May 18, 2004
Intel has acknowledged that it hit a “thermal wall” on its microprocessor line by raising the clock speed of its chips and reducing the minimum feature size to 90 nanometers from the industry standard of 130 nanometers.
“Classical scaling is dead,” said Bernard S. Meyerson, chief technologist for I.B.M.’s systems and technology group. “In the past, the way everyone made chips faster was to simply shrink them.”
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