IBM Achievements:


The company was able to achieve excellent results in the development of the processor on the technological process size of 2 nm. IBM expects the final release of chips using this technology in production in 3 years. This will happen after laboratory tests, tests, and performance adjustments are completed.



Processor Comparison:


As stated by the company itself, when testing the chips, a comparison with other processors operating on the 7 nm process was used. The fact is that such testing is more visual. And despite the fact that 5 nm processors have already become widespread, the comparison with the 7 nm process technology is clearer for users.


Peak Quoted Transistor Densities (MTr/mm2)
AnandTech IBM TSMC Intel Samsung
22nm     16.50  
16nm/14nm   28.88 44.67 33.32
10nm   52.51 100.76 95.08
7nm   91.20 237.18* 95.08
5nm   171.30    
3nm   292.21*    
2nm 333.33      


IBM Plans:


According to the company’s plans, such processors will be used in many variants. That is, there will be no restrictions in the application.


Such chips are interesting for many systems. These are, of course, primarily server systems. For example, for artificial intelligence and peripheral computing.



Also – of course, due to extreme energy savings-and in mobile devices.


In addition, IBM announced its plans to use such chips in its equipment. That is, it is planned to implement them in the company’s servers and mainframes.


Also, the technology of 2 nm processors will definitely be interesting for the space industry and communication systems. And, of course, industry – for in-line and mono-systems (robots).


The application for self-driving cars and smartphones is also interesting. For example, a performance test compared to the standard 7nm technology showed a 45% energy saving advantage. And when the frequency indicators were reduced to the levels of 7 nm of the process, the difference was already 75%.




The release of the chips was in Albany, USA. IBM’s own lab is located there.






Now only Samsung and TSMC can produce processors on an industrial scale. Of course, TSMC already has developed technologies for 2 nm processors, but IBM has already made test samples. And this is a huge step forward. And the winner in this race will be the first company that will be able to produce industrial output using such a popular technology.

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