Narrator: This is Science Today. Researchers at
the University of California, Berkeley have developed
the tiniest semiconductor transistor yet, paving the
way towards faster and cheaper electronic devices.
But Chemning Hu, one of its creators, says the current
state of the semi-conductor industry is still alive
We actually think it will be at least ten years for
this transistor to find its way into consumer or any
real applications. The fact is that the present technology
will continue to have several generations of life
left in it.
Narrator: Hu says another reason their new
transistor will not be implemented right away is that
the semiconductor industry believes in incrementalism.
Hu: If you want to make a billion transistors
on the chip to work, everyone to work, you'd better
choose a technology that you know very well - not
something that you just discovered last year. Because
of this incrementalism, the semi-conductor industry
is going to take a very, very cautious approach to
adopt any new transistor designs.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.