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Re: Silicon-germanium routers?

  • From: Peter Dambier
  • Date: Tue Jun 20 16:23:19 2006

David W. Hankins wrote:
IBM and Georgia Institute of Technology are experimenting with silicon-
germanium, it is said here:

I find this interesting having just attended NANOG 37 where some
manufacturers of network devices told us in a panel that network
heat problems weren't going away unless there's a 'next big thing'
in manufacturing process.

Is this it?

Corrolary: If our routers are made of silicon-germanium, would the
CLI only operate in Deutsch?

Jawoll, es wuerde :)

I remember my old radio days. My audion and diode receivers never
would work with silicon only with germanium diodes and transistors.

The difference is the voltage threshold where the device would start
conducting. That is 200 mV for germanium but 800 mV for silicon.

Devices running with silicon and 2.4 volts will go down to 600 mV. That
means power consumtion will drop to 1/4. The real thing is a bit more
complex but for a guesstimation ...

Peter and Karin

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