chips

A Crash Course In Transistors, Processors And Moore's Law

Do you sometimes wonder what the hell people a talking about when the discuss transistors, processors, binary or Moore’s Law? Or have friends that need a simple introduction to the topics? Then this is the video for you.


How The Aged Vacuum Tube Could Save Moore's Law

Moore’s Law is under threat. In the battle between chip designers and the laws of physics, it’s beginning to look like it won’t be long before it’s impossible to double the number of transistors on integrated circuits every two years. But there could be a solution, and it involves — of all things — good old vacuum tubes.


Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 Is 2014's Must-Have Mobile Chipset

The Snapdragon 800 has had a good run, powering some (bordering on all) of the Android flagship models for the last year. Now, there’s an upgrade. Larger camera sensor support, Ultra HD video capture and a headline maximum clockspeed increase to 2.45GHz are the next-phone boasts of the Snapdragon 801.



Bloomberg: Google Is Thinking About Making Chips

Bloomberg is reporting that Google is mulling the idea of designing its own server processors, using technology from ARM. The report cites a source who points out that the move could help Google better manage the interface between its hardware and software.


This Pringles Dispenser Will Revolutionise Snacks In A Can

Pringles changed the world for the better when it released its perfectly stacked potato chips-in-a-can approach to snack food. But while the design helped to minimise broken chips, it also made them harder to reach as you went deeper in the can — a problem that’s now solved thanks to this brilliant contraption that looks kind of like a shoe horn that mated with a slap wrap bracelet.


Intel Is About To Start Making ARM Chips

It at first you don’t succeed, join forces with people that do things better than you. At least, that’s what Intel is doing, as it starts producing ARM chips at its fabrication plants.


Memory Chips Are The Most Expensive They've Been In Two Years

Manufacturers and consumers alike better brace themselves: memory chip prices have hit a two-year high because of a major fire in a massive Chinese production plant.


Graphene Computer Chips Run On Light Instead Of Electricity

Thanks to improvements in fibre optics, most of the information that you consume on any given day is transported by light. Quite inefficiently, however, most computer chips need electricity to operate, and scientists haven’t quite figured out how to make the leap to more futuristic materials. At least not until graphene came along.


Why Your Next Smartphone Might Be Full Of Wax

It might not just be your ears that are stuffed with wax for long — because researchers want to pack your phone full of the stuff too. In the process of trying to make processors more efficient, they hit on an intriguing idea: cover the chip in a mesh of wax that can melt and absorb some of that excess heat when the processor is pushed.