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IBM on Monday said it had invented technology that could reduce power consumption and speed up the performance of processors used in PCs, servers and other devices.

IBM週一表示,它已發明出相關技術,可以讓用於個人電腦、伺服器及其他裝置上的處理器減少耗電並提升效能。

 

The company has shrunk the smallest features in test memory chips used in CPUs to 22 nanometers, which could enable processors to have more features and perform more quickly while consuming less power.

該公司已經把中央處理器(CPU)所用的測試記憶晶片之最細微功能特徵,縮小至22奈米,如此可讓處理器擁有更多特色,運算速度更快,耗電卻更少。

 

The memory chips, called static random access memory (SRAM) cells, are part of a CPU where data is temporarily stored before being processed.

這種記憶晶片稱為「靜態隨機存取記憶體」(SRAM)單元,是CPU的一個組成部分,用來暫時儲存處理前的資料。

 

Reducing the memory cell’s size is one step in shrinking the entire microprocessor, said Mukesh Khare, project manager at IBM. The company hopes to see CPUs manufactured using the 22-nm process by 2011, Khare said.

減少這種記憶體單元的體積,是縮小整個微處理器的一個步驟,IBM專案經理穆克希.哈爾說。該公司希望最遲於2011年時,能製造出採用22奈米製程的CPU,哈爾說。

 

With the smaller features, IBM could put more functions on a smaller chip, such as adding 3-D graphics or animation capabilities, or put graphics chips inside microprocessors, he said.

功能特徵體積更小,IBM便可在更小的晶片上放入更多功能,諸如增加3D繪圖或動畫處理功能,或將繪圖晶片放進微處理器中,他說。

 

新聞辭典

CPU:英文全稱是Central Processing Unit,即「中央處理器」,是現代電腦最核心的元件,亦稱microprocessor(微處理器),或簡稱為processor(處理器)。

 

nanometer:奈米,為長度單位,等於10億分之1米,數學符號為nm。

 

animation:名詞,動畫、卡通片。animation另一個常見意思是「活潑、熱烈」,例句:They talked of their holiday plans with great animation.(他們非常起勁地談著度假計畫。)

 

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