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ZDNet: It's Software That Will Almost Be Free

Apr 03, 2004, 10:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)

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"Money doesn't grow on trees, and neither does germanium.

"Germanium, No. 32 in the periodic table of the elements, has become a crucial ingredient for straining the silicon lattice in microprocessors and maybe increasing the performance of communications chips. Indium, which was so rare in 1924 that the world's supply of the isolated element was about a gram, is being incorporated more into chips as well..."

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