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Old 07-09-2015, 06:01 PM
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Moore's Law: Alive and Well

IBM: What Makes This Tiny Chip a Breakthrough - ABC News

The breakthrough -- the result of research at IBM and the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in Albany -- could allow as many as 20 billion transistors to be placed on a chip the size of a fingernail and is half the size of the current 14 nanometer standard, company officials said. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.



IBM's seven-nanometer node transistors. A strand of DNA is about 2.5 nanometers in diameter and a red blood cell is roughly 7,500 nanometers in diameter. Credit IBM Research

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OK. I'm throughly impressed.
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But will it comb trumps hair? I think not!
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But hey, ^ I was only nit picking
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An explanation from this morning's NPR Morning Edition:

COLE: So let's say the transistors that are around when Moore first made this prediction back in 1965, those were about 100th of an inch wide. But let's blow that up, so it's now the size of Shea Stadium, host of the famous 1965 Beatles concert.

So we've blown up this tiny transistor to a huge stadium.

Now let's go to 1971. That transistor has shrunk down to the size of a Volkswagen van.

OK, so now by the year 2000, this transistor will have shrunk to the size of a little iPod.

Now let's go to 2015 to this new chip just announced by IBM that is so, so small...It's as if you took these two pennies that I just dropped and held them between your fingers. That width is the size of the transistor in this metaphor. And in reality, that transistor is now just a few times bigger than a strand of DNA.
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Old 07-10-2015, 11:12 PM
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But will it comb trumps hair? I think not!
It's not thin enough for Trump's hair.

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