The Future is Very Cloudy: Data Centers, Humanity & the Power Wall

CAMPBELL, Calif., November 13, 2017 - Dr. Radoslav "Rado" Danilak, CEO of Silicon Valley startup Tachyum Inc., is among the invited speakers at the IEEE SF Bay Area Nanotechnology Council, presenting November 14 at 2 p.m. at the Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara, California.

Danilak's presentation will describe the underlying reasons behind the single most critical challenge facing the data centers today - energy consumption. With data centers currently consuming 90 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually - representing more than 2 percent of total electrical output, and 40% more electricity than the entire United Kingdom - the result is that data centers are producing more carbon pollution than all the commercial airliners on the planet.

"At 15% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), data center capacity and corresponding electricity consumption will quadruple in less than 10 years," said Danilak. "How can we possibly build all the necessary power plants required to supply these new data centers with electricity? The simple answer is that we can't. We must find another way. At IEEE SF Bay Area Nanotechnology Council conference, I will lay out the case regarding how device physics has affected nanometer class processor chips, and its impact on the data center power crisis.”

Danilak will explain why he remains optimistic about the opportunity for major data processing efficiency improvements relative to architectures developed some 40 years ago. According to Danilak, “Exploiting device physics to deliver a product family of 'Cloud Chips' that offer unprecedented power savings, performance and value will enable the continued exponential growth in data center capacity for the next decade and beyond."

Tachyum's Cloud Chip, under development, is expected to reduce data center compute and storage hardware capital expenditure by 3x, total cost of ownership by 4x and hardware power consumption by 10-15x.

The 2017 IEEE SF Bay Area Nanotechnology Council is the place to meet and hear from the experts in nanotechnology driving semiconductor technology forward. The one-day event will look at issues and solutions that will make nanotechnology successful in this new world. Additional information about the conference is available at

Danilak's 2017 IEEE SF Bay Area Nanotechnology Council presentation will be available on the Tachyum website after the conference on November 14th.

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Named for the Greek "tachy," meaning speed, combined with "-um," indicating an element, Tachyum emerged from stealth mode in 2017 engineering disruptive intelligent information processing products. Tachyum's founders have a track record of delivering transformational products to market, by exploiting significant device physics challenges. And they are about to do it again.