Consortium that developed Cell moves to 32 nanometers

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IBM, Samsung, STMicroelectronics and Toshiba will start production of chips according to the 32 nanometer production process.

The first prototypes are expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year, predicts the consortium of companies that was also involved in the development of the Cell, a processor used in the third edition of PlayStation.

According to forecasts pointed out by IBM, which leads the group of companies, the new processor will present performance gains in the order of 35 percent and allow a reduction in energy consumption in the order of 25 to 50 percent, compared to processors developed with 45 nanometer technology.

The new processors will use High-k a material that Intel also uses in its 45 and 32 nanometer semiconductors and which has shown less problems in terms of energy losses.

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