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[Softpedia] IBM Reaches Graphene Milestone, Makes Much Faster Transistor

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Graphene really seems to be setting itself up as the eventual replacement for silicon, especially now that IBM is revealed to have managed the creation of a transistor much faster than any created so far.

Graphene is a single layer of carbon arranges in hexagons and has, for quite some time, been tested upon.

The goal is to use it in the creation of semiconductors, as a substitute for silicon, although the research efforts are still a way off from practical implementation...
...Apparently, the company was able to make a transistor that can execute 155 billion cycles per second (155Ghz,) a rate that is 50% beyond that of any previous experimental transistors.
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This is awesome! 155Ghz? Thank you sir, may I have another?
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Why is this in rumors? Shouldn't it be in Tech news?
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post #4 of 71
Woah.
The only thing that's more impressive is the article it links through to:
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“However, we found that in these graphene transistors, there are regions where the thermoelectric cooling can be larger than the resistive heating, which allows these devices to cool themselves. This self-cooling has not previously been seen for graphene devices.”
One day... sub/near-ambient temperatures, on air, at 155GHz
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This material presents itself as something very exciting. While the article isn't great, the news is still exciting. And the implications that will result from the development of this material are also vast. Many times stronger than steel, anti-bacterial properties, and the ability to be used in pretty much anything electronic.
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post #6 of 71
Are these interchangeable with what we currently have? Could we see AMD and Intel simply changing their resister design of existing chips and pumping out the GHz?
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1 This + the 1000 core cpu
2 fold
3 ???
4 cure cancer
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What we need is for someone like Bill Gates or Intel to drop a couple billion $ into research specifically for this. Imagine the cpu power available from a sandy bridge cpu clocked at 150Ghz... (poor way of describing it I know but meh)

Things would advance so much faster. You could even say it's a big step toward the singularity.
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WOW

Roughly when can we see practical implementations of this though? I'd say we have some way to go, but its a great discovery. If it can dissapate heat at or faster than generated then we can start OCing on passive coolers with a nice case
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1 This + the 1000 core cpu
2 fold
3 ???
4 cure cancer
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