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Thursday, July 17, 2014

#MATERIALS: "Super-resists Enable EUV to Reach 10-nm Node"

To get to the 10-nanometer node circa 2017 most semiconductor makers are still banking on EUV, which need special super-resists like the one described here to be successful: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog


Super-resist combine cross linkers in low concentration (left) enabling shorter exposure times than with high concentrations of cross linkers (right).

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#DISPLAYS: "Flexible Displays Roll-up Like a Scroll"

Flexible displays are already here in the form of curved displays for TVs and smartphones encased in glass and metal, but these new-generation flexible displays will be encased in plastic so they can be rolled up like a scroll: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog


Flexible OLED displays can be rolled up for storage or transport or form fit to smart watches, visors, almost anything.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

#CLOUD: "IBM Migrates All its Services to the Cloud for Cheap"

IBM now offers a complete cloud-based solution including computers, software and storage at what it claims is a 90 percent savings over competitors: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

#NETWORKING: "Bell Labs Matches Ethernet with 10 Gbit/s Over Copper Pairs"

Bell Labs is at it again, defining new horizons, in this case achieving Ethernet speeds over copper pairs, thus solving the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) problem: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog


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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

#ALGORITHMS: "Movea Motion Processing and Sensor Fusion Experts Acquired by Invensense"

All the motion processing and sensor fusion software makers are being acquired by MEMS or audio/speech makers. Only Hillcrest remains independent--but for how long? R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog


Sophsticated motion processing and sensor fusion software from companies like ExHillcrest, Movea and Sensor Platforms are needed to meet the growing need for combo motion sensors which will grow to over $1 billion by 2016, according to IHS.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

#CHIPS: "36-Core Multiprocessor Chip has Internet on-a-chip"

Internet on-a-chip allows any number of cores to be networked into single-chip supercomputer, using a novel dual-network topology that MIT claims is a first: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog


Twin Internet-like networks on-a-chip preserve cache coherency for 32 cores, called tiles, according to MIT.

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