The future of computing at IBM Zurich research labs

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Building chips powered by sunlight

Source:  IBM Research

Processor chips are very energy inefficient, and the need for power and cooling is a big limitation in current designs. As well as researching water-cooled chips, IBM is looking at building chips powered directly by sunlight. This picture shows a mirror concentrating sunlight to direct it straight into a power unit built into a chip.

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