[ExI] Helping Moore's law continue

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Sat Jun 9 22:24:25 UTC 2018

The reason some people were saying Moore's law is soon going to come to a
end i
because of quantum tunneling, when switches are very small and are supposed
to be off there will still be electrons flowing through it, and this
leakage current increases exponentially the smaller the switch gets. It had
long been the consensus that nothing insulates against tunneling better
than empty space so it places a limit on how small electronic circuits can
get; but in the June 6 2018 issue of Nature this was shown to be untrue. A
molecule has been found that insulated better than empty space and
potentially much better; it does a good job even at distances of less the
one nanometer. Even better the substance is silicon based, an element
semiconductor manufacturers have a lot of experience with, so it could
become commercially practical sooner than technologies that use some other



 John K Clark
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