Intel researchers break the limit
Some researchers who work for the processor manufacturer Intel have succeeded for the first time in producing transistors with a structure width of 0.02 µm. Recently, other researchers have even doubted whether they will be able to go below the 0.10 µm limit.
Current processors are 'only' produced using the 0.18 µm process. One of the Intel researchers said that no significant limit has yet been identified in transistor research. It is estimated that the 0.02 µm transistors will be ready for series production in 2007. Then it would be possible to accommodate up to a billion transistors instead of the previous 42 million on a chip the size of a Pentium 4 processor. This would make clock frequencies of 20GHz and more a reality.