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Samsung and IBM, which are jointly developing future chip manufacturing technologies, have announced a breakthrough that will allow them to perform twice as fast as processors made with existing technologies, or a reduction of up to 85 percent in energy consumption, allowing smartphones to run for a week or more Need to recharge the battery.
The new technology, VTFET as it is called, enables the production of chips with circuits connected to each other vertically – that is, one above the other – instead of in a balanced way today. In this way it is possible to compress a much larger number of circuits within a chip that maintains the same size, and also to optimize the energy transfer between the circuits.
With the exception of ultra-fast smartphones or extreme battery life, the manufacturers claim that future chips could also enable more secure encryption without compromising performance, more advanced end equipment and artificial intelligence capabilities, fast mining of cryptocurrencies and even satellites and spacecraft that are currently impossible to launch.
However, it is important to emphasize that this is still a technology that is in a research phase, and Samsung or IBM do not have an assessment that they are willing to publish when exactly such chips will hit the market. This is probably a matter of years.
It should be noted that this month Intel also announced some of its future plans, including technology that will allow the connection of circuits vertically. It seems that this field is going to be particularly competitive in the coming years, while the major manufacturers in the field will need to switch to completely new production technologies in order to maintain the rapid pace of progress of the industry.