What’s a Transistor? Meet Haf “The Smallinator”

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What is a transistor and how do the hundreds of millions of them work on a processor not much larger than a postage stamp? Meet Haf the little frog who learns about a big change in technology. Transistors are the essential building block inside all modern electronics devices. Yet they keep shrinking, this time thanks to Intel’s hafnium-based high-k and metal gate technology. At 45nm, these transistors are so tiny that you could fit more than 300 million of them onto the head of a pin and more than 400 million of them will power Intel’s soon-to-be-released chips. See it here. Thanks to graphic artist and director Geoff McFetridge who created the film.


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