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Three-Dimensional Thinking

Matthew 22:37: "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."

The brain is a marvelous thing. Its cells communicate through connections which reach out in three dimensions to other cells. When thought and motion take place, they communicate with each other. They are even in communication when you sleep.

In contrast to the human brain, the "thinking" parts of a computer are connected in two dimensions to "communicate" with each other. Researchers thought that it might boost performance if a three-dimensional computer chip could be designed. Cell phones already use a three-dimensional chip arrangement, but these are just individual flat chips stacked on top of one another. Researchers wanted to see what true three-dimensional chips (TSVs) could do. Now several chip manufacturers have developed working TSVs. They have found that three-dimensional chips transmit information faster and use less power than flat chips. In other words, they are more efficient than flat chips and pack more "thinking" power into a smaller space. Chip manufacturers are now working on ways to successfully mass produce the TSVs.

While we are nowhere close to mimicking the human brain with computer power, the three-dimensional computer chip does improve chip performance mimicking the wiring of the brain.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for implanting in my mind faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

Notes: The Nikkei Weekly, 12-29-08 & 1-5-09, p. 3, "Semiconductor makers head for third dimension."

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