Intel Launches 'Revolutionary' Low Power Chip
Intel has officially launched its first 22-nanometre processor, which the computer chip maker claims will allow it to revolutionise the smartphone and tablet market.
Although Intel's Ivy Bridge chip is much smaller than its predecessors, it is claimed to deliver exceptional performance with reduced energy use - giving longer mobile device battery life.
"Intel designed the new transistor to provide unique ultra-low power benefits for use in handheld devices, like smart phones and tablets," the company said in a statement.
"While also delivering improved performance normally expected for high-end processors."
The first wave of production for the new processor will mostly be for desktop PCs, with further releases suitable for thin laptops to be announced later this spring.
According to the firm, the chip's new 3D tri-gate technology boasts 20% more performance while using 20% less power its previous offering.
The new chip size supersedes the 32-nanometre second generation processor codenamed Sandy Bridge, which used two-dimensional planar technology.
After more than 10 years of research, the innovation has allowed Intel to keep up with Moore's Law - which predicts that the number of transistors that can be put on a chip doubles roughly every two years.
It was devised by the co-founder of Intel, Gordon Moore, and for the past 50 years, microchip development has followed his law.
As a result, computers and communications devices have reduced in size while operating at greater speed and efficiency - helping to drive the handheld revolution.
The firm said: "As Intel continues its product leadership for servers, PCs, laptops, and handheld devices with 22nm 3-D transistor technology, consumers and businesses should expect faster computing and graphics, and longer battery life in a variety of sleek form factors."