IBM Research talked about the creation of the first test semiconductor with 2-nanometer technology. It will mark a smaller energy footprint on the ecosystem.

According to IBM, the 2-nanometer processor will improve performance by 45% while using the same amount of power or even less energy. The test chips can fix 50 billion transistors on a chip, which is right the size of a fingernail.

IBM Research Center developed the 2-nanometer test chip in its Albany, New York Lab. Mukesh Khare, Hybrid Cloud VP of IBM, said that the company produced a 2 nm technology milestone on a 300 mm silicon wafer built at the Albany facility.

IBM is also partnering with the State of New York, Samsung Electronics, and Intel on advancing semiconductor designs. Historically, IBM created the initial 5nm and 7nm test chips in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

IBM reports that the 2 nm processors will accelerate applications across various technologies, including edge computing, artificial intelligence, and autonomous systems. It also mentioned the technology’s major use would be seen in IBM Power Systems, IBM Z, and other systems.

Director of IBM Research Dario Gill mentioned that the new processor will address sustainability and climate change issues. The data centers account for 1% of the global energy usage.

Khare also said that the production of 2 nm technology would start toward the end of 2024.