IBM, along with a group of partners, unveiled a powerful new chip which the company says could boost computing power of "everything from smartphones to spacecraft." The company unveiled the industry's first 7 nanometer chip that could hold more than 20 billion tiny switches or transistors for improved computing power.
According to IBM, the new chip could helps to meet demands of future cloud computing and Big Data systems, cognitive computing, mobile products and other emerging technologies. The new IBM chip is roughly four times more powerful than today's top-line processors from Samsung and Intel. Here is what you need to know about the IBM's latest super-chip, have a look at the slider below.
What makes the chip special?
Today's topnotch chips from Samsung and Intel are built with 14 nanometers or 14 billionths of a meter. Which is 7,000 times narrower than a human hair. But, the new IBM's chip is the first to be made with 7 naometer transistors.
How does it makes computing faster?
The benefit is, as the transistors get smaller, the single processor chipset can be packed with more smaller 7nm transistors, which greatly improves performance.
When it will be available for computers?
Its still a long way to get 7nm chip in everyday computer, while the 10nm chip is still not yet designed. IBM's new chip has just proved that 7nm is possible, using a complex manufacturing process. However, the chip eventually appears in future smartphones, computers, and other pieces of technology, those gadgets will be faster and more energy-efficient.
How is it made?
The present, silicon is used in all computer chips, but it does not do quite good job in objects smaller than 10nm. So IBM had came up with two new type of technology before making the 7nm chip. Instead of regular silicon, IBM used something called as silicon germanium and undergone with a process called extreme ultraviolet lithography.
Tech giants behind the chip
Research from IBM along with a group of partners including Samsung and GlobalFoundries have worked on the new chip. IBM has committed to spending $3 billion on chip research and development aimed at further extending today's mainstream semiconductor technologies.
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