In 2022 Intel expects to be making parts with 4 nm geometries.
By Jack Ganssle, Embedded.com
(09/20/09, 07:00:00 PM EDT)
Intel recently released some details about its future process goals. One highlight: by 2022 they'll be producing, in volume, chips with 4 nanometer(nm) geometries. Since a silicon atom measures (as much as that word means on quantum scales) about an angstrom across, feature sizes will be a mere 40 atoms long!
One might be skeptical. Except twenty years ago we wouldn't have believed the industry would have achieved 45 nm, which is so much shorter than a wavelength of light that pundits were predicting the end of Moore's Law.
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