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Tiniest transistor – yet: 2.5 nm

In spite of the fact that the Moore’s law has reached its ending point, researchers are still working on finding alternatives that would push its limits. The present most advanced chips in terms of density are already doing that. Basically the Moore’s law stopped in 2015 in terms of cost …

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Beyond Moore’s law

The Moore’s law is over, in both its implication: keep doubling the number of transistors on a chip (in a given area) every 18 months keep decreasing the cost per transistor as density increases The second implication ceased around 2014/2015 when the cost per transistor flattened out as density kept …

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Data at the edges

The Moore’s law, the doubling of transistors on a chip (of a given size) every 18 months and the parallel having of cost per transistor has basically been matched by the growth of data, hence, roughly speaking, our capability to process data has been in synch with the number of …

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Cheating quantum tunneling

Chip manufacturing technology has reached the single digit nanoscale and is now facing the quantum mechanical tunneling: basically you have to  imagine that the electron is not a particle but a wave and as such it is not in a specific location but it is spread out in space (particle-wave …

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Faster than faster: Optane 800p

Last year Intel, 2017,  announced a memory based on a new technology, 3D XPoint (read 3D crosspoint), providing a faster, cheaper solution than NAND. Non volatile as DRAM (it does not lose its content when power is off) it seemed as a good replacement for NAND but not for DRAM. …

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In memory computing for AI

As the Moore’s law is slowing down also on the performance axes (it has stopped on the economics axes in 2015) researchers are looking at alternatives to keep improving the performances, both searching for materials alternative to silicon (notably in the area of 2D materials like graphene and molybdenum disulphide) …

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Have we reached the peak of demand?

Micron, the company that acquired Lexar, the maker of top of the line storage media -compact flash, SD, flash pen …- , some time ago, in 2006, has announced the termination of the Lexar brand and product: Lexar is one of the largest and most advanced companies in the solid …

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5nm transistors

Back in 1964 Moore’s saw the increasing number of transistors that could be squeezed onto a chip. At that time the number was around 100 transistors, a tremendous increase from the 4 transistors that Fairchild managed to put on a chip in 1960! Today we have chips with several billions …

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Taking a fresh look at 5G – Technology enablers I

Technology Enablers ICT (Information Communications Technology) has made a significant progress in these last 10 years.  10 years is the usual time it takes for developing a new wireless technology, whose whole life cycle is around 30 years, 10 of development and 20 in operation. In terms of processing power …

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