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IBM Researchers Demo Initial Steps toward Commercial Fabrication of Carbon Nanotubes

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IBM scientists have demonstrated a new approach to carbon nanotechnology that opens up the path for commercial fabrication of dramatically smaller, faster and more powerful computer chips. For the first time, more than ten thousand working transistors made of nano-sized tubes of carbon have been precisely placed and tested in a single chip using standard semiconductor processes. These carbon devices are poised to replace and outperform silicon technology allowing further miniaturization of computing components and leading the way for future microelectronics.

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Sounds like we are getting ready for the future of computing ;)
 
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Great article:)
 
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Great, but will hardware enthusiasts still be able to build computers with these processors? Miniaturizing worries me for that very reason.
 

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Sure they will. We will probably just need a scanning electron microscope and a really fine pair of needle-nose pliers.
 
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I remember reading an article similar to this a year back or more about silicon reaching it's limits & something about graphite being used, it was a university article if I recall:ohwell:......time to look for it again:clap:
 
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I remember reading an article similar to this a year back or more about silicon reaching it's limits & something about graphite being used, it was a university article if I recall:ohwell:......time to look for it again:clap:
It's been something that has been discussed several times over the years. They originally thought Silicon would reach it's limits a while back, but they made advances and extended its life quite a bit, who knows. I can't remember the exacts, but there was a problem with Graphite being used as a semiconductor, I wish I remember what my friend (an Electrical Engineer for what it's worth) said about it.
 

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I do believe you are right Xeno, they tossed graphite in favor of graphene if I remember correctly.

Disclaimer : I'm old and forget a lot.
 
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I do believe you are right Xeno, they tossed graphite in favor of graphene if I remember correctly.

Disclaimer : I'm old and forget a lot.
You are correct. However they found that graphene can be very easily damaged, though it is also "self-repairing".

I would imagine getting graphene to stay permanently stable is holding it back some what.
 
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IBM to buy AMD? :p
 
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Why would IBM buy AMD? That would be like Lamborghini buying "The Scooter Store".
 
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Why would IBM buy AMD? That would be like Lamborghini buying "The Scooter Store".
Because they can benefit from each other. AMD needs to improve its access to decent fabrication, and its R&D for CPUs. IBM would like the graphics expertise and x86 license. Plus, as Intel have shown, volume on low-profit products can allow for great high-profit products.

FYI, Lamborghini started out making tractors and are now owned by Volkswagen.
 
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Lamborghini started out making tractors and are now owned by Volkswagen.
I do sort of see your point, and the parallels to AMD.

Lamborghini was always second fiddle to Ferrari, but they did have their glory days during the time of the Miura, followed by a slow decline during the Countach and Diablo era before finally coming into its own as a valuable modern brand after VW ownership. Would that AMD do the same if IBM were to buy them out.
 
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Because they can benefit from each other. AMD needs to improve its access to decent fabrication, and its R&D for CPUs. IBM would like the graphics expertise and x86 license. Plus, as Intel have shown, volume on low-profit products can allow for great high-profit products.

FYI, Lamborghini started out making tractors and are now owned by Volkswagen.
I would indeed like to see an Intel vs IBM CPU war. IBM has been the go to chip maker for years on consoles. Before that servers and Macs. Heck if IBM had been serious in development with the PPC970s we would have seen some real nice performers. The ideas they had on paper for chips after the 970 were really good. With Windows adding ARM support with 8, it wouldn't be impossible to consider more RISC designs coming out. Just a shame 8 will likely go down in history as the tablet OS bastard child till Win 9.
 
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We can't have blue on blue!!!!!! It breaks all manners of logic!!!!!!!!

Sure they will. We will probably just need a scanning electron microscope and a really fine pair of needle-nose pliers.
That would become a right of passage to be a computer enthusiast
 
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I don't see any real benefit for IBM if they bought up AMD. Obviously AMD would benefit, but what would IBM really gain? At this point they clearly have no interest in manufacturing x86 products, and the tech that AMD has for GPU's is pretty irrelevant for them outside of maybe helping them make Console SOC's (which they already do iirc).
 
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I hope you use size 1 font in all future posts.
Thanks for the advice which i will never follow. I just wanted to express how super exited I am.

BTW I really really really hope IBM buys AMD's. I know we will see a super CPU war. But I will be much more interested to see what happens to their GPUs.
 
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who doesn't love big blue :love:
A lot of the technology comes from IBM, and its fascinating. I want to meet the Chief Arcitect, the one that's not of this world :D
 
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