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As to some of what others have contributed, 10 years ago, many of us would have never expected to need anything bigger than a 40 meg hard drive.
CHICAGO -- An electrical engineer at the University of Illinois is testing a superfast computer chip that cycles 600 billion times a second and could get a lot faster.
The new chip developed by researchers led by Milton Feng eclipsed the previous record of 560 billion cycles set by Japanese engineers. Feng told the journal applied Physics Letters the chip may reach speeds of 1 trillion cycles a second, the Chicago Sun-Times said.
The chip promises to make applications like Internet connections 100 times faster than current broadband.
The indium phosphide and indium gallium arsenide semiconductor is super efficient. It runs cooler than current silicon chips and would greatly extend battery life of portable electronic equipment like cellular telephones and laptop computers.
The new chips initially would cost 100 times more to manufacture, but those costs would drop quickly making the chip more affordable, Feng said.