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RISC-V’s Open-Source Architecture Shakes Up Chip Design

RISC-V makes it easier for companies to design and build specialized chips for graphics and the Internet of Things

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Illustration: Harry Campbell
Illustration: Harry Campbell

In the past decade, many technologists have adopted the mantra that software is eating the world. However, all of that software has to run on something. And that something is silicon.

Unfortunately, the chip world has hit a roadblock with the fade-out of Moore's Law.

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The Transistor at 75

The past, present, and future of the modern world’s most important invention

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A photo of a birthday cake with 75 written on it.
Lisa Sheehan
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Seventy-five years is a long time. It’s so long that most of us don’t remember a time before the transistor, and long enough for many engineers to have devoted entire careers to its use and development. In honor of this most important of technological achievements, this issue’s package of articles explores the transistor’s historical journey and potential future.

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