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IBM helps build world’s first memory chip using 22-nanometer technology

Posted By Julie Moran Alterio On August 19, 2008 @ 11:09 am In IBM,Research | No Comments

IBM Corp. and its development partners at a microchip research laboratory in Albany have built the world’s first memory chip using 22-nanometer technology.

A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter, or about 80,000 times thinner than a human hair.

T.C. Chen, vice president of science and technology at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, said the breakthrough is a key achievement in the continued miniaturization of microelectronics. “We are working at the ultimate edge of what is possible,” Chen said.

The chip size of 22 nanometers is two generations away from today’s smallest scale for chip manufacturing, which is 45 nanometers. That’s the size IBM employs at its giant chip plant in East Fishkill.

IBM’s work in Albany is with AMD, Freescale, STMicroelectronics, Toshiba and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY-Albany.

The Albany site is the most advanced university-based nanoelectronics research complex in the world, IBM said.

Last month, IBM said it would expand its operations at Albany NanoTech by investing about $375 million, which is expected to create 325 research and development jobs there. The state will provide $25 million in aid as well.

The deal was part of a larger $1.5 billion investment in New York facilities by IBM and a total state aid package of $140 million.

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