New Architectures, Approaches To Speed Up Chips

The need for speed is back. An explosion in the amount of data that needs to be collected and processed is driving a new wave of change in hardware, software and overall system design. After years of emphasizing power reduction, performance has re-emerged as a top concern in a variety of applications such as smarter cars, wearable devices and cloud data centers. But how to get there has changed significantly. In the past, increased density was the preferred method of delivering power and performance improvements. In effect, the cheapest solution was  to throw more transistors and memory bits at a problem. That is no longer the case. Even 10nm and 7nm may be a stretch for many chipmakers. After that, the semiconductor road map is hazy, partly due to physics, and…


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