QAI SPECTRE™ Super Turing Machines: The Future of Semiconductors Is Not Silicon Digital Integrated Circuits

Theodore Modis and Jonathan Huebner argue that the rate of technological innovation has not only ceased to rise but is actually now declining doubting the potential of a technological singularity using digital technology. According to them the evidence for this decline is that the rise in computer clock rates is slowing.

Whether this is correlated or not, Moores law ceased to be valid around 2006 due to reaching transistor feature size reduction physical size semiconductor process limits. Increases in process performance are now mainly through architectural enhancements such as pipelining, multiple cores, transistor bank power switching and other methods.

Further decreases in transistor feature size for Silicon digital circuits below ten nanometers (using tri-gate FINFET technology for example) results in excessive heat without a proportionate increase in performance since Moore’s law is no longer valid. This is due to excessive heat build-up from the chip due to irreversible transistor current storage, which must be dissipated as heat. The heat cannot be dissipated quickly enough to prevent the chip from failing when operating at higher frequencies at room temperature. Physically, silicon is an indirect band gap technology, which requires a photon assist for electrons to move from the insulator to conducting state, which requires more energy to drive the circuit.

DARPA recognizing the critical nature of this problem to the future of semiconductor technology in the US recently began an initiative to develop new composite semiconductor technology, which does not focus on transistor semiconductor process feature size reduction, which is ultimately a dead end, to gain performance.

QAI has understood this dead end result for decades and has focused on composite semiconductors from the beginning. We solve this problem using GaAs/GaN composite semiconductors as the analog chips are both heat resistant, radiation resistant and extremely high performance. QAI SPECTRE™ technology opens the door to the future by virtue of more power-efficient super Turing CPU designs and processors.