This Is the World’s Fastest Thin-Film Organic Transistor

It might look like there's not much to it, but you're looking the world's fastest thin-film organic transistor—and it could revolutionize the displays we spend our days looking at. » 1/09/14 6:37am 1/09/14 6:37am

3D NAND Chips Are Going to Make High-Capacity SSDs a Reality

SSDs are wonderful things that massively speed up your computer and they're getting cheaper too. But currently they don't offer the capacity that some users demand. Fortunately, that could all be about to change. » 6/28/12 8:22am 6/28/12 8:22am

The Single-Atom Transistor That Could Break Moore's Law

In the ongoing quest to push processor performance, the key is being able to effectively shrink their component parts. A new transistor, based on a single atom, may go further than helping speed things up: it could shatter Moore's Law. » 2/20/12 6:39am 2/20/12 6:39am

The Transistor Was Almost Called the Iotatron

When Bell Laboratories wrapped up work on the transistor in 1948, they let 25 employees vote on the name. And for some reason, those stodgy bastards passed up options such as the crystal triode and the iotatron. Sad face. » 9/07/11 1:20pm 9/07/11 1:20pm

World's First Single-Electron Transistor Works Like a Teeny, Tiny…

It's amazing what an electron can do. Researchers, lead by a team from the University of Pittsburgh, have built the world's first operational single-electron transistor, the SketchSET, which could become an essential component of all sorts of futuristic technologies; from super-dense, high-capacity solid-state drives… » 4/18/11 11:20pm 4/18/11 11:20pm

Gizmodo University: Flippin' Switches


It's Saturday, it's noon; that can mean only one thing: It's time for Gizmodo University! We've got an action-packed lesson today as our intrepid Sparkle Labs host (and proud new papa) Ariel takes a look at switches, sensors, and detectors! » 11/13/10 12:00pm 11/13/10 12:00pm

Gizmodo University: Guest Lecture


This week, Gizmodo University is proud to have a very special, super-secret guest lecturer! This is presented in addition to our normal curriculum and in conjunction with Sparkle Labs so step on into class and see who we've brought! » 11/06/10 12:00pm 11/06/10 12:00pm

Fastest Integrated Circuit Doubles the Previous Record, Getting Close…

Following up on a 2007 world record for the fastest transistor speed, Northrop Grumman announced today that it has shattered the world record for integrated circuit performance, nearing one terahertz. » 5/28/10 4:00pm 5/28/10 4:00pm

Single Molecule Turned Into a Functional Transistor

Since the first transistor was demonstrated 62 years ago, researchers have tried to make the device smaller and smaller. Now they've finally achieved an extreme point in their quest: A single-molecule transistor. Yes, that's really, really freakin' small. » 12/25/09 8:00pm 12/25/09 8:00pm

Gizmodo's Video Salute to Moore's Law

Click to viewThis week, the transistor turns 60, and to celebrate, we decided to take an animated look at Moore's law from the early 1970s to today. Here's you'll see most of Intel's major chip lines, the year they were first introduced and the number of transistors they could support. Watch the numbers go up and up… » 12/10/07 2:28pm 12/10/07 2:28pm