A look at Future Microchips
Posted on: 01/28/2000 06:40 AM

Right from IBM's Pressroom, we get a look at what our next (or the ones after our next) CPUs will look like.
Just where will the next generation of microchips come from? If IBM , United Microelectronics of Taiwan (UMC) and Infineon Technologies of Germany have their way, it’ll be from their joint venture. The three have jointed forces to develop the next generation of microchips over the next five years.

Some of the tasty technologies they’ll be working on include copper wiring instead of aluminum for better conductivity, the combining of logic and mixed-signal circuitry and embedded DRAM memory on a single chip and 0.13 micron technology (which will be available by the end of this year). IBM also claimed the joint research will yield 0.10 micron technology chips by 2002 - two years ahead of estimates by the Semiconductor Industry Association!
FYI: One micron equals 1/100 the width of a human hair (the current Pentium III processors use 0.18 micron technology).





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