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Security penetrates the clouds
News & Analysis  
2/25/2011   9 comments
Information technology security provider SafeNet recently adapted its encryption, authentication and virtualization security suites to run on cloud computers.
Consortium claims SiGe frequency record
News & Analysis  
2/24/2011   1 comment
The European Union's DotFive project has produced a silicon germanium chip set that it claims has the world's highest frequency of operation in the history silicon germanium.
Millimeter-scale all-in-one computers debut
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2/23/2011   4 comments
Researchers from the University of Michigan debuted what they billed as the world's first all-in-one, millimeter-sized processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.
What's next for IBM's Watson?
News & Analysis  
2/17/2011   22 comments
Fresh off its stunning victory over human champions in Jeopardy, cluster computer Watson has much to learn as IBM prepares to put it to work in assistant roles.
IBM's Mira aims to beat Watson
News & Analysis  
2/16/2011   11 comments
While IBM's Watson grapples with its human competitors on the quiz show Jeopardy this week, IBM's high-performance computing architects will be crafting a successor that they hope will become world's fastest supercomputer.
Phosphorescence boosts solid-state lighting
News & Analysis  
2/14/2011   4 comments
A team of researchers from the University of Michigan claims to have discovered a purely organic compound that could dramatically decrease the cost of solid-state lighting panels.
Nanowires process arithmetic/logic
News & Analysis  
2/11/2011   6 comments
Nanowire processors will pack more arithmetic and logic per square inch than conventional semiconductors, according to Harvard University researchers who recently demonstrated basic ALU functionality for silicon-germanium nanowire arrays in collaboration with Mitre Corp.
TriQuint cracks top 10 among MEMs vendors
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2/9/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics retained its position as the No. 1 supplier of MEMS chips in 2010, while TriQuint Semiconductor cracked the top 10 for the first time, according to IHS iSuppli.
Multi-photon photoresists said to beat UV
News & Analysis  
2/8/2011   16 comments
As photolithography research moves toward extremely short wavelengths of ultra-violet light, one group at the University of Maryland is proposing multi-photon photoresists that allow visible light to achieve nanoscale resolution that is inversely dependent on exposure time.
Nanolasers grown on silicon
News & Analysis  
2/6/2011   8 comments
University of California at Berkeley researchers say they have developed a method for growing indium gallium arsenide nano-lasers directly on silicon substrates, potentially paving the way for chips with integrated optical photonics.
IBM's Watson computer beats humans at Jeopardy
News & Analysis  
2/4/2011   33 comments
IBM aims to beat human champions at the TV quiz show Jeopardy with its Watson cluster computer programmed with its DeepQA architecture.
Gallium nitride boosted into high-power realm
News & Analysis  
2/2/2011   7 comments
By implanting a neutral species (argon) alongside the termination contacts for gallium nitride diodes, their power handling capabilities can boosted from 300 to 1,650 volts, according to researchers.
Bilayer gate solves plastic transistor woes
News & Analysis  
2/1/2011   6 comments
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed a method for stacking two gate dielectric materials that cancel out the drawbacks of each, resulting in relatively fast, stable plastic transistors with high current carrying capabilities.
New material for semis said to beat silicon
News & Analysis  
2/1/2011   18 comments
A new semiconductor material called molybdenite is claimed to be 100,000 times lower power than silicon, plus will allow the fabrication of much smaller transistors, according to researchers at Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.


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