Re: Diamonds The Next Step For Computers
I remember reading this story ages ago, and the idea was even covered in PCFormat magazine, the idea is this...
A diamind is actually partially electrically conductive, (it's semi conductor) the sae as silicone.
diamonds can be doped to have P and N types just like silicone, yet diamonds have higher precision making abilities and better heat dissipation properties.
therefore diamonds allow more complex chips to be made. that run faster and cooler,
The crystal that is currently inside your computer is quartz, it's precision cut slither of crystal, when you apply a voltage to it, it oscillates at a predefined frequecy (dictated by the cut of the crystal). that is the base clock speed, however clock speeds can be multiplied and divided,
this clocking pulse defines what can, (or cannot) be done on the board,
all logic gates are built up (or can be built up) of simple flip flop circuits made with nor gates.
the speed at which thes flip (or flop), is determined by the clocking pulse which allows the circuit to change state from either high to low, or low to high.
and as we all know clock speed (as in the speed of the crystal) isn't erally the limiting factor in CPU design, it's more channel width, density and heat dissapation issues that ar holding back the speed of processors.
I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian…
Im sick of people saying 'dont waste paper'. If trees wanted to live, they'd all carry guns.
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