Friday, February 11, 2011

More amunition to protect Moore's Law

Moore's law looks set to get another boost with the creation of the world's first junctionless transistor by a team of researchers from the Tyndall National Institute.

One of the key aspects of these new transistor devices is there extremely small size, some 20 times smaller than the transistors currently used in computer processor chips.

Along with this massive reduction in size comes a useful 30% reduction in power consumption, these two benefits suggesting we're still long way of seeing an end to the validity of Moore's prediction.

And, as if that wasn't enough, other researchers, this time from Harvard University, have come up with processes which will allow the construction of what they're calling "nano processors".

Although all the nano-processors built to date have been relatively simple by modern standards, the developers claim that they will soon be producing far more complex devices which will also lead to smaller, more energy-efficient and ultimately more powerful appliances and computers.

Of course size isn't the only area where researchers have been busy...

An international team composed of of researchers from UK, Japan, Canada and Germany have successfully created a silicon chip that plays host to 10 billion bits of quantum-entangled information.

Entanglement is one of the cornerstones of quantum computing and offers the promise of computer systems many orders of magnitude more powerful than anything which exists on the planet today.

So sit back and enjoy the ride. Although Moore's prediction that the number of transistors in a computer will double every two years may not be spot-on, advances on the nano and quantum fronts are likely ensure that next year's computer will still be much faster than last years -- for the foreseeable future.

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