24 Jul Computing and data storage on a single chip?
As embedded intelligence is finding its way into ever more areas of our lives, fields ranging from autonomous driving to personalized medicine are generating huge amounts of data. But just as the flood of data is reaching massive proportions, the ability of computer chips to process it into useful information is stalling.
Computers today comprise different chips cobbled together. There is a chip for computing and a separate chip for data storage, and the connections between the two are limited.
Combining 3D assembly and new material (carbon nanotube), the new chip is able to work both on computing AND data storage.
As a result, the nanosystem can capture massive amounts of data every second, store it directly on the chip, perform in situ processing of the captured data, and produce ‘highly processed’ information.
Moreover, without silicium, this kind of chip consumes less energy.
The results are published in the journal Nature, by lead author Max Shulaker, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.
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