Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and International Business Machines (IBM) announced, today, their joint development of an innovative high-speed computer chip that will boost transistor speed by 24 percent, improving the performance and reducing the power consumption of chips used in many products.
Using a new process called dual stress liner (DSL) the team improved the performance of both types of semiconductor transistors: n-channel and p-channel. DSL allows the atomic foundation of the transistors to compress and expand, improving the flow of electrons within the chip.
New applications in electronic chip technology often don’t show practical benefits until years following initial development; however, the AMD/IBM chip design may actually affect product development early next year.
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