Much, much faster transistors

Illinois researchers create world's fastest transistor ... again

From the article:Also:This paper is interesting in light of this report from Intel dated 2001:

Intel Researchers Build World's Fastest Silicon Transistors

From that article: This article claims that Intel's transisitors can "turn on and off more than a trillion times per second", meaning they are twice as fast as the Illinois transistors.

Either way, what you can see is that microprocessors have a lot of room for speed improvements. One problem with faster chips will be heat generation, so research is intensifying in this area:

Researchers propose center to develop future chip-cooling technologies

From the article:See also 1 terabyte hard disks.

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