The technological world is quite stirred up with its latest invention. This discovery is much needed at a time when Computer chips’ ability to process an excess of data is almost slowing down, a group of researchers, including one of Indian Origin, have successfully developed a three dimensional(3D) chip to take care of the situation.
More about the 3D Chip:
This chip had its inception at a juncture when Computers have to resort to one chip for computing and the second one for data storage. As a result, as the larger amount of data are analyzed, the limited rate at which data can be shifted between the chips is somewhat creating a communication ‘bottleneck’.
The journal ‘Nature’ provides a detailed description of this new prototype chip, comprising of multiple nanotechnologies and a new 3D computer architecture, for the reversal of this trend.
The challenge to overcome the communication ‘bottleneck’ has been taken up by the researchers by inserting ultra-dense wires between these layers. In addition to this, the researchers have united over one million resistive random access memory (RRAM) cells, a new sort of memory storage, and two million carbon nanotube transistors used for processing, all leading towards an intense 3D computer architecture with interleaving layers of logic and memory. Philip Wong from Stanford has compared the usage of logic made from carbon nanotubes to be more energy efficient as compared to the ones made of silicon and so the RRAM also results in being more dense, fast and energy efficient.
Perhaps the greatest advantage remains that the new chip is being found very compatible with today’s’ silicon infrastructure, referring to both fabrication and design.
The concluding words are taken from Max Shulaker, Assistant Professor of MIT, where he states that this latest technology definitely did not succeed in rectifying the traditional computing but truly focuses on a whole new range of applications that might come up in the near future.