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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 16 January 2007 08:53
Can HP fool Moore's Law?
By Michael Kanellos
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: January 15, 2007, 9:00 PM PST
 

How do you make chips more powerful? Take stuff out, according to a new proposal from Hewlett-Packard.

Researchers from HP Labs plan to publish a paper this month that outlines how it may become possible to substantially increase the performance of certain types of chips, and reduce their power consumption, by replacing the communication wires inside chips with an overhead grid of tiny nanowires.

The architectural concept could prove a novel way to help tackle one of the major problems facing semiconductor designers--how to continue to shrink chips and the components inside chips.

As described in Moore's Law, chip manufacturers have been able to simultaneously boost performance and cut the cost of production by reducing the size of transistors and interconnects (the metallic wires that link up transistors) every two years....More

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