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Materials for the 21st Century$
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David Segal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198804079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198804079.001.0001

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Chips with Everything

Chips with Everything

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(p.21) 3 Chips with Everything
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Materials for the 21st Century
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David Segal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198804079.003.0003

Chapter 3 highlights the critical role materials have in the development of digital computers. It traces developments from the cat’s whisker to valves through to relays and transistors. Accounts are given for transistors and the manufacture of integrated circuits (silicon chips) by use of photolithography. Future potential computing techniques, namely quantum computing and the DNA computer, are covered. The history of computability and Moore’s Law are discussed.

Keywords:   computability, transistors, integrated circuits, quantum computing, silicon chips, Moore’s Law, photolithography, digital computers

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