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Georgia Tech and IBM Claim Chip Speed Record in the Lab

Georgia Tech and IBM announced on Tuesday that their research teams have shattered a microchip speed record in a development that could lead to advances in radar technology and cell phones. The chip will not be commercially available for some time, in large part because it set the silicon-based speed record when it was frozen to 451 degrees below zero. Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a team of 22 scientists and graduate students forged the chip’s material by melding silicon chips with atoms of the element germanium. Silicon is currently the easiest and most cost-effective method to create microchips, and this latest research success has the potential to greatly impact the electronics industry, which is scrambling to find new materials for faster chips to keep up with Moore’s Law.

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