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With the advent of 22nm CPU technology, Intel has openly stated that going beyond 18nm will be such a colossal undertaking that we may have to venture to quantum computing to solve our technological distress beyond that point. And this is said to be near 2018 that 18nm would even be on the drawing board.

Now that we've moved to 450mm silicon wafers I assume that operating costs will go down on making chips, but will increasing wafers and shrinking dies really be able to continue? Or will we have to move forward to quantum computers for our next step?
     
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We are a long ways off from quantum anything. Even as a scientific field of study, quantum is pretty young.

Intel stated that it will be difficult to shrink silicon transistors beyond a certain point, that new materials will need to be researched as they are. You should read up on graphene.

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With silicon device fabrication approaching its physical limits, many researchers believe graphene can provide a new platform material that would allow the semiconductor industry to continue its march toward ever-smaller and faster electronic devices -- progress described in Moore's Law. Though graphene will likely never replace silicon for everyday electronic applications, it could take over as the material of choice for high-performance devices.

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Oh. What a buzzkill.

But yeah, this graphene looks nice for something in our current dimension ;p
     
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