This Brain-Inspired Microchip Is 9,000 Times Faster Than a Normal PC

You're looking at Neurogrid: a slab of silicon inspired by the human brain, which is 9,000 times faster than a normal computer brain simulator and uses way less energy to boot. » 4/29/14 8:38am 4/29/14 8:38am

We Can Now Print Ultrafast Graphene Chips for Flexible Electronics

Futurists are always talking about how flexible electronics will change our lives in amazing ways, but we've yet to see anything mind-blowing come to market. A team of scientists from the University of Texas in Austin, however, think they've found the key to changing that: ultrafast graphene transistors printed on… » 8/22/13 5:45pm 8/22/13 5:45pm

8 Amazing Uses For Metamaterials, the Tech Behind Invisibility Cloaks

Metamaterials are a mind-bending class of matter. Broadly defined as manmade materials with unusual properties not found in nature, this category of materials is probably most famous for serving as the building blocks for a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak. But so much more is possible. » 8/08/13 9:00am 8/08/13 9:00am

A New Kind of Microchip Mimics the Human Brain in Real Time

A team of scientists in Switzerland has managed to cram 11,011 electrodes onto a single two-millimeter-by-two-millimeter piece of silicon to create a microchip that works just like an actual brain. The best part about this so-called neuromorphic chips? They can feel. » 7/22/13 6:04pm 7/22/13 6:04pm

New Self-Healing Microchips Can Shrug Off Laser Blasts Like It's Nothing

Technology can be fragile. Anyone who's dropped his or her phone knows that all too well. And though you might not get it in your hands for a while, there are some seriously robust electronics coming down the pipe. New self-healing microchips developed by Caltech, for instance, can survive multiple laser blasts. » 3/09/13 10:00am 3/09/13 10:00am

Scientists Have Made the First Truly 3D Microchip

The fastest microchips we have can only pass their data from side to side and front to back, no matter how close their components are squeezed together. A new chip developed by researchers at University of Cambridge, on the other hand, can pass data up and down too, making for the world's first truly 3D microchip. » 2/03/13 9:15am 2/03/13 9:15am

Jellyfish-Inspired Microchip Captures Cancer Cells

The mesmerizing movements of jellyfish have inspired researchers to design all sorts of things, from mechatronic jellyfish that function as autonomous robots to artificial jellyfish built from rat cells and silicone. Now scientists have built a jellyfish-inspired microchip that can capture cancer and other rare cells… » 11/14/12 2:40pm 11/14/12 2:40pm

This See-Through Microchip Can Mimic an Actual Human Organ

Testing new and potential life-saving drugs can be a harrowing process because of the risk involved with not knowing how a substance will react once in the human body. Harvards scientists are hoping that microchips, such as the one pictured above, can mimic the function of human organs well enough for them to test… » 8/10/12 4:40pm 8/10/12 4:40pm

Remote-Controlled Drug Device Could Deliver Chemo at Home

Seven women suffering from osteoporosis got the chance to avoid their usual visits to the doctor for their injected medicines. Instead, their physician administered treatment remotely through an implant that pumped meds into their systems on demand while the patients rested at home. » 2/17/12 3:20pm 2/17/12 3:20pm

The Human Scientist Infected With a Computer Virus

Click to viewThis is Dr. Mark Gasson. He's a human being who's managed to contract a nasty computer virus. Don't feel too bad for him, though: he did it to himself. » 5/26/10 2:20pm 5/26/10 2:20pm

In Case Self-Assembling Machinery Didn't Scare You Before...

When chipmakers slim down their silicon, they need finer and finer tools to organize all that circuitry. With MIT's latest self-assembling chips, the detail work is handled by molecular strands that, freakishly, just know where to go. » 3/16/10 7:00pm 3/16/10 7:00pm

IBM Examining Microchips Built On DNA "Origami" Nanostructures

From the "at least 10 years out" category of microchip fabrication comes word that IBM is working to reduce future costs and microchip sizes by using DNA. » 8/16/09 5:30pm 8/16/09 5:30pm

Implanted Microchip Will Monitor Your Health, Deliver Drugs From Under…

One of the most frustrating aspects of dealing with a chronic illness, such as diabetes or lupus, is the need to test your body constantly to make sure you're healthy. MicroCHIPS is looking to alleviate that with a new device that's implanted under the skin of a patient. The “chip,” about the size of a dime, senses… » 10/21/08 10:45pm 10/21/08 10:45pm

Intel Planning 6-Core "Dunnington" Microprocessor

According to the chaps at the Eclipse Developer's Journal (EDJ), Intel is planning a six-core microprocessor, which will go by the Dunnington moniker. » 2/23/08 1:08pm 2/23/08 1:08pm

MIT Researchers Develop Tractor Beam For Microchip Manufacturing

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a method of arranging cells on a microchip using what they call "optical tweezers." These optical tweezers consist of a fine tuned beam of laser light, which moves cells around on the chip. » 11/03/07 2:50pm 11/03/07 2:50pm

IBM, Georgia Tech To Announce World's Fastest Microchip: 500GHz

Think your dual core 3-GHz processor is the bee's knees? IBM and Georgia Tech will more than likely make you cry today with their expected announcement of a silicon-based microchip that runs at 500GHz, a world record. No, not 50GHz, but 500GHz. This feat is accomplished because researchers essentially froze the… » 6/20/06 10:58am 6/20/06 10:58am

Using the Human Body as a Transfer Medium for Chips

Recently, research has turned to using the human body as a medium for data transfer, also known as a personal area network. At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology modified an iPod nano to use a human finger to… » 2/10/06 7:36am 2/10/06 7:36am

Vias New Chips: Way Cool, Quiet, Too


Keeping things cool and quiet, Via Technologies rolled out two new members of its Eden family of processors that can do their work without all that racket from a cooling fan. Called the Eden ULV (Ultra Low Voltage), not only are these 1.5GHz and 1GHz processors fanless, but they won't suck the batteries on your… » 1/18/06 11:44am 1/18/06 11:44am