STC News: Magnetic Chips Dramatically Increase Computing's Energy-Efficiency
March 14, 2016
Magnetic Chips to Dramatically Increase Computing's Energy Efficiency?
R&D Magazine, 03/14/16
In a breakthrough for energy-efficient computing, engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have shown for the first time that magnetic chips can operate with the lowest fundamental level of energy dissipation possible under the laws of thermodynamics…"Making transistors go faster was requiring too much energy," said Bokor, who is also the deputy director the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, a Science and Technology Center at UC Berkeley funded by the National Science Foundation. "The chips were getting so hot they'd just melt."
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