We often encounter problems with our smartphones nowadays regarding battery life because of our increased dependency on their use. Now, two big companies Samsung and International Business Machines (IBM) have designed a new chip that could ease our dilemma and lengthen our phone’s battery life.
During the International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM) conference, IBM and Samsung launched a new design for stacking transistors. The new architecture features Vertical Transport Field Effect Transistors (VTFET), meaning the transistors are positioned perpendicularly to one another while the current flows through them vertically.
In comparison, the current design of processors or SoC’s have the transistors are placed flat on the surface (FinFET design) and the electricity flows from side to side. The new VTFET design will allow greater density of these components per chip and therefore increase their potential for improving power efficiency.
Samsung and IBM want to waste less energy by extending Moore’s law beyond the nanosheet threshold. They mention that the new architecture will double the performance or are more efficient by using 85% less power than the current FinFET design.
Lastly, the two companies claim that these innovations in their new chip design can allow our smartphones to last a week on a single charge. The companies also said that energy-intensive tasks such as crypto mining can be more power-efficient therefore lessening their impact on the environment.
There has been no information from Samsung and IBM regarding the commercialization of the new chip design. We can assume that this technology is still a couple of years away.