*Next-Gen Computing updates.

Posted: April 25, 2010 in 2010, Articles

-Going Beyond Moore’s Law by Using the Third Dimension.


Scientists have demonstrated a new microwire fabrication technique in which microwires self-assemble themselves in a three-dimensional template made of nematic liquid crystals. Amidst concerns about Moore’s law eventually approaching a limit in two dimensions, the new fabrication method could enable researchers to continue to increase the density of transistors on integrated circuits by making use of the third dimension.

-Spasers set to sum: A new dawn for optical computing.

New Scientist:

The “spaser,” the latest by-product of a buzzing field known as nanoplasmonics, based on plasmons, may lead to building a super-fast computer that computes with light.

Plasmons, which are ultra-high-frerquency electron waves on a metallic surface, overcome the speed limits of the wires that interconnect transistors in chips, allowing for converting electronic signals into photonic ones and back again with speed and efficiency.

-Chemical computer that mimics neurons to be created.


A promising push toward a novel, biologically-inspired “chemical computer” has begun as part of an international collaboration.

The “wet computer” incorporates several recently discovered properties of chemical systems that can be hijacked to engineer computing power.

The team’s approach mimics some of the actions of neurons in the brain.

The 1.8m-euro (£1.6m) project will run for three years, funded by an EU emerging technologies programme.

The programme has identified biologically-inspired computing as particularly important, having recently funded several such projects.

What distinguishes the current project is that it will make use of stable “cells” featuring a coating that forms spontaneously, similar to the walls of our own cells, and uses chemistry to accomplish the signal processing similar to that of our own neurons.

The goal is not to make a better computer than conventional ones, said project collaborator Klaus-Peter Zauner of the University of Southampton, but rather to be able to compute in new environments.

-First germanium laser brings us closer to ‘optical computers’.


-MIT automating the mapping of the brain.


-IBM Scientists Create Ultra-Fast Photonic Device for Communication between Computer Chips.


-The Power Of Plant Clock Computing.


-3D chip stacking to take Moore’s Law past 2020.


-Self-assembling computer chips.


-Electronics ‘missing link’ brings neural computing closer.


-Physicists demonstrate 100-fold speed increase in optical quantum memory.



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