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Frozen Chip from IBM hits 500 GHz

timothy posted more than 8 years ago | from the there's-a-catch-,,, dept.

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sideshow2004 writes "EETimes is reporting this morning that IBM and Georiga Tech have demonstrated a 500 GHz Silicon-germanium (SiGe) chip, operating at 4.5 Kelvins. The 'frozen chip' was fabricated by IBM on 200mm wafers, and, at room temperature, the circuits operated at approximately 350 GHz."

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Ah! (5, Funny)

irn_bru (209849) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568027)

Still hope for the G5 Powerbook then!

but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15568032)

does it run linux?

I RTFA.. (5, Informative)

irc.goatse.cx troll (593289) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568034)

"By comparison, 500 GHz is more than 250 times faster than today's cell phones, which typically operate at approximately 2 GHz, according to the organizations."


I think that speaks for itself.

Re:I RTFA.. (4, Insightful)

peragrin (659227) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568061)

Several cell phones just run at real time. So they really do run at 2.4 ghz for the signal processor, while the system itself is on another chip at a different speed.

REmember even though it's running at 2.4 ghz it's extremely dedicated and doesn't produce a lot of heat.

Re:I RTFA.. (4, Insightful)

Tim C (15259) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568092)

I think that's the point. Reading between the lines, this isn't about general-purpose CPU chips, this is about specialised signal processors. In other words, don't expect to be buying an Intel or AMD chip running at 30+GHz anytime soon.

Re:I RTFA.. (4, Funny)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568070)

But, but....it's 2.4Ghz!!! They're reeeaaally fast!!

I can play Qbert on mine, so it must be fast!!

Re:I RTFA.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15568277)

Man, I got ripped off. I just spent 150 bucks on a cellphone and it only runs at 850MHz. :-(

Re:I RTFA.. (2, Funny)

dushkin (965522) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568310)

I overclocked my phone to 3.0 GHz and added watercooling. Works like a charm now

Re:I RTFA.. (3, Insightful)

not already in use (972294) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568107)

I didn't read the article, but people don't seem to be making a big deal out of the fact that they are comparing the frequency at which a cellphone transmits data to the clock speed of a processor.

Re:I RTFA.. (2, Insightful)

GundamFan (848341) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568135)

Well it is all frequency of electomagnetic pulses... but you are right the comparison is mighty strange.

It seems the linked article was writen (badly) for a non technical audiance by a non technical author... So why write about super cold and super fast processors?

Re:I RTFA.. (5, Interesting)

ignipotentis (461249) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568127)

I can understand your concern. However, after IBM backs this up [ibm.com] , it forces me to do more research (which, I haven't finsihed yet obviously).

Re:I RTFA.. (3, Funny)

snarkh (118018) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568176)


Hah, that's nothing. My microwave runs at 100 Ghz.

Re:I RTFA.. (5, Funny)

Mysticalfruit (533341) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568246)

Unless you custom built your microwave, it actually runs at 2.4ghz...

However, this is Slashdot... Does your microwave also have a big spoiler (vent), and 30" rims (buttons)?

10GHz Microwave? (4, Informative)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568289)

That's a pretty odd microwave then, since most of them operate at 2.45 GHz, which is chosen because of the way it causes liquid water molecules to vibrate. See this article [lsbu.ac.uk] , particularly the graphs showing dielectric temperature as a function of frequency. It's pretty clear that a 10GHz microwave oven would be a lot less efficient at heating water than a conventional 2.45 GHz one, although I suppose you could choose a multiple of 2.45GHz and probably still have a functional product.

Overall, unless your goal was to build a miniature microwave (a 21st century E-Z Bake Oven?), I don't know why you'd want to use 10GHz instead of 2.4Ghz ones. The tolerances of parts in the magnetron and waveguide would have to be much tighter, I think, and this would almost certainly cause it to be more expensive.

Re:I RTFA.. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15568242)

Well something in your cell phone must be producing the 2Ghz! i seem to recall a simple NOT gate went at around 5Ghz last time i timed it. Im guessing the chip is just a couple of gates.

Re:I RTFA.. (1)

k33l0r (808028) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568313)

I think that's the performance you get if you freeze the cellphone to 4.5K...

Though I'm not too sure about how the LCD [LIQUID Crystal Display] and battery will take it.

So... (5, Funny)

kjart (941720) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568038)

...above 500 GHz by cryogenically "freezing" the circuit to minus 451 degrees Fahrenheit (4.5 Kelvins).

How long before I can get a kit like that for my P4?

Re:So... (1)

insanarchist (921436) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568112)

Actually, cryogenically freezing P4's is the only way to get them to comfortable levels at STOCK SPEED

cell phones? (0, Redundant)

Tekninja_Hawk (961855) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568040)

"By comparison, 500 GHz is more than 250 times faster than today's cell phones, which typically operate at approximately 2 GHz, according to the organizations."



Wow, I didnt realize my cellphone was so -fast-



I dont think the writer really knew what he was talking about, why would they compare cellphone frequency to the speed of a computer chip otherwise?

Only one further step now.. (3, Funny)

BlackMesaLabs (893043) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568042)

and that is to IMAGINE A BEOWULF CLUSTER!
Oh, you thought I had something insightful to say? Nope ^_^

No no... (0, Redundant)

MK_CSGuy (953563) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568067)

the real step is pondering WHETHER IT CAN RUN LINUX!

Obviously in soviet russia linux ponders you... or... something...

Re:No no... (1)

theskipper (461997) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568111)

Or maybe it's so fast that it will lead to truly self aware computers. Ones that can think up some new lame memes.

I had no idea (0, Redundant)

PhraudulentOne (217867) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568047)

By comparison, 500 GHz is more than 250 times faster than today's cell phones, which typically operate at approximately 2 GHz, according to the organizations.

Wow, I didn't realize that cell phones typically run at 2GHz+

Re:I had no idea (4, Funny)

xav_jones (612754) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568055)

They do if they have a good run-up and are going downhill with a tailwind.

Re:I had no idea (2, Funny)

bshatley (983740) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568093)

That really is a great reference. With the ever increasing speed of processors these days, it would be useful to have a good reference unit, like horsepower. My desktop has 1 cellphonepower, but you can overclock an 805D to 2 cellphonepower!

Re:I had no idea (1)

rcamera (517595) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568270)

it would be useful to have a good reference unit

isn't that kind of the point of the scoring system in winvista? the 500GHz processor would get a score of 243, but the overall system would score a 2 because there's only 128Mb of video memory.

i want (1)

present_arms (848116) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568050)

a compile farm of these :D

Re:i want (2, Insightful)

Maelwryth (982896) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568193)

Its all good......until you hit the bus.

You must be a Gentoo user! (1)

Strolls (641018) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568201)

i want a compile farm of these
For all that leet funroll-loops goodness, huh?

Stroller.

Re:i want (5, Funny)

doti (966971) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568251)

i want a compile farm of these

The poor soul uses gentoo.

In other news... (5, Funny)

Kiaradune (222032) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568060)

Suit has been filed against a well known business and a school for violations of Moore's law.

Re:In other news... (2, Informative)

xerxesdaphat (767728) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568144)

You do know Moore's Law relates to the number of transistors on a chip, and doesn't have anything to do with clock speed, right?

Joke/Your Head (4, Insightful)

DragonHawk (21256) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568243)

You do know Moore's Law relates to the number of transistors on a chip, and doesn't have anything to do with clock speed, right?

You do know that jokes are meant to be funny, and don't have to be factually accurate, right?

Re:Joke/Your Head (2, Insightful)

xerxesdaphat (767728) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568280)

Oh come on! I got the (slightly lame) joke, but I just get pissed off when people keep repeating this fallacy of Moore's Law being clockspeed. Sorry if that makes me a bit anal, and yes, I do always think the Nazis like I was in this case tend to look a bit stupid, but it's like `rediculous' and `MAC' and `legos'... sometimes you just get irritated heheh.

Re:Joke/Your Head (1)

ThePelt (819458) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568316)

you do know jokes are supposed to be funny too, right?

The joke was factually inaccurate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15568322)

That would be why it was crap, then.

Re:In other news... (2, Funny)

imbaczek (690596) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568249)

+1 Encyclopedia Nazi

Re:In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15568164)

Moore's Law [wikipedia.org] states that microprocessor complexity (i.e. # of transistors, not clock speed) at a certain price point doubles every 24 months. So this chip is probably right in line with what was available 2 years ago for the same $$$.

Why? (4, Insightful)

reset_button (903303) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568062)

It's interesting, but wouldn't it be better to just use two of these chips at room temperature, rather than spend time/money/space on cooling the chip to 4.5 Kelvins?

Re:Why? (1)

Mushdot (943219) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568094)

This is similar to the goals of creating superconducting materials - can they get this to happen at room temperature rather than when supercooled? I guess only time and further research will tell.

Re:Why? (2, Insightful)

Vo0k (760020) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568184)

He meant that 350GHZ in room temperature is by far more revolutionary than 500GHZ at 4K.

THAT WASN'T THE POINT (4, Informative)

technoextreme (885694) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568102)

Arggg read the article they said they wanted to test the theoretical limits of these chips. They know speed increases with temperature. They wanted to know how much.

Re:THAT WASN'T THE POINT (3, Insightful)

nonlnear (893672) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568153)

Exactly.

By finding the last point on the temp/speed curve, they are able to much more accurately determine the entire curve. i.e. It's a lot easier to interpolate to more realistic cooling levels. And it makes for a cool headline too.

Re:THAT WASN'T THE POINT (3, Informative)

sco08y (615665) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568219)

They know speed increases with temperature.

Don't you mean "decreases"?

Re:Why? (2, Informative)

Serious Simon (701084) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568279)

These are not microprocessors, and the achievement is not the amount of computing power you can get from them but the extremely high frequency of the signal they can generate. And that is not something you can increase by adding more chips!

500 GHz... (0, Redundant)

Odiumjunkie (926074) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568066)

Imagine a beowulf cluster of these!!!11

Someone's gotta say it (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15568072)

Is this enough for Vista?

Re:Someone's gotta say it (4, Funny)

bonehead (6382) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568134)

Not quite, but remember this is still in development. Once they start producing the dual-core, hyperthreading "Extreme Edition", it should run Vista just fine.

Re:Someone's gotta say it (2, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568329)

Once they start producing the dual-core, hyperthreading "Extreme Edition", it should run Vista just fine.

...until SP1 comes out (currently scheduled for 2010, I believe).

Re:Someone's gotta say it (0)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568287)

As soon as the debug info is stripped, it might.

Unless of course you want that 3D desktop, too.

How complex of a chip? (3, Interesting)

interiot (50685) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568084)

TFA wasn't clear... I assume this wasn't running a larger fully synchronized CPU with memory and multi-level cache at 500GHz, but is instead running a smaller number of transistors at that speed?

Can these these chips do any calculations? (4, Insightful)

the_humeister (922869) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568085)

Or have they just been fabricated to demonstrate that they can attain high GHz rates?

Just a sec... (4, Funny)

crhylove (205956) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568088)

Everybody knows you can't trust ghz ratings. I mean, a 3.2 ghz athlon is clearly a bit faster than the 3.2 ghz pentium. Right? Oh, wait, you said .5 TERAHERTZ?!?! Oh, yeah, then I'll take one of those please. And that big ass freezer, thanks.

Re:Just a sec... (1)

Vo0k (760020) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568215)

I'll take the .35THz version without the freezer, thanks.

In other news... (5, Funny)

Odiumjunkie (926074) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568096)

AMD today announced the launch of the Athlon XP 500000+. The chip has a "stock speed of around 3.0 GHz, but is named for it's IBM equivalent".

In Related News... (-1, Redundant)

jack1323 (301059) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568101)

The AMD camp, insistent that clock speed doesn't matter, have annouced plans to release the highly anticipated Athlon 500000+.

Finally a Machine That: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15568118)

Is capable of running Windows Vista

The tempurature at which books freeze (5, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568120)

by cryogenically "freezing" the circuit to minus 451 degrees Fahrenheit
Somewhere, the mirror-universe Ray Bradbury is stroking his goatee with anger.

Re:The tempurature at which books freeze (0, Redundant)

ThosLives (686517) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568229)

This is a wonderful comment!

IBM's pretty smart... (1)

idiotdevel (654397) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568122)

... preparing for Vista already I see

Obligitory Yes but... (0, Redundant)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568133)

1. Will it run Linux?
2. Will it run MAME at full speed?
3. Will Word load up any faster?

Have I forgotten any?

Re:Obligitory Yes but... (0, Redundant)

TechNin (979769) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568186)

4. In Soviet Russia, computer chip processes you.

Re:Obligitory Yes but... (1)

chemystery (981863) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568200)

Well... Will the hunk of sand run Vista? 'twas said before meetinks...

Re:Obligitory Yes but... (0, Redundant)

Kuxman (876286) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568202)

Will it run Vista?

Re:Obligitory Yes but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15568206)

Will my mp3s download faster? (yes, back when the P4 came out, I saw a Dell ad saying that one advantage of the P4 was "Download your mp3s faster!")

One or two others... (1)

FoamingToad (904595) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568207)

Does it still take thirty seconds to fire up Acrobat Reader?
Do you need a pair of them for Oracle 9i?
Is it on the minimum spec for Vista Ultimate?

I'll get me coat.

Re:Obligitory Yes but... (1)

Vo0k (760020) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568231)

1. Likely this will be a DSP, so if you try really hard, you'll get uCLinux to run on it, but it's not meant to do that, it will run dedicated assembly tasks best.
2. No. Not enough cache mem, too slow RAM bus speeds.
3. This is not a harddrive.

Re:Obligitory Yes but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15568315)

4. Will we finally be able to install Gentoo in less than 24 hours?

great (1)

hostylocal (827126) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568145)

all i need now is to get one of these working at room temperature for less than the cost of my current house and then convince microsoft it might be a good idea to do a vista driver for it and then maybe, just maybe vista will boot in under four minutes. happy day!

So how fast was this chip? (5, Funny)

demongeek (977698) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568165)

Was it blazingly fast? Is this destined to be the new hot item this Christmas? Will IBM come under fire from companies like AMD and Intel?

Uberistor? (3, Insightful)

Lord of Hyphens (975895) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568169)

Hrm... a batch of transistors that'll relay at clock speeds of 350Ghz. Then they tossed on their P4 cooler and watched it superconduct. Why am I not surprised at 500Ghz? At 4.5K, it's clearly superconducting. And the phone comparison... I like EE Times, but that writer needs to be shot. The editor deserves a slap on the wrists for letting it in (unless they're referring to some strange property of phones). "For the first time, Georgia Tech and IBM have demonstrated that speeds of half a trillion cycles per second can be achieved in a commercial silicon-based technology, using large wafers and silicon-compatible low-cost manufacturing techniques,[and absurd cooling that allows us to leverage the properties of superconductivity]" (fixed). IBM: Design it Today, Figure out what the hell we're going to do with it 7 years from Tomorrow. (And yes, I'd get a microprocessor designed with these ubersistors).

Oldish (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15568178)

Actually, according to people I know that have seen this stuff the Germanium chips have been available for military grade applications for years that have been in the hundreds of Gigahertz. Not entirely new.

Safety tip (3, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568180)

200mm wafers

Do not place one of those "thin, mint wafers" on Mr. Creosote's tongue.

You are welcome.

1.2mm per cycle (5, Interesting)

bytesex (112972) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568182)

350 * 1024 * 1024 * 1024 (375 809 638 400) cycles per second divided by the distance light travels in a second (299 792 458 000 mm / s) is 1.2 mm. Just thought I'd throw that in.

Re:1.2mm per cycle (2, Informative)

ThosLives (686517) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568241)

*blinks twice to make sure I really read that math correctly*

:
:
:
*sighs in dismay*

Re:1.2mm per cycle (2, Informative)

imbaczek (690596) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568278)

-1 All Wrong

Re:1.2mm per cycle (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568307)

Hmm... That also means that any given signal could (even with zero overhead) only travel 1.2mm per cycle.

I guess we're reaching the level where CPUs have to wait not for the peripherals hardware, but for itself, 'cause the signals are simply too slow.

Re:1.2mm per cycle (0)

bytesex (112972) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568320)

Sorry; that's the reverse of course: 29979245800 mm/s / 375809638400 cycle/s = 0.079772424 mm/cycle

Re:1.2mm per cycle (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568321)

I don't think that the GHz means 1024^3Hz. More probably it's a real Giga and it means 10^9.

mod 3own (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15568191)

will reca7l that it

Finally they froze the design (3, Funny)

ghoul (157158) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568192)

Brings a whole new meaning to the engineers traditional sigh of relief

Might help speed up... (1, Funny)

blcamp (211756) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568211)

...development on Duke Nukem Forever. Or make it compile a trifle faster.

computers in space (2, Interesting)

pdjohe (575876) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568212)

Since these temperatures only occurs naturally in space, why not build a super, big cluster of these things, hook them up to a satallite and launch it into orbit.

Re:computers in space (2, Insightful)

thiophene (216836) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568232)

Because cold due to vacuum is different than cold due to liquid He.

Re:computers in space (4, Insightful)

Skinny Rav (181822) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568311)

Since these temperatures only occurs naturally in space, why not build a super, big cluster of these things, hook them up to a satallite and launch it into orbit.


Maybe because heat dissipation in space is poor? I know you can do magic with water evaporation under such low pressure to dissipate heat, but how much water would you need to send up there to provide cooling for reasonable time?

Cheers

Raf

Radiation, most likely (3, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568334)

Radiation is a big issue for computers in space. Shielding equipment is heavy (=expensive to get up there), and the smaller (and faster) CPU's ICs become, the more susceptible to radiation they become.

There's a reason why NASA is trying their best to get their fingers on ancient CPUs.

Far infrared (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15568214)

So we have a chip that operates at the same frequency as the radiation that it emits as heat. My brain hurts!

Good but (1)

Timberwolf0122 (872207) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568237)

I want a dual core version! That way I'll be able to play Duke Nuke Em Forever on Windows Vista.

Obsolete Units (2, Insightful)

Silver Sloth (770927) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568258)

From TFA - my emphasis

IBM (Armonk, N.Y.) and Georgia Tech (Atlanta) claimed that they have demonstrated the first silicon-based chip capable of operating at frequencies above 500 GHz by cryogenically "freezing" the circuit to minus 451 degrees Fahrenheit (4.5 Kelvins).

Is anyone in the scientific world still seriously using Fahrenheit? What happened to si. Ok, for old farts like me it's nice to have the weather in Fahrenheit because I know that 60 is a nice spring day, 70 is hot and 80, phew, what a scorcher, but if I'm doing science I would no more use Fahrenheit than I would measure distance in poles.

Re:Obsolete Units (3, Insightful)

Dance_Dance_Karnov (793804) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568284)

I'm sure that is the author writing down to his audience. I would have thought the cellphone comparison made that clear.

Re:Obsolete Units (4, Funny)

saucercrab (855892) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568328)

If 80 degrees is a scorcher to you, then it sounds like Fahrenheit isn't the only obsolete unit in this post.

Re:Obsolete Units (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15568338)

I'm assuming that in the lab the scientists are NOT using fahrenheit to keep track of temperatures -- but they may when talking to the popular media or to their mothers. I happen to work with ultra-cold atoms, which are chilled to hundreds of nanokelvin. Kelvin is what we use in the lab, but if I'm talking to a lay audience, or my parents, I use Fahrenheit. These are really inconceivably cold temperatures no matter what way you state them, but I've found "a whole mess of degrees below zero" to be more meaningful to friends and family members than "a few hundred nano-whatsits."

If this is ever planning to come home... (1)

SheeEttin (899897) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568262)

If this is ever planning to come home, all you case modders had better start working on a cooling system that'll take it down that far.

In other words, at these temps, it's not very practical for the end user.

Cool, but 2GHz in cell phones? (1)

digitaldestiny (983745) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568271)

First: Nice. I bet Pixar and Walmart will want a couple of these babies. Second: 2GHz chips in cell phones? No way, it's more like 450-500MHz scalable chips in those brick sized cell phone PDAs, and like 200-300 scaleable chips in regular cell phones. A processor operating at 2GHz in a cell phone would likely not only melt, or atleast damage the thing from the heat produced, but also make short work of the batteries. In fact, I'm quite sure, that if you removed the active cooling from a 2ghz processor, and instead of putting a really big copper heatsink on it, placed a lithium battery on it, it would either explode, or burn like magnesium. At the very, VERY least, the chip would go the way of the dodos, and the battery would degrade and lose it's ability to hold current. Am I talking out of my ass?

But... (0, Redundant)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568272)

Will it be fast enough to handle Vista?

LK

500 Giggles (3, Funny)

Sqreater (895148) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568274)

"The achievement is a major step in the evolution of computer semiconductor technology that could eventually lead to faster networks and more powerful electronics at lower prices, said Bernard Meyerson, vice president and chief technologist in I.B.M.'s systems and technology group. He said developments like this one typically found their way into commercial products in 12 to 24 months."

I think I'll put off buying a new computer for a couple of years or so...

NEWS ITEM: Computer industry collapses due to consumers putting off purchases in anticipation of 500 GHz computers coming real soon now.

P.S. (1)

Sqreater (895148) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568330)

I wonder if it can be overclocked? And if so, by how much?

Perfect for Duke Nukem Forever ! (1)

javaDragon (187973) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568285)

... Not to RUN Duke Nukem Forever, of course, just to run the development environment at a decent speed, so that we may have a chance to actually play the finished game (or at least a decent beta, or even a playable pre-alpha, for christ's sake) before we die.

Link to GaTech/IBM press release (1)

cinexero (983612) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568300)

Sadly, even my own school's press release says the chip operates at 250x cellphone speed. But the press release has much more techincal info then the EE Times article http://gtresearchnews.gatech.edu/newsrelease/half- terahertz.htm/ [gatech.edu]

Fahrenheit -451 (1)

PowerEdge (648673) | more than 8 years ago | (#15568335)

The temperature at which a SiGe chip freezes.
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  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>