Welcome to Overclockers Forums! Join us to reply in threads, receive reduced ads, and to customize your site experience!
CalCoolage (Jul 01, 2001 04:28 a.m.):
>Care to fill us in on this mystery material?
I was hoping to find the link which gave the actual, if incredible, numbers, but failed. I stumbled across the info as a link to something or other, possibly from the Anandtech site.
They often mention other amazing properties of this material, so I don't know why they never mention this.
This material could be doped to make transistors that would stand up to much higher temperatures than silicon. It has the same outer election structure as silicon since it is just above it in the periodic table. It can have the same crystal structure, but only takes on that form after being subject to high temperature and pressure such as found deep beneath the earth.
The element of which it is made occurs in all organic compounds.and its oxide is a gas that is required by photosynthetic plants.
This material is ten times as hard as the next hardest naturally occurring material, aluminum oxide.
Marilyn Monroe once sang a song claiming the crystals were a girl's best friend, while she twirled the stuff around strung on a necklace and wiggled erotically.