Wimpy cores were big in 2012. Marvell grabbed design wins at Dell and Mitac for its Armada XP, one of the first quad-core ARM server SoCs to hit the market. Startup Calxeda got two small design wins for its roughly similar 32-bit SoC.
Applied Micro showed a full suite of Web server software running on simulations of its X-Gene, an ARM server SoC it hopes to have back from the fab early next year as one of the first of the new breed of 64-bitters. But Intel trumped all competitors, rolling out at the end of the year Centerton, a dual-core 64-bit Atom chip for energy efficient servers.
This limbo dance won’t play out until all competitors enter the contest in 2014, but the band has started warming up this year.
Nice list. Still, in my obviously biased view (as an engineer and ST flack), you're giving short-shrift to FD-SOI, which is faster, simpler and cooler--and BTW a finalist for top Energy Technology in the ACE Awards.
FD-SOI's only disadvantage as a sub-30nm process technology is that it isn't being pushed by the industry's 600-lb gorilla.
And what about us software guys? ;-) My personal hot technology are user interfaces with gesture control, especially in the industrial context. I believe, we will see soon very innovative control systems for robots, for example. But my own 3D printer would be nice, too.
The 100% in my question above was assumed to be visible but I'm not sure if 'illumination' would right word. By definition, 100% efficiency would reflect NO light.
You might say 'black' would be its color but 'invisible' might be closer to a correct answer, sort of a 'black hole' of sorts.