IBM reveals worlds tiniest transistor

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posted on Dec, 9 2002 @ 11:48 PM
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The world's smallest electronic transistor, measuring just six billionths of a metre - has been created by researchers at IBM. The components could one day lead to more powerful computer chips, but engineers will first have to overcome a number of significant obstacles.

At six nanometres, the transistor is a tenth of the size of those found in the latest microprocessors. It can be switched on and off, but has not been incorporated into a larger electronic system. "It's analogous to the first ever transistor, which just about worked," says Steve Bush, of Electronics Weekly magazine in the UK. "This is amazingly small and is at the limit of what anyone can do."

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posted on Dec, 9 2002 @ 11:52 PM
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So they finally hit that limit? I never expected it to have been done so soon.

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posted on Dec, 15 2002 @ 01:10 AM
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In predicting the future there is something to understand, everything that is high tech will be realisable in a much smaller amo0unt of time than you excepect.



posted on Dec, 15 2002 @ 07:49 AM
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Originally posted by necro99:

"In predicting the future there is something to understand, everything that is high tech will be realisable in a much smaller amo0unt of time than you excepect."

well, possibly true now, but it certainly hasn't been in the past. the laser, for example, should have been very simple to develop, but in fact took decades.

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posted on Dec, 15 2002 @ 08:58 AM
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.. or indeed spell checking, it would seem..





 
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