Oct 13, 2020
Apple iPhone 12: The chip advance set to make smartphones smarter
The "Five nanometre process" involved refers to the fact that the chip's transistors have been shrunk down - the tiny on-off switches are now only about 25 atoms wide - allowing billions more to be packed in. Today the 5nm reference is little more than a marketing term and two foundries using the same designation may offer transistors with different performance. Another Chinese tech giant, Huawei, has also found itself unable to get its own Kirin 5nm chip designs manufactured as a result of a more recent intervention by the Trump administration. As chips advance, more tasks that used to be sent to remote computer servers for processing can be done locally. Bigger gains can also be delivered because chip designers get space to create more special sections known as "Accelerators".
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