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Shrinking the transistor
The Magic Ingredients in Intel's New, Tinier Transistor -- Researchers predict the materials Intel and IBM may have chosen to make their just-announced ultrasmall transistors. 'Last week Intel and IBM both announced that they had figured out a way to further shrink the size of transistors, the tiny on-off switches that power computers. The trick, according to Intel, is introducing the metal hafnium into the mix—an addition that marks the first major change in transistor materials in four decades. Hafnium-based computer circuits would likely be denser, faster and consume less power than existing microprocessors.'

Scientific American
Posted by Richard on February 5, 2007 12:45 PM

 

 

 

 

 

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