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Intel Corporation has announced a significant breakthrough in the evolution of the transistor, the microscopic building block of modern electronics. For the first time since the invention of silicon transistors over 50 years ago, transistors using a three-dimensional structure will be put into high-volume manufacturing. Intel will introduce a revolutionary 3-D transistor design called Tri-Gate The 22nm 3-D
Tri-Gate transistors provide up to 37 percent performance increase at low voltage versus Intel's 32nm planar transistors. This incredible gain means that they are ideal for use in small handheld devices, which operate using less energy to "switch" back and forth. Alternatively, the new transistors consume less than half the power when at the same performance as 2-D planar transistors on 32nm chips.
Originally posted by maoklein
yeap big news.
i believe this will bring great improvements on the next generation of chips (- voltage and less leakage, + frequency), but i'm holding my breath for the graphene and memristor ones.
here's a silly but effective video explaining the concept
Originally posted by moogins
reply to post by iforget
This isn't really new thinking as there was talk about DIAGONAL wiring, z-chips years ago.
This is about reducing wiring, lowering latencies and shorter paths, they where even taking about builting in tiny pipes onto the dies to pipe in coolant.
What they really need to do is reduce the clock speeds (even get rid of the damn clock) and make a runtime that automatically selects tasks in the program to run concurrently on a large amount of cores perhaps asymetrically and symetrically depending on the operation, ofcourse this would require a new thinking and ofcourse programmers are still egotistical and always flame new approaches that do things automatically (and better).