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Carbon-on-Wafers Here
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
The world's first commercial carbon-on-silicon wafers use aligned nanotubes, which can be lithographically fabricated into super-fast transistors alongside normal CMOS circuitry.
Bosch Dev Kit to Ease IoT
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
Bosch unveils Internet of Things (IoT) innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017).
Quantum Computing on Cusp
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
A new age of quantum computing may be around the corner. Three new research groups predict that a shift away from von Neumann toward quantum computing is upon us.
Smartphone Senses Anything
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1/5/2017   3 comments
International cooperation between the U.S., Israel and China has resulted in the world's first smartphone with a built-in spectrometer that can sense almost any kind of substance.
Thinnest Nanowire Self-assembles
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12/29/2016   1 comment
The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center claims to have created the world's thinnest wires using a 10-atom diamond cage around a three-atom copper core.
China Returns Navy Sea Drone
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12/21/2016   3 comments
Seaglider sea drones are capable of executing sea-bottom assays and mapping at depths of up to 1,000 meters.
DARPA Funds Small Businesses with Big Ideas
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12/21/2016   Post a comment
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched its answer to Kickstarter, theCommercial Performer Program that aims to harness the little guys ideas that are now being underfunded.
Comment: NOT Ho-Hum - R_Colin_Johnson - 12/20/2016
Biometrics Won't Kill Passwords
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12/15/2016   2 comments
The password will not be replaced by biometrics measurements of fingerprints, facial features, the iris, the veins of palm or speech-signature recognition until all of these technologies are matured in the consumer market circa 2030.
Software Finds Research for You
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12/13/2016   1 comment
Omnity finds the other 99% of related documents that should have been cited by a paper's author.
Cray Sets Deep Learning Milestone
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12/9/2016   8 comments
Cray's XC50 has set deep learning milestones accomplishing brain-like neural network training in minutes or hours that used to take days or weeks of conventional computer time.
GE Launches MEMS Startup
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12/9/2016   Post a comment
GE spins-off Menlo Microsystems to market a scalable microelectromechanical system (MEMS) digital-microswitch.
Biometrics Ensure Security
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12/6/2016   1 comment
ImageWare Systems Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) already has the high-end customers for critical infrastructure access using up to 12 different biometrics, but now its has a server-based version for the rest of the world including mobile devices.
IBM Scans 10nm Temperature
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12/5/2016   1 comment
IBM's scanning probe thermometer has been upgraded for the sub-14 nanometer transistor age by using a method that first measures thermal resistance, then temperature.
Nanotube Contacts Perfected
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12/2/2016   1 comment
IBM sees a future full of carbon nanotubes for flexible electronics in wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices today, but also for complementary metal oxide transistor (CMOS) semiconductors for the More-than-Moore era ahead.
1st Qubits on 300mm CMOS
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11/29/2016   1 comment
Leti demonstrated the world's first solid-state qubit fabricated on a standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) 300 milimeter fabrication (fab).
Watson IDs Heart Disease
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
IBM's Watson acquires a new set of modules for diagnosing disease that increases their accuracy by 25-to-50 percent.
Cray: U.S. Supercomputers Hit 3, 5 on Top500
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11/28/2016   Post a comment
In November 2016's Top500, USA's Cray supercomputers achieved 4 spots, but Cray is showing diversity with models for all categories of user formats, from the only single-cabinet petaflop computer (the Urika-GX) to the CS-Storm for Deep Learning to the Urika-GX for 24/7 protection from data breaches.
Researchers Claim Photonics Breakthrough
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11/25/2016   7 comments
All optimal photonic computers are on the horizon with all the major players contributing the parts that will eventually obsolete the electronic computer and make Moore's Law passé.
1st Photonic Circuits Here
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11/23/2016   4 comments
IMEC research institute claims to demonstrate the world's first sub-micron photonic circuits encoding "1s" and "0s" on the spin of optical photons.
Photonics 3-D Modeler Born
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11/22/2016   Post a comment
Coventor Inc. has the world's first modeling and simulation tool specifically designed for photonic optical circuits.
Bosch CEO: Hanging on to Lead
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11/21/2016   4 comments
The world's largest producer of automotive MEMS devices describes how it plans to hang onto the lead.
Smartphone-Bound VR/AR to Be Boosted by Lasers
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11/18/2016   3 comments
Microvision has teamed with STMicroelectronics to put an always-in-focus laser-based projector in every smartphone, for augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) headset.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
The inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming and amorphous silicon, among dozens of other forecasted breakthroughs, predicted that the future of the Internet of Things will be flexible, transparent and self-powering, according to Parc program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona.
3D Printed Buses Here
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11/16/2016   8 comments
Local Motors has been a solution looking for a problem since its inception, but may have finally hit the nail on the head with its Olli substitute for traditional transit systems at just 20% of their cost, but with more convenience, faster times and free-ride driverless capabilities.
AT&T: SIMs are Key to IoT Future
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
AT&T pronounced the Internet of Things (IoT) as already here in massive enough numbers to make it a sure thing for all future devices, but in need of tools it is providing like its "flow designer."
Coating Stops Exploding Batteries
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11/10/2016   7 comments
Forge Nano says its nano coatings boost the thermal breakdown voltage of Li-Ion batteries by 120 Fahrenheit, thereby keeping them from exploding in all ambient conditions short of exposing them into an already burning fire.
IEEE Sensor 2016 Exhibits MEMS
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11/7/2016   1 comment
The IEEE Sensor 2016 conference featured 614 presentations plus a room full of exhibitors hawking everything you need to fabricate, package, manufacture and test both microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and conventional sensors.
DARPA's N-Zero Sensors Use "0" Power
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11/2/2016   5 comments
The Defense Advance Research Project Agency's (DARPA's) Near Zero Power Radio Frequency (RF) and Sensor Operations (N-Zero) initiative aims to sprinkle zero-standby power sensoofrs, communications nodes and Internet of Things (IoT) devices over the battlefield, critical infrastructure and perimeters for 24/7 monitoring without having to change batteries.
Watson Wins GM
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10/29/2016   2 comments
At the keynote speech during the World of Watson 2016 conference (Oct. 24-28, Las Vegas) IBM chief executive officer (CEO) Ginni Rometty invited General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra to jointly announce that IBM's augmented intelligence (AI) called Watson would be integrated with every new car equipped with OnStar connectivity (renamed OnStar-Go). The U.S. Secretary of Education also endorsed Watson.
Watson Use Proliferating
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10/27/2016   Post a comment
IBM's annual World of Watson released a plethora of new capabilities plus enumerated multiple new design wins, from the Toronto Raptors to General Motors.
Comment: Re: 3D - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/21/2016
U.S. Protecting Us from AI
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10/21/2016   15 comments
From lost jobs to nuclear holocaust, any negative impact artificial intelligence could have on society is what the U.S. government wants to head-off.
Comment: Re: 3D - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/20/2016
4DS Memristors Target ReRAMs
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10/20/2016   6 comments
4DS Memories Ltd. (West Perth, Western Australia) has achieved the 40-nanometer milestone that puts it on the path to competing effectively with flash it its $40 billion market.
Oxygen Layer May Extend Moore's Law
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10/19/2016   2 comments
Mears Silicon Technology (MST) at Atomera Inc. (Los Gatos, Calif.) increases the carrier mobility and drive current, while reducing the leakage current for any CMOS transistor.
One-Nanometer Transistor Demonstrated
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10/13/2016   11 comments
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory claims to have created the world's smallest transistor using a single one-nanometer wide carbon nanotube as the gate.
Comment: Re: Nobels - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/7/2016
Comment: Re: Nobels - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/6/2016
Nobel Prize: Why Superconductivity?
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10/6/2016   17 comments
Why you should care about superconductivity and this year's Nobel Prize in Physics.
Software Predicts Power Component Failure
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10/5/2016   2 comments
Eaton Corp. unveils PredictPulse Insight is a cloud-based software subscription service that anticipates failures in universal power supply (UPS) systems before they happen.
Comment: Re: ... - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/4/2016
Comment: Re: ... - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/4/2016
Biometrics May Replace Phone Passwords
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10/3/2016   4 comments
FotoNation, a wholly owns subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has unveiled a suite of face- and iris-recognition algorithms that it hopes to license to every major smartphone maker to obsolete the password without the added hardware of fingerprint recognition.
5G Powered by MEMS
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10/3/2016   1 comment
SiTime claims to have beat quartz crystals at their own game with its Elite line of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) oscillators for 4G and 5G applications.
Universal Memristor Models All
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10/3/2016   Post a comment
University of Massachusetts says it has cut in half the number of components needed to model the human brain for deep learning algorithms with its diffusive memritor.
Wide-Bandgap Boosts EVs
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9/22/2016   1 comment
North Carolina State University (NC State) has invented a power inverter for electric vehicles that almost meets the Department of Energy's (DoE's) 2020 mandate by using wide-bandgap silicon-carbide components.
Biometrics Upgrade to AirPod-like Earbuds
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9/15/2016   2 comments
Valencell Inc's PerformTek biometric measurement module adds biometric sensing function to accelerometer-equipped wireless earbuds.
Transistor Trick Beats Moore
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9/14/2016   7 comments
Zeno Semiconductor, a Zvi-OrBach startup, claims it has discovered a More-that-Moore architecture that can instantly convert any MOSFET to a high-power bipolar-junction transistor (BJT), or even FinFETs.
Comment: Re: ... - R_Colin_Johnson - 9/12/2016
NXP Connects iPhone-7 Earbuds?
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9/10/2016   24 comments
Could the NXP's NFMI system-on-chip, the NxH2280 NFMI radio for Bluetooth-free earbuds, be in Apple's iPhone 7?
SGI Supercomputes Ireland
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9/8/2016   Post a comment
SGI and Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) collaborate on the world's most accurate climate modeling aiming to provide accurate weather forecasts.
IoT 3 in 1 Tape Measure Get Crowdfunding Love
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9/8/2016   1 comment
Bagel Labs has invented a three-in-one Internet of Things (IoT) measurement device that replaces the tape measure, the roller measure, and the laser measurer for under $75.
IBM Bests Intel's HPCs
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9/8/2016   Post a comment
IBM+Nvidia claim to have produced supercomputers in a single rack slot that are faster and cheaper than equivalent Intel-based configurations.
Comment: Multiple Uses - R_Colin_Johnson - 8/31/2016
Indoor Nav Leverages LTE
News & Analysis  
8/30/2016   5 comments
NextNav LLC is selling precision timing services from its atomic clock equipped navigation towers to all the major carriers, after which they will be able to offer super-accurate navigation services to every smartphone user worldwide.
Ford / MIT Collaborate on Future
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8/29/2016   6 comments
Ford and MIT collaborate to mine Big Data from smartphones to perform urban planning.


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