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Old 02-17-03, 07:09 PM   #116
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Heh...quantum computers may come along sooner than you think. An estimate I saw about three years ago put them at 10 years out.

Regardless, remember that there are a large number of technologies on the horizon that could dramatically improve processor power for more traditional systems, including MRAM (which will be much lower power and may be higher-speed than DRAM, aside from its non-volatile nature), and non-silicon semiconductors. There's a ton of research going on in these fields right now.

As a side note, I recently saw a presentation by a physicist talking about a new substance that, while there are apparently significant manufacturing problems, is capable of in the range of 1-10 Terabits per square inch (most of the presentation centered around a computational method that was much better at determining the magnetic anisotropy than the more standard methods).
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