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Old 13 November 2007, 12:51   #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.


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).


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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Old 13 November 2007, 12:57   #2
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lol u freaky tech guy!
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Old 13 November 2007, 13:03   #3
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The Intel rep did his calculations on a Pentium 1 and it "rounded" the answer to the nearest 2 stories.

Everyone remembers the infamous Pentium math bug coverup, yes?
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Old 13 November 2007, 13:07   #4
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Heh, I have a vague memory of having to untick a box somewhere to get around it in Windows 98 SE.

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Maybe they used excel 2007...?

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Old 18 November 2007, 23:47   #6
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