Intel's Tri-Gate transistors usher in the next era of Moore's Law and open the door to a new generation of innovation.
Intel made an announcement today that will drive its chip development over the next several years. What are 3D transistors and why are they important?
The Origin Genesis is the first system we've seen with Intel's new Sandy Bridge Core i7 2600K chip. Fast, and extremely overclockable, the new chip has provided Origin with a platform for a remarkably value-friendly gaming rig. Shop around for pricing as Sandy Bridge spreads among other vendors, but right now this is the $2,499 gaming PC to beat.
New chips based on the 22-nanometer designs will run at a lower voltage and with lower power leakage, in an effort to improve both performance and energy efficiency.
The energy-efficient fifth-generation Core chips will enable fanless laptops that can be converted into tablets, and a handful of them are on the way.
The CPU market is due for a lot of upheaval over the next 12 months, so you might be wise to wait for a clearer picture before plunking down $1,000 or so on Intel's new Core 2 Extreme QX9650 quad-core desktop processor. But if you want to claim ownership of the fastest multicore CPU around today, look no further.
Thanks to an expensive new motherboard requirement, Intel's new Core i7 desktop processors will remain enthusiast and professional-level parts until more affordable complementary hardware comes out later next year. Speed never comes cheap, however, and if you're willing to spend for it now, you'll find yourself in possession of the fastest CPU on the market.
Seeking to keep Moore's Law on pace, researchers have developed a repeatable technique for assembling a single-atom version of the transistor--the building block of semiconductors and computers.
In the pursuit of smaller transistors, IBM Research found that carbon nanotubes outperform silicon on speed and power consumption, offering a possible way to maintain the pace of Moore's Law.
Even as its x86 arm competes fiercely with ARM, Intel is taking on work to build ARM-equipped chips for its own customers. One of those chips will pack a whopping 4 billion transistors