Question For The List
julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Jun 13 13:08:10 CDT 2006
Don Y wrote:
> Jules Richardson wrote:
>> Jim Leonard wrote:
>>> Computer parts without any moving parts should last forever, and in
>>> my experience, they usually do (if cared for properly).
>> Natural chip decay will get 'em all in the end, but IMHO they should
>> last for a significant part of a person's lifetime, though.
> Has anyone any "real" data on EM effects? Or is this effectively
> urban legendry?
Good question, and no I haven't. I'd breathe a sigh of relief if it weren't
true I suppose - it's sad to think of the effort of keeping these things
running if they're going to naturally fail despite best efforts a few years
down the line.
Isn't chip death something to do with natural Brownian motion or something?
Eventually things just move around to the point that the chip stops
functioning - whether it's been powered or not. I'm not a physicist - just
dimly-remembered classes from years ago (and being told the 50 year figure)
(I'm sure if it *is* true then the 50 years is something a guesstimate or
worst-case, and lots of things will last much longer than that)
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