Intel enters the third dimension

Published in Nature, 6 May 2011

This week, computer chip manufacturer Intel announced that it is preparing to enter a new dimension in transistors — literally. Known as Tri-Gate, its new transistor will be the first to go into mass production with a truly three-dimensional (3D) structure.

Intel says that the transistor will offer performance and efficiency benefits over 2D models when becomes production ready in a new range of microprocessors later this year. But with some industry analysts calling it a risky venture, Nature explores what the advantages are of 3D. […]

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