IBM Unveils Tiny Transistor
IBM says it has created the world's smallest working silicon transistor.IBM says it has created the worlds smallest working silicon transistor. IBMs Research Group on Monday unveiled the new transistorwhich at 6 nanometers in length is at least 10 times smaller than transistors in production today, according to the companyat the International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco. The silicon body of the transistor is 4-8nm thick, but retains the needed capabilities for turning the transistor on and off, IBM said.
The promise of the tiny transistor is that chip makers will be able to put more of them on processors, thereby increasing performance of the processor.