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MEMS: Yesterday to tomorrow at Analog Devices
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Startup companies are touting MEMS as a new growth area for ICs. But Analog Devices says it has been pioneering MEMS chips since 1989 and has shipped hundreds of millions of units.
MEMS chips accelerate for drive to market
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Fujitsu's use of a U.S. startup's MEMS microphone in a low-end tablet PC and Swatch's MEMS crystal deal with another startup signal a new energy in the market for microelectromechanical systems.

IBM claims photonics speed record
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Silicon photonics could someday replace $10,000 optical-to-electrical-to-optical converters with $1 CMOS chips and enable on-chip data communications with photons, not the electrons used today.
Quartz, MEMS will meet
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
A new entrant in the emerging timing-chip market plans to create the world's first hybrid timing chips that include both quartz crystals and MEMS components.

MEMS best-practice definition varies by vendor
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
To hear vendors tell it, the only right way to do microelectromechanical systems is "my way." So, what method of fabricating MEMS is really best?

Last semi roadblock cleared?
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Startup Mears Technologies claims to have cleared one of the last remaining roadblocks in a chip industry roadmap for extending Moore's Law down to the 22-nanometer node: gate leakage.
Polymer slims wafer-level chip-scale packages
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
Tessera says it has shrunk surface-mountable wafer-level chip-scale packages (WLCSPs) for camera modules and MEMS structures 44 percent by substituting a polymer for the glass bottom layer typically used.
Embedded superlattice slashes gate leakage
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
CMOS devices isolate transistor gates from their channels with supposedly impenetrable oxides. But as chips scale below the 65-nanometer node, those oxides become so thin that applying enough voltage to turn on a transistor also enables a percentage of the electrons charging the gate to tunnel through the oxide into the channel.

Doping ups OLED efficiency
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
Organic LEDs promise to enable "spray on" displays covering entire walls and conforming to almost any form factor. But OLEDs' lower efficiency makes them dimmer and lower in contrast than conventional, inorganic LEDs. Now a chemist and an EE at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology claim to have hit upon a solution that increases OLED efficiency to 85 percent from 25 percent.

Chip closes distance to real-time 3-D images
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
The problem with machine vision is that cameras are 2-D recorders of 3-D scenes. One company claims to have solved the problem with a real-time 3-D camera that uses pixel-level hardware to reveal the distance to any object in any scene.
CMOS image sensors aim for true machine vision
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
New CMOS imager chips are emerging that directly sense depth--3D pixel-by-pixel--enabling machine vision to realize its goal of perceiving objects, and reacting appropriately.
New microscope said to improve wafer imaging
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
FEI Co. will unveil a family of transmission electron microscopes that it says will enable atomic-scale imaging and analysis of semiconductor wafers.


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