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  Copper based ICs have reached nano-meter densities, with wire so small, that no current seizes to flow. The University of Cambridge professors John Robertson and Santiago Esconjauregui have devised a possible future solution. They are growing Carbon Nanotube in greater density than ever before, up to 5 times the most current working technology.   Through the annealing step, the deposit of catalyst onto a substrate are heated creating groupings of nanoparticles. The next step grows ...
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A.I. space travel

Posted by Eavesdropper Mar 28, 2011
Spacecraft and rockets with no personnel onboard  are controlled by people on the earth's surface. There is one major issue with this arrangement, time to action responses. When a rocket's onboard sensors discover an error, it relays the information back to earth and operators from there figure a way to handle the situation. The further the craft sits from earth, the longer it takes to handle a problem.     The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science at JAXA seek to elimina ...
  CRISP has developed a multi-core processor that will test and repair itself, sort of. There is an on-board resource manager that will test to see if a core is malfunctioning, and if so, send the tasks to a functioning core. The idea is to create a chip that will always work 100% of the time regardless of internal component failures. ‘‘Because of the rapidly growing transistor density on chips, it has become a real challenge to ensure high system dependability. The solution is ...
      “As electronics become more advanced, we are approaching the point where conventional materials like copper can’t take the heat. For computing to go faster and electronics systems to become more capable, better cooling solutions such as GE’s prototype substrate will be required to allow this to happen,” says Dr. Tao Deng, a senior scientist at GE Global Research.     GE and DARPA are teaming up to create a new "Phase-Change" material t ...
  The purpose is to watch the person who made the lunch, make it, while you eat it. And also, so the preparer can watch you eat it. A never ending cycle. Researchers at Ochanomizu University have embedded a camera and LCD touchscreen into a lunchbox (bento). The video starts playing as soon as the box is opened, and likewise, recording begins. The team wants to make the camera smaller and add a bit of video editing ability to the lunchbox (a sentence rarely uttered in history).   ...
  Missouri University of Science and Technology is resolved to make a handheld scanner that can see through anything. Similar to airport scanners, this hand held camera used millimeter and microwave signals to peek inside. In real time, this camera takes 30 frames per second and can construct a representation of objects at different layers. No word on the depth it can go, but the team calls it “non-intrusive.” Originally conceived Dr. Reza Zoughi in 1998, the first prototype was ...
  Samsung has taken DRAM to a whole new level, 12.8GB/sec, a great increase over the former LPDDR2. In the process, reducing power consumption by 87%. The increase in data transmission is due to the increase of I/O pins to 512 from the 32 the prior gen memory used. Currently at 1Gb, Samsung plans to release 4Gb modules by 2013. We should see the introduction of this memory in Samsung's future tablets and cell phones. Samsung also hopes to be at the forefront of the DRAM memory demand of a s ...
A complete computer system in 1 cubic millimeter. Onboard is a low power microcontroller, memory, battery, wireless radio, solar cell, and a pressure sensor. This system is meant to be an implantable eye pressure monitor for glaucoma patients. I'm sure a patient would feel this think, despite the size. Think about getting a splinter. Created by three professors from the University of Michigan, Dennis Sylvester, David Blaauw, and David Wentzloff, the project was presented at the International Sol ...
The first (sequential) logic circuit has been built using carbon nanotubes. The fast manufacturing process has been developed to print these circuits on TFT with a plastic sub straight resulting in a flexible circuit board. Professors Yutaka Ohno from Nagoya University in Japan and Esko I. Kauppinen explained, nanotube networks contain both metallic and semiconducting nanotubes. While a greater amount of metallic nanotubes increases the transistor’s charge-carrier mobility, it also decreas ...
Faster mobile device access is close at hand. SanDisk Corporation recently announced its next generation of iNAND and iNAND Ultra embedded flash drives featuring smaller and thinner form factors. Available in packages as small as 11.5mm x 13mm x 1mm, SanDisk's new iNAND and iNAND Ultra e.MMC products support the increasing demand for slimmer and more compact smartphone and tablet designs. The company reduced its iNAND package sizes by using advanced 24nm generation NAND memory chips, which are m ...
Pelican, a California startup company, is trying to make a big name for themselves by being a little outside the box. They a promoting a new camera for cellphones that consists of 25 small cameras. The concept is to spread available light over the 25 lenses as opposed to the large one it they are replacing. Image quality is improved by this capturing of more light, and performs extremely well in low light conditions. The final imaged is a collage of the 25 smaller pictures. Pelican also boasts t ...
Engineers and scientists collaborating at Harvard University and the MITRE Corporation have developed and demonstrated the world's first programmable nanoprocessor. “This work represents a quantum jump forward in the complexity and function of circuits built from the bottom up, and thus demonstrates that this bottom-up paradigm, which is distinct from the way commercial circuits are built today, can yield nanoprocessors and other integrated systems of the future,” said Charles M. Lie ...
OK, so it can’t reach the energies produced at the LHC or Tevatron, but this is still pretty impressive. Engineers at a micro-electro mechanical systems conference that was held recently in Cancun, unveiled this tiny cyclotron device, which can speed argon ions down a 5-millimeter accelerator track. Their chip-size cyclotron can guide argon ions with around 1.5 kiloelectronvolts of energy down a 5-millimeter accelerating track before whipping them around a 90-degree turn. The system boosts ...
Recently Marvell announced the world’s first ‘ultra-low power, ultra-high performance’ 1.5 GHz three-core processor that is the first to feature 3D graphics performance with quad unified shaders for 200 million triangles per second delivered on mobile devices. According to Marvell, the Armada 628 can deliver dual stream 1080p 3D video and 3D graphics performance with quad unified shaders for 200 million triangles per second delivered on ultra-low-power, long battery life smartp ...
  Computer engineers at North Carolina State University have developed hardware that allows programs to operate more efficiently by significantly boosting the speed at which the ‘cores’ on a computer chip communicate with each other. The core, or CPU, is the brain of a computer chip; most chips currently contain between four and eight cores. In order to perform a task more quickly using multiple cores on a single chip, those cores need to communicate with each other. But there a ...

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