IBM shows first working 7nm chips

IBM shows first working 7nm chips
We've been hearing about Moore's Law coming to an end for quite a while (and some even argue that it has effectively already come to its demise), and while that seems inevitable at a certain point in tim, IBM has just delivered some great news by showing the first working versions of 7nm chips.

The new chips are made from wafer that uses silicon-germanium rather than pure silicon, and theoretically allows building microprocessors with over 20 billion transistors. Yes, this is nearly four times as many transistors as we have on today's computers. Putting the 14nm process on a scale, it compares with tiny biological structures: a strand of DNA, for instance, is 2.5nm in diameter.

The 7nm process comes as the next step after the 10nm node (set for introduction on devices late next year with Intel’s Cannonlake), while currently the most advanced chips in actual consumer devices are made on a 14nm manufacturing with Intel leading the way in traditional computers and Samsung with its Exynos 7420 used in the Galaxy S6. Each new generation of chip manufacturing carries a 50% decrease in the area of the chip at a given amount of circuitry.

This latest breakthrough is not the sole effort of IBM: it comes as the result of a consortium led by IBM, but also with the participation of New York State, GlobalFoundries, Samsung and others who have carried on this push in wafer manufacturing. Other companies are also pursuing the advanced, 7nm manufacturing node: the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plans to roll-out pilot production in 2017, but it has not shown a working prototype yet. 

source: NY Times



1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Innovation Bringing Magnificent.

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2. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Amazing to think we (by we, I mean people other than me) can build things on this scale. There are some brilliant people in this world.

3. dimas

Posts: 3369; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

If not for the transistor miniturization, we'd all still be holding phones the size of bricks. We've come a long way from 1mb hard drives the size of a living room to 128gb sd cards that can fit our thumbnails.

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1498; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Ahhh tech innovation

5. Derekjeter

Posts: 1498; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Can't wait till 2020. Flying boards, teleportation, and killer bots!

7. RajRicardo

Posts: 496; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Killer bots already here. :D USA vs Japan

6. yolochi

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 03, 2013

yeah, implement it into the brain, make the man fly

8. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

dont excpect it before 2017

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, yield are probably extremely low and not commercially viable We will be lucky to have 10nm before 2017 This progress is still amazing though

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Even so it is going to be amazing, and we are rapidly approaching, I wonder if we will be able to go smaller then nano in one way or another.

14. yolochi

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 03, 2013

I want it in my head, really

10. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

I wonder how life will be by year 2050. * : * ^Bm ™

15. yolochi

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 03, 2013

that is what I am going to ask if there is anyone to answer

13. tsarma12

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

nm will be as pm later :P

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