Saturday December 12, 2015

Skyscraper-Style Chip Design Boosts Performance 1,000-Fold

University researchers and Stanford engineers have developed a revolutionary high-rise architecture for computing called N3XT that should allow for greater speeds but lower energy use.

N3XT will break data bottlenecks by integrating processors and memory like floors in a skyscraper and by connecting these components with millions of "vias," which play the role of tiny electronic elevators. The N3XT high-rise approach will move more data, much faster, using far less energy, than would be possible using low-rise circuits.