Thin and Sexy
Okay, that’s a weak attempt to add sex to a headline to get you all to read this post. It could’ve been worse, I was thinking of some over-used St. Paddy’s Day pun.
Big congrats to Dell on their Adamo laptop, it’s beautiful. Dell joins the also very thin, light and sexy laptops that the Lenovo X301 and Apple MacBook Air are offering. The ultra mobile era is definitely upon us.
Does the processor matter here? Intel engineers dusted off an R&D silicon prototype and our product design team shaped it into a chip some 60% smaller than our regular laptop processors to help fit some of these laptops. Obviously the low power plus high performance combo contributes in multiple ways on size, battery life and performance.
But as much, so does the process, or manufacturing techniques used. This includes the tinier 45-nanometer manufacturing (and later this year 32-nanometer shift) we use and reinvented transistor formula.
That formula uses a Hafnium-based, high-k formula, which also has a second generation coming.
Now, if only my diet could be re-engineered like this.