IBM gets small, unveils 5-nanometer computer chip design using new approach



Remember how not too long ago, computer chip makers were desperate to overcome manufacturing barriers that were keeping them from making chips in the 32-nanometer class? Ha, good times, as IBM just announced they have successfully produced chips at the 5-nanometer level.

A little computer chip 101 here: the smaller you can make the transistors on a computer chip, the more you can cram into a given amount of space, increasing memory density, performance and speed. But of course, it’s not easy: we’re talking about working at molecular scales and sizes that make human hairs look like mega-structures.

IBM says their 5-nanometer design gives a 40-percent performance boost over a competitor’s 10-nanometer chips, and they can now squeeze 30 billion transistors onto a chip about the size of your fingernail. Oh, and they also say they can make the process work at the 3-nanometer level, so hey, much more to come. Story:

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9 thoughts on “IBM gets small, unveils 5-nanometer computer chip design using new approach

  • June 6, 2017 at 1:51 am
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    Feels like Moore's Law is at an end very soon.

  • June 6, 2017 at 5:09 pm
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  • June 7, 2017 at 7:58 am
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    3nm next year and 1nm the year after. What next? nano quark?

  • June 30, 2017 at 1:15 am
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    why put the title story at the end of the video?

  • November 16, 2017 at 4:49 am
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    40% performance increase???!!?!! That's insane!

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