Could the structures of a volcanic dome and a revolutionary new cooling fan be harbingers of future FPGA architectures?
A friend just sent me a link to a Satellite Image of the so-called Richat Structure. This is a geological formation in the form of a spiral located in the Maur Adrar desert, which is – un turn – to be found in Africa's Western Sahara. The structure formed when a volcanic dome hardened and then gradually peeled away to show the layers of the rock.
The associated story – which is well worth reading – is about a guy called Jay Harman, who believes that spirals are a key to making all sorts of things more energy-efficient.
All of which started me thinking about today's featured "How To" on Graph-Based Physical Synthesis. Rather than boring rectangular arrays of logic elements, what about arranging things in a spiral formation? This will almost certainly never come to pass, but if it does, remember that you heard it here first!
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