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Green pressure sensors tap quartz MEMS
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Epson Toyocom unveiled a green sensor technology that eliminates dangerous oil and gases from pressure sensors, instead using a quartz microelectromechanical system (QMEMS) tuning fork as the sensing element.
Electronic nose sniffs out cancer
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
Anecdotal evidence that dogs can detect cancer by smell inspired researchers to combine clever chemistry with optical detectors to craft an electronic nose that they claim can not only screen for any kind of cancer, but also determine whether it is aggressive.
Freescale claims billionth sensor shipped
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor's micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) division acquired from Motorola has produced its one billionth sensor chips after 30 years since its founding in 1980.
Carbon chip technology goes commercial
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Carbon--the basis of all organic compounds--appears destined to supplant silicon as the material of choice for future semiconductors.
Graphene said to outperform copper interconnects
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Carbon interconnects form from sheets of graphene will outperform copper interconnects below 30 nanometer sizes according to the Georgia Institute of Technology.
IBM to forecast space weather from solar storms
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Space weather forecasts that predict the affect on the Earth's magnetosphere of solar coronal mass ejections, coronal holes and solar flares, the solar wind shock wave from which can cause geomagnetic storms which typically strikes the Earth's magnetic field for up to 24 to 36 hours after the solar event.
Graphene's electrically tunable bandgap leapfrogs silicon
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6/16/2009   1 comment
Electrically tunable bandgaps could enable graphene--two-dimensional monolayers of carbon--to leapfrog silicon, according to researchers at the University of California at Berkeley.
Terahertz SiGe imager sees through clothes
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6/10/2009   Post a comment
A silicon germanium image chip designed in a UCSD lab and shown at the IEEE RFIC Symposium operates in the terahertz range to provide X-ray-like imaging using safe, naturally occurring millimeter wavelengths. The chip can be produced using inexpensive silicon chip processing techniques.
Silicon Clocks raises $10.3M to commercialize CMOS-plus-MEMS
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
Fabless microelectromechanical system (MEMS) timing chip maker Silicon Clocks, looking to license its proprietary CMEMS (CMOS + MEMS) process, has landed $10.3 million in Series C financing from new investor Silicon Labs and a lineup of returning venture capital firms.
ST slims MEMS accelerometer profile for ultrathin consumer gear
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has fielded a 0.75-mm-thick three-axis MEMS accelerometer to let even ultrathin consumer platforms offer advanced user interface features.
ST pitches MEMS gyro family for consumer controllers
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Geneva-based STMicroelectronics has become the second company to field a pitch-and-yaw MEMS gyroscope for consumer device controllers, following a similar announcement in late April by InvenSense.
NIST demos mechanical quantum effect
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6/5/2009   Post a comment
Mechanical motion similar to a nanoscale pendulum, realized at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) by two oscillating ions in a trap, advanced the state of quantum computing by virtue of a laser cooling capability.
MEMS barometers boost hard drives, GPS
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6/2/2009   Post a comment
Microelectromechanical system sensors for head height are being designed into hard drives alongside MEMS accelerometers, according to Freescale, which entered the digital barometric pressure sensor market with a rollout at Computex in Taipei.
Nanopatterning boosts efficiency of incandescent bulbs
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6/2/2009   2 comments
Using femtosecond lasers to inscribe nanoscale patterns on the filaments of standard incandescent lightbulbs, researchers at the University of Rochester were able to make a 60-watt bulb shine as brightly as one rated for 100 W.


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