The international business machines has a new innovation, a powerful and extremely sleek microchip. The American multinational technological consultation corporation has gone all out in the thickness, it has created a 7 nm (nano meters) wide chip, and to give you an idea of how compact that is, a strand of DNA is about 2.5 nanometers in diameter.
The creation of this chip has a powerful feel to it, the the smaller it is the more it is compact with. Smaller ‘mn’ means that manufacturers have a bigger area to fix transistors that are tiny switches that act as the building blocks of processors, onto the chip thus increasing its power and performance. The transistors play the role of flowing electricity on a chip by switching the current every few seconds, a practice that becomes more efficient as the number of transistors increases.
IBM claimed it was able to increase the number of transistors using an alloy called Silicon Germanium rather than pure silicon used as the base of most chips. IBM claims the new material further improves the new super chip’s performance by letting the transistors switch faster and use less power.
Creating next-generation non-silicon chips has been an ongoing project for IBM. The tech giant announced plans to invest $3 billion over the next five years to develop alternative chip technologies in July 2014.
The new chips are still in a test phase, but the Ars Technica report notes that the company plans to produce them commercially at a later date. Intel, TSMC, GlobalFoundries, and Samsung and currently producing 10 nanometer chips for commercial use, so it is much too early to guess when IBM’s lates discovery could hit mass production.