On Space, Gravity & Gratitude Blog 11/27/2013 20 comments The movie Gravity is a decent two-hour diversion for the holidays, but there are more delightful distractions that are more science and less fiction.
IBM Wins Gordon Bell Prize News & Analysis 11/25/2013 5 comments World's most complex simulation of cloud cavitation collapse was awarded the prestigious Gordon Bell prize at Supercomputer 2013 (SC13, Nov. 17-22, Denver).
Motion Processing for Android KitKat News & Analysis 11/1/2013 14 comments Invensense has enhanced the digital motion processor (DMP) in its new MPU-6515 to handle new contextual awareness functions in Android 4.4 "KitKat" operating system.
Vicarious AI Passes Turing Test News & Analysis 10/28/2013 11 comments Vicarious's artificial intelligence is as smart as a human for the Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart Ė CAPTCHA.
Synthetic Biology Ramps Semiconductors News & Analysis 10/23/2013 13 comments The Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) launched its Semiconductor Synthetic Biology (SemiSynBio) program which aims to meld biology with electronics in hybrid bio-semiconductor systems.
MEMS Enables Personal Crash Detector News & Analysis 10/15/2013 6 comments Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) are enabling whole new categories of wearable electronics, here an emergency-locator beacon that measures the concussive force of an impact to a sports helmet and notifies emergency personnel in the case of unconsciousness.
ReRAM Is Memory Focus at IEDM Blog 9/30/2013 22 comments Advanced memory research is focused on ReRAM, MRAM, and vertically stacked memory, to judge from the advance program of the International Electron Devices Meeting 2013. However, there is at least one NAND paper due to be presented that could grab attention.
IEDM Set to Stage FinFET vs. FDSOI News & Analysis 9/27/2013 28 comments The leading-edge of semiconductor technology becomes more complex, and IEDM is there to bear witness -- and stage FinFET versus FDSOI, the battle for sub-20nm semiconductors.
Freescale, Micron Extend Memory Research News & Analysis 9/24/2013 2 comments Freescale Semiconductor and Micron Technology have extended separate memory research partnerships in attempts to add to their capabilities at the leading-edge of chip production and find technology that can scale beyond the limits of NAND flash memory.
HP's Loss Is Europe's Gain Blog 9/23/2013 5 comments Mike Lynch, the co-founder of a software company sold to Hewlett-Packard for $11 billion, has co-founded a venture capital company.
New York Plans $45 Billion Fab Campus News & Analysis 9/20/2013 23 comments The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is filing plans to develop an upstate New York site that could accommodate up to three 450mm wafer fabs at an estimated cost of up to $45 billion.
Superconducting Quantum Computer Beckons News & Analysis 9/20/2013 11 comments Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has reported the first demonstration of high-temperature superconductivity in the surface of a topological insulator--a promising material for quantum computers whose bulk properties are that of an insulator, but whose surface is a conductor.
IMEC Process Supports Germanium-Tin Transistors News & Analysis 9/18/2013 2 comments A Belgo-Japanese research team has developed an improved process for the integration of germanium-tin MOSFETs on silicon substrates. This opens up the possibility of strained GeSn pMOSFETs at sub-10 nm geometries.
Plastic Memory Firm Plans Pilot Line News & Analysis 9/17/2013 5 comments Thin Film, a developer of organic ferroelectric nonvolatile memory technology, has ordered equipment for a pilot production line in Linkoping, Sweden, and announced a plan to raise about US$23 million via the sale of shares.
Dialog's CEO Lays Ambitious Plans Blog 9/12/2013 Post a comment From domestic lighting control to wireless charging, CEO Jalal Bagherli sees nothing but opportunity for Dialog Semiconductor, one of Europe's leading fabless chip companies.
Nanotubes Boost E-Nose Sensitivity News & Analysis 9/5/2013 4 comments Researchers can identify any chemical substance by its spectrum using an inexpensive, repeatable technique in which specially grown nanotubes serve as sensors.
AMS Builds 3D Chip-Stacking Line News & Analysis 9/5/2013 2 comments Analog and sensor IC company AMS has invested more than about $33 million to create production capacity for analog 3D ICs at its wafer fab in Austria.
Sand 9 MEMS Cracks Cellphone Market News & Analysis 9/3/2013 8 comments Sand 9 has finally achieved the holy grail of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) compatibility with billions of cellphones as well as the emerging Internet of Things.
CMOS Timing Startup Turns to Crystal News & Analysis 8/28/2013 9 comments A developer of CMOS replacements for crystal oscillators has a new CEO, taken on more VC funding, and extended its business plan to include crystal oscillators.
DARPA Funds Neural Image Processor News & Analysis 8/20/2013 2 comments The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) granted University of Michigan a $5.7 million four-year contract to build a prototype neural network capable of processing images 1,000-times faster than today.
Atomic Clocks Double as Quantum Simulators News & Analysis 8/19/2013 4 comments Atomic clocks can simulate quantum states in real time, according to researchers at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Q-MEMS Downsizes Inertial Measurement Units News & Analysis 8/19/2013 9 comments Epson lays claim to the world's smallest high-performance inertial measurement unit (IMU)--the V340 is a six-axis high-precision gyroscope/accelerometer combo that measures just twelve-by-ten-by-four millimeters.
ARM Preps Near-Threshold Processor for IoT News & Analysis 8/15/2013 17 comments ARM has been researching logic operation at near-threshold voltages and at clock frequencies of the order of tens of kilohertz. Its CTO says a core that uses such low voltages and clock frequencies could support low-power processing in applications that rely on energy harvesting.
IBM Q&A on Molecular Electronics Blog 8/13/2013 3 comments IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland, is home to Emanuel Loertscher, a leading researcher into molecular electronics. He answered questions on the progress of the research.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...