The nm Game ?
A lot has happened in the last decade in the semiconductor industry. Companies have continued marketing their chips in terms of x nm, y nm, etc., but the general public seems unable to catch up with them. So, I came up with another ByteBlog.
What exactly is this nm?
Firstly nm stands for nanometer, which is one-billionth of a meter, and this precisely in industry terms refers to the architecture they have used to build a particular processor. So, if a company claims that a specific processor is built on a 7 nm architecture, transistor(s) present on that particular processor happens to be of size 7 nm.
I just thought to put a video that I felt might help build up the interest as you read this blog. 😉
How far have we evolved?
We started with 20,000 nm somewhere in 1960 and are currently on 5 nm, and we already have the roadmap towards 2 nm architecture. That is tremendous!
What does this mean?
Less architecture size means it is more efficient, and you can squeeze more performance for less power. So, the scope of computing increase with the reduction in the architecture size.
Smartphones are showing the most dominating progress in this field because today's world is miniaturization driven.
That is it for today because if we dive deeper, there would be too many terms that I feel you won't be comfortable with, and this blog will not be a ByteBlog anymore. So, until the new blog shows up, keep learning, and I am incredibly sorry for the delayed response to your queries.
Also, in an effort to bring the best of the open-source content to my blog readers, I have embedded a series of videos.