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Monday, June 06, 2005

Next-Generation Microprocessors

Dual core microprocessors are the current state-of-the-art in the world of computer chips. But already, a South Korean team is developing processes for creating the next generation of microprocessors.

The emphasis of the team's work appears to be small size. Whereas 60-nanometer (billionth of a meter) thicknesses are the current "gold standard," the team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology is working towards creating chips only 50 nanometers thick. The smaller size will allow chip manufacturers to both shrink product size and create chips with higher capacities.

Sources: Korea Times, AIKnowledge