Re: NEWS: Intel invents beakthrough in transistor design

From: Jacques Du Pasquier (
Date: Mon Nov 26 2001 - 05:27:34 MST

Hello Max,

May I suggest you to send plain text (instead of HTML-only) messages
on the list, or both-format messages (text + HTML) ? People reading
mail on UNIX (like me) cannot conveniently read your messages. Note
you are, to my knowledge, the only person posting on the list with
HTML-only messages.

Best regards

Jacques Du Pasquier

Max More a écrit (25.11.2001/18:09) :
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> At 04:27 PM 11/25/01, you wrote:<br><br>
> <blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>Intel has come up with a new
> transistor architecture that<br>
> may promise terahertz clock speeds (Cough... Not with<br>
> a traditional chip architecture because the clock can't<br>
> propagate across the chip! At any rate...)</blockquote><br>
> Good stuff. Robert, I don't know if you've already seen this, but there
> was an interesting article on chips that throw out the clock entirely.
> Here's my review from
> <a href="" eudora="autourl"></a>:<br><br>
> <font color="#0000FF"><u>It's Time for Clockless Chips<br>
> </u></font>Technology Review by Claire Tristram , published on
> 10/01/01<br><br>
> This excellent, 6-page article reports on a disruptive innovation in the
> microprocessor world: Clockless chips. Though clockless chips are still
> more theory than reality, the author makes a strong case for their
> necessity over the coming years, despite Intel and other chip-makers
> having long based their marketing on the clock rate of their chips. Intel
> did try to build a clockless chip but never got it out of the lab. These
> clockless or asynchronous chips were considered all the way back in 1946.
> But early computer engineers chose to go with a clock since they did not
> have the ability to build a reliable computer without a governing clock.
> <br><br>
> Today’s clockless chip enthusiasts point out that clocked chips are
> running into barriers that could be solved with asynchronous chips. As
> regular chips get more complex, a growing proportion of the power is used
> up by the clock itself (currently about 30 percent). Clockless chips
> offer longer battery life and faster computing. Lacking a regularly timed
> signal, they can also perform encryption in way that is more difficult to
> crack, making them ideal for smart cards. These chips also give off very
> low levels of electromagnetic noise. This is a growing problem for faster
> regular microprocessors. Clockless chips would therefore be ideal for
> mobile communications devices. The author shows that for these new chips
> to become a reality, solutions to the chicken-and-egg problem of making
> design tools, manufacturing efficiency, and experienced designers need to
> come together. It may well be that companies like Intel build in some
> elements of clockless designs even as the full-blown devices struggle to
> emerge. <br><br>
> <a href="" eudora="autourl">><br><br>
> Onward!<br><br>
> Max<br>
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