National Semiconductor has also begun producing the Cyrix-brand chips with the advanced 0.25-micron manufacturing process. The shift also represents a way for National to stay competitive in anincreasingly difficult pricing environment. In the future, National will bemanufacturing more of its Cyrix-brandprocessors, rather than having third parties make them, which will reducecosts. National announced that it has begun to produce Cyrix M II and MediaGXprocessors on the advanced 0.25-micron manufacturing process in its plantin South Portland, Maine, and will begin to ship production units basedaround the 0.25-micron process by September, said a spokesman.
CNET también está disponible en español, Don't show this again, By contrast, today's commonly used processors for desktop PCs have up to 7.5 million transistors and run at up to 450 MHz, In general, advanced production techniques allow more transistors to becrammed into the same amount of real estate, thereby increasing thehorsepower of the chip, Also, as the transistors are pushed closertogether, this increases a chip's speed because the distance between thetransistors is reduced, Using juice pack external battery case with wireless charging for apple iphone 7 and 8 - black comparable measurement methods to today's processors, the TI chipswill be made on a 0.1 micron process, while today PC processors are madeusing the "fatter" 0.25-micron process by companies such as Intel, Nextyear a select few will introduce 0.18-micron process chips..
TI says the new manufacturing techniques will allow the development of someunique applications, such as a hearing aide that could be implanted in the innerear, or wireless telephones that have video and data capabilities. Among the more pragmatic computing possibilities: hard disk drives that arefaster and cheaper. Also, the UltraSparc processors from SunMicrosystems, which TI manufactures for Sun, should see clock speedgains as a result of the new technology. A TI spokesperson said products using the advanced manufacturing processcould be available as soon as 2001. Analysts were cautiously optimisticabout the announcement.
"This is clearly encouraging for the future of the chip industry," saidFred Zieber, president of San Jose-based Pathfinder Research,while noting that in lab conditions, researchers have made smallertransistors but haven't yet developed the manufacturing equipment neededfor large scale production of chips, He hypothesized that TI has tweakedcurrent manufacturing equipment to enable production of the 0.07 microntransistors, Indeed, the new manufacturing process would place TI ahead of industrypredictions--the U.S.SemiconductorIndustry Association juice pack external battery case with wireless charging for apple iphone 7 and 8 - black estimates companies won't be making chips with 0.13micron features until the year 2003, for instance..
While the company declined to comment fully on the details of its advances,TI is expected to make the chips using copper. Copper conducts electricitybetter than aluminum, the metal traditionally used for circuitry onmicroprocessors, and thus is expected to become the metal of choice formicroprocessor circuits as chips get smaller and faster. Copperinterconnects allow the chip size to be reduced while speed and complexityis increased. TI has also developed technology for creating a layer of insulation aroundthe tiny wires of a chip that reduces harmful electrical effects that sapenergy and hinder performance that could be used in making its minutest oftransistors.
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