Intel announced a three-year, $1.5 million deal with the Tyndall National Institute at the University of Cork in Ireland to collaborate on the development of junctionless transistors. This new technology could simplify chip making at around the 10nm stage, while also significantly reducing power consumption.
Intel has been close to silicon and nanotechnology research in Ireland for several years, as it has a wafer fab in Leixlip near Dublin. However, this agreement establishes a direct collaboration between Tyndall and Intel's central R&D technology research group in the United States. Intel has only one other such agreement in Europe, with the IMEC research institute in Leuven, Belgium. The agreement will provide Intel with a commercial exploitation license to technology created through the collaboration with Tyndall.
Tyndall scientists recently published a research paper on the junctionless transistor. Professor Jean-Pierre Colinge of Tyndall co-author of the paper Nanowire transistors without junctions, published by Nature Nanotechnology in February 2010 and said that junctionless transistors could be implemented commercially at around the 20-nm manufacturing node.