Intel has announced it will be spending $7billion over the next two years to establish a new 32nm manufacturing process. Predictably that means we'll get smaller, faster and more energy efficient processors. Intel has confirmed that the first chips to be produced using the new process will be codenamed Westmere, a die-shrink of Nehalem which adds graphics circuitry onto the processor. The 32nm tech will result in minute chip circuitry that's 32 billionths of a meter across. That's about a millionth of an inch-wide, incredibly small, atomic level structures. Today's latest-gen Core 2 (Nehalem) chips are fabbed using the 45nm process. All the cash will go into new manufacturing facilities in the US. Intel already makes 75 per cent of its output there.
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