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Will proteins revolutionize computing?
News & Analysis  
5/28/2010   Post a comment
A living protein found in every cell of the human body could become a self-assembler of future information processing systems that are smaller, faster and cheaper than the inorganic computer circuitry we use today.
3-axis accelerometer cuts power, add features
Product News  
5/27/2010   2 comments
STMicro three axis accelerometer lowers power, extends battery life, shrink size and integrated with other MEMS devices like gyroscopes for mobile handsets, remote controls, gaming controllers.
Ink-jet printable nanotube transistors made easy
News & Analysis  
5/26/2010   5 comments
Rice University researchers have discovered an easier method of ink-jet printing nanotubes as conductors, semiconductors or insulators without having to perform a tedious and expensive presorting task.
Researchers cast graphene into quantum dots
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Rice University researchers propose a technique for creating quantum dots with graphene semiconductors, potentially enabling single-molecule sensors, ultra small transistors and on-chip communications with semiconductor lasers.
IBM, MediaTek to debut 60-GHz chipset
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
IBM and MediaTek plan to debut their 60-GHz transceiver chipset at the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Symposium in Anaheim, Calif.
Researchers claims quantum teleportation record
News & Analysis  
5/24/2010   1 comment
Chinese researchers have increased the distance of quantum teleportation from a few feet to almost 10 miles, holding the promise of instantaneous speeds for future data communications.
USB device seeks to improve password security
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
A security expert has received patent on a USB-based devices that he claims can solve the secure password dilemma.
Xsens, Analog Devices collaborate on 'Iron Man' MEMS sensors
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
Xsens' motion suit has 17 inertial measurement units using 85 MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes. It was used to track actors' motion in real time for the movie "Iron Man 2."
Quantum method generates faster random numbers
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5/17/2010   4 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois claim to have crafted a truly random number generation algorithm that is fast to execute.
Transistor-laser breaks Kirchhoff's Law, rewrites textbooks
News & Analysis  
5/14/2010   17 comments
The inventors of the transistor-laser claim it fits perfectly within the semiconductor migration path to integrated optics.
MIT marshals Casimir force to combat MEMS friction
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
An MIT modeling breakthrough that can predict the results of the Casimir effect for arbitrary geometries shows that minuscule Casimir forces caused by vacuum fluctuation--the quantum popping into existence of particles in otherwise empty space--can be harnessed to eliminate friction in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).
MEMS startup Sand 9 lands additional $12 million in funding
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Sand 9 has secured a second round of funding for its MEMS oscillators. The fudingl allows the startup to ramp production for a product debut later this year.
First MEMS gyro smartphone to ship in June; it won't be the last
News & Analysis  
5/11/2010   4 comments
Next month's rollout of the first smartphone to pack a MEMS gyroscope is the industry's worst-kept secret. The vendor is a mystery, but the MEMS gyro's rapid adoption by the rest of the field is a certainty.
MEMS oscillators cracking mass market
News & Analysis  
5/7/2010   1 comment
The market for micro-electro-mechanical system oscillators is heating up with the entry of mixed-signal chip maker Silicon Laboratories.
Rensselaer, Army research targets terror nets
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5/5/2010   Post a comment
The Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) will enlist engineers and scientists to uncover the "signatures" of global terror networks.
MEMS microbots square off in Alaska
News & Analysis  
5/4/2010   2 comments
The NIST Micro Robotics Competition among micro-electro-mechanical system microrobots is underway this week at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Anchorage, Alaska.
3-D TV health issues could prompt refinements
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5/3/2010   Post a comment
Engineering refinements to 3-D TV technology could be required if even a small percentage of users suffer from health problems related to viewing 3-D TV this year, according to Jannick Rolland, a professor at the University of Central Florida's School of Optics.


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