True 3-D Chips Harness Nanotubes News & Analysis 12/19/2014 2 comments Stanford University has learned how to stack any number of layers atop a standard CMOS chip by using low-temperature RRAM for memory and carbon nanotube transistors for logic.
MIT Discovers Superconductor Law News & Analysis 12/18/2014 14 comments The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has discovered a law governing the relationship between critical temperature at which superconductivity begins, resistivity, and the thickness of the film for superconducting integrated circuits.
Researchers Superconduct at 140 Degrees News & Analysis 12/15/2014 7 comments Researchers have demonstrated a method of making superconductors at temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit using lasers. If successful, everything from the electric grid to mobile electronics will experience a tremendous speed-up while simultaneously running much cooler.
Spray Solar Cells on Any Surface News & Analysis 12/11/2014 6 comments Canadian Consortium mostly funded by IBM formulates method for spraying solar cells on nearly any surface, from rooftops to automobile bodies.
Freescale Charges 15W Wirelessly News & Analysis 12/8/2014 4 comments Freescale is turning up power with a new set of wireless charging receivers and transmitters for larger mobile devices such as phablets, tablets, and handheld medical equipment. The Qi-compliant system is the first in the industry to reach the 15 Watt threshold.
Power Week: Dreamliner Battery Fire Had Multiple Causes News & Analysis 12/3/2014 4 comments The lithium-ion battery fire that grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliners last year was a result of oversight and certification issues as well as design and testing problems on both Boeing's part and that of the battery maker, according to the NTSB.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2015 News & Analysis 12/3/2014 3 comments EDN and EE Times explore some of the hot technologies in 2014 that will shape technology trends for next year and beyond as engineers bring even more innovative ideas to reality.
Conductive Clay: The Future of Energy Storage? News & Analysis 12/2/2014 1 comment MXene clay -- which is two-dimensional and comprises three layers of titanium and two layers of carbon that's five atoms thick -- was developed by a team of researchers in Drexel's Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Smart Battery Charges Up for IoT News & Analysis 11/7/2014 11 comments Startup Roost is developing a new twist on the Internet of Things -- a smart, networked battery that will put existing smoke alarms on home WiFi networks.
Superconductivity Predicted by Supercomputer News & Analysis 11/5/2014 4 comments Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has started manufacturing the military grade MAXL-OL-2000 MEMS-based accelerometer family for fabless chip company Physical Logic AG (Zurich, Switzerland) using a thick-film silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of its 180nm modular MEMS process.
3D Prints World's Best Inverter News & Analysis 10/29/2014 15 comments Oak Ridge National Laboratory wants to become the world leader in operational 3D device printing and has already started its patent portfolio.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom News & Analysis 10/21/2014 6 comments TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
Solar Rising in Village Microgrids News & Analysis 10/14/2014 8 comments Solar panels are on the rise in microgrids bringing electricity to remote villages in Africa and India, sparking interest in designs for low-power DC-based homes.
Cheap Fusion Beats Fossil Fuels News & Analysis 10/10/2014 51 comments A new fusion reactor design is based on a plasma configuration called a spheromak that is one tenth the size and a whole lot cheaper than alternative fusion reactor designs -- even cheaper than current-day fossil-fuel power plants.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off? News & Analysis 10/8/2014 16 comments Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Cheap Solar Absorbs Entire Spectrum News & Analysis 10/3/2014 5 comments Two-step process first absorbs entire spectrum of light from the sun then reradiates it in the infrared spectrum where conventional photovoltaics can turn it into electricity.
Fairchild Reinvents Itself News & Analysis 9/26/2014 11 comments Fairchild is transforming itself from a discrete component supplier for everyone into a smart-module provider to just the fastest-growing industries, says president and chief operating officer Vijay Ullal.
IBM Water Cooling Enables a Super Solar Dish News & Analysis 9/25/2014 20 comments A solar disk cuts costs by using fiber-reinforced concrete, supporting polymer-backed aluminum foil mirrors concentrated on four-spectrum InGaAs photovoltaic cells cooled by water in IBM-fabricated micro-channels.
PZT Making Waves in MEMS News & Analysis 9/25/2014 Post a comment ST's announcement that it is offering a piezo-MEMS manufacturing process catapults the company to the front of a wave of uptake for the technology.
Connected EVs Drive Farther, Project Finds News & Analysis 9/12/2014 3 comments A research consortium headed by carmaker BMW explored ways to extend the driving range of electric cars at a given battery capacity. The result: Smart driving strategies and connected technologies can extend the range by as much as 15%, even with available batteries.
Moore's Law Has No End in Sight News & Analysis 9/12/2014 22 comments Gallium arsenide (GaAs) will soon outpace silicon as a higher-performance choice for implementing integrated circuits, according to POET Technologies Inc.
Power Week: DOE – EVs Everywhere, Anyhow News & Analysis 9/11/2014 1 comment The DOE has announced $55 million in planned investments in 31 new projects (details available) -- including several that are researching "beyond Lithium-ion" technologies -- intended to accelerate the research and development of efficient vehicles.