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Method for 3-D computing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019055D
Publication Date: 2003-Aug-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for three-dimensional (3-D) computing. Benefits include improved performance, improved process simplicity, and improved support for future technology.

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Method for 3-D computing

Disclosed is a method for three-dimensional (3-D) computing. Benefits include improved performance, improved process simplicity, and improved support for future technology.

Background

         Computers conventionally use planar geometries. All components are placed on a planar motherboard and connected to each other through connections that are in the plane of the motherboard. Surface area-to-volume ratios in computers are dictated by planar structures.

         Spherical and cylindrical structures have the lowest surface areas compared to paralleopipeds. For intrinsically small-volume computers, computing geometries must be cylindrical or spherical. Upgrades would be significantly easier because concentric spheres and cylinders are easier to make.

General description

         The disclosed method is 3-D computing. It leverages the natural bending flexibility of thin silicon to create alternate geometrical constructs that offer electrical and thermal performance advantages. The geometry supports a modular design.

Advantages

         The disclosed method provides advantages, including:

•         Improved performance due to using an internal cylinder or sphere for computing and the external cylinder or sphere for power delivery

•         Improved process simplicity due to the ease of building and assembling concentric cylinders

•         Improved support for future technology due to the capability to achieve much smaller computer systems

•         Improved support for future technology due to support for modular designs and easier component upgrades

Detailed description

         The disclosed method can improve some aspects of thermal and electrical performance of computers by offering an alternative to planar geometries in computing structures. The geometrical constructs are much more amenable to modular design and enable easier component upgrades.

         Advantages in electrical and thermal performance occur because thermal and electrical connections are made on the surface of a sphere or a cylinder instead of a plane. Concentric cylinders are easy to build and assemble. With some minor engineering, concentric spheres can also be built. An internal cylinder or sphere...