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Quantum-Dot Windows Harvest Solar Energy
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4/18/2014   3 comments
The windows of the future could harvest the sunlight passing through them, thanks to quantum-dot technology being developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
IBM Nanowires Add Photonics to Silicon
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4/15/2014   1 comment
By straining gallium arsenide nanowires on silicon substrates, IBM demonstrates how light emitters/detectors can be integrated onto standard silicon chips.
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Archer Supercomputer Is Fastest in UK
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4/11/2014   4 comments
The University of Edinburgh has installed a Cray XC30-based supercomputer, which is now the fastest supercomputer in England.
ISPD-14 Focuses on FinFETs, Security, Supply Chain
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
The 2014 International Symposium on Physical Design explored many areas in the development of next-generation integrated circuits. In addition to securing the chip supply chain and the latest FinFET developments, the discussion looked at cyberphysical system design.
NIST Sets New Time Standard
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4/4/2014   8 comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a new atomic clock time standard that is three times as accurate as the existing standard.
MEMS Mics Pass $1B Milestone
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4/2/2014   8 comments
The micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) microphone market it on track to top the $1 billion milestone in 2014.
GE Claims Fastest, Highest-Power MEMS Switch
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3/28/2014   5 comments
General Electric has crafted a micro-electromechanical system switch that can handle an astounding 5 kilowatts of power at 3 GHz.
IBM Founds Watson Group
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1/13/2014   6 comments
IBM Watson Group's headquarters will be at 51 Astor Place in New York City’s “Silicon Alley” technology hub.
CES: 9-Axis Sensor Stars in Movea Wearable
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1/8/2014   3 comments
Reference designs for wearable spots and wellness applications debuted at the CES from Movea, Xm-Squared, and Texas Instruments.
Pedestrian Dead Reckoning Enables Indoor Navigation Without WiFi
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12/16/2013   12 comments
Sensor Platforms Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR) addition to its FreeMotion Library gives original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the means to enable indoor navigation, more detailed activity monitoring, sports/health applications, and a whole range of new location-based services.
Transmitter Chip Boosts Optical Fiber Capacity 10X
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12/9/2013   5 comments
Researchers claim a new transmitter chip can increase fiber optic capacity in existing networks by 10 times.
Stanene May Be Better Than Graphene
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12/3/2013   13 comments
Move over graphene. A new material called stanene combines the best properties of a room temperature superconductor with the ease of fabrication of metal deposition with tin instead of copper.
Mobile Boosts Processor Market
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12/2/2013   12 comments
PCs are down, but smartphones and tablets are up. IHS predicts processor market will have had a 24-percent growth spurt in 2013.
Supercomputer Accelerator Comes to Datacenter
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11/26/2013   4 comments
IBM is accelerating its enterprise software applications with Nvidia's coprocessor cards originally targeted at supercomputers.
Sand 9 TM651 Is First High-Precision MEMS Oscillator
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11/26/2013   2 comments
Sand 9's TM651 is the first MEMS oscillator that is temperature compensated and can maintain stand vibration to make it competitive with a high-precision temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO).
IBM Wins Gordon Bell Prize
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11/25/2013   5 comments
World's most complex simulation of cloud cavitation collapse was awarded the prestigious Gordon Bell prize at Supercomputer 2013 (SC13, Nov. 17-22, Denver).
Ink-Jet Printing for OLED Displays Debuts
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11/21/2013   5 comments
Startup Kateeva debuts its G8-sized Yieldjet tool for manufacturing organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays using ink-jet printer techniques.
Intel to Customize High-End Processors
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11/20/2013   13 comments
Intel's roadmap for its future high-end processors promises greater levels of integration as well as customized models of its Xeon and Xeon Phi processors with in-package memory, high-speed switches, optical fabrics, next-generation storage, and 3D stacked memory.
IBM Broadens Access to Ask Watson Apps
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11/19/2013   5 comments
IBM's Watson Developers Cloud will enable software developers in a wide variety of application domains to access Watson's cognitive computing abilities for their third-party apps.
5 MEMS Chips Debut at MEMS Exec Congress
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11/18/2013   4 comments
New micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) chips were announced at the recent MEMS Executive Congress (Napa, Calif., Nov. 7-9).
Invisibility Cloak Comes to Life
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11/15/2013   30 comments
A new kind of invisibility cloak has been created by University of Toronto researchers using signal-canceling radar instead of metamaterials.
Robot Rings Nasdaq Closing Bell
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11/13/2013   2 comments
A robot rang the Nasdaq closing bell for the first time, celebrating a Robo-Stox Index listed there Tuesday.
Qualcomm's Tricorder X-Prize: Mobile Redefining Medicine
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11/13/2013   14 comments
Wearable sensors and smart patches are allowing patients to monitor their own vital signs and even diagnose disease with their smartphones, according to Donald Jones, Vice President of Global Strategy & Market Development at Qualcomm Life Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) who predicted the eventual end of bulky, traditional medical instruments.
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Samsung Tips $100 Million IoT Strategy
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11/11/2013   7 comments
Former director of Apple's Siri, now on Samsung's team, describes Samsung's Internet of Things strategy as centered on SAMI, an artificial intelligence system that will aggregate sensor data from all types and brands of IoT devices in the cloud.
MEMS Market to Top $22 billion by 2018
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11/8/2013   5 comments
The market for micro-electromechanical system chips will grow from $12 billion today to over $22 billion by 2018, led by new types of MEMS chips and Chinese OEMs.
III-V FinFET Fabbed on Silicon
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11/7/2013   6 comments
Imec has succeeded in fabricating the world's first III-V FinFET to be monolithically integrated on a 300 millimeter silicon wafer, opening the door to extending the semiconductor roadmap at seven-nanometer and beyond.
DoE Supercomputer Does Big Data
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11/7/2013   1 comment
The 150 teraflop "Catalyst" supercomputer will plumb big data in search of the best architecture for commodity technology procurements.
Graphene Laser to Probe Superconductivity
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11/4/2013   6 comments
Max Planck Institute researchers are working on a terahertz laser that could be useful in researching high-temperature superconductors.
Motion Processing for Android KitKat
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11/1/2013   14 comments
Invensense has enhanced the digital motion processor (DMP) in its new MPU-6515 to handle new contextual awareness functions in Android 4.4 "KitKat" operating system.
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Sensor Hubs Arrive for Android
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10/30/2013   5 comments
Turnkey sensor fusion, gesture recognition, and context-aware functions are performed by Hillcrest's first sensor hub (SH-1), which come pre-integrated with Atmel's SAM D20 ARM Cortex M0+ based microcontroller.


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