IBM unveils first 2nm chip technology

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IBM has unveiled a breakthrough in semiconductor design and process with the development of the world's first chip with 2nm nanosheet technology.

According to IBM, when compared to the 7nm process, this new chip technology is projected to achieve 45 percent higher performance, or 75 percent lower energy use than today's most advanced 7 nm node chips.

The potential benefits of these advanced 2nm chips could include the quadrupling of cell phone battery life, and the slashing of the carbon footprint of data centres, which account for one percent of global energy use.

The 2nm design demonstrates the advanced scaling of semiconductors using IBM’s nanosheet technology, allowing chips to fit 50 billion transistors on a chip “the size of a fingernail”.

The new 2nm semiconductor “is the product of IBM’s approach of taking on hard tech challenges and a demonstration of how breakthroughs can result from sustained investments and a collaborative R&D ecosystem approach,” said Darío Gil, SVP and Director of IBM Research.