Hardware

Images: Chips of the future

The thing that looks like a wig is the triple gate. The black line is a layer of metal, a new feature for chips. The two are wrapped around what is called a source-drain fin. Without these sorts of changes--and other semiconductor manufacturers are doing similar things--chip designers could not continue to add transistors to chips.

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