Thursday, October 1, 2015

A New Way to Make Smaller Microprocessors

This article for the New York Times is about how IBM is finding a new way to make its computer chips smaller. With a new method that uses carbon nanotubes inside of its semiconductors, IBM is hoping to make its microprocessors smaller and faster within the next few years. 
This finding is significant because, according to the article, the advancing of computer chip technology has begun to slow down in recent years. Scientists have been looking for new ways to make microprocessors more efficient but have hit a wall in making chips smaller. This could be the breakthrough they’ve been waiting for as these carbon nanotubes are as small as atoms. What’s also significant is that this new potential technology could increase the speeds of computers up to seven times. This would be a huge advancement for the technology industry as computer systems would be much faster and more efficient than ever before. This could have an important impact on businesses as well since information would be able to be processed at a much faster rate. 
Although this was an overall good article, I think it could have briefly mentioned Moore’s law to readers to better explain why computer chips have consistently become smaller and more efficient in recent decades. It would have helped as well if the article discussed when computer chips may become cheaper again given this new technology. I also think that the article should have mentioned what other companies like Intel may be doing in order to compete in making smaller microprocessors.

Markoff, John. "IBM Scientists Find New Way to Shrink Transistors." The New York Times. The New York Times, 01 Oct. 2015. Web. 01 Oct. 2015.

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