Tronics Prototypes Piezoresistive 6DOF Sensor News & Analysis 2/26/2014 Post a comment Tronics Microsystems SA (Grenoble, France) has designed and manufactured its first batch of 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) MEMS chips based on piezoresistive nanowire technology licensed from research institute CEA-Leti.
64-Bit Rush Is On at MWC Blog 2/24/2014 10 comments Intel, Mediatek, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are in a race to roll 64-bit mobile apps SoCs at MWC, but until the software is ready, 32-bitters will lead in performance.
Comms Guru Preps MOOCs Blog 2/19/2014 1 comment Behzad Razavi, a veteran communications circuit designer, will post to YouTube this year UCLA's first online EE courses.
Imaging Goes Hyperspectral Blog 2/3/2014 6 comments Hyperspectral imaging promises to open up a diverse set of new applications and opportunities for an evolving imaging industry, says an Imec researcher.
Stretchable wiring uses liquid metal News & Analysis 2/1/2014 4 comments Stretchable wiring that could be developed for use in a range of applications from headphones to phone chargers has been developed by researchers from North Carolina State University.
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap News & Analysis 1/31/2014 15 comments MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Intel's Cough Gives Industry Flu Blog 1/21/2014 18 comments The world's biggest semiconductor vendor is slowing its move to 450mm wafers and cutting staff, potentially leaving a gap for others to fill to avoid a slowdown.
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 – 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 23 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.