Joey Sims jsims at
Thu Nov 6 22:07:53 EST 2003

Maybe someone could lend a hand and help Intel find out what their
unknown material is.  Be careful! Don't spill it in your lap for
goodness sake.... Dohh! :-O

I found this amusing:

by Jennifer Tabor

Chip makers are searching for ways to create smaller and smaller
computer chips, and researchers at Intel believe they have discovered a
new material that would help them to do just that.

Intel's announcement will garner much attention in an industry where the
demand for products that push fundamental physical limits is ever

A problem afflicting many chip makers today is the prevention of
electrical currents from leaking outside their proper patches.  Because
the transistor gates are now becoming as small as just five atomic
layers, chips need more power.  In turn, they also need a more efficient
cooling system.

Intel has been having difficulties with the cooling of its chips -- the
smaller they get (with etchings as small as 90-130 nanometers), the
hotter they become.  Recent reports say that the problem has even caused
a delay in the Prescott, Intel's most advanced version of the Pentium.

Though the new technology would not debut until approximately 2007,
Intel is planning to scale down their current 90 nanometer chip size
over the years to 65, followed by 45.  It is at this point that Intel's
new material, which is still unknown, would be introduced.

Intel's discovery comes at the height of an intense industry wide search
for a new material to replace silicon dioxide, which is used as
insulator between the gate and the channel through which current flows
in an active transistor.

Intel researchers have been working on solving the chip predicament for
five years in efforts to keep pace with Moore's Law.  Gordon E. Moore,
co-founder of Intel, believed that the number of transistors in the same
space should double every 18 months.

Intel believes they can continue to make short strides, despite the
thoughts of many who doubt their ability to keep up such a pace.

Though many researchers and competitors agree that Intel's announcement
revolves around the most important research area in the chip industry,
some feel that the lack of specific technical detail will deter
scientists from assessing their claims.                       

Joey P. Sims			  800.995.4274 - 242
Sales Manager			  770.442.5896 - Fax
HPC/Storage Division
Concentric Systems, Inc.	   jsims at

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