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July 25, 2009

Evolving Efficient Transistors for Future Computers

Researchers in the Intelligent Systems Group at the University of York, England, hope to use evolutionary concepts to overcome problems in the manufacturing of computer chips of the future. As transistor components continue to decrease in size at the nanometer level, variations in manufacturing that naturally occur can seriously impact chip performance. The York researchers have used evolutionary algorithms to determine candidate transistor circuit designs that will perform well despite natural variations. The algorithms help narrow down thousands of possible design candidates to a more manageable set. The smaller set of candidate designs are then run through a computer simulator that tests performance. Read the full article in the IEEE Spectrum.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at July 25, 2009 10:49 PM
category: Evolutionary Computation

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