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Lowest nm transistors can go?

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So we're at 32nm now, does anyone know the physical limit to it? I remember a scientist (Michio Kaku I think?) saying how once we get to a certion size quantum physics stuff takes over and the electrons start doing weird stuff.
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According to Wikipedia, 11nm is the smallest silicon can go. After that, we run into quantum tunneling issues, where the electrons leak.
Edited by gregory121295 - 7/22/11 at 8:11pm
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Intel is working on 22nm with 3D transistors iirc. Not sure how far we can go but with 3D transistors I would think 12-20nm is possible. I remember when 45nm came out and I was like whoa!
    
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Originally Posted by gregory121295;14313564 
According to Wikipedia, 11nm is the smallest silicon can go. After that, we run into quantum tunneling issues, where the electrons leak.

However, can graphene, create smaller transistors?
    
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I see magnetic containment fields in the future...
    
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Aren't the Terminators based off of 11nm architecture?
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Originally Posted by Build It Fast;14313578 
However, can graphene, create smaller transistors?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_nanotube

Nanotubes, made of graphene seem to be the way that future CPUs are going to be manufactured.

I just want to know, where are we going to go after that? The tube's wall is just 1 atom thick. How can it get any smaller than that?
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Nanobots will carry the electricity through the cpu.


Whats the really old Saturday morning cartoon which took place inside a computer?
    
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isn't it called moores law where technology can go only so far
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared;14314438 
Nanobots will carry the electricity through the cpu.


Whats the really old Saturday morning cartoon which took place inside a computer?

i believe you are thinking of "Reboot"
Edited by hxcnero - 7/22/11 at 10:35pm
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