Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The World's Fastest Microchip clocks in at 500Ghz

The world's fastest silicon-based microchip has been demonstrated by scientists in the US.
The prototype operates at speeds up to 500 gigahertz (GHz), more than 100 times faster than desktop PC chips. That is half a trillion calculations a second...
To break the world record, the researchers from IBM and the Georgia Institute of Technology had to super-cool the chip with liquid helium.
The team believes it is possible to make chips run at 1,000 Ghz, or one Terahertz, at room temperature.



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