IBM, in collaboration with Samsung and others has successfully cut the size of transistors in half. The most popular transistor in use today is about 14 nanometers (1 nanometer = 1 billionth of a meter), IBM’s chip contains transistors that are 7 nanometers across. These transistors are slightly larger than a strand of DNA! This equates to smaller and more efficient devices. Although the technology is still a couple years away from being realized, due to the difficulty in producing them, this working prototype means that we will surely see a huge leap in device advancement. Although phones may be getting larger (to accommodate larger screens), the chips that drive them can now become even smaller.

Read the NBC News article on this breakthrough here.