shrink them down to size

Taiwan has developed tiny microchips that could lead to lighter and cheaper laptops or mobile phones, researchers and observers said on Wednesday.

State-backed National Nano Device Laboratories in northern Hsinchu city said it had succeeded in packing more transistors into smaller chip space than anyone else so far.

“Electronic gadgets like cellphones and laptops could become smaller, lighter and cheaper with this technology,” Yang Fu-liang, the lab’s chief, told AFP.

Currently, laptops seldom weigh less than about 1.5kg but the latest development could see notebook computers weighing as little as a 500 grams.

“It’s indeed the most advanced chip technology ever,” said Nobunaga Chai, an analyst at Digitimes, a Taipei-based industry publication.

Sounds promising. Right now netbooks are all the rage, weighing around 1kg and yet allowing users to surf the web and run basic applications. Imagine full functionality laptops next time that weigh 1kg, yet allow the user to play games, etc. Though that might put netbooks out of business…


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