DailyDirt: Beyond Silicon For Computers

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Moore's Law has held up for a surprisingly long time, but we can see the horizon now where current semiconductor technology won't be able to keep up with the exponential improvement. It won't be the end of the (tech) world if computers stop getting faster and faster at the same rate, but the shift might change several large industries. There are a few technological alternatives that could provide alternatives to our current computational standards. Quantum computers have promised a significant advance -- if they can be built. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Filed Under: diamond, dirac electrons, magnetic resonance imaging, moore's law, mri, quantum computing, qubit


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    DakotaKid, 3 Apr 2015 @ 6:33pm

    1984

    We have been having the discussion for a very long time. In 1984 I was working on both diamond and Gallium Arsenide at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) to get faster switching times for semiconductors. Silicon is king because it fabricates relatively easily. One or two very expensive devices may be made using other technologies, but after over 30 years nothing has yielded the wonders of silicon. Cheap fabrication is the key and nothing else is on the horizon. By the way after studying technological prediction at AFIT I found that there is an average 100 year time line to technological development; the first 50 years make the technology, and the second 50 years distribute it. After that it remains essentially unchanged until completely replaced. Silicon electronics is following the pattern fairly precisely.

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