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On April 18th Altera announced that their “28-nm Stratix® V FPGAs are the semiconductor industry’s first devices to feature 3.9 billion transistors.” When are we going to stop minifying 40 year old technology, get off our butts, and research something new?
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Miniturization makes new things. For instance, if it wasn't for miniturization down to the sub-50nm domain, there'd be no iPads or slim mp3 players. Subsequently, sub-30nm domain is an interesting domain of itself.

Visible light passes right through it, just about -- the exclusion being UV. It's small enough to actually become challenging for electrons to travel without flying off the track. The operations can be calculated much faster because the switches throw shorter distances. Devices run cooler too. So you could see a computer's size drop dramatically.
p.s. The tools to make something sub-30nm are even more interesting and are based on both new and old technologies. You need to make the tools to make the tools to make the tools. :)
We are all waiting on you to do it, Dave.
I was referring more to the lack of forward progress. Research has slowed to a creep. Budgets are 95% infrastructure, 5% research -- on a good day. Traditional devices are at their limits, with the electron flow problem that you yourself suggested. And instead of having something on the back burner, we're meddling (and bombing) in the Middle East's business. Federal budget spent more on military operations in the last two years than NASA, ever. Just seems to me that our priorities are not in order.

That isn't to say that I don't find what we have and are achieving with FETs interesting -- it's why I'm going to school. Then again, we're still using smaller versions of the same antenna arrays designed in the 20's.
The barrier between research and market is ridiculous too. Nowadays it seems like we have just slow development, and new ideas have, at the very least, a 10 year incubation period before being widely available. Many don't even make it to market. Also, new technologies are insanely expensive. It's crazy how we live in the era of freely accessible information, yet we find it difficult to sever ourselves from the old ideas in favor of the new. Complacency is balls.

We just need a genius to make something amazing and cheap and popular :P
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