Monday, February 20, 2006

IBM announces breakthrough in chip sizes

IBM researchers will today announce a breakthrough (and don't say we can't pick up on scoops!) in reducing the width of circuits on silicon chips to less than 30 billionth of a metre.

This is apparently 3,000 times thinner than a human hair - no I didn't measure it dummy. And it's one third the size of the 90nm circuits currently dominating production in the chip industry.

And if all this chip (sadly not french fry) chat makes you dizzy - it means that Moore's law looks set to continue. I.e. the number of transistors on a chip will double every 18 months to 2 years. Zzzzzzzzz...

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