Tag: processors

How Intel’s New Processor Will Keep Your Gadgets Alive Longer

In the world of chip design, there’s one spec people typically care about most: speed. But as demand for mobility increases, efficiency has become as important a quality as any. In the Intel 4th-Generation Core Processors, engineers rethought the way components communicate to create the world’s most efficient and powerful laptop chips. The processors, which […]

Commercial Quantum Computer Actually Works, According To New Testing

Since the Canadian company D-Wave began selling so-called quantum processors, experts have debated whether they’re truly quantum. Now, according to an analysis by academic physicists they really do show quantum effects, making them the world’s first commercial quantum processors. In general, it’s been difficult to confirm how D-Wave machines work because quantum states are so […]

Electric Imp Will Connect Everything to the Internet

In my future house, I want a refrigerator that will tell me its contents via Wi-Fi, so I’ll be able to check whether I need extra butter when I’m at the market. I want a lamp that will turn on when it senses sunset, so I won’t have to adjust my automatic timers; I want a garden-watering system that will gauge whether my tomato plants are thirsty; and I want an outdoor rain/hail/snow sensor so I can make better weather spotter reports.

IBM Demonstrates 100GHz Graphene-Based Transistors

Silicon Valley may want to update its name, because IBM has created graphene transistors that blow away the silicon competition. The transistor prototypes were made from sheets of carbon just one atom thick that could switch on and off at 100 billion times per second. The 100-gigahertz speed is about 10 times faster than any silicon equivalents, Technology Review reports.

China’s Loongson Processor Could Power First Natural-Born Chinese Supercomputer

As technological tensions run high between the U.S. and China these days (see Google’s recent dust-up with the party, etc.), the People’s Republic has unveiled more details on its quest to phase U.S.-made processors from its microchip diet. China’s next supercomputer – a Linux-running machine known as the Dawning 6000 – will run purely on Chinese processors, possibly before the end of this year.

New Jaguar Supercomputer Outruns IBM’s Roadrunner as World’s Fastest

A supercomputer known as Jaguar has finally bested IBM’s Roadrunner supercomputer in the biannual TOP500 list, but researchers have already begun looking into exascale supercomputers that consist of 100 million cores and run 1,000 times faster than Jaguar. Computerworld reports that the U.S. Department of Energy has begun holding workshops on the new supercomputers to run high-res climate models, develop smart grids and aid fusion energy design.

Scientists Test First Universal Programmable Quantum Computer

Physicists have been taking baby steps toward creating a full-fledged quantum computer faster and more powerful than any computer in existence, by making quantum processors capable of performing individual tasks. Now a group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed the world’s first universal programmable quantum computer that can run any program that’s possible under the rules of quantum mechanics.

Scientists Find Fundamental Maximum Limit for Processor Speeds

Silicon wafers. Quantum computing. Light-based processors. Any way you slice it, scientists say that processor speeds will absolutely max out at a certain point, regardless of how hardware or software are implemented. Lev Levitin and Tommaso Toffoli, two researchers at Boston University, devised an equation which sets a fundamental limit for quantum computing speeds. According to their studies, a perfect quantum computer can generate 10 quadrillion more operations per second than fastest current processors. They estimate that the maximum speed will be reached in 75 years.