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Team Led by IBM Unveils 7nm Test Chip

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IBM has been working as part of a collaborative effort with GlobalFoundries, Samsung, SONY, and the State University of New York (SUNY) at the 300mm research facility at SUNY Polytechnic. The team announced today that is has developed "the world's first 7nm chip with functional transistors." Current CPUs have reached the 14nm level with 10nm CPUs planned for release from Intel late next year. Consumers likely won't be able to get their hands on the technology for about two years but it is still a significant development for multiple reasons including that "it's the first commercially viable sub-10nm FinFET logic chip that uses silicon-germanium as the channel material; and it appears to be the first commercially viable design produced with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography." The group is targeting vastly increased performance numbers in relation to power, predicting "at least a 50 percent power/performance improvement for the next generation of systems."

Source: Ars Technica

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