Chip Combines Processor, RAM To Improve Performance Of Phones, Gaming Consoles

Chip Combines Processor, RAM To Improve Performance Of Phones, Gaming Consoles - Electronics Featured Graphene

Smartphones are getting increasingly feature-rich and with that, the need for high performance chipsets is also increasing. For processors to perform at par with evolving smartphone technology such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence, they will need to sort bandwidth issues between the processor and RAM.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S9 May Feature 4nm Processors, More Efficient Than S8’s 10nm

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University might have a solution. It has developed a prototype processor made of carbon nanotubes, with a resistive RAM layer on top. The prototype effectively combines RAM and CPU, which will not only save space in a smartphone motherboard, it will also create better performance. The model could not be implemented on traditional silicon-based chipsets, which would heat up and damage the RAM.

“Circuits today are 2-D, since building conventional silicon transistors involves extremely high temperatures of over 1,000 degrees Celsius,” says  Max Shulaker, a core member of the research team. “If you then build a second layer of silicon circuits on top, that high temperature will damage the bottom layer of circuits.”

 

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Source: International Business Times


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