IBM unveils a super-dense 5nm chip

IBM unveils a super-dense 5nm chip

This week IBM has resurrected it. Finding a way to squeeze 30 billion transistors into a fingernail-sized chip, IBM has defied prediction by coming up with a practical way to make 5-nanometer processors.

Just two years after developing a 7nm chip with 20 billion transistors, IBM has taken the wraps off technology that will usher in smaller, 5nm chips with higher performance and greater efficiency.

IBM scientists at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's NanoTech Complex in Albany, NY prepare test wafers with 5nm silicon nanosheet transistors, loaded into the front opening unified pod, or FOUPs, to test an industry-first process of building 5nm transistors using silicon nanosheets. It can be used but merely reducing the space between the fins won't increase the current flow and eventually the performance.

A side view of GAAFET. IBM estimates that this would provide close to a 40 percent improvement in performance for the same power or 75 percent power savings at matched performance compared with today's leading-edge 10nm technology. The chip by IBM is one of the first to use horizontal gate-all-around (GAA) transistors, and the first real use of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. GlobalFoundaries' won't be using EUV for its new 7nm FinFET process, but is ready to support it when it believes the technology is ready, probably when it begins making 5nm chips.

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As Mukesh Khare, vice president of semiconductor technology research at IBM Research explains, the industry is racing to move beyond FinFET design because it doesn't scale anymore. As IBM alliance partners, both of these chipmakers will have full access to this technology, since they share patents associated with the nanosheet transistor structure and fabrication.

"We are actively pursuing next-generation technologies at 5nm and beyond to maintain technology leadership and enable our customers to produce a smaller, faster, and more cost efficient generation of semiconductors", said Gary Patton, chief technology officer at GlobalFoundries, the company responsible for manufacturing the IBM chips.

This latest development is likely to reignite arguments about the viability of Moore's Law. This isn't to mention all the gazillions of chips that will be needed to power self-driving cars, servers, homes, drones, in-device artificial intelligence and 5G sensors and cameras that drive the dreams of every device maker in the world-and there are a lot of them. But engineers have used the idea as an incentive, striving to keep Moore's Law alive. And, thanks to a breakthrough from IBM Labs-announced June 5 at the VLSI Conference in Kyoto, Japan-it may be true for another 52 years.

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