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Cheaper avenue to 65 nm?
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3/30/2007   Post a comment
Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and spin-off company Focal Point Microsystems claim to have devised a cheaper, easier way to pattern at the 65-nm node.
Shaped-foil inductor could reduce size, cost for energy applications
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3/29/2007   Post a comment
A shaped-foil inductor design is offering loss reductions as high as 50 percent compared to conventional inductors.
First terahertz bandpass filter targets unused spectrum
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3/28/2007   Post a comment
Scientists at the University of Utah have demonstrated the world's first bandpass filter to employ an unused gap in the electromagnetic spectrum.
Scientist claims nanotech threat is exaggerated
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3/27/2007   Post a comment
A scientist at Purdue University is questioning nanotechnology's threat in a study that claims to find certain manufactured nanoparticles have no negative effects on soil.
Discera lands timing chip partner; VC funding
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3/26/2007   Post a comment
Discera Inc., a microelectromechanical systems oscillator chip maker, has partnered with industrial quartz crystal oscillator supplier Abracon, who will relabel Discera's chips with the Abracon logo. Separately, it has landed a third round of financing of $17.5 million from Scale Venture Partners.
Robots won't walk or whir--they'll ooze
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3/26/2007   Post a comment
The distinctive whirring of stepper motors characterizes nearly all robots today, from fixed-in-place welders at General Motors to the mobile R2D2-style robots of science fiction. All that will change if professor Dennis Hong's whole-skin locomotion project is successful, since WSL robots will ooze toward their goals sans motors, gears or any conventional mechanisms.

Terahertz laser has x-ray vision
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3/23/2007   Post a comment
A pioneer charts MEMS' trajectory
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3/19/2007   Post a comment
Kurt Petersen has been called a "founding father of MEMS" because of his pioneering research work on microelectromechanical systems at IBM Corp. in the 1970s. He has co-founded four MEMS startups, the most successful of which, NovaSensor, has delivered hundreds of millions of MEMS sensors worldwide.

Avatar experts pursued in NSF research effort
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3/16/2007   Post a comment
The National Science Foundation is funding development of electronic visualization technology, providing $500,000 in seed money to two university research teams.
MEMS moving mainstream
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3/8/2007   Post a comment
MEMS technology keeps moving into the mainstream. according to an industry analyst.
Star Trek's 'tricorder' realized
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
Purdue has demonstrated a 20-pound, battery-powered mass spectrometer combined with a desorption electrospray ionization source that it claims can identify any scanned substance in less than a second.
HP takes MEMS, Moore to nanotech era
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
Hewlett-Packard Co. pioneered microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for printheads in the 1980s. By combining integrated electronics with microfluidic channels, HP realized what it calls the "thermal-inkjet Moore's Law." Today's printheads feature Pentium-class microcontrollers on the front side of the chip, with the back side covered with microfluidic channels supporting up to 3,900 inkjet nozzles.

MEMS switch tops 26 GHz
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3/2/2007   Post a comment
MEMS switch maker TeraVicta Technologies Inc. will announce what it claims is the world's fastest MEMS switch.
SiTime lands MEMS design wins
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3/1/2007   Post a comment
SiTime Corp. announced MEMS oscillator design wins from three unidentified customers, including one order for 1 million units.
Wireless USB chip debuts
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3/1/2007   Post a comment
Startup Artimi Inc. has unveiled a WiMedia-compliant dual-mode wireless USB and Bluetooth chip.


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