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IBM's party pooping press release

Curious about how it was that a really big technical advance was announced by two separate companies at the same time, over a weekend? Me too!

The Register has a really interesting piece on how this all happened. Basically Intel is about a year ahead of IBM, but IBM got wind of Intel’s plans to announce in late January and arranged to have their hastily-patched together announcement floated at the same time as Intel’s. And, evidently, they cribbed from a pre-release version of Intel’s announcement. Classy.

Bonus factoid: the new fab materials include hafnium. Now you can be the envy of your next cocktail party.

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