Intel has announced that they would be moving to the 22nm fabrication process. Intel usually makes this kind of technology first with their high-end products for desktops and servers. It’s only after a while that the technology shift is made for all of the other lower-end products, such as the Atom processors.
Intel leads the fabrication process race
With the new 22nm fabrication process, Intel plans to implement the technology processors all across the board. Intel seems to have its priorities set for mobile processors this time around. Intel hasn’t made any announcements on the production dates for these processors, but we can only assume that they’ll arrive in the second half of 2011. Intel already has working prototypes of processors based on the 22nm process, but work is currently on to improve the yield of the new fab. Intel’s newly launched Sandy Bridge processors are based on the slightly older 32nm process. The Ivy Bridge processors to come will be based on the new 22nm process. Intel has also said that the new Knight’s Corner range of processors would be based on the 22nm fab. AMD’s last Phenom II line of processors were based on the 45nm process.