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Nanomagnets Could Replace Transistors in Microprocessors 91

redwolfe7707 writes "Computers today move electrons, using lots of energy in the process. A new report out of UC Berkeley shows that doing computing with nano magnetic domains could reduce the energy consumption by a factor of a million." As usual, the factor of a million would be in the ideal case and is close to the minimum permitted by the universe.
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Nanomagnets Could Replace Transistors in Microprocessors

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  • Re:As usual (Score:4, Insightful)

    by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @09:58AM (#36671428) Homepage

    I'm sure the start-up who wrote up the amazing summary and want investors' money also want us to believe that traditional memory will be all but dead when this comes to market. And that this is a total game changer for the entire memory industry. "Disruptive Technology" blah blah blah...

    I think if you came out with technology using one million times less energy, all of that would be true, no? Hell, even a factor of 100 or 1000 I should think would be a rather huge gain.

    Bring on the 5v supercomputer!

  • by Seumas ( 6865 ) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @10:00AM (#36671440)

    How do they work?

The means-and-ends moralists, or non-doers, always end up on their ends without any means. -- Saul Alinsky