Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
FinFET Device Schematic

FinFET, also known as Fin Field Effect Transistor, is a type of non-planar or "3D" transistor used in the design of modern processors. As in earlier planar designs, it is built on a substrate of SOI (silicon on insulator). However, FinFET designs also use a conducting channel that rises above the level of the insulator, creating a thin, fin-shaped silicon structure called a gate electrode. The fin-shaped electrode allows multiple gates to operate on a single transistor.

This multi-gate process extends Moore's law, allowing semiconductor manufacturers to create CPUs (central processing unit) and memory modules that are smaller, faster, and consume less energy. Intel began releasing FinFET CPU technology in 2012 with its 22-nm Ivy Bridge processors.

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