SON - Silicon On Nothing!

in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
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Instead of using a normal insulator they use empty space between layers to have really really low parasitic resistance to make faster chips faster. Interesting idea Toshiba. maybe Motorola and IBM are working on similar research. Toshiba may have patents on how to MAKE it but they can't patent the actual idea. How can you patent 'nothing'?


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    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    They can (and will) patent any steps they've discovered to implement the SON process, which will slow any would-be competitors down unless their researches stumble upon a process that Toshiba overlooked.
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    cdhostagecdhostage Posts: 1,038member
    It's not silicon on nothing of course. Unless they are vaccum sealed it's silicon on air.
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    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    how 'bout silicon on some kind of inert gas?
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