Introduction to Intel's 32nm Process Technology

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Executive Summary

Intel introduces 32nm process technology with second generation high-k + metal gate transistors. This process technology builds upon the tremendously successful 45nm process technology that enabled the launch of the Intel microarchitecture codename Nehalem and the Intel Core i7 processor. Westmere processors will introduce new instructions for accelerating encryption and decryption algorithms. These 6 new Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instructions will find a variety of usages in corporate computing. As an example, software can be written to take advantage of AES to enable full disk encryption.

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