Researchers "freeze" chip to set speed record

06/20/2006 | NYTimes.com

Researchers say by freezing a silicon-based chip to 451 degrees below zero Fahrenheit they have developed a semiconductor that operates at 500 GHz, which is 250 times faster than chips in today's mobile phones. "There's been talk that we've started to hit the physical limitations of chip performance," one technology consultant said. "The news here is that we're not coming anywhere near the end in what processors are capable of."

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