Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear
Diamond is carbon.
Yep I know it is the same as graphite - pure carbon but in a very different molecular structure / matrix.
The point I was trying to make was perhaps a tad ambiguous I was thinking that transistors made out of carbon would or could be run hotter than the usual materials they use in them and that the dissipation of heat would be perhaps a bit more efficient in view of the carbon being better thermally (conductive) speaking than those materials we see now being used.
In my rather scrambled brain that means a far efficient core than would normally be, because you could run them at higher temps without degradation of the chip itself.
I suppose this also leads into how does one get rid of that "extra" heat in that scenario.
My own personal thoughts on that would be to make the chip itself larger than the silicon chips are today. I think a good friend of mine demonstrated that a long time ago in here that the actual silicon chip is only a tiny surface area compared to the heat spreader to which it is in contact with. For example say the heat spreader was 4cm2 the chip is only 1cm2 so in fact one ends up with a disproportional heat dissipation area in a CPU.