Intel prepares for next 20 years of chip making

Intel pulled back the curtain Friday on some of its future research projects to continue making transistors smaller, faster and less power-hungry out as far as 2020.

In a briefing for reporters and analysts at the company's Santa Clara, Calif., headquarters, Intel researchers discussed exotic materials such as carbon nanotubes and nanowires as well as novel techniques to take the transistor down to the atomic level.

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