Researchers Advance Graphene’s Potential as Silicon Alternative

March 30, 2017

In the face of a slowing Moore's law for silicon-based CMOS technology, researchers are on the hunt for a successor to silicon. One of the more promising candid Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Purdue Showcases New Concepts in Semiconducting

December 15, 2016

At the international IEDM 2016 conference earlier this month, Purdue University researchers revealed a number of technologies and concepts aimed at transformin Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Report Addresses the Perils of Dark Silicon

July 21, 2016

Dark silicon refers to the processing potential that's lost when thermal constraints disallow full CPU utilization. The gap between transistor scaling and voltage scaling combined with tighter integration of components (multicore, SoCs) has power density ramifications that are of particular concern for embedded computing, but high-performance computing faces similar "dark power" challenges. Bringing attention to this issue and exploring common solutions was the goal of the Dagstuhl Seminar 16052, “Dark Silicon: From Embedded to HPC Systems.” Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

LBNL Researchers Report Method to Make “Atomically Thin” Circuits

July 14, 2016

This week researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have reported a new method to create transistors and circuits that are only a few atoms thick. Read more…

By John Russell

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

Mellanox Touts Arrival of Intelligent Interconnect

November 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 Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Graphene Promises Ultimate On-Chip Interconnect Scaling

June 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 condu Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

One Atom Thin Silicon Transistors Are Here

February 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‐dimensiona Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

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