3D processor to run at 20-50GHz

Posted on Thursday, Dec 13 2007 @ 04:48 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Japanese R&D firm Unisantis claims they've developed a new 3D transistor that could reach frequencies of 20-50GHz:
The companies claim processor clockspeeds could reach between 20GHz and 50GHz by using a 3-D structure that arranges components vertically, as opposed to the horizontal design of our forefathers. The device is dubbed the Surrounding Gate Transistor.

And just as the alarming appearance of a sphere confounds — and yes — frightens a resident of Flatland, so shall the eldrich machinations of this 3-D transistor do unto this Register hack.

But rest assured brighter minds are on the case.

The design work is headed by CTO of Unisantis Fujio Masuoka - a man credited with the invention of flash memory. He'll be joined by some 30 academics, engineers and scientists on the project.

According to Masuoko, SGT is a vertical silicon pillar surrounded by memory cells, electrical contacts and various other unnamed components (our guess: the screeching souls of the damned).

The 3-D structure apparently reduces the distance that electrons travel, generates less heat and costs less to produce than existing chips.
More info at The Reg.


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