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." www.newscientist.com...
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