Submitted by wildnight 2943d ago | news

IBM develops speedier transistor

IBM has built a transistor that runs about 100 times faster than current chips, a development that could pave the way for ultra-fast computers and wireless networks, the computing giant said on Monday.Transistors are the basic building blocks of the processors found in everything from supercomputers to digital music players, and IBM achieved the record speeds by building one from silicon laced with exotic chemical element germanium.

"What we've been doing in the last several years is pushing the absolute limits of silicon technology," said Bernie Meyerson, head of semiconductor research for International Business Machines (IBM).

"What we've done in demonstrating this is that we're nowhere near having tapped the limits of silicon performance, and that's very encouraging," Meyerson said.

The transistor achieved a speed of 500 gigahertz, which is more than 100 times speedier than the fastest PC chips sold today, and about 250 times faster than the typical mobile telephone chip, Meyerson said.

That speed was hit only when IBM researchers, working with counterparts from the Georgia Institute of Technology, cooled the transistor to near absolute zero, but Meyerson said the device still ran at 300 gigahertz at room temperature. (FASTER, Industry, Machines, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

THELANDSOFSAND  +   2943d ago
and who do IBM develop chips for?

the 360!
Chronical  +   2943d ago
Same with the Wii and PS3. if there one company to invest in its IBM
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2943d ago
I thought Sony didn't want IBM chips?

maybe I am confusing this...
Ban SSJ for good   2943d ago | Spam
Moostache  +   2943d ago
No real surprise here...
The real surprise would be if they brought that tech to market in a games console now...it is more likely that these transistors won't find their way into production model chips until 2010 or later.

It is good news though to hear they still have a lot of head space on the speed of the silicon transistors though.
sonyISgod   2943d ago | Spam
DG   2943d ago | Spam
Dusty  +   2943d ago
To DG
I deleted your comment by mistake.
THELANDSOFSAND  +   2943d ago
harsh dusty!

lol
DG  +   2943d ago
DUSTY
I DEMAND JUSTICE AND A REFUND!

LOL nah just joking oh well life goes on.

"chips to power super-fast wireless networks capable of moving a DVD-quality movie in as little as 5 seconds."

Thats freaking cool.
Marriot VP  +   2943d ago
WOW, huge news for PC history. 300ghz you've got to be kidding.

Very exciting.
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PS3 Owns All  +   2943d ago
No
He got it to 500GHz and with deep freeze!
no_more_heroes  +   2943d ago
Yeah thats nice and all but...
WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE PRICE OF BREAD?!(that's a metaphor by the way). They should be working on the Cell for the PS3. This is no time to break records IBM.
Marriot VP  +   2943d ago
don't be an idiot. NO company focuses souly on a processor they made more than a year ago. It's not IBMs fault for the poor cell yields, it's Sony's for not being able to collaborate all hardware into a working console.

Sure alone a cell can probably reach 2 teraflops. But that's not it running in a PS3. The teraflops are the max performance of the cell. Not the cell and PS3.
PS360PCROCKS  +   2943d ago
Holy FUC*! Thats amazing, my god, processors half that would be unbelievable, imagine the possibilities
Droidanomix  +   2943d ago
300 GHz aaaawwww....(drooling)
a dvd quality movie in 5 seconds, and over a wireless network. processors running at ludicrous speed!
DEIx15x8  +   2942d ago
Apple screwed up!
Well it seems like Apple screwed up in switching to Intel. Evan Microsoft could tell right away that the Intel processor in the Xbox was not what they needed to win and switched to the PPC made by IBM instead.

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