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Deconstructing Moore’s Law’s Limits

Aug 18, 2014 |

For the past five decades, computers have progressed on a predictable trajectory, doubling in speed roughly every two years in tune with Gordon Moore’s oft-cited observation-turned-prophecy. Although semiconductor scaling continues to yield performance gains, many perceive a tipping point is nigh, where the cost-benefit analysis of further miniaturization breaks down. The latest researcher to weigh Read more…

New Photoresist Could Add Years to Moore’s Law

Jul 17, 2014 |

Over the last five decades, microprocessors have gotten cheaper and more powerful as predicted by Gordon Moore’s famous observation, which states that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles every two years. However, the limits of miniaturization can only go so far before crossing the quantum threshold. Currently there is some progress left Read more…

IBM Invests $3 Billion in Next-Gen Chip Design

Jul 14, 2014 |

The slow-down of Moore’s law has chip makers expanding their efforts beyond the scaling of silicon-based transistors to include the development of alternative materials and computing approaches. Such is the case with IBM, which last week launched a $3 billion research initiative focused on getting to “7 nanometers and beyond.” The five year program comes Read more…

IBM Bets on Nanotubes to Succeed Silicon in 2020

Jul 2, 2014 |

The effect of five decades of exponential progress with silicon chips doubling in speed every couple years as observed by Intel cofounder Gordon Moore in 1965 cannot be overstated. As silicon-based transistors push against the limits of physics, the death of Moore’s law could pack a devastating blow to the industry and even the global Read more…

Carbon Nanotubes Pitched as Post-Silicon Contender

Jun 23, 2014 |

With TOP500 list stagnation likely signaling the slow-down of an exponential known as Moore’s law, what better time to consider alternatives to silicon-based microelectronics. Researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering point to carbon nanotubes as a promising replacement for silicon as the traditional transistor material. The advantage of carbon nanotubes is that they are Read more…

Sandia Launches Post-Silicon Development Effort

May 28, 2014 |

As microprocessors push up against the limits of miniaturization, many are reflecting on what the post-silicon era has in store. Recently Sandia National Laboratories published an article describing the steps it is taking to extend the pace of computational progress over the coming decades. Some of the forward-leaning technologies include self-learning supercomputers and systems that Read more…

Planning for Post Moore’s Law

May 28, 2014 |

In this video from Hot Chips 25, Dr. Robert Colwell of DARPA delivers an insightful overview on the “looming issue” that is the death of Moore’s law. Colwell starts out with the humorous point that “physics doesn’t care what we believe.” Believing that Moore’s law – Gordon Moore’s 1965 observation that a chip’s transistor count doubles Read more…

Tackling Electromagnetic Interference

May 6, 2014 |

A team of researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is working to ameliorate electromagnetic incompatibility. The issue of unwanted interference is only set to worsen in step with the continued shrinking of electronic components. As componentry heads toward the nanoscale, problematic ‘noise’ arises from electromagnetic interference and susceptibility. As Xian-Ke Gao Read more…

Moore’s Law Versus the Laws of Physics

Apr 18, 2014 |

If you’re looking for a great video describing the essentials of Moore’s law in under 10 minutes, perhaps for your non-HPC friends and family, look no further. With a direct, easy-to-follow delivery, Professor Derek McAuley with the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham lays out the elements of chip design and manufacturing Read more…

Mining for Efficiencies Post Moore’s Law

Apr 17, 2014 |

Computers are so much more than the interface most Web-connected humans interact with on a daily basis. While many of us take for granted the thousands of instructions that must be communicated across a vast array of hardware and software, this is not the case for the computer scientists and engineers working to shave nanoseconds Read more…