Today Intel announced plans to produce and distribute the world’s first 3-D transistor – a revolutionary breakthrough in computer hardware that heralds a new generation of more powerful computer chips that consume less energy. Dubbed the “Tri-Gate” transistor, the device is 37% more energy-efficient than current 2D transistors at low voltages and consumes less than half the energy of 2D transistors while running at the same performance level. Transistors form the building blocks of modern electronics, so the breakthrough has far-reaching implications for devices ranging from mobile phones to computers, medical equipment, and vehicles.


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