SAN FRANCISCO--Intel says it's ready to put the first 3D transistor structure into high-volume production.
The structure it has invented is called Tri-Gate and will be first used in chips manufactured using the 22-nanometer process, nicknamed Ivy Bridge.
Continuing along the path of Moore's Law would have been tough unless something changed dramatically, said Intel Senior Fellow Mark Bohr at a press event here today at the SPUR Urban Center.
Instead of forming the conducting channel on a planar surface, it's on three sides of a 3D "fin." The key advantage comes from the gate wrapping around the fin, said Bohr.
The new structure allows Intel to manufacture smaller, faster, and lower-voltage chips and put them into even smaller devices. … Read more