As Moore’s Law Slows, Chip Specialization Could Undermine Computing Progress

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For decades, the computer chips that run everything from PCs to spaceships have looked remarkably similar. But as Moore’s Law slows, industry leaders are moving towards specialized chips, which experts say threatens to undermine the economic forces fueling our rapid technological growth. The earliest computers were often designed to carry out very specific tasks, and even if they could be reprogrammed it would often require laborious physical rewiring. But in 1945, computer scientist John von Neumann proposed a new architecture that allowed a computer to store and execute many different programs on the same underlying hardware. The idea was rapidly adopted, and the “von Neuman architecture” has underpinned the overwhelming majority of processors made since. That’s why, despite vastly different processing speeds, the chip in your laptop and...

Archer Materials Ltd makes progress with patent applications for 12CQ quantum computing qubit processor chip

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Receiving the Fist Office Actions is a key step in the process for the grant of a patent in the administering jurisdiction. () () (FRA:38A) continues to make progress with patent applications for its 12CQ quantum computing qubit processor chip and has received First Office Actions (FOAs) from the Patent Offices of the US, China and Australia. Receipt of the FOAs is a key step in the process for the grant of a patent in the administering jurisdiction. International patent applications (IPAs) associated with the 12CQ chip have been lodged in six jurisdictions including Korea, Europe and Hong Kong.  The European and Korean IPAs have progressed in the substantive examination procedures since October 2020, and more recently the Korean IPA, following the granting of the patent in Japan.  Archer Materials received its IPA in Japan in January...