Too Soon For Wide I/O

By Ann Steffora Mutschler When 3D ICs are prevalent, Wide I/O is sure to be there. But where does the technology stand today? Considering the amount of buzz and hype, it would be easy believe it is being implemented in production designs today. Wide I/O is a very brute-force way of solving the problem of trying to get latency down with a high-speed memory interface, explained Navraj Nandra,... » read more

Power Management Trumps Battery Technology

By Ann Steffora Mutschler The lithium-ion battery has the power to ruin someone’s day, especially when it dies and cannot be charged, not to mention occasional thermal runaways that literally cause explosions. For a technology that is about 30 years old, and approaching its limits, it is mind-boggling that the best brains on the planet haven’t come up with a technological superior alternat... » read more