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IBM Transistors Made Of Nanotubes Could Replace Silicon, In Ever-Tinier Computer Chips


As silicon microchips get smaller and manufacturers pack more and more transistors onto each individual chip, Moore’s Law--the optimistic observation that the microchip industry doubles the number of transistors it can build on a single chip every 12 to 18 months--becomes a little more difficult to maintain. But IBM researchers are reporting a breakthrough in transistor technology that could allow them to further reduce the size of logic gates--the fundamental digital switches on the modern microchip--and therefore continue shrinking microchips for another decade or more, enabling our gadgets to continue growing faster, more powerful, and (hopefully) more efficient.

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