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Scientists Are Bringing Back Vacuum Tubes for Computers of the Future

Submitted by: Odio @ 04:21 PM | Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | (url: http://www.popula...)

Researchers from UC San Diego are using vacuum tube technology to develop more efficient computer processors. The research could result in faster microelectronic devices and better solar panels. Their results are published in a paper in the journal Nature Communications.

Commonly thought of as a primitive precursor to the modern transistor, vacuum tubes were the building blocks of computers in the early 20th century, and computers built using them filled entire rooms or buildings.

The invention of the transistor in the mid 20th century allowed computers to be built much smaller, and paved the way for the computing revolution of the late 20th century. That being the case, the transistor is arguably the greatest invention in history.


Category: Technology | 16 Comments
Tags: computers

11-08-16 - 04:33 PM
cool I hope our computers look steampunk vry soon
11-08-16 - 05:17 PM
sweet im already ahead of time with my vacuum tube amp i make :D
11-08-16 - 05:22 PM
I loved my vacuum tube amp.
11-08-16 - 05:39 PM
stem autism at its finest :rolleyes:... women in tech 2020
11-08-16 - 05:49 PM
"Vacuum tubes don't have that problem because the current travels through air."

Huh. Such an insightful understanding of the term vacuum. I guess blogs are destructive to the blogger's own intellect too.
11-08-16 - 05:49 PM
Cool. Where do I get my tube tester suitcase?
11-08-16 - 06:04 PM
its a series of tubes

+rep me for that one
11-14-16 - 03:02 PM
this is an interesting article

if they overclock will they explode and kill nerds with glass shards?
11-14-16 - 03:04 PM
yes, that is how it will work goshin

exactly like that
11-14-16 - 03:39 PM
Originally posted by houston  
its a series of tubes

Totally tubular duuude.
11-14-16 - 06:33 PM
i've seen enough B roll sci fi to know the dangers
11-14-16 - 08:19 PM
Tubular Dells

Oh yeahhhhhh
11-14-16 - 08:53 PM
lol they must not have noticed that the internet is already a series of boobs
11-14-16 - 10:12 PM
Not surprised at this considering the ancients used glass and built their factories in a vacuum.
11-14-16 - 10:47 PM
Fart in a bottle for me, togo
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