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'Roadrunner' supercomputer verifying U.S. nuke reliability
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Los Alamos National Laboratory is using the world's fastest supercomputer, dubbed "Roadrunner," to run extremely accurate simulations to verify the reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.
Silicon Labs seeks to unify touch interfaces
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has launched a mixed-signal silicon and software initiative for developing human interfaces for touch-, proximity- and ambient light-sensitive devices.
Hyperlens harnesses metamaterials for ultrasound, sonar
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Researchers say they have harnessed metamaterials to fabricate the first acoustic hyperlens, potentially offering an eight-fold increase ultrasound and sonar image resolution.
3-axis MEMs gyro chip debuts
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
A three-axis gyroscope chip developed by InvenSense Inc. combines separate MEMs resonators for motion tracking.
Robot tests visual prothesis designs
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
A new mobile robot promises to aid developers of artificial retinas and other visual prosthetics by testing the endless variations of video filters proposed to improve their effectiveness.
Nanodots could yield denser memories, ceramic engines
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10/21/2009   1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University said they were able to read and write bits at room temperature using magnetic nanodots that delivered 1 terabit of memory per square centimeter.
E Ink to use Freescale SoC
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Seeking to attract more electronic book and newspaper customers, Freescale Semiconductor is collaborating with E-Ink Corp. on a new SoC that integrates Freescale's microcontroller with a display driver.
MEMS film could enable brighter, cheaper displays
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
A possible successor to the CRT, LCD and even the organic LED is scheduled to hit the market next year, according to a MEMS film developer.
TSMC, SVTC collaborate on fast-track chip design
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10/14/2009   Post a comment
A new industry alliance will seek to speed the introduction of new chip design and manufacturing advances.
Freescale gives touch screens a software twist
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10/14/2009   1 comment
The growing popularity of touch screens in mobile devices is fueling new touch-sensitive interfaces for everything from automobiles to industrial controllers, according to Freescale Semiconductor.
IBM claiming ultra-fast optical comms with carbon chips
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10/12/2009   Post a comment
IBM Corp. researchers have demonstrated that graphene, an atoms-thin layer of crystalline carbon, acts as a receiver of optical signals.
New materials could overcome fuel cell contamination
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10/9/2009   Post a comment
A new kind of electrode material could overcome contamination problems in solid-oxide fuel cells using an auto-cleaning process that could also lower their cost.
SiGe experts push CMOS envelope for Light Peak transceivers
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10/8/2009   Post a comment
Silicon germanium expert Ensphere Solutions Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) cranked up its complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) expertise to design a 10-Gbit/second, dual-channel optical-to-electrical and electrical-to-optical transceiver chip for Intel's Light Peak interconnection topology.
NASA prepares to bomb the moon
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10/8/2009   2 comments
A Web site will stream live telescope images of the impact of a NASA lunar probe searching for water.
Quantum dots mapped at atomic scale
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10/2/2009   1 comment
Atomic-scale mapping of quantum dots could break the bottleneck to self-assembly of chips based on quantum-dot arrays, say the University of Michigan researchers who developed the mapping technique.
U.S. grant targets remote graphics visualization tools
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10/1/2009   Post a comment
The National Science Foundation has awarded $7 million to the Texas Advanced Computing Center to advance its "Longhorn" project to build a suite of remotely accessed graphics visualization and data analysis tools.


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