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Windows 7: This is absolutely amazing

19 Feb 2012   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
This is absolutely amazing

A working transistor on a single atom:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/20/sc...m.html?_r=1&hp


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19 Feb 2012   #2
Qdos

 

It brings a whole new meaning to an Atom processor...
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19 Feb 2012   #3
Kevin Ismail

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If I didn't miss some points of the reading. I am just curious about the heat created by the dissipation during the transistor operation whether it is going to be less or even greater, and how to handle it.

Just a thought.

Kevin
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20 Feb 2012   #4
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

How long until a usable chip can be made?
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20 Feb 2012   #5
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
How long until a usable chip can be made?
I wouldn't expect it to be available for another few decades, if that. They've only been able to make a transistor so far, to get the rest of the parts of a computer component to that size would require even more research and testing...
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20 Feb 2012   #6
NecroticisM666

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, 64 Bit Build 7600
 
 

Nanotechnology is inevitable...
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20 Feb 2012   #7
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NecroticisM666 View Post
Nanotechnology is inevitable...
It's already arrived if my pocket money is anything to go by. If it gets any smaller, I'll need a Large Hadron Collider to see it!
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20 Feb 2012   #8
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

hmm, cynical mickey says you can't make anything out of just one atom - one phosphorus atom on its own can't do very much.

i would say that maybe the transistor includes one atom of phosphorus - it doesn't comprise of one atom and that's it.
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20 Feb 2012   #9
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Electro-Mechanical FET?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
hmm, cynical mickey says you can't make anything out of just one atom - one phosphorus atom on its own can't do very much.

i would say that maybe the transistor includes one atom of phosphorus - it doesn't comprise of one atom and that's it.
Agreed.
It would take many atoms to provide conductors and insulation.
My hypothetical device below, needs at least 15 atoms.

My Hypothesis
I think that it might be an "Electro-Mechanical FET" (for want of a better description).
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The yellow blocks represent conductors (probably Gold).
The red block represents the Phosphorus atom.
The pink/purple lines represent an electric field.

It is constructed so that the Phosphorus atom normally sits at one end ("0").
When a charge is applied to the conductor, the Phosphorus atom moves to the other end, bridging the conductors at that end ("1").
When the charge is removed the Phosphorus atom returns to the other end ("0").


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20 Feb 2012   #10
Qdos

 

In the original article it says the transistor can output multiple values, so it's for more then a simple binary switch, in effect making it, for want of a better metaphor, a multi-dimensional variable switch. This is what's so fascinating about it besides the nano-structure...

However it's probably twenty years away...
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