Security penetrates the clouds
News & Analysis 2/25/2011 9 comments
Information technology security provider SafeNet recently adapted its encryption, authentication and virtualization security suites to run on cloud computers.
Consortium claims SiGe frequency record
News & Analysis 2/24/2011 1 comment
The European Union's DotFive project has produced a silicon germanium chip set that it claims has the world's highest frequency of operation in the history silicon germanium.
Millimeter-scale all-in-one computers debut
News & Analysis 2/23/2011 4 comments
Researchers from the University of Michigan debuted what they billed as the world's first all-in-one, millimeter-sized processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.
Researcher describes 'smart' orthodontics
News & Analysis 2/21/2011 2 comments
A team of German researchers is developing "intelligent" orthodontic brackets with integrated stress sensors to enable orthodontists to measure the forces being exerted on individual teeth.
Does EMC stand for exasperating, magic, or confusing?¬—Part 2
Design How-To 2/21/2011 2 comments
While it is merely a nuisance to experience radio interference, it is definitely a serious matter if an ABS, stability control, or airbag suffers a malfunction because a vehicle passes a TV tower too closely. Thus, mastering EMC is a basic requirement for automotive electronics designers. Part two of this article outlines methods to suppress high-frequency resonance.
What's next for IBM's Watson?
News & Analysis 2/17/2011 22 comments
Fresh off its stunning victory over human champions in Jeopardy, cluster computer Watson has much to learn as IBM prepares to put it to work in assistant roles.
Seven can't miss highlights at ISSCC
Blog 2/16/2011 12 comments
Don Scansen has gone over the International Solid-State Circuits Conference advanced program with a fine-tooth comb to uncover seven gems that all attendees should have on their list.
Cryptographers debate role in 'post-security' era
Semi Conscious 2/16/2011 5 comments
Two months after an NSA official said there is no longer any such thing as "secure" computing, pioneers of the field of cryptography gathered for their annual panel discussion at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.
IBM's Mira aims to beat Watson
News & Analysis 2/16/2011 11 comments
While IBM's Watson grapples with its human competitors on the quiz show Jeopardy this week, IBM's high-performance computing architects will be crafting a successor that they hope will become world's fastest supercomputer.
NAND 201: the continued evolution of NAND Flash
Design How-To 2/13/2011 10 comments
A lot has changed with NAND Flash memory since my original NAND 101 article was published in 2006. From the evolutionary changes of a continually shrinking NAND cell, to the performance-enhancing innovations that support increasingly advanced designs, this follow-on article will chronicle the developments in NAND technology from 2006 through early 2011.
Nanowires process arithmetic/logic
News & Analysis 2/11/2011 6 comments
Nanowire processors will pack more arithmetic and logic per square inch than conventional semiconductors, according to Harvard University researchers who recently demonstrated basic ALU functionality for silicon-germanium nanowire arrays in collaboration with Mitre Corp.
Does EMC stand for exasperating, magic, or confusing?—Part 1
Design How-To 2/10/2011 10 comments
While it is merely a nuisance to experience radio interference, it is definitely a serious matter if an ABS, stability control, or airbag suffers a malfunction because a vehicle passes a TV tower too closely. Thus, mastering EMC is a basic requirement for automotive electronics designers. Part one of this article explains basic strategies and provides useful hints.
'You asked for it, you got it, Toyota'
Automotive DesignLine Blog 2/9/2011 19 comments
The U.S. government has vindicated Toyota's electronic control technology in the spate of sudden acceleration incidents, but what happens to the automaker's reputation?
Startup claims array camera for mobiles
News & Analysis 2/9/2011 4 comments
Pelican Imaging, a venture-backed developer of computational imaging technology, said it has developed what the company calls the first prototype array camera for mobile devices.
Multi-photon photoresists said to beat UV
News & Analysis 2/8/2011 16 comments
As photolithography research moves toward extremely short wavelengths of ultra-violet light, one group at the University of Maryland is proposing multi-photon photoresists that allow visible light to achieve nanoscale resolution that is inversely dependent on exposure time.
Nanolasers grown on silicon
News & Analysis 2/6/2011 8 comments
University of California at Berkeley researchers say they have developed a method for growing indium gallium arsenide nano-lasers directly on silicon substrates, potentially paving the way for chips with integrated optical photonics.
Inside enables bio-metrics for NFC
News & Analysis 2/4/2011 9 comments
Inside Secure SA, a supplier of contactless smartcard chips, has announced the availability of biometric matching capabilities for its SecuRead NFC component.
Gallium nitride boosted into high-power realm
News & Analysis 2/2/2011 7 comments
By implanting a neutral species (argon) alongside the termination contacts for gallium nitride diodes, their power handling capabilities can boosted from 300 to 1,650 volts, according to researchers.
Bilayer gate solves plastic transistor woes
News & Analysis 2/1/2011 6 comments
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed a method for stacking two gate dielectric materials that cancel out the drawbacks of each, resulting in relatively fast, stable plastic transistors with high current carrying capabilities.
New material for semis said to beat silicon
News & Analysis 2/1/2011 18 comments
A new semiconductor material called molybdenite is claimed to be 100,000 times lower power than silicon, plus will allow the fabrication of much smaller transistors, according to researchers at Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.
Tyndall makes short-channel junctionless transistor
Research 2/1/2011 6 comments
Further progress has been made with the junctionless transistor with the creation of an n-type junctionless silicon FET with a channel length of 50-nm by a team of scientists at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland.