How to select power line polarity protection diodes Design How-To 6/30/2012 1 comment Diode rectifiers are ideal solutions for automotive electronic power line protection and have several important parameters for these applications, including: Forward current, repetitive reverse voltage, forward surge current, and fusing rate.
Researchers report solid-state quantum leaps News & Analysis 6/27/2012 5 comments Labs in the U.S. and Europe separately reported progress in adapting solid-state materials to store spintronic quantum states, a critical hurdle on the path to using spintronics in quantum computing.
Video: '7 minutes of terror' for next Mars probe News & Analysis 6/25/2012 58 comments Curiosity, the Mars rover scheduled to land in August, will rely on a rocket-powered sky crane to slow its velocity from 13,000 mph to zero in seven minutes. A NASA video explains the unprecedented landing sequence.
Sony, Panasonic join hands to print OLED displays News & Analysis 6/25/2012 10 comments Sony and Panasonic have said they will collaborate in the development of organic light emitting diode (OLED) panels and modules for TVs and large-sized displays and, at the same time, consider the oossibility of collaboration in mass production of OLED displays.
Research shows more strain can improve transistors Research 6/25/2012 3 comments Researchers from France and Switzerland have shown that in p-type material much higher stresses than previously applied can improve the mobility beyond what had previously been thought possible. The results could change the way chip companies seek to engineer transistors at the leading edge.
50-Gpixel camera is better than the human eye Research 6/22/2012 12 comments Engineers from Duke University and the University of Arizona have developed a camera with the potential to capture up to 50-Gpixels of data with a resolution over a 120 degree horizontal field that is five times better than 20/20 human vision.
SuVolta positions DDC as node life extender Research 6/21/2012 2 comments Nick Kepler, vice president of products at startup company SuVolta, has authored an article that expounds the virtues of his company's deeply depleted channel (DDC) technology as a life extender for established bulk CMOS manufacturing nodes such as 90- and 65-nm.
Rethinking the pursuit of Moore’s law News & Analysis 6/20/2012 Post a comment The benefits of Moore’s Law can now be split into the classical benefits of greater density and lower cost-per-transistor from shrinking, and the benefit of extending the capability of mature process technology generations by reducing power consumption.
IMEC reports on gate-last HKMG options Research 6/13/2012 1 comment Nanoelectronics research center IMEC is evaluating options for so-called replacement metal gate technology to allow further transistor scaling and to follow-on to the high-k metal gate structures currently in use.
Signal processing allows next-gen MOST PHY to retain legacy optoelectronics Design How-To 6/7/2012 Post a comment The optical version of the MOST physical layer has several well-known advantages (virtually no EMI problems, the fiber is low weight, and it and the optoelectronics are low cost). As the need for higher data rates grows, the feasibility of adapting signal processing techniques to use next generation MOST with these current attractive link components becomes compelling.
EuroFab450 is an ambitious dream Blog 6/6/2012 7 comments Many parties need to buy-in to Malcolm Penn's dream of European manufacturing on 450-mm diameter wafers if it is going to happen. And Europe, facing eurozone implosion, needs radical thinking and risk-taking.
ST packages MEMS microphones in plastic News & Analysis 6/4/2012 2 comments STMicroelectronics NV has claimed it is the first company that has mass-produced MEMS microphones in plastic packages. ST has patented a technology development that allows this while, at the same time, saves space and increases durability, the company said.
Plessey lowers cost of electric-field sensor Product News 6/1/2012 1 comment Plessey Semiconductors Ltd. (Plymouth, England) has announced the release of the PS25451, a low-cost version of its electric field sensor. Whereas the original version was aimed at medical applications, such as a remote heart-rate monitoring, the latest version provides remote sensing for high volume consumer markets.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...