SAN JOSE, Calif. Intel Corp. on Tuesday (Jan. 16) said that it has completed the development of its next-generation, 45-nm process technology.
Intel also said that it has produced samples of Penryn, the company's first 45-nm microprocessor. In a system, the chip booted up various operating systems such as Windows Vista, Mac OS X, Windows XP and Linux using first silicon, according to Intel, which disclosed the milestone in its earnings release issued Tuesday.
The 45-nm process is scheduled for production in the second half of 2007 and will ramp to three 300-mm factories in 2008. ''These are good indicators of how healthy our 45-nm manufacturing and future product designs are looking so far,'' according to an Intel spokeswoman.
Seeking to get a jump on its rivals, Intel last year disclosed the initial details of its 45-nm process and claimed that it has produced the world's first chips based on the technology.
The 45-nm process will be used to make Penryn and other products, which are based on the company's next-generation Core architecture.
''Since late June, we have introduced almost 30 server, desktop and laptop processors based on the Core Microarchitecture, with the majority coming earlier to market than we first forecasted to our customers,'' the spokeswoman said. ''Nine of those are quad-core server and desktop processors for in just over two months since our first launch.''
Playing catch-up with Intel, rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has tipped the first technical details of its 45-nm process technology.