Encryption: Computers can use memory chips as source of random numbers

Random numbers – a vital part of encryption – are hard for computers to generate, but a new trick turns memory chips into a source of random noise Technology 11 January 2022 By Matthew Sparkes A DRAM memory chip on a circuit board B Christopher / Alamy Computers struggle to create randomness, but a new … Read more

Flipped transistors make fleeter computer chips | Science

Things are looking up for transistors. Researchers from IBM and Samsung have made the first prototype computer chip in which the transistors stand on their ends, a change that will make it possible to pack circuitry more tightly and enable faster or more energy-efficient devices. “It’s a major breakthrough,” says Dan Hutcheson, a semiconductor industry … Read more