IBM working with Georgia Tech have successfully clocked processor speeds of 500 gigahertz (GHZ) when the silicon-germanium processor is frozen to absolute zero.

The Same chip can clock in at 350 GHZ at room temperatures, and researchers believe that the technology with additional advances should be able to yield speeds of 1000 GHZ or 1 Terahertz.

While this is more of a laboratory advance, it could have applications in space exploration where temperatures approach absolute zero. It could also be possible to recreate cooling systems that could approach these temperatures for expensive military or modeling applications.

Researchers feel that regardless of the early applications, better understanding will help them find household applications as well.

We’ll keep our eyes peeled here at Maven Mapper’s for future IBM stickers with claims of Cryogenics Inside!

Additional information, see:Technology News: Cutting Edge : IBM, Georgia Tech Deep Freeze for Gigahertz