Oxygen breakthrough breathes new life into computers

From Cisco Subnet's Brad Reese on Cisco blog.

Semiconductor technology is close to reaching its performance limit. Over the years, processors have shrunk to their current size, with the components of a computer chip more than 1,000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair.

At those very small scales, quantum effects behaviors in matter that occur at the atomic and subatomic levels can start playing a role. By exploiting those behaviors, scientists hope to take computing to the next level.

Recently invented material at the FSU Mag Lab could be to computers of the future what silicon is to the computers of today. The material, a compound made from the elements potassium, niobium and oxygen, along with chromium ions, could provide a technological breakthrough that leads to the development of new quantum computing technologies.

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