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3D Qualcomm SoCs by 2016
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3/31/2015   6 comments
Qualcomm is doing extensive research into how to build 3D structures on a single die without having to use through-silicon-vias (TSVs) and hopes to introduce 3D SoCs by 2016.
Researchers Claim 44x Power Cuts
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3/30/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois invented the worlds first on/off transceiver fast enough for commercialization, saving up to $870 million per year in datacenter power bills.
Robotic Bacteria Senses Humidity
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
A bacterial spore studded with graphene quantum dots makes the world best humidity sensor according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Comment: Re: HMC MIA ? - R_Colin_Johnson - 3/26/2015
Nanolaser Enables On-Chip Photonics
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3/26/2015   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington and Stanford has created a new type of laser for easier on-chip communications using electro-modulation.
Comment: Re: HMC MIA ? - R_Colin_Johnson - 3/25/2015
Intel's Xeon Phi to House 72 Cores
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3/25/2015   12 comments
Intel's Xeon Phi mutiprocessor, with up to 72 cores and integrated Micron Hybrid Memory Cubes, will accelerate both enterprise and supercomputer workloads.
Robots Go Viral with DNA
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3/24/2015   5 comments
Programming synthetic viruses and bacteria by their DNA sequence could enable engineers to address problems that today must be done with toxic chemicals. But to create an industry from an idea takes more than independent scientists working alone in their separate labs.
Comment: Re: Units! - R_Colin_Johnson - 3/23/2015
Optical Color Shifter Computes Cognitively
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3/20/2015   2 comments
All optical computers using the neural network paradigm could by pass the speed of silicon computers by using light only and chalcogenide as their material.
Bi-directional RF Doubles Cellular Capacity
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3/18/2015   16 comments
Full-duplex sending and receiving over the same frequency at the same time is possible, unlike what you learned in engineering school. According to researchers at Columbia University, you just have to cancel out the signal from the much more powerful transmitter at the receiver's antenna.
Insects Harnessed for Surveillance
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3/17/2015   5 comments
Cooperative research between U.S. and China results in a cyborg beetle that can be flown by remote control for surveillance.
Scientists Pursue Super-Fast Material
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3/16/2015   10 comments
Researchers may have realized an 80-year-old-dream of forming a pure electron crystalline lattice with 200-times the electron mobility of graphene and 1700-times the electron mobility of silicon.
Tri-Core Sensor Hub Ups Ante: Sensors Included
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3/13/2015   1 comment
Invensense claims to have the world's first system-in-package to act not only as a 6-axis inertial sensor, but also as a programmable hub for all the other sensors in a smartphone.
Free Sirius One-Ups Siri
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3/12/2015   7 comments
University of Michigan researchers one-up Apple's Siri, Google's Now and Microsoft's Cortana with their free, open-source Sirius.
Heart On-A-Chip Beats
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3/11/2015   6 comments
Researchers at the University of California have created a heart-on-a-chip that will be followed by a liver-on-a-chip, lungs-on-a-chip, spleen-on-a-chip, until they have all human organs on a single wafer connected by microfluidic channels carrying blood.
Comment: Dick Tracey - R_Colin_Johnson - 3/9/2015
Intel's 1st Xeon SoC Twists ARM
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3/9/2015   23 comments
Intel hopes it first Xeon SoC -- the D-1500 -- will be an ARM killer in the micro server market.
Bosch Debuts 1st MEMS Sensor Hub
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3/9/2015   6 comments
Bosch and Akustica have announced new MEMS products, namely, sensor hubs and HD mic, respectively.
IBM's Watson Does Deep-Learning Too
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3/5/2015   3 comments
IBM Corp. recently acquired AlchemyAPI for its "deep learning" capabilities, giving Watson the ability to perceive hierarchies of knowledge instead of just individual facts.
Comment: Re: 30 miles - R_Colin_Johnson - 3/3/2015
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IBM, Semtech 30-Mile IoT Uses 10-Year AAs
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3/3/2015   18 comments
IBM and Semtech go long into machine-to-machine (M2M) working with open standards LoRa (long-range) Alliance to put serious distance between sensors and the cloud.
3D Printing Everywhere from Lab to Factory
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3/1/2015   Post a comment
3D printers have moved out of the toy store and onto the factory floor, at Local Motors, and into the physic lab, at Princeton University.
Graphene Polymer Speeds Electron Transport
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2/27/2015   Post a comment
Depositing conducting polymers on graphene gives then highly desirable electrical properties, flexibility and strength for future flexible electronics, organic solar cells, protective coatings and other practical applications.
Hi-Speed Transistors from Liquid Processing
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2/26/2015   10 comments
A University of Chicago lab has invented a new kind of solder that can electronically join disparate semiconductors that were impossible to solder before plus print crystalline-like high-speed transistors as well as revolutionize 3-D printing.
Flash for Even Commodity Servers
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2/25/2015   Post a comment
SolidFire claims to be the leading vendor of flash hardware systems for high-performance systems and servers, but now its marketing its software-only to marry your own hardware to your own flash making it affordable even by the smallest-servers.
Organic Solar Cells Au Naturel
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2/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers search for naturally occurring carbon-based materials to enable ultra-cheap solar cells.
3D E-Beam Enables 3D NAND Flash
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2/23/2015   2 comments
Applied Materials claims to have solved the last remaining problems around enabling mass production of 3D NAND flash memory cubes. The company says it has leveled the playing field so any semiconductor maker can make 3-D FinFETs as well as Intel already does.
Quantum Transistor Harnesses New Effect
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2/19/2015   2 comments
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new phenomenon--the quantum spin Hall effect--and have used it to create the world's first spintronic topological field effect transistor (TFET), in simulation at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at Texas A&M University.
Microsoft, Google Beat Humans at Image Recognition
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2/18/2015   14 comments
The world's first algorithm to classify images more accurately than humans is claimed by Microsoft.
IBM Adds All Vendors to its Cloud-of-Clouds
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2/17/2015   1 comment
IBM turns its attention to management software that manages both its own and the cloud-based servers of other vendors in hybrid clouds of clouds.
Nanotubes May Self-Organize into Synthetic Life
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2/13/2015   5 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, home of the sentient HAL 9000 computer, are now trying to create living things with nanotubes that self-assemble into organisms that reverse entropy.


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