SRC Spends $200M on University Research Centers

January 16, 2018

The Semiconductor Research Corporation, as part of its JUMP initiative, has awarded $200 million to fund six research centers whose areas of focus span cognitiv Read more…

By John Russell

When the Chips Are Down

January 11, 2018

In the last article, "The High Stakes Semiconductor Game that Drives HPC Diversity," I alluded to the challenges facing the semiconductor industry and how that may impact the evolution of HPC systems over the next few years. I thought I’d lift the covers a little and look at some of the commercial challenges that impact the component technology we use in HPC. Read more…

By Dairsie Latimer

The High Stakes Semiconductor Game that Drives HPC Diversity

December 19, 2017

The semiconductor market is worth $300-billion-plus revenue per annum and Intel accounts for almost $60 billion of this total. In fact the top three companies ( Read more…

By Dairsie Latimer

RISC-V Startup Aims to Democratize Custom Silicon

July 13, 2016

Momentum for open source hardware made a significant advance this week with the launch of startup SiFive and its open source chip platforms based on the RISC-V instruction set architecture. The founders of the fabless semiconductor company — Krste Asanovic, Andrew Waterman, and Yunsup Lee — invented the free and open RISC-V ISA at the University of California, Berkeley, six years ago. The progression of RISC-V and the launch of SiFive opens the door to a new way of chip building that skirts prohibitive licensing costs and lowers the barrier to entry... Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

IBM Reports Carbon Nanotube Transistor Breakthrough

October 1, 2015

Perhaps Moore’s law isn’t doomed just yet. Maybe. IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) reported in a paper in Science today a technique for making carbon nanotube trans Read more…

By John Russell

Unmasking the Speed Limit of Modern Electronics

December 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 conduct Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Deconstructing Moore’s Law’s Limits

August 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-cite Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Putting the ‘Silicon’ Back in Silicon Valley

September 13, 2013

In a recent opinion piece, Angel Orrantia points to a steadily decreasing fab industry and calls on Silicon Valley to refocus its efforts on the transformation of this sector forthwith. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

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