Intel’s New ‘Ivy Bridge’ Computer Chips

Posted on July 9, 2012
Archive : July 2012
Category : Triz Blog

Intel’s New ‘Ivy Bridge’ Computer Chips

When we see the latest high-tech developments announced, it can be instructive how they still fit into the generic solutions contained in the 40 Principles.

I was recently reading of Intel’s latest range of computer chips and their breakthrough new design. For years, the computer industry has been shrinking the size of the millions (or billions) of transistors that make up a computer chip – cramming more in adds processing power in a given space, but more importantly allows the chip to run faster and consume less power. To this end, the spacing of the transistors has shrunk with each new generation of chip.

To allow this trend to continue, now down to 22 nanometre (nm) pitch, Intel has devised the Ivy Bridge chip. The change that has made this possible?

Principle 17 – another dimension

Instead of the transistors being etched into the flat surface of the silicon, they are now raised up into a 3D structure.

Read the full BBC news articlew on Intel's new Ivy Bridge chips.


Two Storey TEnt

– another example of getting more into a given area by using  ‘Another Dimension.


2 storey tent

Neil Sherry

Chartered Engineer; TRIZ facilitator, trainer, problem solver and consultant for Oxford Creativity - a TRIZ company based in Oxford, United Kingdom. www.triz.co.uk

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