Tuesday, March 14, 2006

IBM squeezes more into microchips

BBC NEWS-IBM squeezes more into microchips
The methods used by the scientists at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, uses a method called deep-ultraviolet optical lithography.

This is essentially the method used to etch circuits on chips. The IBM team said they were able to "print" circuits that are 29.9 nanometres wide.

This is about one-third of the width of the smallest computer circuits in mass production today. One nanometre is a billionth of a metre.

Just in case you were worried that Moore's Law wouldn't hold up any longer. Looks like ol' blue pulled off a neat trick and bought us a few more years.


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