NIST Repurposes SQUIDs to Sniff Nukes, Solve Big Bang
News & Analysis 8/17/2017 Post a comment
NIST is using microwave SQUID multiplexing in cryogenic microcalorimeter arrays to yield a Spectrometer to Leverage Extensive Development of Gamma-ray transition-Edge sensors for Huge Arrays using Microwave Multiplexed Enabled Readout (Sledgehammer).
Room-temp Laser-on-CMOS Achieved
News & Analysis 8/7/2017 7 comments
Researchers from Arizona State and Tsinghua Universities achieved a room-temperature CMOS laser using a molybdenum ditelluride monolayer over a silicon cavity.
Ions Power Machine-Human Interface Demo
News & Analysis 7/27/2017 Post a comment
The University of Maryland’s NanoCenter demonstrated an “inverted” battery that converts electrical signals into the ion power used by the human brain’s synapses to yield what it says is a perfect machine-to-human interface.
Woodie Flowers: Things, Not Theory
News & Analysis 7/17/2017 23 comments
The legendary MIT professor who helped start the FIRST Robotics Competition discusses what engineers need. In Part 1, Flowers explains how engineering is about solving practical problems.
NASA Wants Tricorder for Mars
News & Analysis 7/3/2017 3 comments
A group of researchers working on the Mars mission at NASA wants an all-in-one portable scientific instrument for testing the red planet’s rocks.
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
News & Analysis 6/21/2017 1 comment
The executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software used his keynote address at the Design Automation Conference to lay out the company's plan for the newly acquired Mentor Graphics.
Cray Moves to Lasso 'Big Data Deluge'
News & Analysis 6/20/2017 1 comment
Cray’s Urika Big Data Analytics Suite, for its biggest XC supercomputers, brings all the analytic tools necessary to handle the deluge of data today including deep learning and artificial intelligence in a free open-source downloadable package.
IMS 2017: 10 Things Not 5G
News & Analysis 6/14/2017 Post a comment
The 2017 International Microwave Symposium, billed as #Hawaii5G, had much more. Here are 10 samples of things that don't fall under the 5G hype.
Germanium Displacing GaAs for RF Transistors
News & Analysis 6/13/2017 1 comment
The world's first sub-10 nanometer Germainium gate-all-around (GAA) nanowire transistors accompany the world's lowest source/drain contacts claims the International Micro-Electronics Center (Imec Intl., Belgium) at this month's 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Kyoto, Japan.
DRAM Price Surge Continues
News & Analysis 5/26/2017 2 comments
Global DRAM sales reached record heights in the first quarter, thanks to a 30 percent increase in the average contract price of PC DRAM modules, according to DRAMeXchange.
Samsung Targets 4nm in 2020
News & Analysis 5/24/2017 5 comments
Samsung's foundry unit updates tech roadmap, including the addition of 4nm process with "post FinFET structure" to begin production in 2020.
Fake IC Battle Gets a New Weapon
News & Analysis 5/22/2017 3 comments
A new technology lets engineers identify rogue devices with the speed and resolution needed to make it practical for industry and university labs.
Quantum Molecules Compute
News & Analysis 5/10/2017 3 comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has found a way to manipulate molecules with lasers that is as accurate as its control of atoms allowing entire molecules to be used in future quantum computers.
3-D Graphene Boosts Electronics
News & Analysis 5/2/2017 1 comment
A three dimensional form of graphene is being explored as a next-generation electronics material by Nobel Prize winners for graphene research at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
DoE Claims 1nm Fab Record
News & Analysis 5/1/2017 3 comments
Department of Energy's (DoE's) Brookhaven National Laboratory has demonstrated how to use an electron beam microscope to lithographically pattern at the 1nm feature size, thus creating novel new materials and devices.
Single-Pixel Camera Mimics Human Eye
News & Analysis 4/21/2017 3 comments
A single-pixel camera is ultra-inexpensive requiring only a single scanning photocell the works smart by targeting details with higher-resolution and backgrounds with less.
Rambus, Microsoft Heat Up With Cold DRAM
News & Analysis 4/17/2017 4 comments
Rambus, in collaboration with Microsoft researchers, has succeeded in prototyping DRAM operating below 90 kelvin. Cryogenic memory will be essential to data centers, “currently the fastest growing consumer of memory” in the industry, said Rambus chief scientist.
Star Trek Tricorder Arrives
News & Analysis 4/14/2017 8 comments
The $2.6 million purse for the Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize contest went to the Final Frontier Team (led by Pennsylvanian brothers Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency medicine physician, and George Harris, a network engineer) with $1 million second-place going to Taiwan based Dynamic Biomarkers Team backed by HTC.
5 Unresolved Issues Facing Robo-cars
News & Analysis 4/13/2017 15 comments
It’s time to separate the “science-project” robotic car from the commercially viable autonomous vehicle that carmakers need but don’t have. Here are five open questions that await the tech revolution.
IBM Bests Insulators
News & Analysis 4/7/2017 8 comments
IBM reveals a new, better dielectric formula that reduced parasitic capacitance at advanced nodes.
ISPD Predicts Chip Futures
News & Analysis 4/6/2017 Post a comment
International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) concentrated this year on increasing the performance of machine learning to realtime, thus outperforming human-driven chip design.