IBM Breaks 10nm Barrier For Faster, Lighter Computer Chips
IBM’s experimental 7-nanometer fabrication process could eventually result in more powerful, less power-hungry chips for computers and mobile devices.By Evan Thomas | July 9, 2015
IBM is showing off new computer chip tech four times faster than existing silicon solutions.
This is thanks mostly to a process that carves chips out of a silicon-germanium mixture instead of pure silicon. The alloy allows for faster communication with lower power requirements.
It also leans on Extreme Ultraviolet lithography, by which UV light etches the transistor pathways in a vacuum to get them as tiny as possible. (Video via ASML)