Heliatek pushes organic solar cell efficiency higher News & Analysis 4/29/2012 4 comments Heliatek GmbH (Dresden, Germany), a startup developing organic solar cells, has pushed the record efficiency for organic solar cells higher, achieving an efficiency of 10.7 percent in a 1.1 square centimeter tandem cell. The efficiency was measured by indepdendent test house SGS SA (Geneva Switzerland).
Automotive-electronics documentation and service software tools cut cost—and improve brand image Design How-To 4/26/2012 2 comments Compared against the development of visionary new automotive electronic systems, such as intelligent highways and driverless cars, documenting designs and repairing faulty vehicles seems unglamorous. But in fact, documentation of vehicle electrical systems is a slow, costly and error-prone task; and speeding fault rectification saves money, reduces commercial vehicle downtime, and enhances brand image in the eyes of the customer.
Receiver protection: a game-changer Blog 4/24/2012 5 comments Receiver protection is a pretty important issue in radio transceivers of all kinds. Think about it…the receiver front-end is built to amplify very small signals – fractions of a microvolt – and needs to be protected from the output of the transmitter.
Startup claims 'Holy Grail' of SoC design News & Analysis 4/23/2012 23 comments Startup Algotochip claims to have achieved the Holy Grail of chip design: the ability to create complete system-on-chip designs from a C-code specification and test stimulus vectors in eight to 16 weeks.
IBM demos terahertz graphene photonics News & Analysis 4/22/2012 4 comments IBM demonstrated a graphene/insulator superlattice that achieves a terahertz frequency notch filter and a linear polarizer, devices which could be useful in future mid- and far-infrared photonic devices including detectors, modulators and three-dimensional metamaterials.
As Discovery is retired, an icon mulls America's spacefaring future News & Analysis 4/20/2012 8 comments He was the first American to orbit the Earth as well as a shuttle astronaut, former U.S. senator and onetime presidential candidate. Now 90, John Glenn said he came to the retirement ceremony for shuttle Discovery in hopes of inspiring the next generation of space explorers. See also our slideshow of the Discovery festivities.
Time for a return to the customer-backed JV foundry? Blog 4/20/2012 18 comments Qualcomm and some other companies are leaving money on the table because they can't get enough 28-nm chips to meet demand out of foundry TSMC. That has driven companies into the arms of other foundries but could it also prompt a return the customer-funded joint venture fab designed to guarantee IC supplies for the backers?
VLSI confab brings technology, circuits to the fore News & Analysis 4/20/2012 1 comment The inextricable interdependence of technology processing and circuit design is behind the decision to overlap their technical programs at the 2012 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits to be held in Honolulu in June.
Crab computing: building a biological machine Engineering Pop Culture! 4/19/2012 5 comments The buzz around cloud computing is oh so 2011! That’s because the latest and greatest in terms of computational advancements (or should we say "sidesteps") is a sort of biological concept "computer" based on swarms of soldier crabs.
DRAM, foundry logic in race to use EUV, says ASML News & Analysis 4/19/2012 16 comments A couple of set-backs for developers of sub 20-nm manufacturing processes in recent months have accentuated the need for EUV lithography to come good and are likely to drive demand for the technology in 2014, according to Eric Meurice, CEO of lithography equipment maker AMSL.
Chinese VCs back U.S. materials startup News & Analysis 4/13/2012 6 comments Polyera Corp. (Skokie, Illinois), a 2005 startup that supplies organic semiconductor, dielectric, and interfacial materials for the flexible and printed electronics industry, has raised $24.5 million in Series C funding.
Abu Dhabi, Saxony invest in twin labs 3-D IC project Research 4/13/2012 2 comments Advanced Technology Investment Co., the majority owner of foundry chipmaker Globalfoundries, and the State of Saxony in Germany have agreed to invest $4.8 million in twinned laboratories that will research 3-D stacking of integrated circuits.
Graphene composite beats copper for cooling chip News & Analysis 4/11/2012 14 comments Carbon is predicted to replace semiconductors, conductors and even insulators in future electronic devices and its already happening one application at a time. The most recent conquest by pure crystalline carbon--graphene--is a new composite material that offers a more efficient and less expensive way of cooling electronic devices than copper alone.
EnOcean appoints former TI executive as COO News & Analysis 4/10/2012 Post a comment EnOcean GmbH, a building automation company that uses energy harvesting and wireless control, has appointed Matthias Poppel as chief operation officer (COO). Poppel was previously European director of embedded processing marketing and applications and Texas Instruments.
Silicon dioxide nanometal offers alternative ReRAM Research 4/3/2012 13 comments Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, led by Professor I-Wei Chen, have developed a resistive-switching memory device based on silicon dioxide. Professor Chen is due to present an update on the technology at a one-day symposium on emerging non-volatile memory technologies due to be held Friday, April 6 in Santa Clara, California.
IBM analytics to plumb universe's secret News & Analysis 4/2/2012 9 comments IBM will harness water-cooled 3-D chip sets to plumb the secrets of the universe by analyzing exabytes (billion gigabytes) of data streaming in from the world's largest radio telescope to be constructed in 2024.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times