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Solid State Batteries Aim to Top Li-ion
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
Self-powered chips, for up to a 10-year lifetime, or cell phones that recharge in 15 minutes are in the near future due to solid-state Li-Ion batteries from Ilika.
Single-Pixel Camera Mimics Human Eye
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4/21/2017   4 comments
A single-pixel camera is ultra-inexpensive requiring only a single scanning photocell the works smart by targeting details with higher-resolution and backgrounds with less.
New Method Cuts Cost of GaAs Circuits
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4/19/2017   1 comment
A easy copy/paste method for mass producing graphene wafers has been invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Smart Semi Fiber Does It All
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4/18/2017   3 comments
Semiconductor fibers fashioned at Penn State conduct both optical photons and electronic signals simultaneously.
Star Trek Tricorder Arrives
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4/14/2017   6 comments
The $2.6 million purse for the Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize contest went to the Final Frontier Team (led by Pennsylvanian brothers Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency medicine physician, and George Harris, a network engineer) with $1 million second-place going to Taiwan based Dynamic Biomarkers Team backed by HTC.
Quantum Photons Emitted
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4/12/2017   3 comments
Japanese researchers discover that nitrogen-doped gallium-arsenide beat quantum dots in consistency as single-photon emitters for future quantum computers.
Researchers Developing Touch Sensitivity for Your Levi's
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4/11/2017   Post a comment
North Carolina State University created conductive and stretchable wires that can sense torsion (twisting), strain (elongation), and touch.
Comment: Re: Really? - R_Colin_Johnson - 4/10/2017
IBM Bests Insulators
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4/7/2017   8 comments
IBM reveals a new, better dielectric formula that reduced parasitic capacitance at advanced nodes.
ISPD Predicts Chip Futures
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4/6/2017   Post a comment
International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) concentrated this year on increasing the performance of machine learning to realtime, thus outperforming human-driven chip design.
Intel Shows Life Beyond CMOS
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4/3/2017   2 comments
At the International Symposium on Physical Design Intel presented more than dozen different ways to get beyond the limitations of conventional complementary metal oxide semiconductors while using the same fabs.
TSMC Joins Chip Research Consortium
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3/1/2017   1 comment
Foundry giant joins semiconductor heavyweights like Intel and IBM in university-research consortium.
3-D Interactive Projection Redefines MEMS
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2/27/2017   9 comments
Bosch’s combo micro-scanner/laser-projector is said to be capable of transforming any surface into a virtual user interface.
Smart Waggle Boosts IoT
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2/23/2017   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory claims a turn-key Internet of Things breakthrough in remote sensing, with its Waggle concept spreading among smart industry and government sensor arrays.
Peer-to-peer IBM App Bypasses Carriers
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2/17/2017   3 comments
Big Blue has a new mesh network technology for its Weather Channel subsidiary that allows its app to propagate weather and disaster information among all cell phone users even when Internet and cellular networks are down.
IBM Bets on Cognitive Computing
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2/16/2017   10 comments
IBM is sinking all its efforts into cognitive computing, offering new services based on Watson that were written by users.
SoC Could Power Star Trek-like Medical Scanner
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
At ISSCC 2017 this week, University of Irvine researchers announced a millimeter-wave emitter that could realize Dr. McCoy's Star Trek medial diagnostic scanner which he merely waves over your body to diagnose.
Atomic-scale Electronics Probed
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2/7/2017   1 comment
IBM's scanning probe thermometry combines a scanning tunneling microscope with a microelectromechanical system to measure the temperature of individual atoms.
Hydrogen Fuel Cells: DOE Finds Faster, Cheaper Catalyst
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2/3/2017   25 comments
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has discovered a way to increase hydrogen production 1,000-times in water-based protic ionic liquid with a cheaper nickel catalyst that enables fuel cells to be recharged in 90 seconds.
Samsung Beats Apple to Punch with MEMS Antenna Tuning Array
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1/31/2017   13 comments
Samsung beats Apple to the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) antenna tuning array by Cavendish Kinetics.
Space X: L.A. to S.F. in 35 Minutes
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1/24/2017   Post a comment
The Space X contest narrowed down a field of over 1200 entrants to 29 for the pod trip by tube from L.A. To S.F. in 35 minutes.
Dragonfly Surveillance Cyborg Could Aid Pollination
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1/23/2017   1 comment
Who needs bees. Just use technology to pollinate? The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. (Draper, Cambridge Mass.) has embedded an optrode in a dragonfly with the idea of guided pollination.
Carbon-on-Wafer Tech Said to Make RF Compatible with CMOS
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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.

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