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NEC test-produces world's smallest transistor.

TOKYO, Dec. 8 Kyodo

NEC Corp. has test-produced what it claims the world's smallest transistor, which could significantly enhance data-processing speed and reduce power consumption, the electronics giant said Monday.

According to NEC, the transistor has a gate length of 5 nanometers, an advance on the 6-nanometer transistor International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) of the United States unveiled in December last year. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.

NEC's test production of the transistor has shown the possibility that computer and mobile phone microchips can be downsized to one-18th of the current size in mass production, which feature a gate length of 90 nanometers.

NEC said it made the most of existing technologies and commonly used silicon body in reducing the size, unlike the IBM 6-nanometer version, which has a different structure to that of transistors currently in use.
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Publication:Japan Computer Industry Scan
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Date:Dec 15, 2003
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