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IDT aims CMOS at quartz/MEMS
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
Integrated Device Technology announced its foray into CMOS oscillators which it claims replaces the need for quartz crystals without the need for MEMS.
Gesture Designer lends hand for MEMs-based interface development
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
The Gesture Designer helps OEMs design gesture-based interfaces using Kionix's MEMS accelerometers, widening the potential range of motion-enabled functionality for consumer electronics. Kionix is pitching the software engine to developers of intuitive user interfaces and interactive games.
Freescale MCUs pave SoC path to medical devices
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4/27/2010   1 comment
Freescale took a system-on-chip approach for its Flexis medical microcontrollers, shown at ESC, integrating an analog front end for biosensors, LCD drivers and medically approved USB stack.
Freescale takes aim at TI's DSP market
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4/26/2010   2 comments
Aiming at the heart of DSP leader Texas Instruments' business, Freescale will show 45-nm, StarCore-based digital signal processors at the Embedded Systems Conference that reportedly outperform TI's equivalents but will sell for roughly half the price.
IBM demos faster, cheaper alternative to e-beam litho
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4/22/2010   4 comments
Using a tiny silicon tip attached to a flexible cantilever, IBM has created a 3-D patterning technique that it says is faster and cheaper than e-beam lithography. IBM's "nanoscale milling machine" has a resolution of about 15 nm—about twice as small as e-beam litho.
SRC has Columbia U. develop low-k failure test method
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Research Corp. commissioned Columbia University to design a non-destructive testing regime to determine the reliability of new low-k dielectrics.
3-D TV disparities said to cause physical, mental strain
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4/21/2010   3 comments
Visual disparities in 3-D TV images can cause physical strain in viewers, according to recent research.
Kyoto Prize winner shares 'enchanted' quest for blue LED
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4/20/2010   1 comment
Isamu Akasaki's pioneering work on gallium nitride nucleation on sapphire substrates opened the door to the blue LEDs and blue lasers used today in everything from DVD players to solid-state lighting. He will tell the tale of his decade-long quest at the Kyoto Prize Symposium.
Samsung warns of 3-D TV health hazards
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4/19/2010   14 comments
Samsung posted on its Australian web site a warning about health hazards associated with watching 3-D TV.
Low-k test regime spots defects on wafers
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
In a low-k dielectric test regime being developed for Semiconductor Research Corp. members, Columbia University is perfecting an approach that will measure the average number of density traps in a low-k material to spot potential failures while the chips are still on the wafer.
Memristor emulates neural learning
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4/15/2010   4 comments
University of Michigan researchers recently demonstrated that a single memristor can learn using the same technique as the human brain.
Intel touts personal energy management
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4/14/2010   4 comments
Intel's CEO declared the "era of personal energy management" during the chip maker's developer's forum in Beijing this week.
MIT harnesses virus to power up the hydrogen economy
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4/12/2010   2 comments
By harnessing living viruses to mimic the way plants use photosynthesis, a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology claims to extract fuel more efficiently from water. The process could kick-start the vaunted "hydrogen economy."
End of the CPU? HP demos configurable memristor
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4/9/2010   16 comments
Looking to extend Moore's Law, Hewlett-Packard demonstrates "stateful logic" made from memristors that can be dynamically changed between memory and logic functionality using resistance, rather than charge and voltage, as a state variable.
MEMS gyro harnesses bulk-acoustic wave
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4/8/2010   Post a comment
Startup Qualtre has licesed Georgia Tech MEMS technology for a micro-electro-mechanical system gyroscope that the company claims will be cheaper and use less power.
Veeco pumping up the volume on commodity LEDs
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4/8/2010   Post a comment
Equipment maker Veeco aims to increase yields in the MOCVD reactors used to fabricate LEDs by working with Sandia National Labs to prepare for the emerging LED commodity market.
Princeton demos plastic transistors
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4/7/2010   1 comment
Princeton University has invented a polymerization process that permits all-plastic electronics--including conductors, semiconductors and insulators--to be ink-jet printed.
Smart IMU targets mobile consumers
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
MEMS chip maker Invensense said it has integrated an IMU on a chip using a digital motion processor that performs 6-axis sensor fusion of an internal 3-axis gyroscope and an external 3-axis accelerometer.
IBM benchmarks prod microprocessor designers
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4/2/2010   Post a comment
IBM Research and Intel Research collaborated on a set of benchmarks made publicly available to aid microprocessor designers and to evaluate the winners of a clock synthesis contest at the International Symposium on Physical Design.

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