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IBM Creates World's Fastest Semiconductor Circuits

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the it's-only-a-model-shhh dept.

IBM 251

Todd Heidesch writes: "'IBM announced it has created the world's fastest semiconductor circuit, operating at speeds of over 110 GigaHertz (GHz) and processing an electrical signal in 4.3 trillionths of a second.' IBM expects the new technology to be pumping out 100 gigabit/sec network switching chips by the end of the year (on an optimistic schedule, I presume)." dr_zeus contributes a link to this Reuters article running on Wired (also fairly thin) on the release, writing: "Granted, this isn't a PC chip, but one wonders how long it will be before we hear 'dude, you've got a 110GHz Dell!'"

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First post? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066788)

Did I get it?

Re:First post? (-1)

Carp Flounderson (542291) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066799)

no you didn't... because you're an AC.

Feces process!

Re:First post? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066808)

yes. MOTHERFUCKER

Fast enough (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066791)

to get first posts. BITCHES!

hi (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066796)

let's get this party started! let's get this party started! we're gonna party hard party hard! we will never do as we're told no! so let's a party going let's get a party going it's time to party and we'll party hard when it's time to party we will always party hard! first post bitch!

Can you immagine... (0, Flamebait)

TheJesusCandle (558547) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066797)

A beouwolf cluster of these things! hehe sorry yall i've just always wanted to post that.

Re:Can you immagine... (-1, Offtopic)

YourMissionForToday (556292) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066810)

Look around you, folks. How many of you have sigs that refer to "karma", "ACs," getting "modded up" and the like? Has Slashdot become your hermetically sealed environment? Is it the filter through which you perceive reality? Has Slashdot become an empty game where you regurgitate earlier posts to get 'karma'?

Some of you might be surprised to learn that this "karma" has no value whatsoever!!! When Slashdot goes under (and don't worry, it will) you won't be able to exchange that "karma" for Denny's coupons, anime DVDs, or anything worth a shit!!!

And don't think there's any spiritual value either! Slashdot "karma" won't help you break the cycle of reincarnation, it won't get you "high", and it won't even win you friends at Magic: The Gathering tournaments!

Fellow Slashdotter, you have been deceived!!! You will not achieve immortality by posting "Imagine a Beowulf cluster of this!" or "Linux is really good for the desktop!" The only way you'll ever be remembered when this decrepit weblog tumbles into nothingness is to post something really FUCKED UP!!! I can't stress this enough!!!

Don't waste your time chasing the "karma" cap! Don't whine about your stories not being published when you know that the news on this site is randomly chosen by monkeys!!! The only way you'll be remembered long after CmdrTaco returns to his old position as shift leader at Pizza Hut is by posting ABSOLUTE FREAKING MADNESS!!! Do it now!!! Do it often!!! And karma be damned!!!

Karma is crap anyway (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066831)

Mod parent up!!

Re:Can you immagine... (-1)

Mayor McPenisman (557253) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066863)

Can I use my negative Karma to get some taquitos?

I am a fan of madness, I have all of their albums!

yeah right (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066873)

why is negative karma so important to you then? ;)

Re:yeah right (-1)

YourMissionForToday (556292) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066940)

Shut it, gutless AC. Your mission is to enrich Slashdot's content by posting TOTALLY BAT-SHIT NUTTINESS! For a good example of this, please refer to another post attached to this article [slashdot.org] .

Oh who fucking cares (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3067034)

about you and your nutty-ass Karma suicide mission.

10 years (2)

blair1q (305137) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066805)

100 GHz computing should hit in about 10 years.

--Blair

Re:10 years (1)

ralian (127441) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066836)

Is this based on any reasonable estimate (Murphy's Law, etc.?), or is it just your own wild guess?

Re:10 years (1)

Joe U (443617) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066864)

Murphy's Law is:

"If anything can go wrong, it will"

I don't think it applies here.

(No, wait a sec, I think it does...)

murphy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066910)

bet you were wrong intentionally to provide some irony and appear intelligent.

Re:10 years (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066853)

let's see. 2.5*(2^(x/1.5))==100
=> x = log2(40)*1.5 = 7,98 years. pretty close.

Re:10 years (2, Funny)

Ford Fulkerson (223443) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066907)

Hopefully Steven [dell.com] won't be around for the occasion.

Reminds me of a Dilbert cartoon... (2, Funny)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066927)

Dogbert was hired as a consultant to name the company's brand new product. He said that he had a computer combine the best words from astronomy and technology. The result? "Uranus-Hertz." It was banned from at least one newspaper.

Re:Reminds me of a Dilbert cartoon... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066937)

Uranus-Hertz [uranus-hertz.com] .

Re:10 years (1)

VoiceOfRaisin (554019) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066955)

at the current rate its been going at. itll be 128ghz in 9 years

Re:10 years (1)

loz (64114) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066961)

taking Moore's law 100GHz computing should be mainstream in 2007, i.e. 5 years from now.

we might bump into singularity before that time though.

loz

Dude you got a MilliHz Javastation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066811)

yeah! Java 4EVA!

NOT frist prost! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066812)

first post first post first post first post first post first post first post first post first post first post first post first post first post -ac I hate the lameness filter. It itself is lame. How did the lameness filter pass the lameness filter. It sucks.

'110 GHz Dell' (1, Troll)

ralian (127441) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066814)

Dude, no Dell - I want a Beowulf cluster of those!! :)

booyah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066818)

You know for whom this post is, don't you?
(That's right, Jessica Alba!)

Re:booyah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3067033)

You know for whom this post is, don't you?

That, sir, is the sort of English up with which I will not put!

Dell? Don't think so ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066820)

But imagine the fun Steve Jobs will have at Macworld 2005 .... :-)

-Baka!

Re:Dell? Don't think so ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066901)

Yeah... running with a 100MHz FSB using PC-100 memory too probably, and if the chip doesn't have its own L2 cache, the machine won't have one either =p

Booyah!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066822)

Plekhanov wrote a special pamphlet on the relation of anarchism to Socialism, entitled Anarchism and Socialism and published in German in 1894.

In treating this subject Plekhanov contrived completely to ignore the most urgent, burning, and politically most essential issue in the struggle against anarchism, viz., the relation of the revolution to the state, and the question of the state in general! Two sections of his pamphlet stand out: one of them is historical and literary, and contains valuable material on the history of the ideas of Stirner, Proudhon and others; the other is philistine, and contains a clumsy dissertation on the theme that an anarchist cannot be distinguished from a bandit.

A most amusing combination of subjects and most characteristic of Plekhanov's whole activity on the eve of the revolution and during the revolutionary period in Russia. Indeed, in the years 1905 to 1917, Plekhanov revealed himself as a semi-doctrinaire and semi-philistine who, in politics, trailed in the wake of the bourgeoisie.

We have seen how, in their controversy with the anarchists, Marx and Engels with the utmost thoroughness explained their views on the relation of revolution to the state. In 1891, in his foreword to Marx's Critique of the Gotha Program, Engels wrote that "we"--that is, Engels and Marx--"were at that time, hardly two years after the Hague Congress of the (First) International, engaged in the most violent struggle against Bakunin and his anarchists."

The anarchists had tried to claim the Paris Commune as their "own," so to say, as a corroboration of their doctrine; and they utterly failed to understand its lessons and Marx's analysis of these lessons. Anarchism has failed to give anything even approximating a true solution of the concrete political problems, viz., must the old state machine be smashed? And what should be put in its place?

But to speak of "Anarchism and Socialism" while completely evading the question of the state, and failing to take note of the whole development of Marxism before and after the Commune, meant inevitably slipping into opportunism. For what opportunism needs most of all is that the two questions just mentioned should not be raised at all. That in itself is a victory for opportunism.

Re:Booyah!!! (1)

Overd0g (232552) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066951)

Boy those communists are long winded. No wonder they have been relegated to the past (forever hopefully).

Re:Booyah!!! (-1)

YourMissionForToday (556292) | more than 12 years ago | (#3067019)

You've got to admit, reading that was more interesting than "Wow! 110 GHz! That's like, a lot, d00d!"

What strange and itneresting things do YOU have to post? It's time for you to fulfill your mission! See my earlier post in this article for more information...

That's incredible! (2, Interesting)

Emad el-Haraty (561692) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066823)

Combine this technology with the recent advent of the broadband laser, and we will be seeing some fast networking, indeed.

My partner, Sean, worked at Cisco for a while, before the economic implosion, and heard some things about 100Gbit networking projects in the works. It'll be really sweet to see this hit the market in a couple of years.

Re:That's incredible! (2)

Havokmon (89874) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066990)

That's great for backbone switches.. But can the new windows versions actually get up to 100Mbps yet?

Power Consumption (5, Funny)

Zo0ok (209803) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066826)

Dude, your 110GHz Dell consumes 450kW, and requires its own diesel generator...

Re:Power Consumption (-1)

Mayor McPenisman (557253) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066841)

DUDE, putting "dude" in front of posts, and using horrible geek humor makes me really sick.

Re:Power Consumption (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066930)

p2p is stealing, Dude, You're going to HELL!

Re:Power Consumption (2, Funny)

weird mehgny (549321) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066875)

Not really. Lead all the heat it generates into a steam engine and it'll generate enough energy to power the whole comp.

Re:Power Consumption (1)

syzxys (557810) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066933)

Lead all the heat it generates into a steam engine and it'll generate enough energy to power the whole comp.

You mean the whole house, right?. :-)

---
Windows 2000/XP stable? safe? secure? 5 lines of simple C code say otherwise! [zappadoodle.com]

Re:Power Consumption (2)

llamalicious (448215) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066971)

...and your next door neighbor is complaining about the brownout when you startup RtCW.

Re:Power Consumption (4, Funny)

suso (153703) | more than 12 years ago | (#3067031)

Dude, your Dell has a gas pedal!

Overclocking? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066828)

Something for www.tweakers.net? ;-)

I have an old copy of PC World (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066830)

The cover has 3 desktop machines 'burning rubber' and racing towards a finish line. The title is something like "Breaking the speed barrier, Intel 386 33MHz!"

It's a neverending journey, this technology trap we find ourselves in.

It wouldn't be in a Dell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066832)

I really wonder what architecture a chip with semiconductors like this has. I garantee that this won't be in a Wintel type machine since IBM supports the PowerPC and RISC architecture. This won't make it into any desktop computing applications anytime soon, but it is a good glimpse into the future technology behind computing.

Re:It wouldn't be in a Dell (1)

Drakula (222725) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066869)

Most likely IBM will try to liscence the technology to other chip makers. By the time that is ready to happen who knows what Dell, etc. will put in their machines.

ARGGHHH!!! (1)

cavemanf16 (303184) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066837)

I swear if I see that Dell commercial with that dipstick kid in it again I'm going to throw my shoe thru the tube!!!

As to the super-fast network speeds, that's great, but will it ever make TW's RR service quit letting rooted Win2crap boxes probe my ports 24/7?

Re:ARGGHHH!!! (1)

gnu-sucks (561404) | more than 12 years ago | (#3067020)

Actually, the fact that they allow your ports to be probed is a tribute to the freedom of your ISP. With many other broadband ISP's most of your ports are blocked, so you cannot use your speed for, say a quake server or something.

I believe AT&T does this.

Not that I'm a TW/AOL fan, but rr is a kick ass isp.

110GHz Dell (1)

syzxys (557810) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066838)

dude, you've got a 110GHz Dell!

Sure, but what with Dell's "we'll only sell Intel chips" license agreements, it'll probably be running a Pentium 7 with a 1000-instruction pipeline and "predictive stalling," it'll cost $10,000 just for the processor, and it'll be slower than my Duron 750. :-)

---
Windows 2000/XP stable? safe? secure? 5 lines of simple C code say otherwise! [zappadoodle.com]

Hitting the Physical Limits (4, Informative)

mikeplokta (223052) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066840)

At 110GHz, light travels less than 3mm in one clock cycle -- less than the width of the processor, I presume. And if it's accessing memory from a RAM chip 10cm away, it'll be waiting close to a hundred clock cycles to get anything back.

Re:Hitting the Physical Limits (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066880)

At 110GHz, light travels less than 3mm in one clock cycle -- less than the width of the processor, I presume. And if it's accessing memory from a RAM chip 10cm away, it'll be waiting close to a hundred clock cycles to get anything back.
That's okay - the CPU justs plays Solitaire until the RAM gets back to it. (A little eensy weensy microscopic solitaire game.)

Re:Hitting the Physical Limits (5, Informative)

taniwha (70410) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066893)

actually on cu/si waveguides (ie normal wires on a die) it's way slower than that.



Even at today's high-end speeds (2GHz) 100 cycles (50nS) is fast for dram access. This is why keeping fast chips stoked these days requires heavy caching (L1/2/even 3 on-chip is a must and heading for 50% plus of die area)

Re:Hitting the Physical Limits (5, Insightful)

SuiteSisterMary (123932) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066947)

Almost makes you wonder if we'll move away from the 'big CPU, big whack of RAM' model to the 'bunch of little bitty CPUs, each with their own whack of RAM, and they do their own thing' model.

Re:Hitting the Physical Limits (1)

Steveftoth (78419) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066912)

a hundred? more like tens of thousands. For a variety of reasons ( checking caches, signal propagation for electricity is less then light , signaling time ) Already processors can wait hundreds of clocks for memory access.

Bad Physics... (2)

omarKhayyam (544074) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066958)

While I can't say what the actual physical limits will be on a 110 GHz electron based chip, I do know that calculations such as this are flawed. While the maximum speed of an electron may be the speed of light, the maximum speed of an electron through a circuit in a single direction is nowhere near that fast. Because of the voltage difference applied electrons have slight preference for one direction of travel, however 99% of their motion is still completely random. Electrons never shoot down a circuit in one direction at the speed of light.

-Adam

Bad physics again (1)

bigmouth_strikes (224629) | more than 12 years ago | (#3067080)

Well, you may be right in that the electron speeds are low and random in direction. That is not the point, however. The electric field and therefore the electrical signal still moves at near speed of light.

Re:Hitting the Physical Limits (2)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066982)

Maybe with speeds like this, they could bring back a concept from the 1950's: the 1-bit serial computer. IIRC, these were popular for scientific computing because the there was no native word size, and the numbers could be as large or small as needed.

It seems like you could put together a CPU with performance rivaling current high-end chips using a tiny fraction of today's transistor count if all data paths are only 1 bit wide. The die size could be miniscule.

The real power of these chips (4, Informative)

Steveftoth (78419) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066842)

is in their ability to save power. From what IBM is saying, is that their chips can be run at say only 20 - 40 ghz and consume a hundred times less power then a chip built with todays processes. So you'll be able to get the same or more processing power out of these chips for less enegry.
At 110 ghz, a PHOTON only moves 2.7mm so figure that the actual signal propagation is like 2/3 the speed of that and you see that the signal can only travel 1.8mm in a clock. So, these chips are not going to be all that great for CPUs at 110 Ghz. Much better for signal processing likein routers or something.

Re:The real power of these chips (2, Insightful)

Steveftoth (78419) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066870)

One thing that they don't mention is how many transistors they have been able to put on a chip. I mean so what if you can run @ 110ghz if you can only put a hundred transistors on a chip.

Re:The real power of these chips (-1)

SweetAndSourJesus (555410) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066973)

you sure are leet, with your <tt>

now why don't you post like the rest of us?

Re:The real power of these chips (1)

gnu-sucks (561404) | more than 12 years ago | (#3067041)

And that is at C. Light travles at probably .88C inside a processor.

Wow, that's hot (4, Funny)

essiescreet (553257) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066843)

Now I can get rid of my pot-bellied stove and start using my PC, lower emissions, more heat, and a space saver!

Re:Wow, that's hot (2)

llamalicious (448215) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066985)

and you can microwave your tv dinners by placing them perpendicular to the horizontal plane of your processor!

4.3 x 10-12 sec (4, Informative)

crumbz (41803) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066845)

That means ~1.29mm at C (speed of light), so about 0.9mm in reality. Wow, those better be some short circuit traces!

110 Ghz Dell (5, Funny)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066848)

And Steve Jobs will still claim that his 2 Ghz G6 is "twice as fast" on some obscure benchmark.

Re:110 Ghz Dell (1)

norwoodites (226775) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066885)

Actually Steve Jobs will say forget what we have been telling you about the Hz Myth because the Myth is actually true.

Steve Jobs will show off a 110GHz G6 and say that.

Re:110 Ghz Dell (2)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066900)

Well probably not a 2 GH Power Mac but Probably a 50Ghz Power Mac. The Power PC is generally 1/2 the clock speed of the Intell chip. But remember MHZ are only one componet to speed. And it depends on the Application and how it uses the processor/memory. If there is a program that uses a ton of Harddrive usuage. You can have a 110 Thz computer and it will run just as fast on a 2Ghz becuase it is just waiting for the Harddrive.

Re:110 Ghz Dell (1)

fitten (521191) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066949)

All computers wait at the same speed(rate)...

Re:110 Ghz Dell (1)

crayz (1056) | more than 12 years ago | (#3067055)

His point is that if Macs have better(faster) components(such as RAM, HD, video card) than PCs with faster processors, then the Macs may still be faster.

The problem is, Macs don't. Apple needs to get it's act together, stop using PC133, stop using ATA/66, and get some better processors too.

Re:110 Ghz Dell (4, Funny)

cosmo7 (325616) | more than 12 years ago | (#3067051)

why buy a vaporware mac when you can build a pc from parts that haven't been invented for less money that you haven't earned yet?

Re:110 Ghz Dell (5, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066962)

...some obscure benchmark

Probably the number of Bunny People ignited per second.

power concerns (1)

zzyzx (15139) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066855)

Now maybe I'm completely wrong here - if I am please correct me - but I got the impression that the higher the mega/gigahertz that your processor is running, the more power it needs. Would a 110 gigahertz computer send my electric bills sky high, or would this be a trivial concern?

Re:power concerns (1)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 12 years ago | (#3067075)

You aren't completly wrong.. You are thinking of overclocking where you raise the voltage and get more hertz as a result. When a new chip is introduced however it is made on a smaller process, while the chip often ends up being the same size it also uses the same ammount of power and is faster. With this new chip you could run it at a lower voltage and then acheive the same speed as the old chip at lower power levels. So obviously they aren't just taking current chips and overclocking them to 110ghz as that would take a shitload ofpower and give off a shitload of heat.

How Long to Market (2, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066858)

"Granted, this isn't a PC chip, but one wonders how long it will be before we hear 'dude, you've got a 110GHz Dell!'

What's the standard IBM response? 10 years to market, IIRC. Taken the time to fully develop the technology to manufacture more than one transistor in a lab, and distribute it as part of a chip.

100 Gigabit Bad-Boy (0, Offtopic)

rirugrat (255768) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066859)

IBM expects the new technology to be pumping out 100 gigabit/sec network switching chips by the end of the year

100 Gigabit network?!?! Soon I'll be able to download my big-boy smut from the newsgroups in no time at all!!!!

Ahhh...progress!

Chris

PREMIER COMMENTAIRE FRANCAIS (-1)

Guillaume Ross (517391) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066862)

USA SE SURRENDENT!

Re:PREMIER COMMENTAIRE FRANCAIS (-1, Offtopic)

YourMissionForToday (556292) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066889)

IApproveofThisPost.

Hook it up to center of consciousness (0)

Jeremy Gallow (538693) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066871)

Hook up such a chip to the center of consciousness for a powerful being. Please reply.

How long?? (0, Troll)

psxndc (105904) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066872)

but one wonders how long it will be before we hear 'dude, you've got a 110GHz Dell!'

Hopefully after Steve's voice deepens and they have to find a more intelligent spokesperson.

psxndc

Stupid question (1)

dexter1 (244765) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066881)

Call me stupid, but why can't they use the same material in PCs to increase the chip speed? Are there some limitations/incompatibilities other than the comparitively slow speeds of memory and I/O (I guess we can all see why I never got very far in that EE major...)

There are no stupid questions (2, Insightful)

Edmund Blackadder (559735) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066943)

First of all I suspect that this technology is simply too expensive for consumer chips. Even if it could be done cheap, I think they would need completely new fabrication facilities to make those chips, because the technology is based on a different compound. Fabrication facilities are not cheap and companies like to use the current ones enough to make them profitable before jumping ionto new ones. I also suspect that these chips might need a lot of power. That may make them unusable for home computers.

how soong before (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066888)

they have pda's powered by these things?

xnesteax

AMD's Response (1, Troll)

DeadBugs (546475) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066895)

Gigahertz don't matter!
Look for AMD 110000+ XP Processors

What about the quantum barier? (5, Interesting)

Edmund Blackadder (559735) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066903)


When in engineering school (a couple of years ago) my professor declared that we are moving towards the end of the speed and size improvements of microchips, because soon the assumptions aboout newtonian physics, on which circuit design is based on, will stop being reliable.

Usually you dont have to worry about quantumn effects (electrons tunneling and such things), because there are enough electrons to statisticaly average out the quantumn effects into the classical model.

But when you increase frequency you usually have to decrease the size of the components (so transistors switch faster). But if you decrease size too much you will not have enough electrons passing trough your circuit, to ensure the signal follows classical laws.

Well I guess the quantumn barrier was a lot further than i thought it was.

Or maybe IBM are not decreasing the size of their transistors but increasing voltages to make circuits switch faster.

Re:What about the quantum barier? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3067012)

But if you decrease size too much you will not have enough electrons passing trough your circuit, to ensure the signal follows classical laws

You are absolutely right. This means we will have to change the laws.

110 GHz Dell? (1)

i am nude (545697) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066913)

I don't know what you're smoking, but i want the Dual 110 GHz board overclocked to Dual 150 GHz =)

Judging from Moore's law... (2, Interesting)

Daniel Wood (531906) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066919)

Which I believe states that transister count doubles every 18 months, and I have noticed that MHz count on Intel CPUs tend to follow the same line, we should be ready for this speed CPU(Given Intel's trend) in our desktops in another 8.25 years, better known as Q3 2010.

PowerPC 100 Ghz (1)

bigpat (158134) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066928)

can't be far behind?

SiGe-Bipolar-CML (2, Informative)

RichMan (8097) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066932)

A SiGe process is an fudge to a bipolar technology process which is an addition to a more standard digital process. This means the devices are not your standard digital logic FET devices. The devices are most likely NPN vertical bipolar junction transistors, with the SiGe implant. The logic gates would then be standard complementary logic (CML) structures. Technology Description [sige.com]

this may sound stupid (-1, Offtopic)

walker2030 (458119) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066934)

but is that networking over Ethernet on CAT5?

Wires (5, Informative)

vlad_petric (94134) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066952)

Well, don't expect a Pentium 110GHz yet ... The problem with microprocessor design is more and more the time it takes the signal to propagate through wires than the time to propagate through gates.

Did you know that P4 has a couple of pipeline stages that do nothing but propagate signal? (yes, they pipelined the wire ...)

The Raven

Moore's law? (1)

J'raxis (248192) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066968)

whooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooshhh....

I seriously doubt it! (1)

AB3A (192265) | more than 12 years ago | (#3066976)

...Because you won't be using clocks by then. At 110 GHz the size of the chip die becomes a significant factor.

More likely, you'll see it used in ansynchronous computing --and that will take some time.

bah (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3066988)

who gives a rats ass about the pentium world? bunch of wankers talking crud about their shity ass stuff. Soon as one of these suckers hits a IbM PoC and winblows is on it it'll be like your in molasses anyway. Shooot it'll run slower than robs fudge packing lover to the KY store. But since we all know Windows is god and gates is THE man he'll find a way to sucker all of you all clueless bastards into getting one of these before noon on sunday.And all your rump rangers are belong to us

110GHZ circuit != 110GHz chip (3, Insightful)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 12 years ago | (#3067023)

The article does not clarify what is exactly running at 110GHz - it says a "circuit". Is it a single transistor? Or a series of transistors? Does that include wiring? It is a common misconception that a 110GHz transistor produces a 110GHz chip. A 110GHz transistor would likely produce a 1GHz chip.

Alan Thicke. DEAD. (-1)

Alan_Thicke (553655) | more than 12 years ago | (#3067045)

I just heard the sad news on CBC radio. Comedy actor/writer Alan Thicke was found dead in his home this morning. Even if you never liked his work, you can appreciate what he did for 80's television. Truly a Canadian icon. [slashdot.org]
He will be missed :(



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I'm surprised no one has said... (1, Redundant)

Ryu2 (89645) | more than 12 years ago | (#3067054)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these chips!

narrow page (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3067065)

i *CAN'T BELIEVE* how narrow this page is! someone should fix it!

Technology, not product..... (1)

h3llphyre (207808) | more than 12 years ago | (#3067067)

The fact is, IBM licenses their technology out to others (AMD, Motorola, etc). So, this tech *will* be seen in the near future, when it is deemed necessary. I think the real advantage of IBMs new tech, is the lower power consumption. Its kind of like car tech. Sure, they can make an engine put out 600+hp for track races, but it lasts 24 hours. Or, turn around and make the engine efficient (fuel wise) and it lasts forever. All depends which side of the fence one wants to hang out on. I can see IBM making FAST server chips and super low power embedded chips. Personally, in my line of work, the super efficient chips would be a life saver.

Dell ads (2)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 12 years ago | (#3067076)

Am I the only one who'd like to smack the smirk of that Dell Kid's face?

Maybe it's just the disgruntled ex-Dell employee in me . . .

-Peter
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