Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) announced that its researchers foresee a way to make chips 10 times denser through packaging improvements and a layer of material just three atoms thick.
FREMONT, CA: Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) researchers claim they can manufacture 10 times more compact chips with better packaging and a coating of a substance that is only three atoms thick. By 2030, it might be possible to fit a trillion transistors onto a single device.
Moore's Law is thought to be extinct. Chips shouldn't improve significantly, at least not through traditional manufacturing improvements. That is a depressing thought on the 75th anniversary of the transistor's creation. The emeritus chairman of Intel predicted in 1965 that a chip's transistor count would double roughly every two years.
Chips improved in speed and effectiveness. Chip manufacturers reduced the size of the chips, and the outcome was favourable. A downsized chip's electrons had to traverse less distance. Thus, the chip became faster. The chip was also less expensive because it required less material due to the reduced distances. Therefore, as Moore's Law advances, chips might become quicker, more affordable, and even more energy efficient.
But the fundamental foundation of Moore's Law was the ongoing manufacturing downsizing and superior chip designs created by creative human engineers. Making those advancements has become more challenging in recent years. The chip's design conflicted with physics. It was no longer feasible to shrink once atomic layers reached a few atoms in thickness. Because of the world's exploding data consumption and the need for more advanced artificial intelligence (AI), Moore's Law is essential for meeting the world's insatiable computing needs.
According to the CEO of Intel and Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA), Moore's Law is still in effect. That comes as no surprise, given that he has staked tens of billions on brand-new chip manufacturing facilities in the United States. Nevertheless, his researchers are standing behind him at the International Electron Devices Meeting. These developments could be made in the next five to ten years.
Intel discussed innovations that will help Moore's Law reach a trillion transistors per package in the following ten years. Researchers from Intel are showing improvements in 3D packaging technology at IEDM, including a new 10 times increase in density. Their goal is to maintain a wide range of options for process technology.
Recently, these packages have been utilised in novel ways. For example, Intel's rival Advanced Micro Devices recently revealed that its newest graphics chip integrates six memory chips, a processor chip, and a processor chip in one package. Intel collaborates with governmental organisations, academic institutions, business researchers, and chip manufacturing firms. At events like the IEDM, Intel presents the results of its research.
Additionally, Intel announced brand-new materials, including ultra-thin materials that are only three atoms thick, for 2D transistor scaling beyond RibbonFET. It also discussed developments in quantum computing and new opportunities in memory and energy efficiency for more effective computing.
Innovation driving Moore's Law continues to address the world's exponentially expanding demand for computing seventy-five years after the transistor's discovery. At IEDM 2022, Intel presents both the forward-looking and practical research innovations needed to break through the present and future barriers, satisfy this insatiable demand, and maintain Moore's Law for years to come.