Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 2 Nov 2010.
Companies looking into different area's to advance computing - Always a good thing!
11nm.... jeez, I remember thinking "wow 65nm... that's tiny!"
I was thinking the same when I bought my 90nm Athlon 64. Sooooo much smaller than the sweaty old 130 nm
While 11nm is an obvious boost for CPU power efficiency and laptop battery life, I'm more interested how shrinking manufacturing proceses will affect SSD capacities and prices.
£77.5 million isn't even that much compared to the amount these companies regularly put into R&D.
It's down the back of the sofa pizza change to Intel.
It's good that they're looking to improve the technology, but as mentioned towards the end of the article they really need to be looking into new materials and such other than silicon. We're very close to the limit of what's economically feasible, so a breakthrough in something like optical or maybe graphene would be much more welcome. I imagine Intel's funding towards that sort of research is much greater.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't Intel been looking pretty closely at photonic computing as well? The article seems to imply that IBM is the only one considering the option. Just seems logical that they would be, what with LightPeak and all.
Wow, Samsung puts it around don't they?
I only just read a few months ago that they were "collaborating" with IBM and Global Foundries on their Common Platform initiative at 32/28nm, and now they're teaming up with Intel at 11nm. I wonder how IBM and GloFlo feels about Samsung's R&D department flirting outside of the relationship? Or Intel, for that matter.
Given that all three partners involved here are major NAND manufacturers, I would say that the research will have this application in mind rather than CPU/GPU.
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