SAN FRANCISCO Ė A Stanford student led the development of the first working subsystem made from carbon nanotubes. That was one of about 200 papers from diverse fields at the 60th annual International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), where the focus is increasingly on communications and media for mobile and infrastructure systems.
Hereís a selection of highlights from the event, many drawn from two evening demo sessions that showcased 30 papers.
We'll start with Max Shulaker of Stanford, who led a team that built a digital capacitive sensor interface entirely with carbon nanotube FETs. Shulaker drew quite a crowd (below) at his demo of a simple robotic handshake, triggered by the sensor.