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World's smallest MEMS mic debuts
News & Analysis  
3/30/2011   10 comments
Akustica, acquired by Bosch in 2009, announced what it claims is the world's smallest digital microphone, its AKU230 which consumes only 700 square microns.
Microfluidics detects cancer with nanotubes
News & Analysis  
3/29/2011   5 comments
A nanotube studded microfluidic sensor aims to detect single cells of cancer in blood samples containing billions of healthy cells, according to its inventors at MIT and Harvard.
Superconductivity: New phase of matter?
News & Analysis  
3/28/2011   8 comments
A new theory that superconductivity is rooted in an undiscovered phase of matter could be the key to room-temperature superconductors.
Researchers integrate silicon, III-V
News & Analysis  
3/24/2011   3 comments
Toyohashi University of Technology researchers claim to have solved the lattice mismatch problem between silicon and III-V materials, thereby enabling future integration of optics onto silicon chips.
Graphene aims for quantum interference
News & Analysis  
3/24/2011   4 comments
A novel templated growth technique developed by Georgia Tech researchers enables pure carbon graphene transistors to harness quantum interference for post-silicon era.
Sprint Echo harnesses dual touchscreens
News & Analysis  
3/22/2011   4 comments
Next month, the world's first multi-pane smartphone—the Sprint Echo from Kyocera—will debut in the U.S. with a wide variety of apps customized to take advantage of Echo's dual touchscreens.
Solid-state lighting coming into focus
Special Report  
3/21/2011   15 comments
The digital revolution is coming the global lighting industry as energy-efficient LED lamps replace incandescent, halogen and CFL bulbs, with OLED lights arriving by 2020.
Fuel rod reactions stoke nuclear tensions
News & Analysis  
3/17/2011   79 comments
The condition of plutonium-laced fuel in one reactor along with fires in several fuel rod cooling ponds has added to the cascading problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
China's top car maker goes 32-bit
News & Analysis  
3/15/2011   12 comments
Chery Automobile, the largest passenger car maker in China, announced it is going 32-bit with its entire line of vehicles in order to improve their fuel efficiency, emissions and safety.
Update: Plutonium-laced fuel heightens Japan's nuke woes
News & Analysis  
3/15/2011   50 comments
As Japan's earthquake tragedy grows, so do concerns about the use of plutonium to power at least one crippled nuclear reactor.
Supercomputers meld with high-end servers
News & Analysis  
3/12/2011   13 comments
High-end server models, called cluster computers, are melding with supercomputers.
Automotive MCU aims for zero fatalities
News & Analysis  
3/10/2011   3 comments
A new lower-cost automotive microcontroller family from Freescale Semiconductor aims to lower the cost of collision avoidance systems to make them standard equipment on most models, rather than just a high-end luxury cars.
TI growing large-area graphene
News & Analysis  
3/4/2011   17 comments
Preparing the way for carbon-based semiconductors, Texas Instruments is perfecting the growth of graphene sheets.
Freescale crypto protects cars from hackers
News & Analysis  
3/1/2011   3 comments
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the first automotive security module compliant with a secure hardware extension supported by European automobile makers.
ADI ups ante in high-precision MEMS gyros
News & Analysis  
3/1/2011   6 comments
Analog Devices has invented a quad-differential MEMS gyroscope sensor that harness four separate MEMS elements to cancel out the effects or noise, vibration and excessive linear acceleration.
Fiber optics boosted by crystalline core
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3/1/2011   Post a comment
Penn State researchers led by professor John Badding demonstrated what they said are the world's first optical fibers to harbor a compound semiconductor core.


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