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posted in November 2012
Printed electronics pilot line starts production
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11/30/2012   3 comments
A pilot line in northern England has started commercial production of printed circuits, but the company involved says it is not revealing details of the functions until 2013.
Globalfoundries' FinFET wafers set to roll
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11/30/2012   17 comments
The first multiproject wafer runs for foundry customers to begin testing the 14XM manufacturing process technology could start as soon as the first quarter of 2013.
Engineering 3-D brain tissues with chip technology
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11/29/2012   1 comment
Engineers from MIT and Harvard Medical School used chip fabrication techniques to create 3-D brain tissues in a lab dish.
Silicon Valley Nation: Baseball, steroids and technology morality
11/29/2012   5 comments
We argue loudly about technology in sports, not so much the consequences of our own. Why?
University R&D spending for engineering jumps
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11/29/2012   4 comments
The National Science Foundation said U.S. university spending on R&D rose again in 2011, with engineering research ranking second after life sciences.
MEMS variable capacitive accelerometers with eight-pin connector
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11/29/2012   Post a comment
Designed to provide high-precision shock, vibration and acceleration measurements in three orthogonal directions, the units are available in eight unique ranges from ±2 to ±400g.
Thought-controlled arm helps amputees
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11/28/2012   1 comment
Max Ortiz Catalan of Chalmers University (shown) is developing a robotic arm that can be controlled by thought. The first operations on patients are due to take place over the winter.
London Calling: Pass me that 100 billion euro note
11/28/2012   Post a comment
Europe needs to turn nanoelectronic research into gigawealth to maintain its standard of living and provide for its aging population. A positioning paper has just come out advocating megaspending over the next eight years.
Flexible electronics breakthrough claimed
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11/28/2012   2 comments
Using flexible plastic substrates in place of rigid silicon wafers could open up new applications for electronics.
Renewables to be second largest source of power by 2015
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11/23/2012   Post a comment
Renewables will become the world's second source of power generation by 2015 and approach coal as the primary source of global electricity by 2035, according to the International Energy Agency.
London Calling: TSMC next for New York fab?
11/22/2012   28 comments
Could TSMC be about to put down a wafer fab next to Globalfoundries' Fab 8 on the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York?
Memsic gets bid from private equity firm
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11/21/2012   1 comment
MEMS maker Memsic said IDG-Accel China Growth Fund has offered to acquire the company for $4.00 per share, or about $96.8 million in cash.
Mars Curiosity gets down to science
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11/21/2012   8 comments
The Mars Curiosity rover has begun its search for evidence of microbial life on the Red Planet. A suite of sensors is delivering samples to an on-board lab for analysis.
Fuel injection, ECUs and the pressure of NASCAR racing
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11/20/2012   1 comment
A new design gets its first big road test before millions of spectators and viewers. No pressure at all.
Samsung takes NAND memory below 20-nm
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11/20/2012   2 comments
Korean chip gaint has started manufacturing 10-nm class NAND memories and using them within a 64-Gbyte embedded multimedia card.
Slideshow: Making sense of connected sensors
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11/19/2012   8 comments
A host of sensors demonstrated at Japan's Embedded Technology show are showing up everywhere - from shoes and cars to rice fields.
Carbon nanotubes 'cloned' by USC researchers
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11/19/2012   Post a comment
Team demonstrates ability to grow carbon nanotube semiconductors of predefined structures, paving the way for carbon to be used in future electronics.
Texas-sized supercomputer rising in Austin
Semi Conscious  
11/19/2012   1 comment
Stampede, featuring the first installation of Intel's Xeon Phi coprocessors, is the seventh most powerful supercomputer in the world.
'Antenna-on-a-chip' speeds infrared light transmission
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11/16/2012   2 comments
Rice University researchers have developed a micron-scale spatial light modulator that could improve the capability of optical information processing systems.
Supercomputer simulations aid study of traumatic brain injury
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11/15/2012   1 comment
Researchers are comparing supercomputer simulations of blast waves on the brain to studies of veterans suffering from mild traumatic brain injuries.
Self-assembling polymers could boost computer memory
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11/14/2012   Post a comment
Researchers from the University of Texas-Austin say they've developed a method of directed self-assembly that could boost hard drive capacity fivefold.
Slideshow: Top 10 Tech in Sports
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11/13/2012   10 comments
From instant replay to heart and helmet sensors, technology makes our games safer and more fun to watch.
Wolfe's Den: Maxim's Heartbeat T-Shirt
11/13/2012   3 comments
Sensors and a mixed-signal-equipped module combine to showcase next-gen medical apps at Electronica 2012.
Electronica: Smart grid will save us, say CEOs
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11/13/2012   9 comments
The CEO panel discussion held on the day of the Electronica exhibition gave four CEOs the opportunity to see good times ahead for "essential" semiconductor technology.
Updated fermentation process may boost biofuel production
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11/9/2012   Post a comment
New take on technology used in World War I could be used to produce advanced biofuels for cars, trucks and jets.
Electronica: Porous metal could help cool processors
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11/8/2012   1 comment
U.K. startup Versarien will demonstrate porous metal technology and its applicability to thermal management products during the Electronica exhibition in Munich from Nov. 13-16.
Plessey rolls the dice, preps LED wafer fab
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11/8/2012   Post a comment
Plessey Semiconductors plans to begin volume production of LEDs in the first quarter of 2013. The fab will use gallium nitride-on-silicon technology.
Butterfly wings may inspire cleaner high-tech surfaces
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11/8/2012   Post a comment
Researchers think mimicking the texture of butterfly wings and rice leaves could create cleaner surfaces for aircraft, medical equipment.
Electronica 2012 highlights mobile, embedded
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11/7/2012   1 comment
The theme for Electronica 2012 is "Inside Tomorrow," an appropriate reference to the rise of embedded systems and machine-to-machine communications.
EE Times 40th: Ten visionaries to watch
11/7/2012   74 comments
Predicting the future is always fraught with peril, but the visionaries featured here are boldly going where no one has gone before.
Standards group mulls work on software-defined nets
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11/6/2012   Post a comment
The Optical Internetworking Forum is edging toward new projects in software-defined networks such as enabling transport nets that can add wavelengths as needed.
Research uncovers materials challenges for future chips
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11/6/2012   Post a comment
Researchers at McGill University and General Motors demonstrated that electrical current may be drastically reduced when wires from two dissimilar metals meet.
IBM's Watson now a medical student
11/5/2012   2 comments
Supercomputer of Jeopardy fame set for new role—evaluating medical case scenarios and diagnoses submitted by doctors.
Energy harvest market growing at 50% annual rate
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11/5/2012   1 comment
The market for energy harvesting devices will reach about $19 million in 2012 and grow to about $45 million in 2013, according to market researcher Yole Developpment.
X-Fab takes control of another MEMS foundry
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11/5/2012   1 comment
German foundry X-Fab Silicon Foundries AG has increased its holding in MEMS Foundry Itzehoe GmbH from 25.5 percent to 51 percent and renamed the company as X-Fab MEMS Foundry Itzehoe.
Cadence, IBM push SOI FinFET design to 14-nm
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11/2/2012   Post a comment
EDA vendor designs ARM processor test chip aimed at implementation in a 14-nm silicon-on-insulator FinFET manufacturing process technology from IBM.
ARM joins group driving IoT specs
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11/1/2012   1 comment
ARM CEO Warren East said the IP chip vendor will join the Weightless Special Interest Group that is developing Internet of Things standards.
Teardown: Microsoft Surface Tablet
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11/1/2012   15 comments
Our friends at iFixit ripped the cover off of Microsoft's run at the iPad. Will the ARM-powered innards prove up to snuff?
IMEC backs carbon nanotube memory
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11/1/2012   6 comments
Belgian microelectronics research center IMEC has announced a joint development program with Nantero Inc. to make carbon nanotube non-volatile memories with critical dimensions of less than 20-nm.

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