VLSI, or Very-Large-Scale Integration is a process wherein a circuit is made through the combination of thousands of transistors. This technology was first created in the 1970s, and has eventually led up to the creation of the microprocessor. This kind of technology helped to create the possibilities of consultative sales training using computers, as processor technology shrank more and more, eventually we reached the point of having processors where billions of transistors are placed in a wafer thin case.
Technology evolves at a truly immense rate, and we have now reached the point where we can only design new chips through the use of existing chips. Isn't that a strange thing to consider? I like to think of it as technology evolving itself, and that one day it will be fully self-sufficient. Not in that Terminator kind of 'destroy the humans' way, but more in the way that technology will be self-perpetuating and our technology will not only improve vastly, but will improve exponentially with every generation maybe one day it will even begin to learn about sales. More information on sales training.
Really, the next most logical step will be NEMS - Or Nanoelectromechanical Systems. These are devices that combine electrical and mechanical on a scale of nanometers. The uses of these will really bring our machines to the next level. The uses will include accelerometers, chemical substance detection and more. The biggest challenge in doing this is creating the technology to create transistors this small. Furthermore, the materials used can be difficult to work with.