Phoenix In The News:: 12/04/2002
Programmable chips
Chips that change function on the fly will mean more versatile handhelds
... Some computer researchers believe that the technology [reconfigurable hardware] is poised for even larger things, like general computing. It is getting more expensive and difficult to pattern, or etch, the elaborate circuitry used in microprocessors; many experts have predicted that maintaining the current rate of putting more circuits into ever smaller spaces will, sometime in the next 10 to 15 years, result in features on microchips no bigger than a few atoms, which would demand a nearly impossible level of precision in fabricating circuitry. "We are not going to be able to afford to build the Pentium 27" says Seth Goldstein of Carnegie Mellon University. "We can't afford the precision." But as it turns out, reconfigurable chips don't need that type of precision, and Goldstein and others believe the technology could offer a viable strategy for building computers that function at the nanoscale level.
... 11/07/2001
ICCAD probes nanotechnology implications
... Seth Goldstein, assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, also emphasized that electronic nanotechnology systems will have to be reprogrammable. He said he expects commercial applications for memories within five years and for logic and sensing with 10 years. Nanotechnology chips will be homogenous, regular and fine-grained, Goldstein said. They'll be based on matrices of wires with active devices at the intersections. Designers will use reconfigurability to detect and avoid defects and will compile programs directly to silicon, he predicted. ...