0.03 micron transistor from Intel
Intel presented the smallest and fastest transistor to date at a symposium in San Francisco. The width of the transistor is only 0.03 micrometers.
Intel would like to use this transistor to manufacture microprocessors that are smaller, cheaper, but also 10 times faster than before. Simultaneous translations or voice-controlled menu guidance should then no longer cause any difficulties due to the enormous performance of the processors. 'Language will be the key function instead of the keyboard,' said an Intel spokesman. The number of transistors in the processors is expected to increase tenfold from 42 to around 400 million, as is the clock frequency. 10 GHz should be easily achieved with the new transistors. According to Intel, the first transistors of the new generation should go into mass production in 2005.