Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Sep 2005 17:12 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Researchers at Imperial College London claim to have developed technology that would enable the creation of three-dimensional microchips, which will dramatically increase their memory capacity. According to their press release: "by using nanotechnology it is possible to reproduce the key functions of semiconductor electronics in microchips using only the 'spin' of electrons, which is responsible for magnetism, rather than the more conventional 'charge' that traditional microchips use."
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RE[2]: gaming revolution
by voidlogic on Mon 12th Sep 2005 03:08 UTC in reply to "RE: gaming revolution"
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Yes speed (latency) is important, but loading ALL textures on the video card means less disk access after the load, and less Memory -> AGP/PCI-E traffic. Everything being local to the GPU makes processing the texures faster, even if the latency of the RAM is not better. Basicly the vedio RAM goes from being a cache for the Main memory (which in turn is often used to cache the harddrive) to being primary texture storage.

What excits me is the benifits this technology could have the SRAM (CPU cache) 100 MB of CPU cache would be incredible. Although returns for more cache become expodetialy less profitable.

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