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Old 12-03-2010   #1
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Chip tech talk

Just found a couple of interesting articles about computer technology:

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Chaogates Hold Promise For The Semiconductor Industry

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Washington DC (SPX) Nov 23, 2010

In a move that holds great significance for the semiconductor industry, a team of researchers has created an alternative to conventional logic gates, demonstrated them in silicon, and dubbed them "chaogates." The researchers present their findings in Chaos, a journal published by the American Institute of Physics.

Simply put, they used chaotic patterns to encode and manipulate inputs to produce a desired output. They selected desired patterns from the infinite variety offered by a chaotic system.

A subset of these patterns was then used to map the system inputs (initial conditions) to their desired outputs. It turns out that this process provides a method to exploit the richness inherent in nonlinear dynamics to design computing devices with the capacity to reconfigure into a range of logic gates. The resulting morphing gates are chaogates.
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Chaos-based computers? Hmmm... Bill Gates has been selling chaos-based software for years... ahem! anyway...

Isolinear chips, anyone?

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Short Light Pulses Will Enable Ultrafast Data Transfer Within Computer Chips


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San Diego CA (SPX) Nov 26, 2010

Electrical engineers generated short, powerful light pulses on a chip - an important step toward the optical interconnects that will likely replace the copper wires that carry information between chips within today's computers.

University of California, San Diego electrical engineers recently developed the first ultra compact, low power pulse compressor on a silicon chip to be described in the scientific literature. Details appeared online in the journal Nature Communications

This miniaturized short pulse generator eliminates a roadblock on the way to optical interconnects for use in PCs, data centers, imaging applications and beyond. These optical interconnects, which will aggregate slower data channels with pulse compression, will have far higher data rates and generate less heat than the copper wires they will replace.
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I still predict that in fewer years than you might expect, silicon will be replaced by carbon as the material of choice for RAM, CPUs and the like.
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aw, damn it! i was going to make the first integrated pulse stretcher/compressor I guess I should pay more attention to what other people are doing.
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