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Silicon photonics pioneer snags 'genius' award
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9/29/2010   45 comments
University professor Michal Lipson was recently made a MacArthur Foundation Fellow--the no-strings-attached $500,000 "genius" award.
ARM micros rival Freescale's ColdFire
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9/28/2010   23 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's two new families of ARM- and ColdFire-based microcontrollers bring the price of battery-saving half-watt power consumption down to around a $5.
Vector processing accelerates QorIQ
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9/27/2010   5 comments
Freescale has added an AltiVec single-instruction-multiple-data processing unit inside every core inside forthcoming QorIQ chips being readied for announcement next year.
Mobile Internet apps moving e-commerce off the Web
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9/26/2010   34 comments
Mobile Internet apps are clicking with millions of smartphone users as e-commerce moves off the Web.
IBM characterizes single-atom DRAM
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9/23/2010   14 comments
IBM Research described a new pulsed-technique to stimulate and read-out the state of an individual atom for atomic-scale memories, solar cells and future quantum computers. atomic-scale memories, solar cells and future quantum computers.
Optical antenna said to boost signals
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9/21/2010   7 comments
Rice University researchers have created an optical antenna that boosts signals by up to a million times by exciting plasmons in between a sub-nanoscale electrode gap.
MEMS oscillators expand to kHz region
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9/15/2010   8 comments
SiTime, looking to be a one-stop shop for timing, fills out its low end with the first CMOS silicon MEMS oscillator chip for the kilohertz space.
Accelerometer boosts resolution, cuts noise, power
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9/14/2010   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor debuted a new family of smart accelerometers with lower power and noise, but higher resolution.
Freescale DSP tackles scalable video coding
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9/13/2010   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's embedded DSP enables cost-effective media gateways and IPTV distribution systems by eliminating the need for Pentium-grade processors for coding.
Self-repairing solar cell bio-inspired
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9/8/2010   14 comments
A solar cell mimics photosynthesis in plants by self-repairing damage from the sun to renew its electricity generating capabilities.
Silicon photonics uses vapor-filled waveguide
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9/7/2010   4 comments
A new technique harnesses vapor-filled optical waveguides on silicon chips to process data streams encoded on light, sidestepping the sidesteps the current requirement to convert optical signals to electrical signals in applications that detect, buffer, multiplex and store photonic information.
Piezotronics defines new semiconductor-device category
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9/2/2010   5 comments
Strain-gated transistors in piezotronics harness the piezoelectric effect to perform arithmetic and logic operations using mechanical motions for electronic control.
MEMS tackle HVAC/automatic-transmission markets
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9/2/2010   3 comments
MEMS startup Microstaq is pioneering promising new markets, using its micro-valve as a pilot to control the large flows necessary to tackle the lucrative heating, ventilation and air-conditioning markets with MEMS-control of automotive transmissions on the horizon.
Rice's silicon memristor aims to beat HP
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9/1/2010   13 comments
Memristors made from pure silicon could enable resistive random access memory that are simpler and cheaper to manufacture than Hewlett-Packard's titanium-based formulation, according to researchers at Rice University.
Freescale forms joint lab with Chinese automaker
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9/1/2010   1 comment
Engineers from Beiqi Foton Motor and Freescale Semiconductor will work together to integrate Freescale microcontrollers and sensors into automotive control systems for the powertrain, chassis, safety and "green" aspirations of the Chinese automakers.


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