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[ET] IBM creates 9nm carbon nanotube transistor that outperforms silicon

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IBM has demonstrated a nine nanometer (9nm) carbon nanotube transistor (CNT) — the smallest CNT ever made, and significantly smaller than any commercial silicon transistor. At 9nm, IBM’s transistor is also smaller than the physical limit of silicon transistors, which is around 11nm.

Beyond its diminutive size, the 9nm CNT is capable of switching at very low voltages (0.5V), thus consuming less power than its silicon counterparts — but it can also carry four times as much current, meaning a better signal quality and a wider range of applications.

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Very, very interesting stuff! This could mean a whole heck of a lot for computing. Way more power, much less heat and all in an extremely small package which screams overclockability! Probably won't be around for a while, but hey, nice to see that real innovation is coming.
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Success.
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Now create CPU's with those and bring Intel some competition ...
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IBM = win
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Now create CPU's with those and bring Intel some competition ...

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HELL YEAH, carbon nanotubes are also incredibly strong. IBM = DA SHIZ
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Not gonna work since IBM doesn't have an x86 license. They would have to buy AMD or VIA to compete unless they went ARM, and even that won't help much I suspect. ARM would have a lot of catching up to do since anything useful runs on x86, and they would have to resort to emulation of some sort to even be taken seriously. Then you would have the performance increase go down the drain, IBM would be better off selling the technology to Intel who would likely use the tech.
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OP's avatar is perfect for the article.
Looking forward to the future. tongue.gif
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IBM are a really cool company, always pushing things forward.
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