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Tech Tip of the Week: How Small is 32 Nanometers?

By Julio Franco ยท 19 replies
Feb 24, 2010
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  1. Earlier this year Intel made a big splash with a new generation of Core i3 and Core i5 processors using the uber small 32 nanometer manufacturing process. Although this is eventually going to get dumped as ancient technology for an even smaller and more efficient way to produce chips, today it's state of the art.

    This week's tip: How Small is 32 Nanometers?
  2. Decimae

    Decimae TS Rookie Posts: 78

    They forgot too add the size of an atom! The size of an atom is averagely 0.25 nm, and wires consisting of atom are really hard to produce and the normal laws of resistance don't apply with those. If Moore's law is every two years the size of the transistor halves, and we assume we won't be able to make stable wires which are thinner than 4 atoms(which is likely) it won't apply in 2022.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,635   +696

    I love seeing stuff like this - taking measurements of one sort of the other and putting it into a perspective anyone can understand. Amazing....
  4. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Booster Posts: 143

    Damn slacking space industry.. if only they had kept up with their innovation like the rest of the technology sector!
  5. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

    Very novelty and a nice change of pace compared to all the other tech news.
  6. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    Seriously? 4 Million transistors would fit into the period at the end of a sentence? I can hardly imagine 10 of anything fitting into a space that small. Let alone several Million! Wow.
  7. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Very cool article!
  8. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,119   +121

    Nicely done Julio. I always enjoy stuff like this!
  9. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Lol, Julio did copy all the facts off elsewhere (which was referenced in the article).

    Should thank Intel instead :D

    Anyways, I'm gonna go see how long it'll take me to flick that light switch....
  10. kozman

    kozman TS Rookie

    I wonder how these are manufactured? NanoBots?
  11. megrawab

    megrawab TS Rookie Posts: 93

    We're getting modern and modern.. and technology gets more harder and harder. lol... 32 nanometers, 32*10^-9? Nice! I have to be a geek or a nerdy to be able to make core i3, what more if it's core i5...
  12. JamesP

    JamesP TS Rookie Posts: 29

    By nanochinese
  13. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    nao-nao ... "Mork & Mindy" :)
  14. zyodei

    zyodei TS Rookie Posts: 30

    The 4 million in the period on a screen bit really blew my mind...
  15. Thompson

    Thompson TS Rookie Posts: 65

    My mind = BLOWN
  16. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    It's pretty amazing how far this technology has come. Just trying to imagine some of these numbers give me a headache, I can't even begin to think about the technology 10 or 20 years from now.
  17. chuchu232

    chuchu232 TS Rookie

    My god, thats small! I doubt the whole period thing though considering im using an iphone at the moment. now if i zoom in... thats better :)
  18. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Still flicking light switches....
  19. buttus

    buttus TS Enthusiast Posts: 180

    that's VERY small. Wow. I wonder where the theoretical limit is though for reducing die size?
  20. sagejay

    sagejay TS Rookie Posts: 24

    yes it's indeed quite small, I'm pretty sure, soon enough there's going to be super small camera and everything, technology is starting to scare me

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