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  • Who wants a 300 Ghz CPU for Their Custom Rig?

    No, no...I'm not offering....but:

    IBM working with the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new type of transistor that runs at 500 Ghz at near absolute zero and 300 Ghz at room temperature.

    The new transistor is made of silicon laced with the exotic chemical element germanium. It is predicted that new chips comprised of the new transistors could be seen in commercial products in as little as a couple of years (most likely in wireless devices). They won't be running nearly that fast, but the knowledge gained from the technology could be used to significantly boost current chip speeds.

    My questions are: Will IBM make a resurgence in the PC CPU arena (e.g. "Yeah, Hi...IBM? This is Steve Jobs...Hey, we're sorry about going with Intel for our new Macs..." or will they concentrate on the mobile phone, PDA, or other non-PC technology? Will Intel and AMD be able to reverse engineer the technology and use it for their chips? Maybe silicon won't be dead any time soon!

    Link to the full Reuter's article:

    IBM develops speedier transistor
    LoyalGuard

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    Re: Who wants a 300 Ghz CPU for Their Custom Rig?

    Originally posted by loyalguard
    exotic chemical element germanium.
    Say that three times fast...

    It'll be really interesting to start combining this technology with man-made diamonds since diamonds won't melt...

    You just have to worry about your processor burning a hole through your motherboard and case ;).

    It's the frickin' China Syndrome!!

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      Re: Who wants a 300 Ghz CPU for Their Custom Rig?

      Wow, so, is this pointing towards a HUGE leap in avg processor speed?

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        Re: Who wants a 300 Ghz CPU for Their Custom Rig?

        When they do come out, then will you be offering one?
        AKA ContingencyPlan


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