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MIT Researchers Build Functional Carbon Nanotube Microprocessor

Scientists at MIT built a 16-bit microprocessor out of carbon nanotubes and even ran a program on it, a new paper reports. Read More >>

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A New Light-Based Transistor Could Completely Change the Way Chips Work

Transistors are everywhere — in your computer, car, phone and refrigerator — but they’re not shrinking fast enough to satisfy our hunger for ever-faster devices. A new kind of light-based transistor might just fix that. Read More >>

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IBM is Shrinking Transistors With Rows of Tiny Carbon Nanotubes

In the semiconductor industry, size matters — and those in the know worry that transistors can't be made any smaller. But a team of IBM scientists has now published research showing how carbon nanotubes could help. Read More >>

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This Transistor’s Made From a Molecule and a Few Atoms

It might look like some kind of primary school abstract painting, but you’re actually looking at a microscopic transistor which is made up of a single molecule and a smattering of atoms. Read More >>

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Intel’s 2016 Chip Line-Up Will Put Moore’s Law on Hold

Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles every two years—a phenomenon that Intel has been upholding for decades. But with Intel’s announcement of its 2016 silicon, the law stutters. Read More >>

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Carbon Nanotube Transistors That’ll Save Moore’s Law are Coming in 2020

Our world of amazingly tiny electronics is about to get even tinier. After a decade of research, IBM says it'll bring carbon nanotube transistors to market by 2020. The company is now readying the technology to take over from silicon transistors, and that opens up a lot of exciting doors. Read More >>

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How the Aged Vacuum Tube Could Save Moore’s Law

Moore's Law is under threat. In the battle between chip designers and the laws of physics, it's beginning to look like it won't be long before it's impossible to double the number of transistors on integrated circuits every two years. But there could be a solution, and it involves—of all things—good old vacuum tubes. Read More >>

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Berkeley Lab’s 2D Transistor Could Supercharge Tomorrow’s Electronics

Graphene is regularly touted as a "super material" in electronics manufacturing. A super material able to do everything that silicon does, except better. But that isn't good enough for one team at Berkeley Labs. They've combined graphene with two other cutting-edge materials to create the world's first 2D field effects transistor. Your gadgets are about to get much, much faster. Read More >>

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World’s Tiniest Plasma Transistor Can Make Supertough Electronics

The pink glow you see above is coming from the world's smallest plasma transistor, an unfathomably miniscule device 100 times smaller than the width of a human hair. It's not just tiny, it's tough, and theoretically able to withstand brutal environments. And it could massively change consumer electronics. Read More >>

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IBM’s Graphene Circuit: A Genius Reminder of How Far Graphene Has to Go

IBM's mad scientists have created a graphene-based circuit that's 10,000 times more powerful than existing alternatives. This radio receiver is so sophisticated and futuristic, in fact, that it can... send a text message to your friends. Read More >>

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We Can Now Print Ultrafast Graphene Chips for Flexible Electronics

Futurists are always talking about how flexible electronics will change our lives in amazing ways, but we've yet to see anything mind-blowing come to market. A team of scientists from the University of Texas in Austin, however, think they've found the key to changing that: ultrafast graphene transistors printed on flexible plastic. Read More >>

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Scientists Just Figured Out How to Make Lightning-Fast Graphene CPUs

Graphene has the power to change computing forever by making the fastest transistors ever. In theory. We just haven't figured out how yet. Sound familiar? Fortunately, scientists have just taken a big step closer to making graphene transistors work for real. Read More >>

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This Is How a Transistor Works

Transistors are the magical electronic components that make your computer, smartphone and virtually every other gadget on the planet function — but how the hell do they work? Read More >>