A new energy-efficient microchip under development could revolutionize America's defense technology.
Tachyum Inc., the semiconductor startup responsible for the development of the Prodigy Universal Processor microchip, announced in early May that its chip has a verified "detailed physical design of more than 90% of the design silicon area." The chip combines several types of processors within a single chip.
Co-founder and CEO Radoslav Danilak predicted the chip will save tech giants millions of dollars and will be powering aerial and underwater unmanned vehicles in the next two to three years.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Richard Zahner, who spent his career as an electronic intelligence specialist at the National Security Agency, said the new microchip could revitalize the United States's edge on defense technology.
"I think the instruction set and the rest make this sufficiently different to make it challenging for the Chinese and others who might otherwise have an existent leg up," Zahner said. "So this sort of re-levels the playing field potentially in our favor."