Wednesday, April 23, 2014

#ENERGY: "Ultracapacitor Breakthrough Beats Batteries"

Ultracapacitors are redefining power applications--replacing batteries or improving their utilization--for a wide variety of applications. This carbon nanotube/graphene version could expand the spectrum of applications even further. R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

SEM image details the ultracapacitor's composite film combining graphene flakes and single-walled carbon nanotubes.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#EDA: Cadence Design Systems Acquires Jasper Design Automation"

Cadence has lagged behind in formal verification tools, which it plans to remedy by acquiring the JasperGold Apps suite. Cadence will integrate Jasper's formal analysis toolkit into the Cadence System Development Suite to create the most comprehensive set of verification tools available today, according to the companies: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

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Monday, April 21, 2014

#CHIPS: "Neuromorphic Roadmap Plots Analog Path"

This roadmap cites Carver Mead's original plea to truly emulate biology with analog rather than merely simulate with digital. By emulating the continuous analog functions of the human nervous system, rather than just simulate them with step-time digital functions, you not only save power, but realize synergy among neuromorphic subsystems that cannot be simulated with digital circuitry alone: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

Georgia Tech professor Jennifer Hasler (left) and doctoral candidate Suma George (right) display boards using their field-programmable gate array (FGAA) SoC.

Field programmable analog array (FPAA, center, right) developed at Georgia Tech as a power-efficient, mixed-signal SoC for true neuromorphic emulations of the brain.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

#ENERGY: "Quantum Dots Enable Windows to Harvest Solar Energy"

The windows of the future could double as solar energy concentrators according to researchers at Los Alamos Natl. Lab which recently demonstrated a prototype: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

Transparent quantum-dot-impregnated window panes luminescence under ultraviolet illumination.

Solar energy is collected by cadmium-selenium (CdSe) quantum dots which pass the energy to a cadmium-sulfur (CdS) inner cores which emits the light at a different wavelength thus concentrating the solar energy from the whole windows surface on the phovoltaic cells around the window's edge.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

#NANOTECHNOLOGY: "IBM Adds Photonics to Silicon with III-V Nanowires"

A new era of semiconductors is being proposed by IBM by combining III-V nanowires like gallium arsenide (GaAs) to traditional silicon CMOS circuitry. R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

IBM adds a strained gallium arsenide nanowire (orange) to provide optical capabilities to silicon chips.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

#CHIPS: "Archer Supercomputer Advancing State-of-the-Art"

Cray scored a major design win with its massively parallel XC30 supercomputer is the fastest in the U.K. for complex simulations--from cosmology to climate modeling to aircraft design--using Intel E5 processor chips and Aries interconnection fabric chips--R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

The University of Edinburgh recently installed its Archer supercomputer, which ranks as the fastest supercomputer in England.

Cray XC30 series chassis are based on blades with processor daughter cards (PDCs) and a peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) Gen3 host interface.

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