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The QLED display can fold similarly to origami into user-defined shapes such as butterflies, pyramids, and a paper airplane. It can also transform from 2D to 3D, providing a dynamic display of information. (Image Credit: Institute for Basic Science Nanoparticle Research Center)   Researchers at the Institute for Basic Science Nanoparticle Research Center unveiled a QLED 3D display capable of folding like origami. The team managed to fold it into different structures, including butterflies, ...
The team developed a new technique to capture atomic motions in a nanoscale switch. (Image Credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)   Researchers developed an extremely fast, new imaging technique that uses an electron diffraction camera to capture atoms' motion in a computer switch while it turns on and off. The results show a short-lived electronic state that could lead to faster and more energy-efficient computers. This newfound technique could also allow researchers to investigate ...
ColdQuanta’s 100-quantum processor, named Hilbert, is set to launch later this year. (Image Credit: ColdQuanta)   Quantum computing is fascinating. Some have said they will bring us into a tech revolution of some sort. I’d like to see more practical use of them. Especially this one…   ColdQuanta, a US-based company that specializes in manipulating cold atoms, recently revealed a new 100-qubit quantum processor called Hilbert, forming the company’s 100-qubit g ...
Recently, physicists discovered superconductivity in graphene. (Image Credit: CoolVid-Shows/Pixabay)   In 2018, physicists made a unique discovery: stacking two carbon sheets with a small, 1.1-degree twist between them causes the material to behave like a superconductor. Researchers set out to determine why this was happening with a form of robust superconductivity. Theorists hoped the discovery would redefine how they understood superconductivity and allow the development of materials wit ...
Applied Materials’ new solution involves combining seven process technologies in one system under a high vacuum. This improves chip performance and power consumption. (Image Credit: Applied Material)   Recently, Applied Materials announced it achieved a chip wiring breakthrough, allowing logic chips to be scaled down to 3nm and beyond. As a result, the width between circuits is three billionths of a meter. Existing chip factories produce 7nm and 5nm chips, which means that these 3nm ...
Wiliot’s sticker-mounted transmitter powers devices by collecting radio waves instead of relying on a battery. (Image Credit: Wiliot)   The Internet of Things is constantly expanding with more connected devices. However, more connected longevity challenges arise as many of them are added to the network. Some challenges involve improving device components’ reliance on power. Now, several companies are finding ways to reduce power consumption in devices, allowing them to add inte ...
Intel and QuTech utilized the Horse Ridge chip to demonstrate two-qubit quantum computing capabilities. The researchers say it could pave the way toward silicon-based quantum computing. (Image Credit: Marieke de Lorijn)   Engineers from QuTech in the Netherlands and Intel designed and tested a cryogenic chip that controls qubits operating at very low temperatures. Their design presents new opportunities to solve the "wiring bottleneck," significantly progressing toward a scalable quantum c ...
Foamin, which consists of a single wire connected to a piece of foam and a microcontroller, detects multiple deformations or touch inputs.  (Image Credit: University of Tokyo)   Tactile sensors provide robots with enhanced movement or improved granularity capabilities. Soft sensors enable human-computer interfaces to have more interactivity. These sensors were difficult to utilize in the past because they needed multiple devices or complex wiring. To overcome that, researchers from th ...
A 2 nm wafer was developed at IBM Research's Albany facility. There are hundreds of chips on this wafer. (Image Credit: IBM)   The semiconductor industry has been striving to produce smaller, faster, more powerful, and energy-efficient microchips for hybrid cloud, AI, and the Internet of Things. On May 6th, IBM announced it developed the world's smallest, most powerful 2-nanometer chip. These 2 nm chips could perform 45% better or consume 75% less energy than existing state-of-the-art 7 nm ...
The Arduino Nano 33 BLE Sense. (Image Credit: Arduino)   Developing machine learning (ML) algorithms for hardware involves complex mathematical models based on training data. Using this approach enabled it to make predictions without being programmed for that task, which is expensive and complex. Additionally, ML tasks were usually translated to the cloud. Combining these two made computing slower, more expensive, and less predictable. That’s where TinyML comes in.   Tiny Mach ...
The image shows the 2D-material's base. White lines represent the structural kinks that alter the electrical properties mechanically. (Image Credit: University of Sussex)   For the first time, physicists at the University of Sussex have produced the world's tiniest microchips can be created from graphene and 2D materials. This is achieved by using a type of nano-origami, which the researchers presented in a paper published in the ACS Nano journal.   By producing kinks in the graphe ...
Qumiao Si and Emilian Nica may not have come up with a new theory had the 2017 model of orbital-selective superconductivity been named differently. (Image Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)   Physicists Qumiao Si and Emilian Nica may not have come up with a new theory had their 2017 model of orbital-selective superconductivity been named differently. The new theory could explain how unconventional superconductivity arises in a diverse set of compounds. They argue that superconductivity i ...
The Dormio and TDI work together to manipulate dreams. The device and protocol were used on 50 participants. (Image Credit: Helen Gao)   Scientists from MIT have started using the wearable sleep-tracking device, Dormio and a protocol called the Targeted Dream Incubation (TDI) in sleep experiments. Dormio and TDI are designed to study and manipulate people’s dreams while they are asleep. It works by making them remember certain cues that trigger dream themes and experiences. The team ...
An early prototype test of the Looking Glass Portrait, which took place in early 2020. (Image Credit: Looking Glass Factory)   Looking Glass Factory has recently unveiled its new Looking Glass Portrait, a portrait-oriented 3D display designed for people and characters. The Portrait can be purchased through the company’s Kickstarter campaign for $349, a more affordable price than its previous light field display. It’s capable of operating as a standalone device that supports por ...
Untangling SoCs from Microcontrollers     Photo Credit: Intel SoC by Konstantin Lanzet   Photo Credit: Intel Microcontroller by Konstantin Lanzet     Some might say that computer technology is evolving and advancing at such a clipped pace that cables are crossing and terminology has become intertwined. To untangle some of the confusion, let’s take a closer look at the difference between a system on a chip (SoC) and a microcontroller (MCU).   Mighty ...

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