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Intel: Moore's Law will continue through 7nm chips

Mark Hachman | Feb. 24, 2015
Eventually, the conventional ways of manufacturing microprocessors, graphics chips, and other silicon components will run out of steam. According to Intel researchers speaking at the ISSCC conference this week, however, we still have headroom for a few more years.

Bohr said that Intel's pilot 10nm manufacturing line is running 50 percent faster than the 14nm line in terms of major steps per day, which will keep Intel's 10nm development on track.

That's good news for the majority of the PC market, which are powered by Intel's chips. But if the chip industry as a whole can eke out a few more years without radical changes in its manufacturing technology, that's even better.

Clarification: Intel hasn't publicly released a manufacturing timeline, specifying when certain manufacturing processes will enter production. The dates mentioned represent PCWorld's estimates, based on a typical two-year gap between the introduction of new process technologies.


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