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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by vniow, Nov 11, 2002.
Re: IBM says building better microchips is kind of like baking a cake.
That would be an understatement. It means the could possibly get massively parallel machines in a smaller footprint. Imagine a 32 processor chip the size of a G4 chip today? Again, the potential for the future is increasing - maybe I should just go take a really long nap and wake up 10 years from now......
I remember reading about 3d processors like this, I think it was in a book called "Minds, Machines and the Multiverse." If I remember correctly, one of the problems with chips like this is the enormous amount of heat they produce -- it said about as much as a nuclear reactor, though this was a pop-sci book. Though definitely much much more heat than current processors...
Heat would be an issue at the core of the chip, but I can't imagine that they would say that its possible without having a solution to the problem. But if it needs to have a cooling system, that might put such a chip outside the range of the desktops.