Gallery: Tech Company Intel Predicts Zero-Energy Computing by 2020


Over the years, modern computers and gadgets have required less energy inputs as they have been designed to conserve energy and be more efficient. Now computing firm Intel has announced at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) that due to the shrinking energy cost of computing, they believe that the energy required for “meaningful computing” will approach zero and become ubiquitous by the year 2020.

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  1. Khitchdee October 21, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I think another factor to consider here is the energy cost of building the complex chip that powers your gadget. Today’s PCs already use chip that contain about 1 billion transistors. There is a cost associated with shrinking the space requirement of so many transistors down to a level that will fit on a typical chip. Over time, the complexity of the chip in terms of its transistor count has been steadily increasing which means the effort required to produce it given the space constraints has gone up proportionately. Today’s fabrication units cost 5-10 billion dollars and these cost have grown with the complexity of the chip.

    From a green perspective, the question to be answered here is is it possible to build gadgets that meet the requirements of their users without requirements mammoth efforts to produce them. A first step in answering this question is taken at where we define a new way of designing gadgets that doesn’t rely on increasing more complex production methods.

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