IBM 2nm New chip Technology breakthrough claims more power with less energy


IBM claims that they have made a significant breakthrough in the processor of the computer by creating a 2nm New chip technology. 

Computer chips are used to measure in nanometer with a lower number usually signifying a leap forward. 

IBM says its new chip technologies can improve performance by 45% over current 7nm commercially available products. 

Besides, IBM also it is more energy efficient – using 75% less energy in order to match current performance. 

It says that tech could “Quadruple” mobile phone battery life and phones might only need to be charged every four days. 

The computer chip technology firms and industries mostly used nanometers – one billionth of a meter – to measure the physical size of transistors. Today, news generation technology is described by a lower “nm” in marketing terms. 

IBM claims its 2nm new chip technology can cram 50 billion transistors into “a chip the size of a fingernail” – up from 30 billion when it made the announcement of a 5nm breakthrough in 2017.

The end result should be another performance bump for computers forthcoming. 

‘A breakthrough’

Current high-end desktop chips based on the 7nm process, such as AMD’s Ryzen processors, did not become widely available until 2019 – four years after IBM announced it had cracked the 7nm process. 

But mainstream commercial new chip technology makers such as Intel and TSMC – which make AMD processors – have already looking to build ultra-low nm chip plants in the next several years. 

“This can be considered as a breakthrough,” said peter Rudden, research director at market intelligence firm IDC.

“We have seen semiconductor manufacturers moving from 14nm to 10nm to 7nm, with 7nm being a real challenge for some” he added. 

“This also sends a message to the IT industry that IBM countries to be a hardware research powerhouse”.

Chip Technology Wars 

The test chip for its 2nm new chip technology process was built at its Albany research lab in the United States. 

The news aims at an international shortage of computer chips and a bid to boost chip manufacturing to rely less on major foundries in China and Taiwan. 

Moreover, due to the lack of computer parts, car manufactures have been forced to suspend production and warning addressed to the Smartphone makers that product release could be affected. The components of high-end computers such as Graphic cards are difficult to find and selling for high prices. 

On Thursday, Nintendo joined the chorus of concerned companies, saying the chip shortage was affecting the production of its hugely popular Nintendo Switch console.

The worldwide shortage led US President Joe Biden to convene a special industry summit on the shortage. In the UK, the government has intervened in the acquisition of chip designer Arm by tech giant Nvidia.

And Intel’s chief executive has announced a $20bn (£14.6bn) investment in two new plants in the US, telling the BBC that having 80% of the world chip supply in Asia is not a good idea.

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James Robert is a journalist who covers all the social media and tech-related news for SG-educate, the world's largest multimedia news agency. He reports on tech from all over the world, focusing mostly on social media platforms. He has worked as a digital editor and online coverage of global breaking news on tech and big stories, reaching millions of readers across multiple platforms.

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