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MIT researchers image fusion reaction
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have described a new method of imaging nuclear fusion reactions.
160-Gbit/second PCB bus goes optical
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
IBM Corp. described what it claims is the world's first optically-connected circuit board at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference in San Diego.
Silicon photonics goes mainstream
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Silicon photonics is ready for prime time, according to presenters at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition.
MRAMs headed for orbit
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
MRAM technology is headed for orbit with the launch of SpriteSat by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Silicon carbide ready for prime time
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2/25/2008   2 comments
NASA thinks silicon carbide is ready to replace silicon in circuitry that must withstand ultrahot temperatures--as high as 1,000 degrees F--or deliver ultrahigh power.
Nanoparticles could make hydrogen cheaper than gasoline
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2/25/2008   9 comments
A start-up says its nanoparticle coatings could make hydrogen easy to produce at home from distilled water, and ultimately bring the cost of hydrogen fuel cells in line with that of fossil fuels.
Multimedia exhibit combines art, visualization technology
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
A multimedia exhibit at New York City's Museum of Modern Art presents visualization of Internet and voice traffic running over telecommunications networks between between New York and the cities of the world, as presented by Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
IBM unveils atomic memory advance
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
The first successful characterization of the force required to move magnetic atoms on a surface suggests that IBM's technique is a prelude to future bit-cells holding just a few atoms.
Power suit: Researcher weaves nanogenerators into fabrics
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Clothing fabrics that generate electricity from the motion of wearing them have been described by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Freescale remains top auto chip supplier
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
The world's biggest supplier of automotive processors remans Freescale Semiconductor Inc., which just shipped its 100 millionth Power Architecture microcontroller.
NEC fabs flexible nanotube transistors
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
Green printing technology has enabled researchers at NEC Corp. to fabricate high-speed carbon nanotube transistors on inexpensive flexible polymer substrates.
IMEC tunes in to software defined radio
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
A software-defined-radio chip design capable of speeds in excess of 100 megabits per second (Mb/s) is available for licensing from the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC; Leuven, Belgium).
Thin-films hold promise for implantable pharmacies-on-a-chip
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
Thin-films are enabling implantable pharmacies-on-a-chip that use electric fields to dispense drugs on-demand, rather than depending on patients remembering to take their meds. The implants could be located directly at the site where they are needed.
First GHz chip to be interconnected with nanotubes
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
The world's first CMOS circuit using nanotubes as an interconnect was recently designed at Stanford University, in cooperation with Toshiba.
Solder made obsolete by growing copper pillars
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2/13/2008   2 comments
Soldering chips to boards may become a thing of the past as a result of research on copper materials sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corp. at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Space tugboat set for March launch
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
The world's first space tugboat--the "Jules Verne" Automated Transfer Vehicle--is scheduled for launch next month.
Robert Redford pitches mobile phone as '4th screen' at confab
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2/11/2008   Post a comment
Film star Robert Redford will argue at a wireless conference that the mobile phone is the "fourth screen"--after theater, television and the iPod--extending the reach of movies to new audiences in the global community.
Cell phones get the call for personal navigation
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2/6/2008   Post a comment
GPS-enabled cell phones offer a more cost-effective, and sometimes more efficient, alternative to personal navigation devices
TI reveals details of 45-nm process
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2/5/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments described how it lowered power by 63 percent and increased performance by 55 percent for its DSPs at the 45-nm node at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference.
TI, MIT team to design ultra-low voltage chip
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2/5/2008   Post a comment
A new version of a Texas Instruments low-power microcontroller that implements an experimental design technique conceived at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology promises another 10-fold cut in power consumption.
Navy demos railgun to fire projectiles 250 miles
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2/4/2008   Post a comment
An electromagnetic catapult, or railgun, is on track for deployment on U.S. warships around 2012, according to the Office of Naval Research.
MEMS enables electrically trimmable passive resistor
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2/4/2008   Post a comment
Microbridge describes a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) rejustor chip that enables a Wheatstone bridge to be fine-tuned for operation with piezoelectric sensors.
Polymer aims to streamline chip fabs
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2/1/2008   Post a comment
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Polyset researchers claim that a new polymer called polyset epoxy siloxane (PES) lowers cost and increases the efficiency of traditional photolithography, as well as eases the transition to nanoimprint lithography.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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