The article ‘Intel Increases Speed by Building Upward’ by Markoff John was published on the 4th of May, 2011, in The New York Times, Science Section of the paper. The article is based on Hillsboro, Ore; on Intel’s announcement on its discovery of making computer chips process information faster, using less power and occupying less space. The article explains a little history on how computer chips came to being and their development. It explains in detail how the transistors were built and how Intel is building them up.
What I liked about the article is that it explains in details how building the transistor upwards creates space. The article shows that building upwards gives the designers another dimension hence a three dimension transistor plan, which they call Finfet that fin field-effect transistor usually on a very small post. I also liked the fact that Intel is confident in its ability to work out the problem of making computer chips that are 10-nanometers as well as provision of high speed technology. Thus they will win over the technology world in the near future. The company is expected to make chips that will consume 37 percent less power hence it will conserve power up to 50 percent (Markoff 5). I also liked the fact that the company is taking a huge risk that makes their competitors think they took a big gamble which is what the industry and healthy competition is all about.
What I did not like is the fact that the company does not give the technical facts on the process fully and hence the technicality of the process remains a mirage that the reader does not know. I feel that there was a need for them to give a little more elaborate technical facts about the transistors and chips to avoid complexity. I also do not like the fact that the company does not give a detailed report on how the system is supposed to work and the fact that they are speed conscious and not power conscious.
Markoff, John. Intel Increases Transistor Speed by Building Upward. The New York Times. 4
May, 2011. Web. 22 June, 2011.