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July 10, 2017
Three-dimensional chip combines computing and data storage
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As embedded intelligence is finding its way into ever more areas of our lives, fields ranging from autonomous driving to personalized medicine are generating huge amounts of data. But just as the flood of data is reaching massive proportions, the ability of computer chips to process it into useful information is stalling. Now, researchers at Stanford University and MIT have built a new chip to overcome this hurdle. The results are published in the journal Nature, by lead author Max Shulaker, an as ... read more

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