Intel says new transistor technology could boost chip performance by 20%

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Intel Corp has disclosed a new way of making transistors on semiconductors that its chief architect said could raise the performance Intel’s next round of chips by as much as 20%

The Santa Clara, California-based company is one of the few remaining in the world that both designs and manufactures its own chips. But its production operations have become a concern among investors after Intel last month stated that its next-generation chip-making procedure, called its 7-nanonmeter procedure node, would be postponed.

Critics believe that the delays could confuse the lead that rivals such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co have gained in creating smaller, more energy efficient chips. Intel’s shares have dropped nearly 20 percent since the delays were revealed.

On Thursday, Intel sought to buck the notion that the single-number titles given to every generation of chip procedure node tell the entire story by revealing improvements on its present 10-nanonmeter procedure node. It announced a new way of producing that which it now calls”SuperFin” transistors, which, along with a new substance being used to enhance the capacitors on chips, is expected to improve the performance of Intel’s forthcoming processors, despite their still being made on 10-nanonmeter manufacturing lines.

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“It is 20%, the largest intra-node jump ever in our history,” Raja Koduri, Intel’s chief architect, said of the performance gain in an interview with journalists.

It won’t be possible to test those claims in the actual world until Intel’s new chips come out, but its “Tiger Lake” laptop chips slated for release this fall will use chips.

Even with the new transistor technology, Koduri said Intel has re-worked its chip design process to be able to more easily use either its own chip factories or external chip factories, whichever is needed to create the best chips.

“Whatever gets us to deliver those products on time, with leadership performance, we have the flexibility and are going to utilise that,” he said.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco. Editing by Leslie Adler.

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