07th Sep2011

3M and IBM Plan to Develop Adhesives for 3D Semiconductors

by Skibs

3M and IBM announced their joint plan to develop new types of adhesives which can be used to create truly three-dimensional semiconductors. The adhesive would be applied between different chips, allowing a stack of up to 100 chips to operate as a single micro-processor. The research would offer greatly improved heat conduction to the resulting brick of silicon, superseding current 3D packaging technology as a result.

“Today’s chips, including those containing ‘3D’ transistors, are in fact 2D chips that are still very flat structures,” said Bernard Meyerson, VP of Research at IBM. “Our scientists are aiming to develop materials that will allow us to package tremendous amounts of computing power into a new form factor – a silicon ‘skyscraper.’ We believe we can advance the state-of-art in packaging, and create a new class of semiconductors that offer more speed and capabilities while they keep power usage low — key requirements for many manufacturers, especially for makers of tablets and smartphones.”

[Source: IBM]

14th Aug2011

30th Anniversary of the PC

by Skibs

In August 1981, IBM released model 5150; the first personal computer. Back then, $1,565 would get you an Intel8088 processor, 16K of memory, a 160K floppy disk drive and a 11.5′ B&W monitor. Thirty years later, many fortunes have been made improving upon this model.

PCMAG.com has created a nice section to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the personal computer including a 30-year timeline and some reflections from tech icons.