Intel has released a smaller 45-nanometer (nm) transistor chip that may lead to faster, sleeker computers with a better battery life and reduced energy consumption. The transistor, which was reduced from 65nm to 45nm, measures 1 billionth of a meter and is so small that an estimated 400 of the newly sized semiconductors could fit inside a single human red blood cell. Intel indicates the new transistors mark the biggest change to the every shrinking transistor in 40 years.
The Intel Core 2 Extreme quad core processor is the first desktop to contain the 45nm transistors. New 45-nm chips for laptops and other computers devices will hit the market in 2008.