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Nanowires grown from quantum dot seeds
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3/28/2000   Post a comment
Shrinking the dimensions of polysilicon devices to four nanometers, researchers at the University of Texas have extruded nanowires that are 25 times smaller than the vias on current silicon chips. The technique starts by heating and pressurizing silicon until it becomes a supercritical fluid.
French firm offers $6 vision system-on-a-chip
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3/8/2000   2 comments
A French technology research company has unwrapped a vision-processing system-on-a-chip that it claims can be manufactured as inexpensively as a microcontroller. The $6 Generic Visual Perception Processor (GVPP) can automatically detect objects and track their movement in real-time, according to Bureau d'Etudes Vision (BEV).
Sandia builds first diamond micromachine
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3/6/2000   Post a comment
The first micromachine made of diamond is being designed and prototyped at Sandia National Laboratories. The full design consists of a tiny comb drive the lab created that is linked to a diamond piston and powered by alternating current. The part was etched using 2-micron design rules from amorphous diamond, the second-hardest material after the crystalline diamond used for jewelry.


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