Oh, right. It’s Mothers Day! Three cheers and a hug to all the mummies out there. Where will the world be without ya?
Having delivered the expected pleasantries, time to get down to a serious brain workout. As the title up above indicates, this is about Intel’s new Tri-Gate 3D transistor, which enters mass production this year.
So what’s so hot about the much vaunted Ivy Bridge 3D transistors? Why, for the longest time the computing world has made do with 2D transistors. Intel have finally changed the game after 10 gruelling years of R n D. With 3D transistors, processing power gets the boost it’s always needed thanks to Moore’s Law, which states that processing power on an integrated circuit expands every two years.
To spare you, dear reader, our version of the technical stuff, here’s a helpful dose of text:
Intel Corporation today announced a significant breakthrough in the evolution of the transistor, the microscopic building block of modern electronics. For the first time since the invention of silicon transistors over 50 years ago, transistors using a three-dimensional structure will be put into high-volume manufacturing. Intel will introduce a revolutionary 3-D transistor design called Tri-Gate, first disclosed by Intel in 2002, into high-volume manufacturing at the 22-nanometer (nm) node in an Intel chip codenamed “Ivy Bridge.” A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.
The three-dimensional Tri-Gate transistors represent a fundamental departure from the two-dimensional planar transistor structure that has powered not only all computers, mobile phones and consumer electronics to-date, but also the electronic controls within cars, spacecraft, household appliances, medical devices and virtually thousands of other everyday devices for decades.