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TeraHertz processors? How is this even possible?

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  1. TeraHertz processors? How is this possible?
    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Terah...on-83487.shtml

    How is it even possible to have a single chip running at a speed of 1 THz, or 1,000 GHz? For example instead of having a single CPU running at 10 GHz, a quad-core, or Four processors on a single die, running in tandem a 2.5 GHz would equal or rival the performance of a 10 GHz chip. Running a single processor at those kinds of speeds would generate dangerous levels of heat and would need to be constantly cooled with liquid nitrogen.

    If not, it would very quickly catch fire or melt.

    Unless some major scientific breakthrough is made, I don't see how a THz CPU is possible. Right now, we have enough trouble trying to cool our CPU's @ 4 GHz using water cooling. I doubt we'll be seeing such computer technology until 2050-2060, if at all.
     
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    ibm did it last year 500ghz on some chip they made. i doubt it could perform though i think it had a very limited amount of transistors, which allowed that kind of clock speed. i think it was proof of concept though. to show how many times transistors could switch back and forth.
     
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    Optic/light based computing, they're working on halving laser size at the moment and when they've got it small enough to fit in a die area, there you go super fast processor with not to much heat out put : ]
     
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    Indeed. Totally different type of CPU than what we're used to, and probably not at the same performance level of a normal CPU. Like panther said, its probably a "proof of concept" though the 404 is indeed not found.
     
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    The search input is already there on that page, just click search it comes up with the right link : ]
     
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    I imagine it would probably be able to handle the CPU and graphics portion lol.
     
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    Meh :laugh:
     
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