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Nanotechnlogy 18 seems to be the magic number in todays manufacturing process Intel and AMD both boast their upgraded production and note that it will lead to ever increasing speeds and capabilities Quietly however there is a growing consensus among the scientific community that silicon based-chips are on their way out Tiny molecular computers are becoming more and more feasible and may do to silicon what transistors did to vacuum tubes Across the world universities and government institutions are making advances in nano-technology that could shatter todays concept of electronics As far as speed and memory are concerned the results may be incomprehensible to consumers and businesses alike Consumers are routinely fooled by the false-security of a megahertz rating Most buyers think an extra 50Mhz is appealing despite a 75-100 increase on the price tag True a 550 Pentium 3 has a 10 speed advantage over a 500 Pentium 3 but it realistically only performs a 5 increase in most applications Consumers need to understand that speed and performance are mutually exclusive An extra 100 bucks is hardly worth the 10-12-millisecond improvement when launching Microsoft Word Still an 800 Athlon this Quarter a 900 next Quarter seems to signal the dominance of silicon-based computers for some time Most computer-chip manufacturers estimate that they will have plenty of business until 2014 when they expect to reach their theoretical limit in silicon-based computers 10 microns The translation meaning processors and other components would be built at 100-billionths of a meter or 100 nanometers- 100 nanometers being the distance between each transistor Now realize that with nanotechnology we could shrink components down to 001 microns- one nanometer Chips would be exponentially faster more efficient and powerful than anything on the drawing board today While some labs like the ones at UCLA IBM and HP are well publicized many are working under top-secret conditions and
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