Big Blue is using the human brain as a template for breakthrough designs. Brace yourself for a supercomputer that's cooled and powered by electronic blood and small enough to fit in a backpack.
An end to the guiding principle of chip development would come with a whimper, not a bang. That would give us time to prepare -- and to make improvements in other areas.
Getting rid of the tiny wires inside computers would greatly improve performance. Sun Microsystems wants to do that with proximity communication, but it will take time.
Tilera's Tile64 chip, along with other cutting-edge designs, will take center stage at this week's Hot Chips conference.
Researchers work to mask intricate functionality of up-to-80-core chips, so hardware and software makers can more easily adapt to them.
Intel and others have been showing off "through-silicon vias," but IBM says it will come out with chips using the new technology next year. Photo: Closing in on TSV
blog The name is ungainly--Through-Silicon Vias--but the upshot is that a multitude of tiny wires would out-bandwidth overcrowded buses, making for higher-performance chips and computers.
The stack of memory chips holds 16GB of memory and takes up the same amount of space formerly required for one chip.
Intel researches how to wed memory chips and processor cores, yielding impressive gains in speed and efficiency.