Intel has successfully produced and tested a 45nm computer chip, and plans to ship chips based on this technology on 2007. Most chips today are manufactured using a 65nm process. As manufacturers reduce the scale of chips, in this case moving from 65nm to 45nm, they can pack more transistors into a smaller space.
Smaller chips usually translates into smaller computers, too. Intelis Technology and Manufacturing Group vice president and general manager, Bill Holt commented "Our 45nm technology will provide the foundation for delivering PCs with improved performance-per-watt that will enhance the user experience."
Thatis good news for future MacBook Pro owners. Once the 45nm chips are available, Apple should be able to design a smaller, faster, and more powerful model that uses less electricity than the version that was announced at Macworld Expo in January.