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Friday, September 12, 2014

#MATERIALS: "No End to Moores Law with III-V Gallium Arsenide Materials"

It takes 100 crazy ideas to come up with one good one--like the finFET. Likewise, of the 100s of crazy ideas engineers are trying today, some will keep Moore's Law alive indefinitely--or at least until we start using synthetic biological computers instead!)


An optical emitter can be easily added to a III-V chip to make on-chip communications between electronics travel at the speed of light.


A III-V ring oscillator in more precise, burns less power and uses fewer parts than silicon oscillator.


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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

#CHIPS: "Intel Xeon Processors Outdistance Competition"

Intel announced its third generation Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors this week with up to 3X the performance and 18 cores per socket. Improvements in security and load tracking make the high-end processors attractive to cloud-service providers, but are also supplied in models for small businesses an workstations: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog




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Friday, September 05, 2014

#CHIPS: "Intel's Core M Powers 2-in-1 Tablet/Notebooks"

Intel's new Core M for 2-in-1 combo tablets/notebooks is aimed at revitalizing the x86, especially for aging PC laptop owners who are envious of the "wow" factor of tablets, but still need the file space and keyboard of a laptop: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog


Intel's 14 nanometer Core M processors are manufactured on 12 inch wafers.


The Core M is a dual-core processor with integrated graphics and all peripherals on a single SoC.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

#CHIPS: "Engineers Wildest Dreams Pioneer Future at Freescale DiscoveryLab"

Freescale's Discovery Lab give its engineers time off their regular job to create the technologies of their dreams: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog



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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

#DISPLAYS: "Touchscreens Speed Access with Gestures on Blank Screens"

Saving battery life and speeding access to apps, Dongbu HiTek;s new touchscreen controller allows the user to define symboms drawn on a a blank screen--like a circle--to auto-matically open up a favorate app, like email, without the usual multi-step procedure of turning on, entering security code, find the Mail icon and tapping it. Instead just draw a circle on a dark screen and email pops directly up. The user can define any number of such one-step symbols: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

#CHIPS: "Samsung Finding U.S. Lab to Advance its 3-D FinFET to 5nm"

Samsung funds Penn State to perfect the 3-D FinFET using III-V materials, which Samsung plans to use at the 5 nanometer node: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog


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