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.