Robotic Bacteria Senses Humidity News & Analysis 3/27/2015 Post a comment A bacterial spore studded with graphene quantum dots makes the world best humidity sensor according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions News & Analysis 3/25/2015 Post a comment About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
Robots Go Viral with DNA News & Analysis 3/24/2015 5 comments Programming synthetic viruses and bacteria by their DNA sequence could enable engineers to address problems that today must be done with toxic chemicals. But to create an industry from an idea takes more than independent scientists working alone in their separate labs.
Google, Intel, TAG Heuer Plan Smartwatch News & Analysis 3/20/2015 2 comments Google, Intel, and TAG Heuer on Thursday announced plans to collaborate on a Swiss smartwatch based on Intel electronics and Google's Android Wear software. The Swiss watch industry faces a challenge from Apple, which plans to launch the Apple Watch next month.
Bi-directional RF Doubles Cellular Capacity News & Analysis 3/18/2015 16 comments Full-duplex sending and receiving over the same frequency at the same time is possible, unlike what you learned in engineering school. According to researchers at Columbia University, you just have to cancel out the signal from the much more powerful transmitter at the receiver's antenna.
Scientists Pursue Super-Fast Material News & Analysis 3/16/2015 10 comments Researchers may have realized an 80-year-old-dream of forming a pure electron crystalline lattice with 200-times the electron mobility of graphene and 1700-times the electron mobility of silicon.
ST's Vigna Wins IEEE Award News & Analysis 3/12/2015 Post a comment Benedetto Vigna, executive vice president for the analog, MEMS, and sensors group at STMicroelectronics NV has been given a top IEEE award for his role in the development and commercialization of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).
Free Sirius One-Ups Siri News & Analysis 3/12/2015 7 comments University of Michigan researchers one-up Apple's Siri, Google's Now and Microsoft's Cortana with their free, open-source Sirius.
Heart On-A-Chip Beats News & Analysis 3/11/2015 6 comments Researchers at the University of California have created a heart-on-a-chip that will be followed by a liver-on-a-chip, lungs-on-a-chip, spleen-on-a-chip, until they have all human organs on a single wafer connected by microfluidic channels carrying blood.
Taking on Industrial IoT with Real-Time DDS News & Analysis 3/11/2015 1 comment Building on its experience in high reliability Data Distribution Services for the military/aerospace market, Prismtech launchs a "DDS for things" platform for networked devices requiring real-time, deterministic delivery.
FinFETs Race Toward Silicon News & Analysis 3/10/2015 Post a comment As Cadence announced a new physical-design tool, Synopsys said it has 100 production tape outs in FinFET processes, 90% of the advanced chips made to date.
IBM's Watson Does Deep-Learning Too News & Analysis 3/5/2015 3 comments IBM Corp. recently acquired AlchemyAPI for its "deep learning" capabilities, giving Watson the ability to perceive hierarchies of knowledge instead of just individual facts.
2D Material Beats Graphene News & Analysis 3/4/2015 2 comments Black phosphorus is a 2D material with advantages over graphene, including a variable bandgap and other photonics characteristics.
Parrot Takes Instant 3D Mapping to the Sky News & Analysis 3/4/2015 Post a comment On Nvidia's booth at embedded world, a robot arm was swinging a stereo camera assembly, in a drone-like fashion, demonstrating Parrot’s software capabilities to turn cheap stereovision into real-time 3D mapping using nVidia’s Jetson TK1 development kit.
Altium Updates High-Speed PCB Design Tool News & Analysis 3/3/2015 Post a comment Altium next update to its flagship PCB design tool, Altium Designer 15.1, introduces new features the company says improves design productivity, documentation outputs, and high-speed design efficiency.
Graphene Polymer Speeds Electron Transport News & Analysis 2/27/2015 Post a comment Depositing conducting polymers on graphene gives then highly desirable electrical properties, flexibility and strength for future flexible electronics, organic solar cells, protective coatings and other practical applications.
Hi-Speed Transistors from Liquid Processing News & Analysis 2/26/2015 10 comments A University of Chicago lab has invented a new kind of solder that can electronically join disparate semiconductors that were impossible to solder before plus print crystalline-like high-speed transistors as well as revolutionize 3-D printing.
5G Horizon Seen at ISSCC News & Analysis 2/25/2015 3 comments Research on 5G is coming to a head as companies prepare to make proposals next year that will shape the next-generation cellular standards, said experts at an ISSCC panel.
Flash for Even Commodity Servers News & Analysis 2/25/2015 Post a comment SolidFire claims to be the leading vendor of flash hardware systems for high-performance systems and servers, but now its marketing its software-only to marry your own hardware to your own flash making it affordable even by the smallest-servers.
3D E-Beam Enables 3D NAND Flash News & Analysis 2/23/2015 2 comments Applied Materials claims to have solved the last remaining problems around enabling mass production of 3D NAND flash memory cubes. The company says it has leveled the playing field so any semiconductor maker can make 3-D FinFETs as well as Intel already does.
Quantum Transistor Harnesses New Effect News & Analysis 2/19/2015 2 comments Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new phenomenon--the quantum spin Hall effect--and have used it to create the world's first spintronic topological field effect transistor (TFET), in simulation at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at Texas A&M University.
Nanotubes May Self-Organize into Synthetic Life News & Analysis 2/13/2015 5 comments Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, home of the sentient HAL 9000 computer, are now trying to create living things with nanotubes that self-assemble into organisms that reverse entropy.
Nvidia Envisions Self-Driving Cars News & Analysis 2/13/2015 1 comment Automotive and mobile gaming were growth areas for graphics processor company Nvidia in 2014; Nvidia sees Tegra X1 and deep learning leading way to self-driving cars.
Samsung Pumps $3.6bn into OLED Panel Productions News & Analysis 2/12/2015 Post a comment South Korea's Samsung Display has unveiled plans to invest $3.6 billion into making organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels to support the company's parent Samsung Electronics Co Ltd aims to boost components sales to offset weaker smartphone earnings.
Hollywood Hands Engineer an Oscar News & Analysis 2/10/2015 4 comments Texas Instruments engineer Larry Hornbeck will receive an Academy Award of Merit for his work in improving color and projection in digital films through optical semiconductors.
Software Radio Debuts at MWC News & Analysis 2/10/2015 15 comments UK-based Cambridge Consultants developed an all-digital radio transmitter using off-the-shelf chips that could cost less than $1, aimed at conserving precious spectrum.
1.5 nm Metrology Extends Moore's Law News & Analysis 2/6/2015 1 comment Even a ruler can nix Moore's Law. Rulers need to be as much as 10 times finer than the semiconductors they are measure. Thanks to researchers at some US national labs collaborating with industry, the finest metrology tool is now at 1.5 nanometers.
IBM Shifts SUNY Chip Researchers News & Analysis 2/2/2015 1 comment Researchers at New York’s SUNY Polytechnic Institute are developing chip technology at 7nm for IBM. The organizations announced that more than 220 of these engineers and scientists at SUNY Poly's Albany Nanotech campus will become part of IBM Research.
My Mom the Radio Star Max MaxfieldPost a comment I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...