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EDA vendors unveil SoC design trimmers
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2/28/2007   Post a comment
EDA vendors announce new software tools that streamline the system-on-chip (SoC) design cycle and the semiconductor verification process.
Bot-mobiles rev for city traffic
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Think the desert terrain of the previous Grand Challenge autonomous-vehicle races was unforgiving? This year, on Nov. 3, the bot-mobiles will take to the mean streets of a U.S. city.

Discera MEMS oscillators are ready for prime time
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Discera Inc. will announce today that its CMOS oscillators--quartz-crystal alternatives based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)--are in volume production at its Canadian and Austrian fabs, with a capacity of 1 million parts per month.

Auto MEMS maker shifting gears
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies' first microelectromechanical system was a pressure sensor developed for its Automotive, Industrial and Multimarketing group. Now well known for its MEMS side-air-bag and tire-pressure sensors, Infineon AIM has branched out into inertia sensors, mainly for rollover detection and response. In 2003, Infineon acquired Norway's SensoNor AS to leverage that company's 20 years of MEMS experience. And last year, Infineon announced its first consumer electronics MEMS sensor, a si
Driverless vehicles meeting challenge
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2/17/2007   Post a comment
The winners of the last Grand Challenge an autonomous vehicle race sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, announced their entry for this year's Urban Grand Challenge.
Texas researchers claim fastest photonic waveguide
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Texas are claiming the world's fastest silicon photonic waveguide, which achieved a 1,000-fold increase in speed combined with lower power consumption than previously demonstrated chips.
Nanowires eyed for imprint litho
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Hewlett-Packard Laboratories and a trio of academic labs have scored advances that will make it easier to use nanowires as a replacement for lithography in semiconductor manufacturing, potentially taking chip making to the angstrom scale (an angstrom is 1/10 of a nanometer). Nanowires, fabricated using self-aligned superlattices to create "stamping dice," today can consistently imprint features as small as 15 nm, enabling ultrahigh-density interconnection crossbars as well as memory densities as
Intel's teraflops chip uses mesh architecture to emulate mainframe
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2/12/2007   Post a comment
Research into competing architectures for the multicore processors of the future will take center stage this week when Intel Corp. demonstrates its Teraflop Research Chip--code-named Polaris--at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. The 80-core chip crunches 1 trillion floating-point operations/second when running at a 3.2-GHz clock speed and consumes 62 watts, to yield a record 16 Gflops/watt. And by cranking the clock up to 5.6 GHz, the chip bested 1.8 teraflops--
TI's Hornbeck heads list of academy inductees
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2/9/2007   Post a comment
The National Academy of Engineering has elected 64 new members, including Texas Instruments Fellow Larry Hornbeck for his invention of the digital micromiror device.
Quantum computer 'Orion' debuts
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2/9/2007   Post a comment
D-Wave Systems Inc. will demonstrate the world's first commercial quantum computer next week, a supercooled, superconducting niobium chip housing an array of 16 quantum bits.
Bubble memory gives way to bubble logic
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2/8/2007   Post a comment
Bubble memory technology is back--this time in a microfluidic version for logic applications rather than the magnetic approach taken by Texas Instruments in the 1970s.
Scientists devise test for string theory
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2/6/2007   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison claim that they have found a way to determine the shape of the extra dimensions predicted by string theory.

In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.
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