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AMD introduces the world's fastest transistor

AMD introduces the world's fastest transistor

The chip manufacturer AMD has developed a transistor, a so-called Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS), which achieves the fastest switching speeds that have been documented in the semiconductor industry.

The device with a gate length of 15 nanometers (0.015 micrometers) is a prototype for transistors that will be used in future generations of AMD processors. With this leap in development, AMD is impressively demonstrating that by the end of the decade the company will be able to increase the number of transistors on a chip twentyfold and the computing power of processors tenfold. AMD will present more details of its research at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) on December 4th in Washington D.C. present.

The 15 nanometer transistor is an essential key element for the development of the 30 nanometer processor generation from AMD, which is expected to go into mass production from 2009. The transistor, which comes from AMD's Submicron Development Center, is a CMOS-based 0.8 volt component that achieves speeds of 3.33 trillion switches per second. The development of the 15 nanometer transistor is powerful evidence that further reductions in transistor size can be expected in the coming years.