时间:2011-05-05 08:56 作者:admin 来源:网络
英特尔称年底开始利用革命性的3D技术生产芯片(中英文)Intel hails revolution in 3D chip technology
Intel has claimed the biggest breakthrough in microprocessor design in more than 50 years, potentially raising the stakes significantly for rivals in the increasingly capital-intensive global chip industry.
The world’s biggest chipmaker said on Wednesday that it would begin producing chips later this year using a revolutionary 3D technology that has been nearly a decade in the making, and which it said would act as the foundation for generations of computing advances to come.
The new technology represents one of Intel’s biggest gambles in the race to maintain and even extend its long-standing lead over other chipmakers in making chips smaller and faster, while breathing fresh life into the remorseless cycle of chip improvements on which the modern computing and electronics industries are founded.
The impact of Intel’s attempt to push ahead of the rest of the industry was felt more widely on Wednesday, as Applied Materials, which supplies Intel with manufacturing equipment, announced a $4.9bn acquisition to keep up with the new technology.
The US equipment maker said it would buy Varian Semiconductor Equipment to give it the capability to handle chips of greater complexity than those whose circuits are only 22 billionths of a metre wide – the scale at which Intel said it would begin manufacturing before the end of this year.
这家美国设备制造商表示，将收购Varian Semiconductor Equipment，以具备处理比目前22纳米芯片更复杂的芯片的能力，英特尔表示，将在今年底之前开始生产这种芯片。
Intel called its new chip design the most significant advance since the introduction in the 1950s of the silicon transistor, the building block in electronics. It said the breakthrough would also extend Moore’s Law – the accurate 1965 prediction by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore that the number of transistors on a chip could be doubled roughly every two years.
英特尔将其最新芯片设计称为自上世纪50年代硅晶体管问世以来最为重大的进步，晶体管是电子系统的基本构件。该公司表示，这项技术突破还将延长摩尔定律(Moore’s Law)，这是英特尔联合创始人戈登•摩尔(Gordon Moore)1965年做出的一项准确预测，他认为，芯片上晶体管的数量每两年就可增加约一倍。
That exponential rise in processing power has formed the basis for the steady advances in electronics since, though many in the industry fear that the chipmakers are approaching the limits of their ability to continue the improvements.
处理能力的指数级提升成为此后电子领域稳步发展的基础，尽管该行业很多人担心，芯片制造商正接近不断改进的能力极限。TAG标签： 英特尔 3D技术芯片 微处理器