Intel’s “tick-tock” process of alternating between shrinking the die and updating the microarchitecture has done them well so far, and apparently they see no obstacles to continuing it through 2012. Unfortunately, that’s when things go a bit pear-shaped and you start having to deal with quantum properties (10nm is edge-of-comprehension small) and doing drastic things like stacking chips and carving canals into them.
The commentary is all in French, but you can smell what Intel’s got cooking if you go through the slides here at Canard Plus. I assume you either want all the details or don’t care at all, so I’ll let you read them yourself.
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