As we take the first steps in this new year, we delve into the forecast and prediction of technological advances, which offer promising developments that will be all the rage this year. 

The magazine specialized in technology IEEE Spectrum, has recently published an article by Senior Editor Samuel K. Moore, a semiconductor expert, in which he emphasizes the relevance of these technological advances for the future and highlights important milestones on the horizon.

Intel’s Quantum Leap in Chip Technologies

  • Nanosheet Transistors: In a bid to regain its chip manufacturing lead, Intel is set to unveil two groundbreaking technologies in its 2024 Arrow Lake processor. The innovations include RibbonFET, a nanosheet transistor promising 15% energy efficiency improvement.
  • Back-Side Power Delivery: Another groundbreaking venture by Intel is the incorporation of PowerVia, a revolutionary back-side power delivery system. This technology holds the potential to redefine chip capabilities.

    Ben Sell, Intel vice president of Technology Development said: “PowerVia is a major milestone in our aggressive ‘five nodes in four years’ strategy and on our path to achieving a trillion transistors in a package in 2030.”

A wafer holds Blue Sky Creek test chips. The production test helps Intel refine Intel’s PowerVia backside power technology. Expected as part of the Intel 20A manufacturing node in 2024, PowerVia will be the industry’s first implementation of backside power in silicon, solving decades of interconnect bottlenecks.

(Credit: Intel Corporation)

The Rise of Humanoids and DARPA’s Influence

  • Decade-Long DARPA Impact: Senior Editor Evan Ackerman acknowledged the pivotal role played by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), promoting events like DARPA’s Robotics Challenge almost 10 years ago. What were once research projects in robotics are now poised to enter the business realm, with pilot projects scheduled for 2024.
  • Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE): DARPA’s influence extends to the realm of cybersecurity, particularly in the emergence of fully homomorphic encryption (FHE). The unexpected surge in FHE chip development by three startups independent of DARPA funding, showcasing the expansive impact of governmental research initiatives.

What does the near future hold?
As we embark on this journey into the technological landscape of 2024, it’s evident that the seeds planted by visionary research and development are now flourishing into transformative realities.

Intel’s ambitious foray into nanosheet transistors and back-side power delivery symbolizes a quantum leap in semiconductor technology. The decade-long impact of DARPA resonates in the evolution of humanoids and the unexpected surge in fully homomorphic encryption chips, attests to the persistence of innovation.

In embracing the future, it invites us to witness not just the fruition of technological prophecies but also to ponder the responsibility that comes with wielding such transformative power. 

We remain expectant of the wonders that the future holds for us, where the technological revolution continues to unfold, being guided and guarded by the gaze of government agencies and the private sector. We can trust in the arrival of solutions focused on the well-being of humanity.