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IBM Claims Chip Breakthrough Using Optical Lithography

Scientists at IBM's Almaden Research Center have discovered how to produce smaller and more powerful microchips, showing the way for the creation of miniscule microprocessors. A microchip using this technology could hold up to three times the circuitry without increasing its size, enabling a considerable increase in computing power. Current circuit-line techniques are not expected to work on chips smaller than 32nm. But IBM has created structures on a processor measuring 29.9nm using a form of deep-ultraviolet optical lithography. This latest breakthrough from IBM gives hope to the semiconductor industry and its use of optical lithography, which many believed before IBM’s discovery would soon become obsolete in chip-making processes.

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