Intel’s analog shrink is for real

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Intel logo 63x58 Intel’s analog shrink is for realWe have previously reported that Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) was planning an aggressive shrink of their analog designs and now the first project seems to be in the pipeline.

According to the advance program from ISSCC Intel will present news about a dual core Atom processor with integrated Wi-Fi.  This is, as far as we know, the first time that analog has been shrunk below 65nm as the Atom processor will actually be fabbed in 32nm.

Shrinking the analog parts has high priority at Intel as it will allow, in the future, for complete chipset integration in their processors thereby saving both design time, space and power.

As it stands right now analog designs are several generations behind digital designs, but Intel thinks that they can continue the aggressive analog shrink for several more generations.  This aggressive scaling will for sure give both AMD and ARM a run for their money.S|A

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