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Gallery: Intel goes 3D with Tri-Gate transistors

Intel reveals what will power its next-generation of chips, the 3D Tri-Gate transistor.

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Intel reveals what will power its next-generation of chips, the 3D Tri-Gate transistor.  Intel says the increased performance and reduced power consumption is the future of 22nm-based devices from handhelds to cloud-based servers.

Larry Dignan has more about the chip that Intel claims will keep Moore's Law rolling.

This image shows the vertical fins of Intel’s revolutionary tri-gate transistors passing through the gates.

Credit: Intel

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Intel describes this photo: "On the left side is the 32nm planar transistor in which the current (represented by the yellow dots) flows in a plane underneath the gate. On the right is the 22nm 3-D Tri-Gate transistor with current flowing on 3 sides of a vertical fin."

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A “before” picture, showing 32nm transistors with the source, drain and channel (the latter covered by the gate) all in the same plane.

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