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December 14, 2012 by

The chip industry's looming 20-nanometer cliff

The semiconductor industry is facing its own cliff. Moore's Law scaling has slowed down and the basic recipe that has served the industry for so long will reach the end of the road at 20nm. The theme of IEDM, an annual chip conference earlier this week, was what happens next.

December 6, 2012 by

IEDM preview: Intel's 22nm mobile technology and more

Moore's Law won’t suddenly end, but it is slowing down. The question is: What's next? IEDM, which takes place next week in San Francisco, is devoted to answering that question making it a great place to get a peek at the technologies that could power tomorrow's laptops and smartphones.

July 31, 2012 by

The race is on to catch up with Intel

Intel has long led the way, but as it gets increasingly harder for the industry to follow Moore's Law, there has been a lot of debate about whether its lead is growing too large. With wireless customers clamoring for the latest technology for mobile processors, semiconductor foundries are suddenly shaking things up.

January 14, 2011 by

IBM and Samsung initiate new 20nm research scheme

IBM and Samsung are to collaborate on research into new semiconductor materials and manufacturing processes at the 20nm scale and beyond.Samsung researchers will for the first time pool basic research with IBM into an assortment of 20nm semiconductor technologies including three-dimensional stacking, low-power methods and new materials, an IBM spokesman told ZDNet UK on Thursday.

April 15, 2009 by

IBM's chip gang touts 28-nanometer advancement

An IBM consortium that includes chip manufacturing players Chartered, GlobalFoundries, Infineon, Samsung and STMicroelectronics said Thursday it is developing 28-nanometer low power semiconductors. The consortium also extended technology pacts between its members.


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