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IBM's 2 Nanometer Chip Unlocks New Frontier for Semiconductors

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With the invention of the world's first chip using two nanometer (nm) nanosheet technology, IBM announced a breakthrough in semiconductor design and operation.

It's expected to outperform today's most advanced 7 nm node chips by 45 percent while using 75 percent less energy.

This new breakthrough builds on IBM's decades of semiconductor engineering leadership. The company's semiconductor production activities are based at its Albany Nanotech Complex research centre.

This collaborative approach to innovation distinguishes IBM Research Albany as a global leader in semiconductor research and builds a deep innovation pipeline, assisting in meeting manufacturing demands and accelerating the global chip industry's growth.

The following are some of the possible advantages of these advanced 2 nm chips:


•Quadrupling cell phone battery life, that enables users to charge their devices every four days only.


•Slashing the carbon footprint of data centers, so lowering their carbon footprint is important. Changing all of their servers to 2 nm processors could drastically lower that amount.


“The IBM innovation reflected in this new 2 nm 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, SVP and Director, IBM Research.

•Drastically speeding up a laptop's functions, that quickens application processing, easier language translation, and faster internet access.


•Contributing to faster object detection, that aids reaction time in autonomous vehicles, such as self-driving cars.

Later this year, IBM POWER10-based IBM Power Systems will be the first commercialized offering to include IBM Research 7 nm advances.

“The IBM innovation reflected in this new 2 nm 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, SVP and Director, IBM Research.

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