Chipworks to Tear Apart Intel Penryn Chip

Chipworks, the leader in reverse engineering and technical analysis of semiconductors and microelectronic systems, announced the arrival of the new Intel® CoreT2 processor family chips (codenamed “Penryn”) using Intel’s 45-nm process technology. The chips, not yet commercially available, are now in Chipworks’ labs and will undergo the world’s most thorough structural analysis and transistor characterization. These chips are the first to be brought to market via Intel’s new manufacturing strategy announced in 2006. The Penryn 45 nm chips are the latest devices shipped to meet Intel’s goal to maintain market leadership and performance by introducing chip microarchitectures and manufacturing technologies on a regular two-year basis.

Customers can immediately place their orders for the Structural Analysis Report SAR-0708-802 and Transistor Characterization report TCR-0708-801 by contacting The Structural Analysis Report takes you down to the nanometer scale (a human hair is approximately 10,000 nanometers thick) using the most advanced microscopy to see exactly how the features of the device are implemented. The transistor characterization probes the smallest transistors to understand how the transistor design performs.

“Intel has delivered on its promise of being among the first 45-nm technology parts delivered to the market. Our customers will benefit from being the first to see the monumental changes in process technology promised by Intel.” says Gary Tomkins, Vice President of Technical Intelligence at Chipworks. “Our customers rely on Chipworks’ third-party analysis reports to benchmark their technology, protect their intellectual property and to learn from the industry leader.”

“Intel is following its ‘Tick-Tock’ strategy of implementing changes to process and architecture alternately”, says Dick James, senior technology adviser at Chipworks. “The market is very interested to see Intel’s first commercially-proven use of high-K dielectrics and metal conductors in the gate electrode, with the associated exponential reductions in source/drain and gate oxide leakages. By getting inside the technology and conducting our painstaking analysis, we will determine how the Penryn processor lives up to its pre-release billing.”

Gordon Moore, one of Intel’s founders and icon of the industry, has stated that these devices mark “the biggest change in transistor technology since the introduction of polysilicon gate MOS transistors in the late 1960s.”

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Chipworks is an internationally recognized technical services company that analyzes the circuitry and physical composition of semiconductors and electronic systems. Our services include a wide range of applications in patent licensing support and competitive study. For more than 15 years, Chipworks has successfully helped semiconductor and electronics organizations achieve their goals by supporting research and development efforts in strategic product development and patent portfolio management. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Chipworks has offices in Warsaw, Poland; Seoul, Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The Company is represented in Israel.