Intel and IBM to boost processor performance



Intel and IBM will this week separately announce new technologies and manufacturing processes to make chips that are as much as 10 times faster than...



Intel and IBM will this week separately announce new technologies and manufacturing processes to make chips that are as much as 10 times faster than current versions.

The two companies will reveal their plans at the International Electronic Device Manufacturers show in San Francisco, where discussions will be based around reducing circuits on chips, which enables increased speed and data storage.

Intel will discuss a prototype of a transistor that is 0.03 micron wide that could enable chips that have 400 million transistors and run at speeds up to 10GHz. Intel's recently released Pentium 4 chips contain 42 million transistors and run at 1.5GHz. The company expects the new technology to appear in its products by 2005.

IBM will discuss new manufacturing technology using 0.13 micron technology for chips used in servers and communications systems. The process uses copper wiring, silicon-on insulator transistors and other technologies to build the chips, which could appear in IBM's products as early as the first quarter of 2001.

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