driving the expansion of functions on a chip at a lower cost per function and lower power per transistor by introducting and using new materials and transistor structures.
The announcement of the historic Intel® 22nm 3-D Tri-Gate transistor technology assures us that the promise of Moore’s Law will continue to be fulfilled.
Intel leads the semiconductor industry by delivering:
- The world’s first 3-D Tri-Gate transistor, set for mass production on the 22nm process in 2011. The move to smaller geometries results in faster, more power-efficient processors.
- A new processor generation every two years, including the 32nm process in 2009—now in high-volume production—and the 22nm process, on track for production later in 2011.
- A worldwide silicon fab network, with five fabs slated for 22nm production by the end of 2012.
- Revolutionary technologies on a chip, like strained silicon, introduced with the 90nm process in 2003, and hafnium-based gate-last high-k metal gate (HKMG), introduced with the 45nm process in 2011.
- A highly coordinated internal R&D manufacturing pipeline for introduction of new technologies.
Intel has many more radical innovations in its research pipeline.
What Moore’s Law means to you
Moore’s Law is the foundation for exciting new technological capabilities and improved energy efficiency. While Moore’s Law is the fundamental driver of the semiconductor industry, what’s even more important is what it delivers to the end user.
Advances in process technology and reductions in cost make computing devices accessible to an ever-increasing number of people worldwide, empowering innovations across the computing continuum—from the smallest handheld devices to the largest cloud-based servers.
These improvements integrate more transistors on each chip to boost productivity and performance while cutting the cost per transistor—inspiring smarter, more adaptive technologies that optimize function integration at greater speeds while reducing energy consumption.
The evidence of Moore’s Law is everywhere, embedded in devices millions of people use every day, such as personal computers and laptops, mobile phones, and common household appliances and consumer electronics—as well as inspiring, important technological innovations in automobiles, life-saving medical devices, and spacecrafts.