Items tagged with Dark Silicon

One of the features that AMD, Intel, Nvidia, and ARM have all pushed in the last six years is the evolution of their various power saving technologies. This allows chips to draw much less power, but it leaves increasingly large amounts of the processor unpowered the majority of the time. As process technologies shrink, this so-called 'dark silicon' proportionally increases; it's estimated that mobile / ultra-mobile processors manufactured at 11nm might only be able to power nine percent of their total transistors at any given time. The question researchers have been asking is whether or not there's... Read more...