News IBM declares 1.8nm transistor tech breakthrough

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  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    "Projections that suggest" doesn't sound very definite, though...
     
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    It's a lot more definite than what we had before, which were projections that suggested 1.8nm was entirely impossible...
     
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    Holy crap, way to go IBM! If this becomes mainstream (for servers, of course) then it'll be amazing to know that this is just the first generation product. I doubt that carbon nanotubes can be made much smaller than they are now, let alone functional at a smaller size, so I'm guessing this technology will probably be the end of the line of transistor shrinking. But supposing Intel finds an alternative way to go even smaller, there will be a point where we can't shrink transistors anymore. If quantum computers aren't ready yet, that means the progression of silicon and carbon based processors will slow down dramatically, where the only way to really improve performance and efficiency is by adding more cores and instruction sets.
     
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    Whoopsie. Yeah, that'd pretty much just be a carbon tube, wouldn't it? I'll go fix, ta!
     
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    It's been getting in the way since the move to copper interconnects around 2000, really :D
     
  7. Corky42

    Corky42 What did walle eat for breakfast?

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    Someone really needs to have a word with the scientists about these so called laws of physics. ;):D
     
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    They are not really 'laws' more ''guidelines'' ;)
     
  9. Xir

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    Oh they still count, it's the circumventions that are exceptional. :D
     

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