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Less is More: Low-energy Chips

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4:25 pm on Aug 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Half a century on from that momentous insight and the ubiquity of the chip is well proven. But Texas Instruments, currently the world's third largest chip maker, wants to take it further and to do so it is busy trying to break another electronic frontier.

Researchers at Texas Instruments are not just creating more powerful processors, they want them to use very little power. If they achieve their goal all manner of possibilities open up.

The whole shift goes towards not only more portable, longer-lasting devices, but also by using alternate energy our technology is becoming "green". Interesting developments that I believe will be very cool in the next few years.

While alternate energy sources are a great idea, and I'm glad that someone is looking into developing technology this way, how plausible is some of the ideas in the article? Powering with vibrations? Sound? How efficient are these that they are even going to be powering some low-energy devices?

I would like to see that projector phone, however. ;)

 

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