This million core neuromorphic computer simulates a whole mouse brain

This million core neuromorphic computer simulates a whole mouse brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Exponential computing platforms that have more processing power than mammalian brains are now a reality, simulating a whole human brain is next.   Neuromorphic computers are self-learning computing systems capable of packing all the power of today’s top of the line supercomputers, like Summit, which...

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Graphene breakthrough opens the door to terahertz computer chips

Graphene breakthrough opens the door to terahertz computer chips

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Graphene’s weird properties could help create computer chips that are thousands of times faster than today’s chips.   Today’s silicon based electronic CPU’s, like the ones sold by AMD and Intel, operate at clock rates of several hundred gigahertz, hence the GHz acronym given to...

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DARPA splashes $1.5bn to re-invent the way electronics are designed and made

DARPA splashes $1.5bn to re-invent the way electronics are designed and made

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a concern that the lack of focus on developing new, advanced hardware will put US business and its military at a serious disadvantage in the future so DARPA is quadrupling its investments.   There is now question that the electronics industry has been...

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Researchers built a breakthrough quantum transistor using just a single atom

Researchers built a breakthrough quantum transistor using just a single atom

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As transistors get smaller companies are going to be able to create computers that are orders of magnitude more powerful and energy efficient than today’s platforms.   Over the past couple of years we’ve seen the development of a wide range of transistors that push...

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Tomorrow’s computer chips will have new challenges and new architectures

Tomorrow’s computer chips will have new challenges and new architectures

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Standardised processors that run multiple workloads, but that have to be especially optimised to run specific workloads made sense, but tomorrow’s processors will have new challenges and need a new architectural approach.   It’s over 10 years since Apple unveiled the first iPhone and since...

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Researchers use just 14 atoms to build the world’s first 0.5nm transistor

Researchers use just 14 atoms to build the world’s first 0.5nm transistor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As silicon based transistors, the bed rock of today’s modern computing platforms, near their theoretical limits we will see the birth of several new types of computing platforms that will dominate the decades to come.   We are always being told that Moore’s Law is...

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IBM unveils a new 5nm chip process, but 1nm looms on the horizon

IBM unveils a new 5nm chip process, but 1nm looms on the horizon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As physical chip design starts to near its limits it is getting harder for companies to keep up with Moore’s Law but IBM’s latest announcement gives it a new shot in the arm – until that is Quantum Computing arrives.   IBM, in partnership with...

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Berkeley Lab team pushes the limits to build a 1nm transistor

Berkeley Lab team pushes the limits to build a 1nm transistor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Berkeley Lab breakthrough might help to reboot Moores Law.   Transistor size is an important part of improving the price-performance of today’s computer systems – the smaller your transistors, the more you can fit on a chip and the faster and more efficient your processor can be. Accomplishing...

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Carbon nanotube breakthrough promises faster, lower power processors

Carbon nanotube breakthrough promises faster, lower power processors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Carbon nanotube transistors finally out perform their traditional silicon counterparts.   The computing industry has long seen carbon nanotube transistors as something of a Holy Grail – promising not just faster performance but also lower power consumption than their silicon based equivalents. And it has long...

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Quantum computing Rose’s Law is Moore’s Law on steroids

Quantum computing Rose’s Law is Moore’s Law on steroids

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Rose’s Law for Quantum Computing highlights the new platforms sheer power to solve humanity’s and society’s most complex problems on, and off, Earth.   When Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director of the investment firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DJF) first met Geordie Rose, now CTO and former CEO of...

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Intel cosies up to ARM and stalks Apple

Intel cosies up to ARM and stalks Apple

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Intel wants to dominate the next generation of “Things” and it’s joined forces with ARM the industrys’ dominant player.   In a move that would have been jaw dropping a few years ago, Intel’s factories are soon going to be churning out chips based on ARM’s open sourced architectures...

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New metamaterial lays the foundation for light based computing

New metamaterial lays the foundation for light based computing

A new on chip metamaterial paves the way for than today’s platforms For the first time, physicists have designed an on-chip ‘metamaterial’ – a class of materials that display properties not found in nature – with a refractive index of zero, paving the way for light-based computers to transmit information at infinitely...

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Researchers build the world’s first 1,000 core CPU

Researchers build the world’s first 1,000 core CPU

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Kilocore chip represents a step change in CPU power and efficiency.   Most of todays great advances in science and technology have been the direct result of the massive increase in computing power that we’ve seen over the past 40 years. AI, for example wouldn’t...

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Worlds smallest molecular transistor reboots Moore’s Law

Worlds smallest molecular transistor reboots Moore’s Law

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have demonstrated a new 0.167nm transistor.   It’s no secret that companies like Intel have been finding it increasingly difficult and, perhaps more pertinently, costly to keep pace with the expectations of Moore’s Law so it came as no surprise when in early 2016 a consortium...

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The death and rebirth of Moore’s Law

The death and rebirth of Moore’s Law

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Moore’s Law redefines itself for the next decade of computing.   Early in 2016 the worldwide semiconductor industry acknowledged what has become increasingly obvious to everyone involved: Moore’s law, the principle that has powered the information technology revolution since the 1960s, is nearing its end....

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