Intel's CEO Paul Otellini attracted some interest during the April 19, 2011 earnings conference call when he told analysts that the next generation of 22 nanometer processors will feature a "revolutionary" process technology. Details will be revealed at the Intel analyst day event in late May, 2011.
Intel highlighted the fact that it has dramatically increased its capital expenditures and R&D spending to $10.2 billion this year. We should be expecting some big steps from Intel over the next 24 months.
The purpose apparently is a faster transition to 22 nm and later to 14 nm in an effort to keep its rivals at a distance and cash in on its process technology advantage.
The company noted that its first smartphone processor Medfield will built in 32 nm and come to smartphones within 12 months. At 22 nm the desktop processor roadmap will "intercept" the smartphone processor roadmap and tablet/phone processors will move to 22 nm as well. The first Intel 22 nm processors are expected to be announced in Q4 of this year.
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