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The mix of new materials as well as P-channel and N-channel transistors can potentially enable Intel Corp. to build microprocessors that consume just 10% of today’s chips in future.

Intel recently disclosed advancement details on a P-channel transistor, built on a silicon substrate, that makes use of compound semiconductors, also known as III-V materials because they are made of elements that straddle silicon in the periodic table, silicon being in column IV. This research resulted in the highest performing P-channel transistors reported to date.  A year earlier, Intel described III-V N-channel transistors, also built on a silicon substrate.

According to Intel, when combined, these two results could form the building blocks for CMOS logic circuits, which use both N-channel and P-channel transistors. Potentially suitable for future microprocessors, they run far cooler: the world’s largest chipmaker claims that t about 50% the voltage, consuming only 10% the power of today's transistors.

Potentially, if the innovation proves to be viable for mass production of microprocessors, this enables either very small and power efficient chips which are powerful by today’s standards or chips that are dramatically more complex compared to contemporary, but consume the same amount of power. Obviously, the new materials can also enable dramatic improvements in energy efficiency not only for microprocessors, but also for graphics processors, core-logic sets and other highly-integrated devices.

Currently Intel is already researching the aforementioned materials and it will take years before the innovation could materialize.

Tags: Intel, Semiconductor

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These shadowly named III-V class materials are not strictly related to Intels own ingenuity. But it gives me wondering why all Intel's new tech have only V and I in their names when they publicize it? Roman? Pentagram?

0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/03/09 04:04:17 PM]
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The reason Intel refers to these using roman numerals III and V (as shadowy as it may seem to you) is because this is the scientific and engineering standard notation for referencing the columns of the periodic table. III-V compond semiconductors refer to solid materials that are, naturally, classified as semiconducting, but are made of two or different elements. These binary compound semiconductor can be formed between such elements as Gallium and Arsenic (GaAs), Indium and Antimony (InSb), or any of the other elements in which one comes from column III and one from column V on the periodic table and form a band structure that classifies as a semiconductor.

Here are a few references demonstrating the activity in academic as well as industrial research on III-V materials:[url=http://scitation.aip.org/getabs/servlet/GetabsServlet?prog=normal& amp;id=JAPIAU000089000011005815000001&idtype=cvips&gifs=yes]http://scitati on.aip.org/...e=cvips&gifs=yes[/url]

So you see, Intel did not do anything shadowy at all, it is your simply misinterpretation and lack of knowledge of the subject matter that, more or less, caused you to make a fool of yoruself.Jack
0 0 [Posted by: jumpingjack  | Date: 04/04/09 03:38:44 PM]
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The mix of new materials as well as P-channel and N-channel transistors can potentially enable Intel Corp. to build microprocessors that consume just 10% of today’s chips in future.
so if i am getting this right .. you are saying that these new ones, will eat 10 % of the ones that are in this world.. sweet..
0 0 [Posted by: peanutybuddy17  | Date: 04/05/09 08:52:16 PM]
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