Chip majors Intel, Motorola and AMD are to cooperate with US government labs to create the next generation of computer technology, based on a technology dubbed 'extreme ultraviolet'.
The companies will attempt to create microprocessors as small as .1 of a micron in width. The limit currently is .25 of a micron, with companies including Intel and IBM manufacturing chips at that density.
The three companies will invest #157 million over the next three years in conjunction with the US Department of Energy labs, but foreign interest will not be excluded. Philips? ASM Lithography and Japanese company Nikon will also play a part. They have expertise in optical technology and lithography.
The physical limit to current chip technology has still not been reached but using extreme ultraviolet wavelengths will accelerate the process.
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