After many years of research, IBM and its partners have made a breakthrough in research on 5 nanometer chips. The technology industry produces new inventions almost every day. One of the highlights of the past few weeks, however, is the new achievement from IBM. Together with its partners, one of which is Samsung, the company has developed a production process for 5 nanometer chips after a long and hard research.
30 billion transistors in confined space
The research results from IBM and its partners puts even more transistors in an even smaller space. Two years ago, Research Alliance already presented 7 nanometer chips with 20 billion transistors. Now, at least in theory, 5 nanometers and around 30 billion transistors consisting of Silicon-Nanosheet transistors are possible. Several superimposed Nano sheets are now being used, which have even smaller structures thanks to EUV lithography. In other words, IBM’s new methodology, would allow 30 billion transistors to be built on the size of a fingernail.
Particularly interesting for mobile devices
Thanks to the extremely costly research conducted by IBM and its partners, semiconductor industry companies are expecting significant advances in the technology sector, such as mobile devices, using the 5 nanometer technology. In addition to speed, this could also increase energy efficiency, which saves battery life. When this technology is used in the mass market, however, will take some time.