China makes 22nm integrated circuit breakthrough

China makes 22nm integrated circuit breakthrough

Summary: Scientists from the Institute of Microelectronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences uses high-k metal gate materials to produce cheaper, low-power integrated circuits.

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TOPICS: Processors, China
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China's Institute of Microelectronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMECAS) announces it has made a breakthrough in constructing 22-nanometer (nm) integrated circuits, which would give a boost to local electronics manufacturers.

Xinhua reported last Friday Chinese scientists from IMECAS has developed metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors with a gate length of 22 nanometers--a preliminary step in producing 22nm integrated circuits.

They did so by using high-k metal gate materials instead of conventional materials such as silica and polysilicon, with the result being "world-class performance and low power dissipation", the institute stated.

This breakthrough would mean huge savings for China in importing foreign technologies, and boost China-made integrated circuit products' competitiveness, the report added.

China earmarked this field of reseach in 2009 as one of its major national scientific projects. The 22nm integrated circuit technology has the potential to reduce the cost of manufacturing products such as computers and mobile devices, Xinhua stated.

 

 

Topics: Processors, China

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  • YeahRight

    Wow another BS story out of china. Who ever believes these fabricated lies good luck. Oh yeah they've had 8.0 % growth this year. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ChinaISfullOfSh*t
    • China makes 22nm integrated circuit breakthrough

      @ChinaISfullOfSh*t
      the chinese designed, manufactured and deployed rapid rail transit (bullet train) in less than five years, while california is still struggling to deploy its first bullet train between LA and SFO. we have the technology but not the will to see it through ... have you even read any scientific journal and see the names of their contributors? they have more than 1.2 billions population, and just 30 percent of them is as big as the population of the united states. imagine the entire us population as geniuses and imagine what the us can do with all those brain power ...
      kc63092@...
      • High speed rail is a sign of ignorance. It's not cost competitive by any

        stretch of imagination. Better not to build it than be throwing subsidies at it for it's entire lifespan because it can't even come close to breaking even.
        Johnny Vegas
        • China makes 22nm integrated circuit breakthrough

          @Johnny Vegas
          you may be right, but then again, the same mantra had been hurled at eisenhower interstate highway system by the rails tycoons and their supporters. but only time will tell ...
          kc63092@...
        • Re: High speed rail is a sign of ignorance.

          Way to distract attention from the point that the Chinese are perfectly capable of doing what they say they will.
          ldo17
    • I agree!

      I'll believe it when I'll see those chips in commercial products.
      The Linux Geek
    • Dear Me

      Do you want me to phone the whaaaaamulance.

      What a peurile little twat you are.
      Bozzer
  • sour grapes

    If you can't win, pull the winners down! What a loser attitude!
    spockv
  • China makes 22nm integrated circuit breakthrough

    do you mean chinese-made foundry and supporting technology or circuit design using foreign-made foundry equipment? if the latter, then we still have ten years headstart, otherwise it is a mere two years before the chinese and the pacific rim countries will be butting heads with us designers and manufacturers ...
    kc63092@...
  • Missing link in logic

    How does this phrase connect to the main topic above?

    "This breakthrough would mean huge savings for China in importing foreign technologies"

    If I create my own logic it will be, This breakthrough will allow china to build cheaper IC's which in turn will make china exports of electronic goods cheaper due to this technology.
    Martmarty
    • kindly enlighten me

      can someone expound on this phrase from chinese reports?
      ""This breakthrough would mean huge savings for China in importing foreign technologies" -quoted from above news
      Martmarty
      • China makes 22nm integrated circuit breakthrough

        @Martmarty
        "This breakthrough would mean huge savings for China in importing foreign technologies"
        my take on this: they will build their own foundry with local expertise. hope i'm wrong ...
        and it requires 8 to 12 billion us dollars to build just one foundry, http://www.zdnet.com/inside-ibms-300mm-chip-fab-photos-7000008903/, as one example ...
        kc63092@...
      • Because...

        Consider this.

        If I provide you with the tools to make a bridge. You're using my technology.

        If you then figure out how to make your own tools to make a bridge. You're using your own technology.

        If both you and I live in different countries, then as soon as you figure out how to make the tools yourself, you have no need to import that technology.

        It's really quite clear.
        Bozzer
        • Why would they figure out how to do this themselves when they've

          shown again and again that they can just steal the technology from others, put out a bs cover story like this, and go merrily on their way using the stolen tech? Get real. Their "rocket science" is in inducstrial espionage.
          Johnny Vegas
          • Why would they figure out how to do this themselves when ...

            "Their "rocket science" is in inducstrial espionage." us rocket science was hitler's science ... go figure!
            kc63092@...
          • Somewhat correct

            But not correct 100%
            My direct experiences with China in technology and through my bro in law(ex Chicago) who is a fluent Mandarin speaker and travels there extensively, the Chinese have copied but there are programs to get new technology, and not just the next tech, but jump a generation which will create these and more advances. And if in the west do not take notice .....
            But as somone above says - I will wait to see this tech in day to day products. they do have a problem with skilled labour IMHO.
            sonnet37
  • nice

    to see them make a jump on things.
    sarai1313@...
  • 22nm was put out by Intel some time ago,

    Since Microsoft opened up their source code to China and Russia, how do we know there's "competition" this time around and Intel didn't give China their schematics?
    HypnoToad72
    • China makes 22nm integrated circuit breakthrough

      most if not all advances in technology came from the academic research mostly paid for by your tax dollars. intel's so-called finfet came from berkeley, http://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/news/radical-new-intel-transistor-based-uc-berkeley-s-finfet. and for semiconductor manufacturing equipment, http://www.atp.nist.gov/focus/98wp-sl.htm. we must thank our tax dollars for the continuing competitiveness of us industries vis-a-vis foreign competition. kudos to those who serve in the federal government who still believes that federal grants are still needed to advance us technology. pls. bear in mind that no billionaire in his right mind will throw away his money to build something without a guarantee of return ... particularly in advanced research!
      kc63092@...
  • Why all the negativity?

    Yes they are building on existing technology, but it is still pretty cool.
    Yes it is government driven, like many other countries developing technologies.
    Competition drives development and leads to progress.
    jeyost@...