Skip to Content

Power Miser Chips

Adding complexity to portable electronic equipment usually means an increase in power consumption. Now PicoDyne, a semiconductor startup in Albuquerque, N.M., promises more complex, higher-performing electronics that use far less power than standard electronic devices. Most of today’s chips run on three volts. PicoDyne, using technology licensed from the University of New Mexico’s Microelectronics Research Center, has designed a chip that runs at a much lower voltage and thus consumes 50 to 100 times less power, says company president Earl Fuller. PicoDyne’s chips could save power in a range of equipment, including laptop computers, personal digital assistants, mobile phones and digital hearing aids. Fuller expects PicoDyne to introduce its first product, a digital signal processor, by year’s end.

Keep Reading

Most Popular

AGI is just chatter for now concept
AGI is just chatter for now concept

The hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it

Some worry that the chatter about these tools is doing the whole field a disservice.

Hoan Ton-That, CEO of Clearview AI
Hoan Ton-That, CEO of Clearview AI

The walls are closing in on Clearview AI

The controversial face recognition company was just fined $10 million for scraping UK faces from the web. That might not be the end of it.

Europe's AI Act concept
Europe's AI Act concept

A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of

The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose WongIllustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.