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Im sick of silicone... Any info on Higher clock speed cpus?/and or how we are actively investigating overcoming this problem?

Yes every year we throw more and more cores in are cpus which makes them faster with the according progs, but when can we expect to see 10GHZ?


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A single transistor can switch in the Terahertz range by itself and Intel has shown this off before (google it), however the copper wires and the distances between the transistors heavily limit us. We are hitting the limit of how fast electrons can flow through copper. Even though electrons can travel near the speed of light, as they pass through materials such as copper, they hit the nuclei of the copper atoms and bounce back and forth making the distance they actually travel forward somewhat slow. With all these collisions happening it creates heat due to the friction. Heat is a measure of how much an atom is vibrating back and forth. Because the copper atoms are vibrating so much it further increases the friction making even more heat while even more-so slowing down the electrons. This is why we try to keep our processors cool so we can overclock higher. With less collisions the electrons move onwards faster which can yield a higher clock speed. Also by making processors smaller it decreases the distance between the transistors which is 1 of the many reasons we are still slightly getting faster.

Processors will not get a significant clock speed increase until we use different materials. I personally think it would be great if we could build a transistor that could switch off of light. Then we should be able to hit terahert frequencies.
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Edited by peck1234 - 8/8/11 at 12:13am
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This was on Tom's Hardware in 2009

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/253880-29-cpus-stuck-3ghz
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This was intel prediction in 2000

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Intel predicts 10GHz chips by 2011

Jul. 26, 2000 (1:22 pm) By: admin




Intel is predicting that its microprocessors will hit 10GHz by the year 2011. In addition, it is currently working on a system bus that is 10 times faster than its upcoming 400 MHz (4*100MHz) Pentium 4 system bus, working at effective speeds of around 4 GHz.

What will we do with all that processor power? Intel is working hard to bring high-end applications to your desktop featuring much more video, speech interaction, and more complex and functional user interfaces.

Read more at ZDNet.



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Hopefully, most of you are familiar with Moore's Law, so this doesn't come as a surprise to you. If not, Moore's Law states that the number of transistors in a common microprocessor will double every 18 months. As well, it can be applied to processor speed and many other computing/technology metrics. This law has more or less (no pun intended) held true since the transistor was invented. So, assuming that early 2001 is a time when 1 GHz processors are rampant let's see what we get if we apply Moore's Law:

early 2001: 1 GHz
mid 2002: 2 GHz
early 2004: 4 GHz
mid 2005: 8 GHz
early 2007: 16 GHz
mid 2008: 32 GHz
early 2010: 64 GHz
mid 2011: 128 GHz

This is very interesting indeed. Intel appears to be underestimating progress in 2011 by a full factor of 10. Even by doing that, it's still making headlines with its predictions. Some will call this crazy, but those that yell the loudest have the shortest memories.

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This was intel prediction in 2000

128 Ghz? lol who needs a video card? You can run a game with Ray Tracing rendering at 30fps at those speeds.
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intel have the technology but they are not launching it because they want to take profit every year they will gradually increase the speeds of a system so that they can maxiize the profit
    
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2011 isn't over yet!rolleyes.gif They only need to push a few more Ghz!
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Well intel has a 4.4ghz stock xeon cpu that's used in servers. The limits are rising, but it's going to be a while before we're at 10ghz...
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Many 2600k users have there clocks up to 5GHz. 5 X 4 = 20Ghz. But there not "really" communicating with each-other rite?
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Originally Posted by peck1234;14494069 
Many 2600k users have there clocks up to 5GHz. 5 X 4 = 20Ghz. But there not "really" communicating with each-other rite?
That is not how you calculate GHz.... And also each core can share and access data from another The "talk" between each other.
 
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Originally Posted by peck1234;14493927 
Im sick of silicone... Any info on Higher clock speed cpus?/and or how we are actively investigating overcoming this problem?

Yes every year we throw more and more cores in are cpus which makes them faster with the according progs, but when can we expect to see 10GHZ?

why? I don't think breast implants are that bad.....
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