Linked by fran on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 22:26 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The CPU industy is working on 16nm chips to debut by around 2013, but how much smaller can it go? According to the smart guys, not much smaller, stating that at 11nm they hit a problem relating to a 'quanting tunneling' phenomena. So what's next? Yes, they can still add core after core, but this might reach a plato by around 2020. AMD's CTO predicts the 'core wars' will subside by 2020 (there seems to be life left in adding cores as Intel demonstrated a few days ago, the feasibility of a 1000 core processor.) A Silicon.com feature discusses some potential technologies that can enhance or supersede silicon.
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Plato? Plateau?
by callinyouin on Wed 24th Nov 2010 00:10 UTC
callinyouin
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2008-12-15

We will reach a Greek philosopher by 2020? Weird.

...Sorry, couldn't resist. ;)

EDIT: Actual contribution to the thread:
I wonder, would this memristor technology only be good for AI and the like, or would it be suitable for more general tasks, like desktop computing?

Edited 2010-11-24 00:18 UTC

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