Speaking to industry leaders, developers and industry watchers at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), Otellini showed the industry’s first working chips built using 32 nanometer (nm) technology, with transistors so small that more than 4 million of them could fit on the period at the end of this sentence. Intel’s 32nm process technology is on track to begin production in 2009.
Otellini also described the near-term advantages computer users will experience with Intel’s upcoming 45nm family of Penryn processors, which are based on its revolutionary high-k metal gate transistor technology. The industry’s first 45nm processors will be available from Intel in November. The company also demonstrated for the first time the next-generation chip architecture codenamed Nehalem, due out next year.