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.
TI Offers Wearable Evaluation Kit News & Analysis 6/11/2015 Post a comment Texas Instrument's (TI's) digital light processing (DLP) LightCrafter Display 4710 evaluation module (EVM) allows engineers to assess its smallest 1080p .47-inch tilt and roll pixel (TRP) array for wearables and other small electronic devices like screenless TVs and pico-projectors.
Free Service Compares Devices News & Analysis 6/8/2015 4 comments The General Purpose Input/Output free service for engineers tests in their independent lab, and compares, all the integrated circuits (ICs) in specific categories, then posts results online, which often differ sharply from those published in the manufacturers specification sheet.
Google Gestures at 60 GHz News & Analysis 5/29/2015 3 comments Google unveiled a radar-on-chip for fine gesture control with the goal of expanding increasingly small screens and interfaces. While the radar technology isn’t yet authorized by the FCC, Google’s ATAP team wants to fine tune its Soli chip for wearables.
EAG Adds IC Analytical Tools News & Analysis 5/18/2015 Post a comment The company that specializes in failure analysis and testing has invested in new IR emission microscopes, scanning acoustic microscopy, and decapsulation tools.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age News & Analysis 4/14/2015 6 comments Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Energy Harvesters Power Wearables News & Analysis 4/13/2015 Post a comment Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing nanotechnology-enabled energy harvesting and storage for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors.
A New Kilogram Standard Made of Silicon? News & Analysis 3/23/2015 Post a comment For years, scientists around the globe pondered how a new definition for the kilogram could look like a definition less prone to aging and impermanence than the current standard kilogram, a small cylinder made of an alloy of platinum and iridium. The German institute for metrology PTB now claims to have the recipe.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments