• The first chips based on Intel's new 10nm process are expected in late 2016/early 2017, and the company says it's hoping to avoid the delays that haunted the belabored release of 14nm Broadwell. To hit 7nm, Intel says new materials will be required—as in, it looks like 10nm will finally be the end of the road for silicon.
  • The most likely replacement for silicon is a III-V semiconductor such as indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs), though Intel hasn't provided any specific details yet.
  • With 10nm, Intel hopes to carry the mantle of Moore's law forward to yet another node while continuing to decrease the price per transistor—in other words, we'll continue to see chips that consume slightly less power while also integrating yet more features onto a single die. 7nm, with a possible shift away from silicon, is more exciting; transistors fashioned out of III-V semiconductors can consume much less power w

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