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Anyone know what happened to these 81ghz Diamond processors?

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The article is from 2003 and I was wondering if anyone knows if development has stopped or is still going or if they had problems.

http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/8...ated-20030827/
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Dead link.

EDIT: My work filter probably kicked in and it isn't telling me. I just get a 404 error.

EDIT 2: source

Found this through mac rumors in 2004.

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A 81GHz (12.3psec) transistor does not do an awful lot. The only thing it can do is invert a signal from positive to negative, or negative to positive.

You need to string multiple transistors along to do real work, and that would make it less than 81GHz.

Also, diamonds would need to be grown as a single crystal, and I foresee DeBeers sending its corporate-espionage-assassin hitmen to kill the people that seek to grow diamonds. That would eat into their bread-and-butter. No chance they are going to allow that to happen.

Unfortunately, real diamonds are not found in large enough sizes with which to base a semiconductor factory out of. Plus, the sizes are not consistent, and so robotic handling of natural diamonds would be problematic. Plus, the orientation of the crystal is not consistent either.

I don't see DeBeers letting this happen anytime soon. They have had a monopoly on the diamond business for centuries, and with that, money and influence. About the only thing that would do it is if all of a sudden people didn't value their diamonds anymore. I think if the artificial limit on diamond availability were not in place, sapphires or rubies would be more valuable than diamonds.

What is a diamond? Compressed carbon in a tetrahedral configuration. How common is carbon in this Earth? Heck, we have carbon in the air!!!

Edited by That Guy - 7/25/11 at 3:59pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by That Guy View Post
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Works for me.
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its kinda like that 80 core processor from intel wonder if they are still doing it
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hey, thats like those fake diamond commercials that say "she will pretty much have to"

but now the guys want them. and we will "pretty much have to" if our wives/girlfriends buy us some hex core 81 ghz processors lolz
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cost, who on earth can afford a diamond proccesor, if you have that sort of money you should be spending it on better things, unless it goes to folding or a decent cause.
    
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It is not difficult to create a very simple CPU that runs at an incredibly high frequency using a few techniques that we've discovered. However, these CPUs are so simple and inefficient that even at 50Ghz it wouldn't be fit to run a mobile phone. However, once you try to create a modern processor using those techniques everything falls apart and gets extremely expensive.

There was a time when a quad core 5Ghz CPU in a home computer would have made scientists laugh. Worry not, we're slowly improving.
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