SAN FRANCISCO – 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.
Here’s 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.
My rationale is I am helping any EE who could not be at ISSCC (one of the leading chip design conferences in the world) a chance to see and learn a bit about some of what went on there, including a look at some of the foils presented.
But I understand it may not be everyone's cup of tea.
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David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.