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Intel Corp. plans to make its "most significant technology announcement of the year" during a press event on Wednesday, according to several blog posts and media reports. The exact details about the announcement are not clear at this point.

It is presently unknown what exactly the world's largest maker of chips plans to reveal. Many industrial observers believe that the company will detail its 22nm process technology along with its new manufacturing strategy (which may include elements of foundry business), its new Medfield system-on-chip for smartphones along with certain plans for consumer and low-power electronics. In addition, Intel may make a significant announcement concerning its general strategies for different markets.

Intel will have four factories that will manufacture using 22nm process technology, a major shift from the company's typical approach to have two to three fabs. The company's product lineup for 22nm chips will also be broader as the company will start to make chips for mobile and consumer devices. As a result, 22nm represents a major shift for the company in terms of manufacturing stategy.

"We remain on track to begin production on our 22nm silicon process technology by the end of this year. This revolutionary technology will further distance Intel from the competition across all segments of computing," said Paul Otellini, chief executive officer of Intel, during a recent conference call with financial analysts.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, 22nm, Medfield, Itanium, x86

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Intel is making significant technology news all the time. They are so cutting-edge all the time. But in a good way, not like Apple, that causes anxiety and overwhelming feelings.
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 05/03/11 09:29:25 AM]
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They've probably acquired some company, thus making the companies afloat in the sea of computing even smaller; another step towards a monopoly I fear.
0 0 [Posted by: GavinT  | Date: 05/03/11 09:36:29 AM]
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They will be announcing a new 200 Gb/S interconnect technology to replace the new 50 Gb/s photonics-based interconnect technology that they announced last week as a replacement for the just-released Thunderbolt interconnect technology.
2 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 05/03/11 11:58:22 AM]
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I hope they open their fabs to third parties.
This would ensure that competition is based on design rather that the ability to produce them small.
1 0 [Posted by: moozoo  | Date: 05/03/11 07:17:18 PM]
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Socialist!
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 05/04/11 06:51:11 AM]
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A few months ago intel was shipping 22nm by the end of the year, now it's beginning production by the end of the year.

Intel's ticks are starting to slip.
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