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Intel 3D Transistor

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Posted on June 16th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

The future is here!” This is what many sites say about Intel’s latest technological advancement - the 3D Transistor a.k.a. Tri-Gate transistors. It is a huge step forward. Probably the biggest in semi-conductor devices since transistors were first about 60 years ago.

Here is the best part. It is available now. It will be widely available within 12 months. Mass production within a year sounds too good to be true. Then again, it is only logical for Intel to try to spearhead this as fast as possible and produce a new generation of processors before the competitors get around to it. Some believe Intel might be about 3 years ahead of their competitors. This estimate is pretty optimistic since technology companies rarely can afford to stay behind for such a long period.

Intel will use this technology in their 22nm chips. The biggest PC processor manufacturer already revealed a demonstration of their 22nm chip, running in desktop PCs, laptops and web servers. What Intel is yet to present is mobile devices running with the new chip.

So far, mobile phone and tablet manufacturers steered away from Intel chips for their products, because Intel CPUs could not quite cut it. This is Intel’s big change to step into a market dominated by the ARM architecture in the faces of Qualcomm, Nvidia and others.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s biggest contract chipmaker is not too impressed by Intel’s announcement and, at this point, will not implement the technology. Not until they reach the 14nm milestone. They claim they will be able to produce chips with rivaling performance, despite their choice to adopt the new technology on a later stage.

For a while now, Intel needed room to continue improving their architecture. It seems now they have it. They might have a great advantage, like most early adopters.

It might not be long before we see Intel-powered mobile phones and other ultra-portable devices. For what it is worth, we are hoping to see better and more efficient network hardware. The promised 37% performance improvement over the current generation of chips will make all the difference in an industry demanding greener hardware.

The fact they already have a web server working with the new chip is a huge thing in the IT industry. Projected 25% cuts in power production in Japan will leave many datacenters trying to squeeze as much as they can from every Watt.

Victoria Pal

Doesn't like queuing (particularly at Wimbledon). Likes travelling, tennis and reading. Loves working as a Project Manager at WebSitePulse.

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