by August 11, 2001 0 comments

Bigger is not always better when it comes to that wonder of the modern world–the silicon chip. Over the years, chip designers have been increasing processing speeds by packing more and more electronic circuitry into smaller

However, chip miniaturization (and hence any substantial increases in processing speeds) will soon reach the end of the road. This is because electrons must be confined to guide wires and placed far enough to prevent interaction. Moreover, electrons traveling in these wires generate heat, ultimately causing computer breakdown. Electronic signals also get bogged down by various aspects of the solid material they travel through. Are we then facing a future where computers can get no faster? Read on to find out.

  • Processing at the Speed of Light
    Consider this. An optical computer in a single hour can carry out an operation that would take a conventional electronic computer more than eleven years! Mind-boggling?

  • CPUs of Carbon

  • Jumbo Hard Drives
    Storage space on hard drives doesn’t seem to have an upper limit. A new standard will break the current 137 GB storage limit, while AFC media will increase the density at which data is packed on the drive

  • Huge Capacity with AFC

  • Paper-thin Displays
    OLED technology can be used to make thin, versatile, and low-power displays with clear, high-contrast images

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