There's a lot of work to be done to keep pushing out faster and better CPUs, and Intel is ahead of the game, of course. Its introducing a number of new technologies to improve the silicon
used in its chips.
By no means the least of these is the process of using strained silicon
. This increases transistor drive current which improves switching speed by making current flow more smoothly. It can increase performance by 30 percent, or provide a 4x improvement in inadvertent electricity leakage. Intel first used the technology in its 90-nanometer chips and will continue to refine and improve the process. Intel is also working on other improvements, including transistors that block power to other circuits, and other enhancements.