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Scientists Ponder Magnetite for Potential Transistor Breakthrough

Aug 9, 2013 |

As computer chips got faster over the years, chip designers have experimented with exotic semiconductor materials, including forms of arsenic, in hope of exceeding the performance limitations imposed by silicon. It turns out that a potential 1,000x boost in switching speeds may be had by utilizing good old magnetite, the common magnetic mineral found all over the earth.