Quote: ...My Short-Term 3D Computing Play
Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) is synonymous with the computer revolution. How fitting then that the company is making what I believe is the biggest chip design breakthrough in 50 years.
You see, Intel just added "fins," or "pillars," that rise above a chip's flat surface. These fins allow data to move vertically as well as horizontally. Multiple fins crisscross the surface like a grid, boosting performance by 37% right out of the gate.
Not only that, but Intel's new 3D chips use half as much power, too. This is significant for two reasons.
First is straight-up marketing. Environmentalists want computer firms to design systems that use less power in a bid to save the planet.
More importantly, however, is the potential for new sales. In the past, Intel pushed speed over low-power chips. That's why it excels in desktops and laptops - where speed is crucial. But it's an also-ran in mobile phones, where makers are more concerned with heat and battery life. So, the new design will help grab sales in the mobile market. And it will push the rest of the chip industry to go 3D.
In electronics, of course, small is beautiful. How small? These days, computing is all about the nanometer. A nanometer is just another unit of measurement, like a foot or an inch. But we're talking very small units, indeed.
A human hair is roughly 100,000 nanometers wide. The circuits in Intel's Tri-Gate chips measure just 22 nanometers across. Per Intel, that means more than six million of its transistors could be crammed into the period at the end of this sentence.
Yet in just five years, those circuits will be less than half that size.
Intel intends to use its "Tri-Gate" technology across its product lines. That covers the range from mobile-phone chips to those used in computer servers that power the Internet and the cloud. And what's more, by stacking transistors on top of each other, Intel will get continued increases in processing as its slims the chips down even further.
No less a luminary than Gordon Moore himself has weighed in on Intel's new design.
"For years we have seen limits to how small transistors can get," Moore said in a statement to the media. "This change in the basic structure is a truly revolutionary approach."....
The article continues along the same theme, discussing what IBM is doing along with 3M in stacking 100 3D chips on top of one another.
Another part that stuck out....
Quote:Researchers are designing highways that act as charging stations to juice up electric vehicles - while the cars are still racing down the road.
The trip from New York to Beijing could take just two hours, thanks to a novel transport tube that looks like something out of science fiction. Passenger capsules would float inside the tube, powered by exotic superconductors, and zoom people around the globe at speeds of up to 4,000 mph.
Carbon nanotubes that can make objects appear invisible. In a project funded by the Pentagon, scientists found that bending light in certain ways created the "mirage" that objects weren't really there....
I get the feeling all this "wonderful" tech isn't going to be available to the 7 billion plus majority of humanity. In fact the polar opposite. Looking at the increased earthquake activity at Fukushima today, makes all this news seem some what redundant.