IBM opens new frontier with 2nm chip technology

IBM has snuck ahead in the semiconductor race by announcing earlier this month the world’s first chip with 2 nanometer (nm) nanosheet technology. Intel and TSMC had previously shared roadmaps with similar technology coming up in 2023.

Semiconductors are all the rage during this period with shortages reported worldwide. And understandably as they are used beyond computers in areas ranging from Internet of Things devices to automonous vehicles.

IBM’s new 2nm chip technology addresses the growing demand for increased chip performance and energy efficiency with 45 percent higher performance or 75 percent lower energy consumption than today’s 7nm offerings.

What this brings are quadrupling of mobile phone battery life, lowering of carbon footprint of data centres, speeding of laptop functions, and faster object detection and reaction in autonomous vehicles.

“The IBM innovation reflected in this new 2nm chip is essential to the entire semiconductor and IT industry. It is the product of IBM’s approach of taking on hard tech challenges and a demonstration of how breakthroughs can result from sustained investments and a collaborative R&D ecosystem approach,” said Darío Gil, Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research.

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