Intel, Seeking Edge on Rivals, Rethinks Its Building Blocks

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Wall Street Journal

Intel Corp. showed off what it called the most radical shift in semiconductor technology in more than fifty years, a design that could produce more powerful chips for gadgets without taxing their batteries.

The company plans to change a key part of each chip into a vertical, fin-like structure, a similar principle to the way high-rise buildings pack more office space in a city. The parts being changed—transistors—are the building block of nearly all electronic products; today’s microchips can contain billions of the tiny switching elements.
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