Summer Reading: IEEE Spectrum’s Chip Hall of Fame

July 17, 2017

Take a trip down memory lane – the Mostek MK4096 4-kilobit DRAM, for instance. Perhaps processors are more to your liking. Remember the Sh-Boom processor (198 Read more…

By John Russell

Researchers Shrink Transistor Gate to One Nanometer

October 13, 2016

A team of US scientists may have just breathed new life into a faltering Moore’s law and advanced the limits of microelectronic miniaturization with the fabrication of a transistor with a 1nm gate. The breakthrough portends a path beyond silicon-based transistors, which have been widely predicted to hit a wall at 5-nanometers. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Intel Stretches Node Cycles, Bids Farewell to Tick-Tock

March 28, 2016

In a recent 10-K filing (an annual report to the US Securities and Exchange commission), Intel announced that it is retiring its 24-month tick-tock development model and replacing it with a 30-month 'process, architecture, optimization’ model. 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

IBM Takes Step Toward Nanotube-Based Computing

October 30, 2012

Big Blue's research arm makes carbon more transistor-friendly. Read more…

By Ian Armas Foster

Famous Physicist Predicts the End of Silicon-Based Computing

May 1, 2012

Michio Kaku says Moore's Law is slowing and will wind down by 2022. Read more…

By Robert Gelber

Designer of Microprocessor-Memory Chip Aims to Topple Memory and Power Walls

January 17, 2012

Whether you're talking about high performance computers, enterprise servers, or mobile devices, the two biggest impediments to application performance in computing today are the memory wall and the power wall. Venray Technology is aiming to knock down those walls with a unique approach that puts CPU cores and DRAM on the same die. The company has been in semi-stealth mode since it inception seven years ago, but is now trying to get the word out about its technology as it searches for a commercial buyer. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

A Slick New Semiconductor

February 1, 2011

Swiss researchers say molybdenite is better than silicon or graphene. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

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