Article: Intel's 22nm Tri-Gate Transistors
By: joset (joset_pt.delete@this.yahoo.com), May 7, 2011 7:18 pm
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Arcadian (no@thanks.com) on 5/7/11 wrote:
>joset (joset_pt@yahoo.com) on 5/6/11 wrote:
>>On a side-note, "Ivy-Bridge" was to be Intel's next "tick" (basically, a node technology
>>transition); however then, this tri-gate implementation is truly a microarchitectural
>>innovation per se, making it a "tock" instead.
>>As far as I'm aware, this is the second major change in Intel's "tick/tock" 'algorithm',
>>since the implementation of a high-k dielectric. Please correct me if I am wrong.
>Joset, the reason behind tick-tock is to spread out the risk between (A) process
>transitions, and (B) feature advancement.
>Since Intel considers themselves to be foremost a manufacturing company, ramping
>the new process is important to accelerate their technological advantage, as well as control their costs.
>With this in mind, the "tick" is supposed to focus more on the process ramp than
>including new features. Of course, there's always feature-creep in order to stay
>competitive, but it's managed so that the process ramp is not delayed by design issues.
>Meanwhile, the "tock" is a chance to do things differently at a design level.
>It's an opportunity to revise the micro-architecture, or to make significant platform
>level changes that drive for more performance or power efficiency. The "tocks"
>are always done on the same process node, so that it's possible to ramp the product
>without the process ramp constraints.
>Of course, tick-tock costs more from a resource standpoint, but that's where Intel
>figures it has a unique strength that is difficult for their competitors to beat.
>(Speaking for myself)

Thanks for the reply. Yours seems to be the most reasonable, until now (not that this is a major issue, anyway).
From Wiki, ref. John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson (2006). Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach (Forth Edition ed.):
"The microarchitecture of a machine is usually represented as (more or less detailed) diagrams that describe the interconnections of the various microarchitectural elements of the machine, which may be everything from single gates and registers, to complete arithmetic logic units (ALU)s and even larger elements. These diagrams generally separate the data path (where data is placed) and the control path (which can be said to steer the data)."

Although still not entirely convinced, I believe this tri-gate shift together with the 22nm node transition really blurs things off, in this particular "ti/ock". ;)

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