Tag: silicon

Mellanox Touts Arrival of Intelligent Interconnect

Nov 16, 2015 |

Intelligence and integration are the watchwords of an era in which the insatiable demand for faster, more powerful computers can no longer ride the coattails of a strong Moore’s law. These are also the hallmarks of co-design, an approach that is championed by interconnect fabric vendor Mellanox Technologies and others in the community as essential for supercomputing Read more…

Graphene Promises Ultimate On-Chip Interconnect Scaling

Jun 29, 2015 |

Graphene has been heralded as a potential Moore’s law extender. The single-atom layer of carbon is prized for its strength, flexibility, lightness and conductivity. While most graphene electronics research has centered on its potential as a silicon replacement, a research project out of Stanford University has a different proposition, one that may, in fact, be a more feasible first-production-use of graphene. In Read more…

One Atom Thin Silicon Transistors Are Here

Feb 7, 2015 |

Move over graphene, there’s a new 2D wonder material being hailed as a potential Moore’s law extender, called silicine. This one‐atom‐thick two‐dimensional crystal of silicon could be the ultimate miniaturization enabler, setting the stage for future generations of faster, more energy-efficient microchips. A cousin to graphene, silicine consists of a single layer of atoms arranged Read more…

Unmasking the Speed Limit of Modern Electronics

Dec 11, 2014 |

For the first time, scientists have captured the essence of semiconductor computing on film by taking snapshots of the electron transfer from valence to conduction band states. It is this leap that forms the basis for the entire semiconductor industry, digital electronics and modern computing as we know it. Using attosecond extreme ultraviolet (XUV) spectroscopy 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…

Moore’s Law in a Post-Silicon Era

Jan 10, 2014 |

When it comes to ushering in the next-generation of computer chips, Moore’s Law is not dead, it is just evolving, so say some of the more optimistic scientists and engineers cited in a recent New York Times article from science writer John Markoff. Despite numerous proclamations foretelling Moore’s Law’s imminent demise, there are those who Read more…

Stanford Debuts First Carbon Nanotube Computer

Sep 27, 2013 |

A new computer made of carbon nanotubes, created by a team of Stanford engineers, may be the first serious silicon challenger.

New Hope for Graphene-based Logic Circuits

Sep 6, 2013 |

As an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, graphene is a promising electronics substrate, but it can’t be switched on and off like silicon can. With no solution in sight, a team of UC Riverside researchers has taken a completely new approach.

Moore’s Law We Miss You Already

Aug 29, 2013 |

As transistors reach the limits of miniaturization, it is only a matter of time until Moore’s Law runs out of steam. The latest expert to weigh-in says Moore’s Law will expire in 2020 at the 7nm node.

IBM Takes Step Toward Nanotube-Based Computing

Oct 30, 2012 |

Big Blue’s research arm makes carbon more transistor-friendly.