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ASIC pioneer reinvents 3-D FPGAs
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1/29/2010   8 comments
By building a three-dimensional field-programmable FPGA with an ultra-dense anti-fuse interconnect, NuPGA claims to be able to achieve the density of an ASIC at a fraction of the cost.
IBM opens bandgap for graphene
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1/28/2010   1 comment
IBM Research says it has opened a bandgap for carbon-based graphene field-effect transistors, removing one of the last roadblocks to commercialization of the technology. By utilizing a dual-gate, bi-layer architecture, IBM demonstrated a graphene FET that could someday rival complementary metal oxide semiconductor.
DoD recognizes university scientists for basic research
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded 11 2010 fellowship awards to university scientists as part of its National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship program.
Electric vehicles earn cash for owners
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Delaware becomes the first state to integrate electric vehicles into smart grid.
MEMS gyro targets $115 billion smartphone market
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Invensense eases migration of smartphones from 3-axis accelerometers to 6-axis gyroscope functionality by integrating a digital signal processor that offloads the application processor by performs all 3-D motion processing tasks.
DoE funds energy-efficient chip effort
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1/21/2010   4 comments
The U.S. Department of Energy is funneling Recovery Act stimulus funds into research to make computer chips more efficient by designing voltage regulators that fit on-chip.
Superlattices enable small, fast, low-power RRAM
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
Superlattices fabricated at the Missouri University of Science and Technology hold promise as the bit cells of resistive random access memories (RRAMs).
Poor-man's cloud computer, free from Google
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1/15/2010   Post a comment
Google has essentially converted its free Google Docs service into a poor-man's cloud computer by allowing users to upload any file type and perform word processing, spreadsheet and presentation preparation using a web-based interface.
Opinion: Google sets stage for political compromise on Chinese censorship
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1/13/2010   7 comments
Google is threatening to pull out of China over censorship and a hacking incident, but the U.S. will likely help negotiate a compromise.
U.S. recovery act funding quantum research facility
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
A new quantum research laboratory will be built in Maryland with $10.3 million in economic stimulus funding provided by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Broadcom, Hillcrest team on wireless motion sensing
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
Targeting the Internet TV crowd, wireless chip maker Broadcom has formed a joint venture with Hillcrest Labs to make wireless gesture recognition chips.
Texas Instruments seeks to streamline e-book design
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1/6/2010   1 comment
Texas Instruments has developed custom silicon and software intended to streamline the design process for e-books using the same E-Ink display.
'Skiff' e-reader uses LG's flexible backplane
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
The new Skiff e-reader uses a flexible backplane made by LG to enable thinner, more flexible platform.
Google's 'Nexus One' phone debuts
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1/5/2010   2 comments
Google's Nexus One phone has nearly the same form factor as Apple's iPhone.
Report: Intel to launch 32-nm MPUs at CES
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
Intel plans to launch more than a dozen new 32-nanometer procesors at the Consumer Electronics Show from its Westmere series, including Clarksdale for desktops PCs and Arrandale for laptops.
Freescale reference design fits between smartphones, netbooks
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor will show a reference design for a new computer design that combines the best features of a netbook and a smartphone, without the phone.


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