Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Discovery May Lead to Fastest Processors Yet...

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Would you like all of your devices to run even faster?
If so, your wish may just be granted.  It seems that the folks doing research at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered something that allows electrical switching (the on/off or 1/0 computing is based on) that is literally thousands of times faster than current processors allow.  This could mean really screaming speeds in our electronics.
It seems that the new way of doing this involves, not silicon, but a material called magnetite.  Getting this material to switch on/off took only 1 trillionth of a second.  Don't even ask me how they measured the time...
The idea, of course, is that the transistor, which has ruled the integrated circuit since its invention, is based on silicon.  If a new transistor could be created using magnetite, all bets are off on speeds of our devices.
I found a pretty good explanation of this at PCmag.com if you'd like more details.  This may turn out to be HUGE in our future!

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