King Liu, Salahuddin talk future of transistors with IEEE Spectrum


In honor of the 75th anniversary of the invention of the transistor, IEEE Spectrum invited seven experts to predict what changes may come for the technology in the next 25 years.

The experts include Tsu-Jae King Liu, CITRIS advisory board member and dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, and Sayeef Salahuddin, CITRIS principal investigator and UC Berkeley professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences.

“Transistors will remain the most important computing element,” Salahuddin said.

According to King Liu, transistors could potentially have critical dimensions equal to or less than 1 nanometer, which would allow device densities of 10 trillion per square centimeter.