Cool Chips run at 500GHz

It’s funny that even though we all know that technology is constantly improving and getting faster and more powerful than what we have now, it’s still astonishing to hear what the latest accomplishments are. Take for instance the news that scientists at IBM and GA Tech announced recently that broken the speed record for silicon-based chips with 500 gigahertz speeds. Ho-hum you say? This is almost 250 times the speed of chips today. That is remarkable. Imagine your current computer running between 10 and 100 times faster. Coming back down to earth for a minute, the 500GHz speed was achieved by cooling the chips to 451 degrees below 0F. That’s pretty close to absolute zero. The chips still run at a impressive 350GHz at room temperature.