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AI needs Moore, much more than Moore

Just a week ago I posted some thoughts on the problem of training AI noting how much expensive this approach is. Now I run onto an article that resonates on those thoughts from a different perspective. OpenAI.com has analysed the growth of computation power used by AI, as new algorithms …

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New SSD with 100+ layers enters production

It was September 12th, 1958, when the first integrated chip was demonstrated by Jack Kilby at Texas Instrument (for the record, that first chip was using germanium, not silicon. Robert Noyce few months after that first chip was able to create one based on silicon). It took 12 more years …

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Tiniest transistor – yet: 2.5 nm

In spite of the fact that the Moore’s law has reached its ending point, researchers are still working on finding alternatives that would push its limits. The present most advanced chips in terms of density are already doing that. Basically the Moore’s law stopped in 2015 in terms of cost …

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Beyond Moore’s law

The Moore’s law is over, in both its implication: keep doubling the number of transistors on a chip (in a given area) every 18 months keep decreasing the cost per transistor as density increases The second implication ceased around 2014/2015 when the cost per transistor flattened out as density kept …

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Data at the edges

The Moore’s law, the doubling of transistors on a chip (of a given size) every 18 months and the parallel having of cost per transistor has basically been matched by the growth of data, hence, roughly speaking, our capability to process data has been in synch with the number of …

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Cheating quantum tunneling

Chip manufacturing technology has reached the single digit nanoscale and is now facing the quantum mechanical tunneling: basically you have to  imagine that the electron is not a particle but a wave and as such it is not in a specific location but it is spread out in space (particle-wave …

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Faster than faster: Optane 800p

Last year Intel, 2017,  announced a memory based on a new technology, 3D XPoint (read 3D crosspoint), providing a faster, cheaper solution than NAND. Non volatile as DRAM (it does not lose its content when power is off) it seemed as a good replacement for NAND but not for DRAM. …

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In memory computing for AI

As the Moore’s law is slowing down also on the performance axes (it has stopped on the economics axes in 2015) researchers are looking at alternatives to keep improving the performances, both searching for materials alternative to silicon (notably in the area of 2D materials like graphene and molybdenum disulphide) …

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Have we reached the peak of demand?

Micron, the company that acquired Lexar, the maker of top of the line storage media -compact flash, SD, flash pen …- , some time ago, in 2006, has announced the termination of the Lexar brand and product: Lexar is one of the largest and most advanced companies in the solid …

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