5nm Test Lights Litho Path
News & Analysis 10/7/2015 5 comments
Test chips made in a 5nm process showed the value of pushing today’s 193-immersion and tomorrow’s extreme ultraviolet lithography systems to their limits, said researchers at Imec and Cadence.
AMD Cuts 5% of Global Employees
News & Analysis 10/1/2015 3 comments
Advanced Micro Devices has joined the list of large semiconductor companies handing out pink slips. A recently adopted restructuring plan to help improve poor fiscal results calls for a 5% reduction in the company’s global workforce.
GE Connects Industrial IoT
News & Analysis 9/30/2015 Post a comment
Connecting manufacturing and industry to the Internet is the next great frontier for OEM and manufacturer General Electric. The company showcased analytics platforms alongside hardware at an industrial Internet event.
LTE-U, Wi-Fi Play Nice in Test
News & Analysis 9/28/2015 3 comments
Qualcomm wants to convince non-believers that LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) will be a good neighbor to Wi-Fi for next generation communications. Following debate about the realities of sharing spectrum, the chip giant discussed coexistence tests conducted at its San Diego lab.
Smart Prosthetics to Learn Mind Reading
News & Analysis 9/11/2015 3 comments
Smart prosthetics, where the prostetic learns to read the human brain's signals instead of the human learning the prosthetic's signals, is the focus of a project sponsored by the directors of the European Union's Human Brain Project, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
Smart Inks Monitor Glucose
News & Analysis 9/10/2015 Post a comment
Researchers at the University of California San Diego are working toward the holy grail of sensor technology – non-invasive glucose testing. A team at the school’s Jacobs School of Engineering developed high-tech bio-inks that react with several chemicals, including glucose, to create temporary sensors.
DARPA Enlists Civilians to Secure U.S. Tech Lead
News & Analysis 9/10/2015 4 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosts a three-day conference called "Wait What?" (St. Louis, Mo.) for researchers in industry, academia and government to share ideas that will keep the U.S. ahead of the rest of the world in technology.
Nokia Shows Next-Gen Network
News & Analysis 9/9/2015 Post a comment
Nokia Networks announced a programmable 5G architecture for next-generation networks. Its 5G system will automatically adapt to legacy network’s separate parts to achieve lower latency and higher reliability.
Post-Silicon Tech Compared
News & Analysis 9/9/2015 4 comments
The Semiconductor Research Corporation is creating a joint benchmarking effort with Georgia Tech to guide post-silicon era electronics development at IBM, Intel, Freescale and Texas Instruments.
Green Gaming is Possible
News & Analysis 9/8/2015 17 comments
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has described how to save up to $18 billion annually by convincing gamers to make more energy efficient choices in their hardware without sacrificing high performance.
SiC/GaN Poised for Power
News & Analysis 9/1/2015 6 comments
Power transistors consume less space while supplying more power when using silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) substrates over ordinary silicon wafers.
Cellular, Wi-Fi Spar Over Spectrum
News & Analysis 8/28/2015 6 comments
Debate around spectrum sharing for next generation communications systems continues, following a recommendation by the industry group Wi-Fi Alliance to withhold certification of LTE-Unlicensed equipment. Licensed and unlicensed spectrum management is a critical concern ahead of an expected boom in data needs and connected devices by 2020.
EUV Breaks Through to Angstrom
News & Analysis 8/27/2015 10 comments
A new type of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) microscope designed at the University of Colorado can take optical images with angstrom resolution.
Albany Research Hub Drives Collaboration
News & Analysis 8/24/2015 Post a comment
The College of Nanoscience and Engineering has grown from a physics department at the State University of New York’s Albany Polytechnic campus to the hub of research and development for New York state.
Natcore Takes Silver Out of Photovoltaics
News & Analysis 8/18/2015 Post a comment
Research company Natcore Technology claims its scientists have produced a low-cost all-back-contact silicon heterojunction photovoltaic structure in which silver has been completely eliminated, being replaced by aluminium.
Metamaterials Single-Out One Voice
News & Analysis 8/17/2015 2 comments
Duke University (Durham, North Carolina) has invented a metamaterial-based voice-locator system that can pick out an individual's voice even from a crowded, noisy room.
Bell Labs Bucks Short-Term Research Trend
News & Analysis 7/15/2015 Post a comment
Solving networking problems is both an immediate and long-term goal for Bell Labs, as well as an interesting insight into its research strategy. While some legacy laboratories favor 2- or 3-year projects, Bell Labs emphasizes longer-term research.
Bell Labs Plugs in to the Network
News & Analysis 7/9/2015 Post a comment
The famed Bell Labs is not dead, President Marcus Weldon said. While some may think the multi-Nobel Prize winning research institute has fallen from glory in the past few years, the Alcatel-Lucent facility has kicked networking research into high gear.
Crash Test Dummy Tenses Up Before Impact
News & Analysis 7/8/2015 1 comment
Toyota adds posture simulation to its virtual THUMS (Total Human Model for Safety) crash test dummy, making it possible to simulate different body postures during subsequent phases of a collision.
Samsung Boosts Batteries with Graphene
News & Analysis 7/6/2015 Post a comment
Researchers from Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), the company’s R&D hub, have found a way to extend lithium-ion battery life using silicon and graphene. The carbide-free graphene combats expansion to increase battery life by 1.8x over conventional lithium-ion batteries.
Intel President, Execs Step Down
News & Analysis 7/2/2015 11 comments
Intel President Renée James is among several top executives who announced plans to resign from the chip giant. Three other executives from various divisions will also leave the company.