18 Apr '11, 3pm

Reprogrammable Chip Breakthrough Could Mean Quicker Upgrades to Your iPhone and Android Phone

Reprogrammable Chip Breakthrough Could Mean Quicker Upgrades to Your iPhone and Android Phone

"Imagine you walked into the elevator in a building and then walked back out, and that I rearranged the furniture quickly while you were in there," says Teig. "You would have no way to tell you weren't on a different floor." Tabula's chips perform the same trick on the data they process, cycling between up to eight different layouts at up to 1.6 billion times per second (1.6 Gigahertz). Signals on the chip encounter those different designs in turn, as if they were hopping up a level onto a different chip entirely. "From its behavior, our [design] is indistinguishable from a stack of chips," says Teig, who calls the virtual chip layers "folds."

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/reprogrammable-ch...

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