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 feature discusses some potential technologies that can enhance or supersede silicon.
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RE: Plato? Plateau?
by Neolander on Wed 24th Nov 2010 16:10 UTC in reply to "Plato? Plateau?"
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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?

Some times ago, if I remember well they talked about using memristors in some kind of nonvolatile memory that's much closer to the speed of RAM than usual nonvolatile storage.

Desktop computing could obviously benefit from that : on activities that consume a low amount of power and require low screen refresh rates, like word processing and spreadsheets, we could imagine a kindle-like machine with an e-ink screen, having its power permanently off except in the event of a keystroke.

A computer that lasts a week on battery when doing some actual work... Wouldn't that be cool ? ^^

Or we could imagine merging sleep and shutdown, having cold boot nearly as fast as resuming from sleep...

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