a silicon chip 4X faster that chips on the market today;
investing $3 billion in a private-public partnership with GlobalFoundries to
make the new 7nm chips in New York’s Hudson Valley, The New York Times
announcement is rather a surprise, especially since it’s not coming from Intel
or chipmakers that are currently working on some of the best and most efficient
mobile chips ever made. Reports from Korea indicate that
stabilize 10nm chip production to win a boatload of iPhone chip orders from
Apple in following years.
7nm chips would be even faster than today’s 14nm processors and next year’s
10nm CPUs. Comparatively, a strand of DNA measures 2.5nm while a red blood cell
has a 7,500nm diameter.
revealed on Thursday that it used a silicon-germanium instead of pure silicon
“in key regions of the molecular size switches” to create the chips. This
allowed the company to achieve faster transistor switching with lower
company will license its technology to a variety of manufacturers, which
will then mass-produce the chips with a variety of companies, including
Broadcom, Qualcomm and AMD, to name a few. It’s not clear when the first 7nm
chips will be available to consumers, though.