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IBM to enlist high-k metal gate technology with its 45nm chips

Alongside Intel’s news of 45nm process technology, IBM today announced its own 45nm technological advancements that apply to products manufactured in its East Fishkill, NY plant starting in 2008.

Working with AMD and its other development partners including Sony and Toshiba, IBM has found a way to construct a critical part of the transistor with high-k metal gates, that substitutes a new material into a critical portion of the transistor that controls its primary on/off switching function. The material provides superior electrical properties compared to its predecessor, silicon dioxide, enhancing the transistor's function while also reducing leakage.

As important as the new material is the method for introducing it into current manufacturing techniques. The creation of this transistor component with the new material was accomplished by the IBM team without requiring major tooling or process changes in manufacturing - an essential element if the technology is to be economically viable.

“Until now, the chip industry was facing a major roadblock in terms of how far we could push current technology,” said Dr. T.C. Chen, vice president of Science and Technology, IBM Research. “After more than ten years of effort, we now have a way forward. With chip technology so pervasive in our everyday lives, this work will benefit people in many ways.”

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RE: 45nm
By Viditor on 1/28/2007 11:23:56 PM , Rating: 1
and only now (IMO) with the release of Vista are we going to see more widespread adoption of 64-bit versions of operating systems in the mainstream (server market not withstanding, I don't know what the adoption rate was there),

That is indeed the key...remember that:
1. The server market is the most lucrative
2. The adoption of 64bit in servers has been VERY high
3. Windows 64bit, Linux, and even Solaris edition has been taking huge amounts of marketshare away from traditional Risc based servers.

You're right that consumer level is only just now happening, but x86-64 has been revolutionary in the server/commercial area for years now.

And the CPU to go with it will probably be a Core 2 Duo, which is a relatively new CPU, soon to be built on the 45nm process

Fair enough, and I don't blame you. But if you plan on 64bit, AMD still appears to have the edge...and 45nm won't be available to you for ~another year.
That said, if I were getting a consumer PC in June, it would also be a C2D...

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