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Author Topic: Asics? This is what they dreamed of in the 80s: Wafer scale Integration  (Read 888 times)
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September 06, 2011, 02:59:19 PM
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I just discovered this video:  Shocked

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7JYZviFH54

And the strange thing is: at some point these things will actually work.
What does that mean for us?

This process makes traditional VLSI obsolete. The cost of manufacturing computers would be  so drastically reduced (No more expensive PCBs, packaging and so on) that building a customized chip-based application specific asic would be no longer needed.

We simply would have 10^5 to 10^7 processors on a large silicon device (Using 180-32nm with 8 inch wafers)
And if you research a little there are already some companies willing to touch the subject again...  Wink
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September 07, 2011, 05:45:50 PM
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That vid is 24 years old! You'd think they would have something produced by now!

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September 08, 2011, 12:01:16 PM
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Yeah its one of those things, like 3D Cinema... nobody thinks it will ever be around till it suddenly does and you ask yourself why it hasn't much sooner.
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September 09, 2011, 09:27:14 AM
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 ... did not watch
Damn, how relevant can a 24 years old video be ?

Seriously, stop
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September 09, 2011, 05:11:53 PM
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... did not watch
Damn, how relevant can a 24 years old video be ?

Seriously, stop
could you be trolling?  Shocked
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September 09, 2011, 06:37:29 PM
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... did not watch
Damn, how relevant can a 24 years old video be ?

Seriously, stop

To my knowledge, electricity and how we use it hasn't fundamentally changed in, well, since we started using it.  I didn't watch either, but I have no doubt the concepts may still hold up.  Perhaps you might not have ideas 20 years ahead of their time, but that doesn't mean someone else didn't.

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