IBM builds 5nm chip with better performance and energy efficiency

IBM builds 5nm chip with better performance and energy efficiency

By | June 9th, 2017
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We haven't even seen 7nm chips in mass production, however, IBM has already

announced that it has managed to build a 5nm one.


														
							

These 5nm chips can hold as much as 30 billion transistors.

The building process is similar (ultraviolet ligthography), but the transistor design was replaced with stacks of nanosheets.

IBM says these chips will be much faster than anything we have today, and that’s a given. But what’s also important is IBMs claim that these chips will require significantly less energy. Smartphone devices powered with these babies could have “two to three times” more battery life than what we have today.

And in terms of how long we’ll actually have to wait to see — well, probably a few years.

“For business and society to meet the demands of cognitive and cloud computing in the coming years, advancement in semiconductor technology is essential,” says Arvind Krishna, senior vice president, Hybrid Cloud, and director, IBM Research.

You can find out more about these new chips on this link.

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