Five Chip-level Technologies Set to Change Computing

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Computerworld’s Brian Nadel writes of five chip-level innovations in the labs today that could change the face of computing.

Optoelectronics is a holy grail,” says NIST’s David Seiler. “It can broaden electronics and is a great way to cut power use because you don’t have all those wires acting like space heaters.” In February 2010, Michel and his collaborators, Lionel Kimerling and Jifeng Liu, successfully created and tested a functioning circuit that incorporates Ge laser data transfers. The chip hit speeds of over a terabit per second, or two orders of magnitude faster than today’s best chips with wired connectors can do.

The other technologies in the wings include memristors, programmable layers, graphene, and flexible, printed circuits. Read the Full Story.