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Old 13 November 2007, 13:51   #1
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Intel representative cant do maths

I was just reading the news and I came across this article about the new 45nm Intel Penryn.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7085480.stm

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Originally Posted by Bill Kircos
Had we used the same transistors that we used in our chips 15 to 20 years ago, the chip would be about the size of a two-storey building
Two-Storey building eh?

Well the gate size on the penryn is 45nm, and the chip is 107mm^2 (approx 1cm by 1cm).

If we look at what chips were in production 20 years ago (1987).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microprocessor_Chronology

You'll see that a 1988 486 had a 1um gate size (1000nm).

So the gates were 22x bigger. So the die would be roughly 22cm x 22cm.

Hardly the size of a house
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