Intel, in partnership with QinetiQ, have announced that they have created a new material that may greatly increase the performance and reduce the energy consumption of computer chips and allow Moores law to extend beyond 2015.
The material, called indium antimonide (InSb), has been used by Intel and QinetiQ, a UK company, to build transistors before but this is the first time it has been used to build enhancement mode transistors for use in microprocessors and would complement the silicon semiconductor which is normally used.
Current prototype transistors have proved to be much faster and consume less power than any previously announced transistors. Performance has been boosted by 50% while more impressively they operate on one-tenth the power. This will allow Intel to build future chips which have the flexibility to be optimised for both power and performance, which hasn't traditionally been the case.
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