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Computer's Energy Requirement To Exceed World's Energy Production In 2040?

First Posted: Jul 27, 2016 04:40 AM EDT
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If radical improvements are not made in the way computers are designed, by 2040, computer chips will require more electricity.
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Computers will require tremendous energy to run by 2040. Scientists claim that future computer chips will require tremendous energy than the world can produce.

A number of computer scientists warn that major improvements need to be made now to prevent needing more energy to power computers. They claim that by 2040, our world will be unable to accommodate the huge energy requirements of computer chips.

Scientists say that the computer's number of transistors in a circuit that double every two years is slowly sliding beyond grasp. This means that due to advancements in technology, scientists will be unable to pace with Moore's Law.

The prediction on computer chips over pacing electricity demands was originally studied last year by the Semiconductor Industry Association. It recently hit the news because the SIA is issuing its final assessment on the outlook of semiconductor industries.

Experts say that as computer chips become more advanced and powerful, the greater their transistor also counts. Meaning, the greater need for a computer to use energy to function properly.

Scientists have not found a way to improve the efficiency of computers. Semiconductor engineers can counteract the power draw of future computer chips, but the Semiconductor Industry Association states that there is a limit to such method.

In the association's report on 2015, they stated that the Moore's Law followed by the semiconductor industry lead them to create smaller computer transistors, PowerMag reported. However, issues regarding greater power density and thermal management arose.

SIA predicted that at the current rates of chip engineering is going, computers will not be sustainable by 2040. It is stated that by 2040, energy needed for computing will exceed the world's energy production, The Sun reported.

Computer efficiency today uses a method that stacks small transistors in three dimensional patterns. This is done  to improve the computer's performance and to keep pace with Moore's Law, but SIA have said that it will not work for long.

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