IBM announces the development of the smallest, most powerful chip in history

IBM is full of praise for its new creation: a 2-nanometer chip “the smallest and most powerful of all time”. In detail, the company states that there are 50 billion transistors embedded in these semiconductors, each the size of two strands of DNA.

To understand what this means, the company states that it should achieve 45% higher performance and 75% lower power consumption than 7-nanometer integrated circuits currently on the market.

This prototype could be of interest to key players in the industry

Specifically, this should mean that cell phone batteries could last four times longer, while laptops would benefit from much better performance while reducing their carbon footprint.

IBM Research Director Dario Gil, quoted by CNN, said, “If we see phones getting better, cars getting better, computers getting better, it’s because the transistor behind the scenes has improved and we have more transistors in ours Have chips. “

Note, however, that IBM does not manufacture microchips on a large scale. So it’s a prototype whose license could then be sold to major manufacturers in the industry, including Intel and Samsung.

Note that the competition is not left out on this issue. TSMC is therefore working on chips engraved in 3 nm, which are to be sold from 2022. You also benefit from improved performance and lower power consumption than the most popular semiconductors. Most of the smartphones currently on the market actually use chips that are engraved at 5 nm.

No doubt the announcements made by IBM in Brussels must have been followed closely. The European Union does indeed want to set up a foundry on the old continent in order to get out of its strategic dependency. The idea is precisely to add production capacity for advanced chips of 5.3 and 2 nanometers.

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