Intel, IBM to lead $4.4B chip R&D hub in NY News & Analysis 9/27/2011 40 comments A group of semiconductor companies led by Intel and IBM will invest $4.4 billion over five years to create a semiconductor research and development hub in New York to develop next-generation chip technology, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
Elpida has 4-Gbit DRAM in 25-nm process Product News 9/27/2011 2 comments Elpida Memory Inc. has said it has completed development of the industry's first 25-nm process 4-Gbit DDR3 synchronous DRAM. The company claims the part is also the smallest 4-Gbit DRAM yet produced.
More bad news for solar: Oversupply havoc News & Analysis 9/27/2011 25 comments As if the solar panel industry needed more bad news, market watcher Solarbuzz said production cutbacks at leading solar module manufacturers has been insufficient to prevent further inventory buildup, resulting in oversupplies growing into 2012 and likely depressing prices further.
Smart grid: Slow buildout begins Special Report 9/26/2011 8 comments Communications integration; advanced control, sensing, metering and metrics; and a human interface methodology are still on the smart grid architects’ to-do list.
IEDM: PCM research moves to 20-nm Research 9/23/2011 9 comments The full program of the International Electron Devices Meeting has been posted online and it reveals that there are continuing strands of research into phase-change memory at Samsung and a promising alliance between Macronix and IBM.
MEMS-in-mobile market to reach $1.5bn News & Analysis 9/22/2011 2 comments The market for MEMS sensor and MEMS audio devices in smartphones and tablet computers will be worth $1.5 billion in 2016, according to market research company ABI Research.
A game worth playing The Engineering Life--Around the Web 9/21/2011 8 comments Most games are played for pure enjoyment, or to lose yourself in a mindless morass on the floor, but there can be a serious side to games...
Boston-Power raises $125M for China move News & Analysis 9/20/2011 6 comments GSR Ventures has led a $125-million investment round in Boston-Power Inc., a 2005 Massachusetts startup that has made progress in developing longer lasting, faster charging lithium-ion batteries aimed mainly at automotive applications.
Novel solar cells to be detailed at IEDM News & Analysis 9/19/2011 2 comments Researchers from Taiwan’s National Nano Device Laboratories will detail at the upcoming IEDM an environmentally sensitive solar cell manufacturing process that may be compatible with CMOS processing.
Survey: average UK engineer earns $70,000 News & Analysis 9/19/2011 11 comments LONDON – The average annual salary for someone working in the UK electronics industry in 2011 is £44,161 (about $70,000) according to a national salary survey carried out by U.K. publication Electronics Weekly.
Intelligent sensor, algorithms improve battery management Design How-To 9/19/2011 2 comments More than half of the vehicle breakdowns that are caused by the electrical system can be traced back to the lead-acid battery and could have been avoided by knowledge of the battery state. A battery management system provides the necessary information by fast and reliable detection of the State-of-Charge, State-of-Health, and State-of-Function in terms of cranking capability.
U.S. research seeks transistor replacement News & Analysis 9/19/2011 7 comments Semiconductor Research Corp., a U.S. university-research consortium, and the National Science Foundation, the U.S. government agency supporting fundamental research, are funding 12 four-year nanoelectronics research grants at a cost of $20 million.
IEDM: IBM to report 2-GHz graphene IC News & Analysis 9/18/2011 7 comments Researchers from IBM are due to report on the fabrication of a 2-GHz frequency doubler RF circuit in a CMOS-compatible manufacturing process technology at the upcoming International Electron Device Meeting.
CICC talk: Graphene could succeed CMOS News & Analysis 9/16/2011 11 comments CMOS semiconductor technology could run out of gas at about 7 nm in 2024, and graphene is the leading candidate to replace it, according to a keynote address at next week's Custom Integrated Circuits Conference.
IEDM: Hynix takes NAND to 15-nm News & Analysis 9/16/2011 15 comments Hynix has developed a 15-nm NAND flash memory cell which it plans to unveil at this year's International Electron Devices Meeting in December. At the same conference the company is due to present 42-nm half-pitch process for the production of 1-Gbit phase-change memories and beyond.
Batteries for electric vehicles advance with nanotechnology Design How-To 9/13/2011 1 comment Battery issues of range, lifetime, performance and especially cost must be overcome if the Electric Vehicle market is to expand beyond niche adoption. Companies are turning to nanotechnology as a potential contributor to lithium ion battery performance and cost reduction. This article provides an overview, describing the applicability of nanotechnology, and, in particular, illustrates material production methods which are focused on improving battery charge and discharge rates and may enable the
AMD 'clocks' FX processor at 8.429-GHz News & Analysis 9/13/2011 29 comments Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced it has achieved the Guinness World Record for the "Highest frequency of a computer processor," by running an 8-core FX processor at 8.429-GHz.
Melexis shows time-of-flight crash sensor News & Analysis 9/12/2011 1 comment Automotive chipmaker Melexis Microelectronic Systems NV has demonstrated a collision detection and avoidance system based on infra-red light, time-of-flight depth sensor technology licensed from SoftKinetic (Brussels, Belgium).
Gel electrolyte promises better battery News & Analysis 9/12/2011 5 comments Researchers at the University of Leeds, England have invented a polymer gel that they claim can be used to manufacture cheaper, flexible lithium batteries without compromising performance.
Intel to talk tri-gate, Ultrabooks at IDF News & Analysis 9/12/2011 7 comments Intel's developer conference in San Francisco this week expected to feature a more detailed looking at its forthcoming 22-nm devices featuring tri-gate 3-D transistor technology and further description of Ultrabooks, Intel's early-stage concept of a category of slim, low power laptops.
AMD starts shipping 16-core 'Bulldozer' chip News & Analysis 9/7/2011 2 comments Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has said it has started "revenue shipments" of the first processor based on its Bulldozer x86 architecture, a 16-core x86-compatible processor codenamed Interlagos.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 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 ...