The next line of processors from Intel is almost here, and they’ll do more than just offer faster speeds and better battery life: they’ll be smaller than any other Intel chips before it.
One of the oldest lessons in computers is knowing that the moment you buy a computer — any computer, and pretty much any form of technology — is that it’s always out of date the moment it comes out. That means that the new shiny computer at the top of the price guide in your local retail catalogue that you’re thinking of spending money on today has already been surpassed by something else, and that too is about to be beaten by something else, also.
This idea stems from “Moore’s law,” a term that is named for Gordon Moore, one of the founders of Intel who came to the reasoning in the 60s that transistor amounts per chip had doubled in size every two years, and would continue to do so for a long period of time. It also comes from the knowledge that the next big thing is constantly being worked on, and we as humans have come to expect that anything new isn’t new for much longer.
For instance, a new Windows 8 tablet bought this year is only new to the person buying it and the company selling it, though to each — the buyer and the customer — they probably know otherwise that something else is coming because, really, there is always “something else” coming, and it’s usually right around the corner.
This week, that next concept that is right around the corner is something Intel has been working on, as the microprocessor giant sends word that it will be showcasing new chips based on a 14 nanometre process, the first of its kind in a large volume production.
Called the Intel Core M processor, it’s a development that could change computers forever more, making it possible to take high-end computer technology and make it much smaller than it currently is, effectively putting more power in your hands as the computer we all know and grew up with shrinks again.
“Intel’s 14 nanometer technology uses second-generation Tri-gate transistors to deliver industry-leading performance, power, density and cost per transistor,” said Intel’s Mark Bohr. “Intel’s investments and commitment to Moore’s law is at the heart of what our teams have been able to accomplish with this new process.”