Intel details 22-nm process tuned for SoCs

Intel has been cranking out desktop and mobile processors based on 22-nm tri-gate transistors for some time now. The company’s Atom SoCs continue to be built using older 32-nm process technology, though. SoCs can require a mix of low-power, high-speed, and high-voltage transistors, making them somewhat more complex than traditional CPUs. At the International Electron Devices Meeting yesterday, Intel presented a paper detailing its plans for 22-nm SoCs.

The paper is highly technical and hasn’t been published online, but EE Times has a good summary of the particulars. Intel’s 22-nm SoC process includes several transistor types in addition to multi-layer interconnects, precision resistors, high-density capacitors, and spiral inductors. Chips built using the process should be suitable for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, and Intel Director of Process Architecture and Integration Mark Bohr claims high-volume production will begin next year.

According to Bohr, the process gives Intel "a significant lead over [its] competitors." Sounds like he’s particularly proud of the process’ low leakage power, which should be especially desirable for mobile applications. Bohr also says the performance of Intel’s 3D SoC transistors should be higher than that of competing solutions.

The 22-nm SoC process is likely to be used first for Silvermont, an architectural refresh of the Atom CPU core due out next year. The process reportedly scales down to 14 nm, as well, although there doesn’t appear to be an official timeframe for that transistor shrink.

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    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    Intel is wielding its trigate hammer, breaking ARMs

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      You’re a chicken, and chicken ARMs are called ‘wings’.

      No, beer with me, it’ll make sense soon….

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      Hammers may only be used by AMD.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]reportedly[/quote<] REportedly? Son, I am disappoint.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      Perhaps he’s trying to PURge that word from his writing?

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      How interestly!

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]spiral inductors[/quote<] I do like spiral inductors, but my favorite are still the waffle inductors with some vinegar.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    Hurry up already!

    We’ve been hearing about Silvermont for months now but all we can get our hands on are the lethargic, hopeless, in-order Atoms that have been clogging up the market since the first eee PC rolled out of Asus’ production line [i<]over five years ago![/i<] Brazos, whilst awesome, doesn't seem to have prevented a surplus of useless Atom devices slowing down the world's web-browsing and stuttering through flash videos.

      • rwburnham
      • 7 years ago

      Need more Brazos tablets now. Like right now.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        The battery life would suck even more than in i5 Surface Pro

          • cal_guy
          • 7 years ago

          The Kabini SOC however should perform nicely and it looks like it’s ready to launch in Q1 2013. With single-chip mobile Haswell not coming until at least the Q4 2013 and the next-gen Atom not coming until 2H 2013 there’s certainly some room for Kabini.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            Q1 for showing prototypes…I’d give it until mid-2013 at the earliest to see any actual Kabini products.

            • sschaem
            • 7 years ago

            Aren’t prototypes usually shown 12 to 18 month before launch?

            Its unclear if AMD can release this in volume in 2013…

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            I’d have to go back and look at news articles, but I think it was something like OEM or system prototypes maybe. Plus I remember a genuine AMD roadmap showing Brazos 2.0 filling the low power role for first half of 2013, and Kabini for the second half.

            I’d be happy if it was earlier too though 🙂

      • swaaye
      • 7 years ago

      First EeePCs used Dothan. 🙂

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    I can’t believe Neely didn’t comment on this First.

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      He must be taking a Second to gather his thoughts.

        • brute
        • 7 years ago

        u cheeky fuckers~

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Well done..

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