Engineers at IBM have recently discovered a way to boost computing power exponentially thanks to a new manufacturing process called FinFET short for Fin Field Effect Transistor. The discovery allows companies to pack “30 billion transistors” onto a “space the size of a fingernail.” How is this possible? By halving the current size of the transistor gates currently available on modern chips. In layman’s terms “more gates means more power and more efficiency“.
Data from IBM suggests that these new computer chips will be “40 percent quicker with the same power draw, which means they will save 75 percent in power when running at the same speed as today’s chips.” Can you imagine listening to music, Tweeting, and having a Skype conversation simultaneously without your battery life draining significantly? While it sounds too good to be true, experts are hopeful that this breakthrough may lead to the next technological revolution.
Production of this new technology isn’t expected to take off until sometime in 2018, but when it does it may help to boost artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and other more complicated electronic processes. It’s certainly exciting to think about the potential this discovery holds. You can count on us to keep you updated in the coming weeks and months.