Dissecting Phase Change Memory: Atom by Atom, Bond by Bond
Blog 6/30/2016 6 comments
The innovative application of a mix of simulation techniques has provided a team at IBM with a unique ability to view the connection between atomic bond type, drift and electrical conductivity in PCM devices. Results overturn some old ideas of band gap expansion.
Not-So Quiet Race in Wide Band Gap Semiconductor
Blog 6/30/2016 1 comment
Wide band gap semiconductor materials (diamond, silicon carbide, and gallium nitride) are well positioned to play important roles in the next and future generations of consumer and military/defense electronics capability.
Terahertz Waves for Production-Line Inspection?
Blog 6/28/2016 Post a comment
Using various slices of the RF spectrum for sensing rather than communications has fascinating potential and some impressive implementations, but there are still many significant challenges, especially in the terahertz (sub-mm) band.
Sensor Expo Highlights Energy Harvesting
Blog 6/27/2016 Post a comment
Using environmental energy to power remote sensor nodes remains a high interest item among system designers, especially those choosing wireless sensor node (WSN) components for remote and/or hazardous locations. At the Sensor Expo conference in Santa Clara, Calif., presenters at an energy harvesting and power symposium agreed that energy harvesting systems still require juggling many variables.
Wanted: Clinical Pull, Not Tech Push
Blog 6/23/2016 4 comments
Doctors' roles and patients' expectations have dramatically changed over the last decade. Is today's engineering community designing what the healthcare community is looking for?
Columbus, Ohio Gets Smart
Blog 6/22/2016 4 comments
Columbus, Ohio’s smart city plan includes driverless cars, smart signals designed for better traffic and personal transit service including Uber, Car2Go and a new ride-share program.
Universal High-Power AC Inputs: Perk or Pitfall?
Blog 6/22/2016 Post a comment
Alternating current (AC) power is available throughout almost the entire world and provides a convenient power source for many electronics. Unfortunately, the power around the world is not the same in each location. There are different voltage levels and frequencies, depending on where in the world you may be – but is there a better way to design this power supply?
Electronics Execs Discuss UK Referendum
Blog 6/16/2016 4 comments
If a random poll of some large and smaller UK electronics companies and relevant trade associations is to be believed, the country is set to remain in the European Union following the momentous referendum taking place on June 23.
FD SOI Benefits Rise at 14nm
Blog 6/13/2016 13 comments
Consultant Handel Jones makes the case that companies should move rapidly to 14nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD SOI) to use the benefits this technology.