Chip Chip Hurray for IBM

Big Blue has found a novel way to speed the flow of electrons -- which will mean faster computers, and cheaper, more powerful telecom gear

Intel Corp. co-founder Gordon E. Moore always insisted that shrinking the size of transistors and circuit lines is only one aspect of Moore's Law -- the tenet that chip power doubles every 18 months. Just as important, he says, is "cleverness" in designing chip layouts and in engineering new materials. If he had to pick today's cleverness champ in materials, it might well be IBM. Over the last four years, Big Blue has unveiled a string of chip innovations that make chips run faster and more efficiently.

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