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In 2003, the Intel Pentium 4 microprocessor contained 55 million transistors and a 512-Mbit dynamic random access memory (DRAM) contained more than half a billion transistors.
A range of transistors using thin films of organic or organic compounds as the semiconductors and gate dielectrics are being pursued by organizations in more than 30 countries.
At Lund University in Sweden, Lars-Erik Wernersson and his colleagues have made transistors in which a solid layer of material is replaced by an airy forest of nanowires (SN: 5/22/04, p.
Furthermore, the multi-gate, FDSOI structure increases the effective width of the electrical path in the transistor and also provides better electrical control of this path.
It had to be able to apply the different levels of electricity to the transistor with absolute precision.
The implementation of high-k and metal materials marks the biggest change in transistor technology since the introduction of polysilicon gate MOS transistors in the late 1960s," said Intel Co-Founder Gordon Moore.
IBM's work on the double-gate transistor and the latest SOI developments will be presented as part of more than 20 papers delivered this week at the International Electronic Device Manufactures (IEDM) conference in Washington, D.
Y-shaped nanotubes might become a common component in ultrasmall electronic circuitry, according to scientists who have just shown that the microscopic, branched structures can function as transistors.
After significant investments in testing and materials evaluation, Freescale engineers were able to minimize the adverse effects that occur when a transistor die contacts plastic.
In the new transistor, however, Hafez and Feng thinned the collector and varied the relative quantities of indium and gallium throughout that layer by a process that enabled them to sequentially deposit atomic layers of specified compositions.
IBM has announced it has built the world's fastest silicon-based transistor, a basic building block used to make microchips.
The new 1-gigabit (Gb) DRAM incorporates advanced technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) transistor design and multi-layered dielectric technology, which greatly enhance performance and data storage capabilities.
Scientists in Japan have taken a major step to fulfilling such visions with the creation of a transparent transistor deposited on plastic.
IBM scientists have developed a breakthrough transistor technology that could enable production of a new class of smaller, faster and lower power computer chips than currently possible with silicon.