Intel puts Tri-Gate transistor on fast track

June 12, 2003 | Source: CNET

The Tri-Gate transistor, one of the tools that may let Intel continue to follow Moore’s Law in the second half of the decade, has been placed on the “pathfinder” development path at Intel, meaning it will get incorporated into chips by 2007.

Tri-Gate transistors avoid leakage (leads to poor battery life and excess internal heat) by increasing the surface area of the gate, which leads to a more stable flow of electricity, which in turn can lead to greater performance, less leakage or both.