May 17, 1998 |
Scientists are fine-tuning a new transistor that cranks out computations 10 times faster than existing computer technology. The transistor, under development by federal scientists at Sandia National Laboratories, could benefit everything from computers and cell phones to satellites and toxic-materials sensors. "If you can integrate this with conventional silicon processing, it would mean cheaper, faster, smaller, better," said Paul R.
November 26, 2001 |
Intel Corp. will showcase a new type of transistor next week as the biggest maker of computer chips looks for ways to build devices that are 500 times faster than today's yet don't need too much energy. The so-called TeraHertz transistors, still being researched at Intel and scheduled for release as early as 2005, operate at a speed of 1,000 gigahertz. They generate little heat and will use only about as much power as today's best 2-GHz chips, Intel said.
September 5, 1989 |
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., maker of Panasonic, Quasar and Technics products, said Thursday that it will buy about 5 million transistors a month from Motorola Inc. beginning this month. The announcement in Tokyo follows an agreement between the companies made earlier this year. It marks the first time a Japanese consumer electronics maker has made large purchases of semiconductor devices custom-made by a U.S.-based company.
June 6, 1991 |
Intel Corp. on Wednesday announced a microprocessor chip that it says contains the most transistors of any computer chip on the market. Intel said it packed 2.5 million transistors on the chip, called the i860 XP. That compares to 1.2 million transistors on Intel's 486 microprocessor, which is its most powerful processor chip used in IBM-type personal computers. Increasing the number of transistors speeds up the processing power of a chip.
December 13, 1988 |
Scientists have invented a new transistor that can switch on and off 140 billion times a second, 12 times faster than transistors used in supercomputers, it was announced Monday. The "bipolar transistor," created at the AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., could have applications in computers, microwave communications and light-wave communications systems that use lasers. A transistor is a solid-state device that controls the flow of electrons in a circuit.
December 29, 1987 |
The transistor age began 40 years ago this month when the human voice was amplified by an unlikely contraption that looked like the insides of a light bulb. No one said, "Mr. Watson, come here. I want you." The New York Times devoted just 4 1/2 inches at the bottom of page 46 to the public announcement the following summer. Nevertheless, that secret demonstration at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., on Dec. 23, 1947, marked the foundation of modern electronics.