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ARM TechCon keynote: Move bits not atoms
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10/31/2012   10 comments
Professor Jonathon Koomey of Stanford University cautioned ARM TechCon attendees to take a system-level view of issues.
Slideshow: Inside IBM’s superconductor lab
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10/30/2012   20 comments
The search is on to find man-made materials with no resistance at room temperature. "It’s just a question of finding the route," says IBM fellow Stuart Parkin.
IBM claims carbon nanotube IC breakthrough
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10/29/2012   2 comments
Researchers put 10,000 carbon nanotube transistors on a chip for first time in step toward developing replacement for silicon.
MEMS device downsizes clock generator
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10/23/2012   6 comments
MEMS maker Discera claims its latest device replaces quartz crystals used as precision clock generators in PCI-Express interfaces.
Princeton researchers claim breakthrough on path to quantum computing
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10/19/2012   4 comments
Method for reading spin on electrons could help lead to larger quantum computing systems.
Rohm joins leadership of energy-harvest group
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10/18/2012   2 comments
Japanese chip company Rohm has announced it is taking a leadership role in the EnOcean Alliance, an industry group working on standards for energy harvesting and wireless technology for use in energy efficient buildings.
Cosmic rays could assess damage to Japanese nuclear reactors
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10/18/2012   Post a comment
Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory say have devised a method to measure damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors.
Collaborative Advantage: Silicon photonics is hot -- at Si2
Blog  
10/18/2012   5 comments
The benefits are huge – three orders of magnitude improved communications bandwidth, lower power consumption, EM / noise immunity, just to name a few...
Study urges NASA to launch nanotech R&D
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10/17/2012   Post a comment
The U.S. risks losing its lead in space technology unless NASA makes nanotechnology an R&D priority, a report warns.
Road to ARM TechCon: Cortex-A9 Processor Optimization Pack
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10/15/2012   Post a comment
This dive into the ARM Physical IP Processor Optimization Pack (POP) focuses on how to drive maximum performance while maintaining energy efficiency.
Slideshow: Japan consumer electronics showcases smart connectivity
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10/15/2012   11 comments
The smartphone and connectivity dominated Japan's largest consumer electronics show, with appliances, robots, and autos relegated to the status of smartphone accessories.
MEMS enable medical innovation
Design How-To  
10/12/2012   2 comments
The ability to detect, capture and analyze motion with MEMS has become a commonplace feature of consumer and mobile devices.
Dragon returns to space station
Design How-To  
10/10/2012   3 comments
International Space Station astronauts reached out and grabbed the Dragon cargo ship as the first commercial resupply mission continues without a hitch.
ARM server firm raises cash
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10/9/2012   Post a comment
Calxeda, a developer of ARM-based processors and software for low-power servers for data centers, has announced it has raised an additional $55 million in equity funding. This puts the total raised over $100 million since the company was founded in 2008.
Road to ARM TechCon: Big.LITTLE software ain't that hard
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10/9/2012   Post a comment
ARM CPU product Brian Jeff explains the workload management and energy saving imperatives behind the two flavors of software supporting ARM's dual-cluster architecture.
FinFET structure design and variability analysis enabled by TCAD
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10/8/2012   3 comments
The FinFETs is the first fundamental change in transistor architecture since the time when the MOSFET replaced the bipolar transistor as the transistor of choice for logic applications...
Dragon cargo ship again headed to space station
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10/8/2012   6 comments
SpaceX launched its Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station aboard the Falcon 9 rocket as part of the first resupply mission under a new NASA contract.
MEMS accelerometer with min/max offset sensitivity to temperature delivers predictable and quantifiable performance
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10/5/2012   Post a comment
Analog Devices has introduced what the company claims is the industry’s first MEMS accelerometer with min/max offset sensitivity over the full temperature range.
Samsung seeks to reinvent itself in Silicon Valley
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10/4/2012   4 comments
Samsung is planning to open several innovation centers outside South Korea as part of a project to reinvent the company, according to Young Sohn, Samsung's chief strategy officer.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – October 3rd
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10/3/2012   Post a comment
JEDEC, Jasper, eMemory, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Mentor, Teledyne LeCroy, Globalfoundries, IBM, Intermolecular, Synopsys, Open-Silicon, ARM, EDAC, Sand 9, Sidense and Kilopass made the lineup today. See here for their news…
ST plots wireless MEMS roadmap
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10/3/2012   4 comments
ST is pushing a system-in-package approach to MEMS which it claims will yield wireless MEMS components by the end of 2013 and the integration of gas sensors in environmental MEMS in 2014.
10 Hot Topics at ARM TechCon
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10/2/2012   6 comments
Designing with ARM? Read on to get a 10% discount for the show, Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
London Calling: Digital power is coming of age
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10/2/2012   Post a comment
The merger of digital control and power is coming of age in the era of energy efficiency. Three companies founded between 2000 and 2010 are amongst those showing the way.
AMD wants graphics processors to run Java
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10/2/2012   Post a comment
Chip firm joins with Oracle to create way of accelerating Java by a mix of processor engines, including graphics processor units.
Globalfoundries to make MEMS for timing startup
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10/2/2012   1 comment
Sand 9 Inc. (Cambridge, Mass.), a startup company offering timing components based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), has announced that Globalfoundries will be a partner for high volume manufacturing of its products.
Laser-spike annealing could boost litho
News & Analysis  
10/1/2012   2 comments
Intel, others evaluating Cornell University-developed technique that could shorten processing time, improve image quality.
CNSE licenses battery storage technology
News & Analysis  
10/1/2012   3 comments
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany has entered into a licensing agreement with its first student spin-off company, B.E.S.S. Technologies, which will allow B.E.S.S. to commercialize and begin scale-up of its battery storage technology.
Adesto buys Atmel serial flash families
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10/1/2012   2 comments
Developer of resistive RAM non-volatile memory buy serial flash product families from Atmel.
White space radio startup raises funds
News & Analysis  
10/1/2012   3 comments
Neul, a startup developing a wide-area cellular network technology dedicated to machine-to-machine or Internet-of-things data traffic, has raised an additional $5 million in equity funding.


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