Deshall creating an Electron Hurricane in my Processor!!!

Michael R. McClelland (drizzt@iaonline.com)
Mon, 5 May 1997 18:38:19 -0500


Someone mentioned the idea of wearing out a processor and I remembered
reading about an odd sounding phenomenon in Scientific American(one of my
favorite sources for odd sounding phenomena),so I dug it up and sure enough
it states that current flow can erode wires. Go figure. Not so funny now,
huh?
"
One seemingly simple solution is to switch from aluminum wiring, which is
now the standard, to copper. Copper exhibits lower resistance, and it is
also less subject to a phenomenon known as the electron wind, the tendency
of a dense flow of current coursing through a narrow wire to erode the
metal. "You get a gap in the metal because the electrons blow the metal
molecules down the wires," remarks G. Dan Hutcheson, president of VLSI
Research.
"
Amazing
If you'd like to read the whole article go here:
http://www.sciam.com/0597issue/0597techbus1.html
mike-mcclelland@usa.net
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