Most of the time, when we talk about the potential impact of next-generation technologies on future computers, we’re talking about transistor performance. This makes sense — transistor scaling is what Moore’s law covers, and improving transistor density and design is what drove the “better, faster, cheaper,” mantra for nearly 40 years. But transistors aren’t the only area of CPU design that could benefit from dramatic improvements to underlying technology — and a team of researchers at Stanford believes it can address another critical problem that’s holding modern chips back, by building connective structures via copper and graphene combined rather than just copper.
After a leaked lineup of 17 Ryzen processors appeared over the weekend, a shipping date has surfaced for AMD’s upcoming processor family for desktops: February 28. The date was discovered through AMD Shanghai’s Taobao distribution channel, allowing customers to pre-order the listed chip for $295. The listing doesn’t provide a specific model number, but does show a clock speed of 4.2GHz.