The Reading / Listening - Microchips - Level 1

Smartphones can do more and more things. Fifteen years ago, they could not store movies. Computer chip technology has advanced quickly. We can now stream movies, store huge amounts of data and play amazing games. IBM announced a breakthrough. Its new chips have 45 per cent better performance and use 75 per cent less energy. This is good for the environment. Mobile phone battery life will improve. We will only need to charge phones every four days.



IBM has reduced the size of chips. Computer engineers measure them in nanometres. One nanometre is a billionth of a metre. IBM's new chip is just 2nm. A computer expert said: "We have seen semiconductor manufacturers moving from 14nm to 7nm." He said IBM's new chip could make artificial intelligence better. The chips could also let data centres store more information. However, data centres use one per cent of the world's electricity.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Microchips - Level 0 Microchips - Level 2   or  Microchips - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252500454/IBM-Another-chip-in-the-wall
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57009930
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/06/tech/ibm-semiconductor-two-nanometer/index.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Smartphones can do more
  2. they could not store
  3. computer chip
  4. We can now
  5. store huge amounts
  6. IBM announced
  7. This is good for the
  8. Mobile phone battery life
  1. will improve
  2. technology
  3. of data
  4. a breakthrough
  5. and more things
  6. stream movies
  7. movies
  8. environment

Paragraph 2

  1. IBM has reduced the
  2. One nanometre is a billionth
  3. A computer
  4. semiconductor
  5. artificial
  6. let data centres
  7. data
  8. one per cent of the world's
  1. manufacturers
  2. electricity
  3. intelligence
  4. of a metre
  5. centres
  6. expert
  7. store more
  8. size of chips

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Smartphones can (1) ___________________ more things. Fifteen years ago, they (2) ___________________ movies. Computer chip technology has advanced quickly. We can now stream movies, store huge (3) ___________________ and play amazing games. IBM announced a breakthrough. Its (4) ___________________ 45 per cent better performance and use 75 per cent less energy. This is good (5) ___________________. Mobile phone battery life will improve. We will only need to charge phones (6) ___________________.

IBM has (7) ___________________ of chips. Computer engineers measure them in nanometres. One nanometre (8) ___________________ of a metre. IBM's new chip is just 2nm. (9) ___________________ said: "We have seen semiconductor manufacturers moving from 14nm to 7nm." He said IBM's new chip (10) ___________________ intelligence better. The chips could also let data centres (11) ___________________. However, data centres use one per cent of (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Smartphonescandomoreandmorethings.Fifteenyearsago,theycould
notstoremovies.Computerchiptechnologyhasadvancedquickly.Wec
annowstreammovies,storehugeamountsofdataandplayamazingga
mes.IBMannouncedabreakthrough.Itsnewchipshave45percentbett
erperformanceanduse75percentlessenergy.Thisisgoodfortheenviro
nment.Mobilephonebatterylifewillimprove.Wewillonlyneedtocharge
phoneseveryfourdays.IBMhasreducedthesizeofchips.Computerengi
neersmeasuretheminnanometres.Onenanometreisabillionthofamet
re.IBM'snewchipisjust2nm.Acomputerexpertsaid:"Wehaveseense
miconductormanufacturersmovingfrom14nmto7nm."HesaidIBM'sn
ewchipcouldmakeartificialintelligencebetter.Thechipscouldalsoletd
atacentresstoremoreinformation.However,datacentresuseoneperc
entoftheworld'selectricity.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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