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Old 08-01-2006, 11:26 PM   #1
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If anyone has any information regarding processor production that would be great. Some things i'm interested in specifically:

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- I know that the gates and transistors are 'etched' onto a silicone chip, but what does etched mean? Does etched mean engraved? Does etched mean that a machine places/draws tiny metal transistors on the chip?
- Any information regarding Silicon-Germanium-On-Insulator. Google and wikipedia don't seem to have a lot on the subject.
- If Silicon-Germanium-On-Insulator technology is used by companies like INTEL and AMD
- When the architechture for a new processor is being deisgned, what software does an engineer use to design it?
- In regards to 90nm, 65nm, and the next step, 45nm technology what are the physical limitations regarding the width of transistors. Why can't processor manufcatures operate using 25nm technology?
- Whats an address bus?
- Whats a data bus?
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This should help for some of the stuff. HowStuffWorks is a great website, you can find a lot of info on stuff you didn't know.

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/microprocessor.htm
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/diode.htm
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Old 08-03-2006, 11:01 AM   #3
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i was able to find a site that answered a lot of my questions:

http://www.gamezero.com/team-0/artic...h_magic/micro/

Howstuffworks does have a lot of cool stuff. And those articles are really interesting.
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