45nm…What Does It Mean?

A bit of theater antics about the transitor then, now and next. What’s amazing to engineers and techies often doesn’t carry a flicker of meaning for others. But sometimes it makes sense when the story is told in such a way using images and a little tongue in cheek. Bravo, Paul and the PodTech crew for your creativity and helping Intel celebrate the new era of the 45nm transistor. Moore’s Law is interesting when ou can look back, consider what’s happening now and wonder what’s to come.  Even my kids wanted to see this video again…and again.

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The World Inside Intel’s Newest Chip Fab

Flow through Intel’s newest 45nm chip factory, one of the cleanest places in the world spanning about 17 America football fields. See the many layers or floors of the factory and the automated shuttles whisking 300 millimeter wafers from one step to the next, ultimately ending up as brain chips running new consumer desktop and laptop computers in 2008 .

Video — Intel Fab Tools Rockin’ the World

I’ve been inside only a few fabs shooting video. You suit up and step into another world, cleaner than anyplace on earth. The best part is talking with researchers and engineers who get to spend much of their time living inside and outside the fab. All of the movement and mysterious tools, many walled in behind glass. This video shows the 65nm process teams from different parts of the world, and looks ahead to 45nm circuitry process coming very soon. Several hundred of the new energy efficient, hafnium infused 45nm transistors can fit into a human red blood cell. These chip makers have advance from fitting millions to billions of transistors on a single chip since I joined Intel in 2000.

Silicon Valley History — People Doing Things That Change The World

 Even if you’ve read about it, seen photos or event stopped to visit, seeing the HP founders’ garage is inspiring. It’ an icon of for that spark of imagination and innovative spirit that still spreads through the arteries of Silicone Valley.

Watching this made me think how cool it is to have a legacy.  For HP it goes back a while.  They skyrocketed to greatness and managed through tough twists and turns to become one of today’s leading computer companies.

Even short-run start-ups have legacies in Silicon Valley.  While many seem to disappear, their efforts actually are the growth seeds, ideas and drive that drives the innovation collective.   And sure it’s the great breakthroughs and computer applications that blow the mind, but it’s the people, characters past and present, who are the core of the best stories about Silicon Valley.

This is a nicely produced visual story (kudos!) about people and technology inside HP.  The second video is another nicely produced video that looks at a major change to the tiny, ever shrinking transistor — arguable the real engine of possibilities we all think of when we hear two words:  Silicon Valley.

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Chipleading the Road to WiMAX

BusinessWeek strory online today but dated September 3 leads with an anecdote about Intel exec Sean Maloney and his Andy Grove-inspired revelation that Intel could help speed the spread broadband by using wireless. Sean embodies Intel’s innovative spirit and vision for bringing to life the benefits of Moore’s Law — benefits are better computing performance at lower prices over time.From the title down through the first few paragraphs, this is a fun ride…great writing here from BusinessWeek.

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Intel’s role as head WiMAX cheerleader makes sense. WiMAX is similar to Wi-Fi, which was embedded in Intel’s Centrino line of chips, but it offers dramatic improvements. Wi-Fi extends traditional wire-based broadband networks for just a few hundred feet, and Internet access speeds slow to a crawl when lots of people are online in the same area. Meanwhile, high-profile schemes for blanketing whole cities with cheap or free Wi-Fi networks aren’t working out.

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Intel Chip Chat — Climate Savers Computing Initiative

We watched the introduction of the computing industry org “Climate Savers Computing” a few months ago at Google headquarters. Now Intel’s Lorie Wigle share more insight into Intel’s leadership role in rallying others in the industry to design energy efficiency into every new device.  This is the third episode of Intel Chip Chat.
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Intel Chip Chat — Architecting Next-Gen 45nm

I first got to work with Intel’s Stephen Fischer after he agreed to do an on-camera interview about the making of Penryn — Intel’s next generation of transistor technology measuring 45nm — in January of 2007. He was proud, humbled and shared a first-had story about how he and his team were the first to test a Penryn chip in Sacramento, California one late evening into the morning. Champaign all around! OK, sparkling cyder it was.

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The Future of Accelerator Technology – Intel Chip Chat

This is the first in a series of Intel Podcasts called Chip Chat, where Intel insiders take time to talk about what they do in the vast company that makes the most complex things ever built by humans…the computer chip.

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Research@Intel Day: Tera-scale

This story was an experiment in itself. Master storyteller Jason Lopez steps into Ken Burns-style using his tiny digital still camera with video capabilities. The style is not new, but the combination of great writing that describes the photos and videos, and the interesting research projects….it all works! It pulls you in. It makes allows you to slow down and absorb what the Intel researchers are talking about. And the photos and video burn meaning into your brain, helping you understand what challenges these silicon researchers are surmounting. I just love the impact of this storytelling style!

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Terascale Research Paving Future For Moore’s Law

Leaping from mega to giga to tera hertz started off being about speed, but then things took a right turn and we now find that computer “performance” is taking on new meaning. Speed and the ability to multitask are what we see when we get a new computer. But just as important — at least to today’s chip designers, software developers and researchers — is efficiency. Doing things faster, more things at the same time and conserving battery life or electricity are the cornerstones of every novel idea that goes into making the most complex things ever created by man…the computer processor.

Here’s a video I shot of my buddy Sean Koehl at Research@Intel Day 2007 as he swiftly describing some crazy complex research Intel is doing to ready the world for a day when computer processors will have 10s to 100s of brain cores in a single chip.

In addition to his five day jobs working in the corporate technology group, Sean is also an editor and contributor to the newly released Intel Reseach blog.