New Material Will Boost Chip Performance

Intel announced yesterday that it has produced a prototype transistor using a new material called indium antimonide, which is expected to deliver a significant leap in processor performance. The new material, with the chemical symbol InSb, delivers better performance with lower power requirements, so that chips will be able to do more operations while eating up less battery life. This is especially important for mobile devices, which are pretty much always hampered by power limitations.

Ken David, director of components research for Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group, says, “The results of this research reinforce our confidence in being able to continue to follow Moore’s Law beyond 2015.” But when we’ll actually see this material deployed in commercially available chips is anybody’s guess.

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