Wednesday, November 26, 2014

#Algorthms "Stephen Hawking: How He Speaks & Spells"

Steven Hawking was given two years to live in 1988, since then he has learned to use a computer to speak and spell, presenting his ideas in "A Brief History of Time" which as on the best seller list for over 4-1/2 years, making him the most famous physicist in history. Read the full story on EE Times to see how he does it.

Stephen Hawking at work on his new manscript that is supposed to yield a "Theory of Everything."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TSMC Predicts "Next Big Thing"

According to TSMC, the next big thing will be a process technologies that allows different materials, such as MEMS and CMOS to coexist on the same chip. With that capability the designers imagination can be unchained for mobile devices and Inerent of Things (IoT) capabilities not yet even imagined: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

TSMC Predicts Next Big Thing


#MATERIALS: "Carbon RF Transistors Extend Smartphone Battery"

Eventually, smartphones and most the mobile devices will be made from carbon circuitry and carbon-fiber structural materials, unlike silicon and metal today. As a result they will be light as styrofoam, have weeks of battery life and be thin and flexible enough to fold or rollup before pocketing. Carbonics is getting the ball rolling by inventing carbon RF cells that extend the batter life of mobiles: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

Microscopic view of the carbon nanotube RF transistor channel.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

EETimes: "Flexible OLEDs Clear Last Hurdle"

Now the last hurdle to flexible electronics is a bendable, rollable, foldable film that keeps oxygen and moisture out of flexible OLED devices has been vainly invented: R Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

Kateeva's YieldJet Flex alternates thin inorganic layers with thicker organic layers to guarantee that no moisture or oxygen reaches the delicate OLED layer.


Friday, November 14, 2014

EE TIMES: "IBM to Build DoE's Next-Gen Coral Supercomputers"

The world's fastest supercomputer will come back to the U.S. if the Department of Energy (DoE) has anything to do with it. DoE is building three new supercomputers for out national labs that together will exceed 5 petaflops: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog for EE Times.

Oak Ridge National Labs, Argonne National Labs and Lawrence Livermore National Labs will install three new supercomputers with a combined speed of 400 petaflops by 2017.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

EE Times: "MEMS/Sensor Interface I3C Rocks"

New MIPI standard for MEMS interconnections, I3C, is faster and easier to configure, for modern mobile devices with up to a dozen MEMS sensors: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

The new SenseWire (I3C) specification for MEMS and other sensors is just one of six specifications for control/data made by the MIPI Alliance.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MEMS Sensor Hub Goes All-in-One

PNI Sensors has created a st of all-in-one sensor hubs that all the necessary sensors plus an intelligent hub for fusing in the same package: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

All-in-one sensor hub including MEMS chips enables engineers to concentrate on applications. SENtral 13813 (left) ships with ST’s low-power 6-axis combo, plus ST’s pressure sensor and a geomagnetic sensor from AKM. SENtral 13807 (right) ships with Bosch Sensortec’s low-power 6-axis combo, plus Bosch Sensortec’s pressure sensor and geomagnetic sensor.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Carbon Nanobuds Flex, Replace Indium Tin Oxide

Faster more flexible circuits are possible with the ITO substitute made from a sluggy of carbon nanotube buds--a unique new form of carbon: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

Flexible screens are a cinch with carbon nano buds instead of indium tin oxide.