7/20/2011

The transistor, a staple of the semiconductor industry for decades, is undergoing changes on a number of fronts, as technologists address challenges in short-channel effects caused by smaller device features. While some chipmakers are turning to new approaches, such as the "fins" of Intel's tri-gate design, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is sticking with the planar transistor in the 20-nanometer process generation.

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