IBM Alters Silicon’s Behaviour To Power New Chip

IBM has developed new chipmaking methods that will allow its upcoming Power6 computer processor to run twice as fast as current versions, achieving speeds between 4 and 5 GHz.  Instead of just making transistors smaller, IBM came up with a sqeezed-silicon process to alter how silicon behaves by placing a layer of insulator underneath a layer of silicon less than 500 atoms thick.

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