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Yeah, I wonder what the next step in computing will be, after 16nm comes out...
light.
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God said "Let there be Battlefield 9142"

and it was buggy
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light.
We'll be doing carbon nanotubes before light photons.
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Well, if we were to go to quantum processing, would silicon still be a viable substrate?
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Well, if we were to go to quantum processing, would silicon still be a viable substrate?
Doubt it.
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Well, if we were to go to quantum processing, would silicon still be a viable substrate?
No, because quantum processors inherently use photons instead of electrons to transport data, due to certain properties of light (watch Dr. Quantum on Youtube for a quick headsup), it would have to be some form of optical medium.

EDIT: Sorry I should of said, electron particles do exibits the same characteristics as photons, it's just, lets say, easier to harness the properties of photons for their quantum characteristics.

Oh and there is only so far they can go with multiple cores as they are bandwidth limited by the buses. Plus they really need to start pouring more money into actual software development atm before they concern themselves with getting better CPUs.
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By that time, they'll probably get battling for half-nodes so I think they'll be able to force a 13nm or so. At that process, they have SO much real estate on the silicon to play with. I can't even begin to imagine what they could do to fill that up. We can only use so many cores, stream processors, and L2 cache.... Either that or the chips will be so small that even an IHS would crush it.
    
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post #18 of 31
Nanotubes work really well over long distances, but the traditional transistor doesn't work with them.

Light, on the other hand, has the useful property of wave interference, so it would be possible to do AND, NOR, NAND, OR, XOR, NOT gates based on placing obstacles to change the wavelength temporarily.
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post #19 of 31
What does quantum processing entail?
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post #20 of 31
silicon has really come to its limits. They sure have milked alot out of it though.
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