TS #29 Big Blue goes Nano

IBM on May 6th unveiled a breakthrough in semiconductors design with the announcement of their 2 nanometers(nm) chips. These were achieved with their nanosheet technology. It is projected to achieve 45% higher performance, or 75% lower energy consumption compared to the current industry standard 7nm chips.

Semiconductors are essentially the “brain” of our smart devices. Each incremental reduction in size translates to an improvement in efficiency and performance and key to unlocking the true potential of Artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT).

Among many things IBM has shared about the potential use cases of 2nm, some noticeable ones are:

  • Quadruple the life of a cell phone battery
  • Drastically speeding up a laptop’s functions, ranging from quicker processing in applications to assisting in language translation more easily, to faster internet access.
  • Allow the lightning-fast object detection and reaction time necessary for safe autonomous vehicles.
  • Slashing the carbon footprint of data centers, which account for one percent of global energy use. Changing all of their servers to 2 nm-based processors could potentially reduce that number significantly.
A 2 nm wafer fabricated at IBM Research’s Albany facility. The wafer contains hundreds of individual chips. Courtesy of IBM

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Jerin Joseph
Jerin writes about Tech for The Snippets Journal. He is also the Social Media Strategist.
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