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Automotive MEMS hits record high
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12/28/2010   8 comments
Automotive MEMS chip sales surpassed a 2008 peak, reaching a new high in worldwide shipments during 2010.
IBM racetrack memory enters home stretch
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12/23/2010   9 comments
IBM's racetrack memory entered the home stretch to fabricating a prototype solid-state memory chip that can replace both flash memory and hard disk drives.
Thermoelectrics could harvest car exhaust heat
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12/22/2010   30 comments
Researchers at the University of Michigan think they have found a way of increasing the efficiency of barium-doped skutterudites to create the commercially viable thermoelectric devices.
Rare earth scarcity gauged by DoE
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12/21/2010   5 comments
The anticipated study by the U.S. Department of Energy concludes that rare earth scarcity is critical to the growth of clean energy technologies.
Spintronics aims for atomic memories
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12/16/2010   11 comments
University of Utah researchers demonstrated how memory can be stored on the atomic spin of phosphorus atoms on a silicon substrate.
NIST launches $44M technology program
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12/16/2010   7 comments
A new technology innovation program for advanced manufacturing research in electronics, biotechnology and nanotechnology was funded with $22 million by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which expects matching funds from research partners to exceed $44 million total.
Metamaterials may camouflage marine vessels
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12/14/2010   17 comments
Marine biologists collaborating with engineers and scientists at Rice University are working to develop a metamaterial based on the skin of squid that can bend light in nearly any direction for future military camouflage.
MEMS shown to enable quantum computing
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12/10/2010   5 comments
Researchers demonstrated the use of MEMS micromirrors to solve qubit addressing problem for future quantum computers.
Startup outlines monolithic 3-D chips
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12/10/2010   22 comments
Startup NuPGA claims to have the intellectual property to obsolete TSVs designed to stack microchip die with true monolithic technique for creating any type of 3-D chip.
Freescale aims baseband/RF SoCs at two-way radio
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12/8/2010   4 comments
Freescale's downsized Cellular Product division will leverage intellectual property it inherited from Motorola to serve the two-ray radio, wireless medical monitoring, smart meters and software-configurable multi-mode cellular basebands.
IBM debuts CMOS silicon nanophotonics
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12/1/2010   38 comments
IBM Research demonstrated an all-silicon optical transceiver that combines modulators, wave guides, wavelength-division multiplexers, switches and detectors all on a single CMOS die.


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