Reconfigurable chaos-based microchips offer possible solution to Moore's law
Sep 20, 2016
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed new, nonlinear, chaos-based integrated circuits that enable computer chips to perform multiple functions with fewer transistors. These integrated circuits can ...
Cybersecurity researchers design a chip that checks for sabotage
Aug 23, 2016
With the outsourcing of microchip design and fabrication worldwide, a $350 billion business, bad actors along the supply chain have many opportunities to install malicious circuitry in chips. These "Trojan horses" look harmless ...
Chemical etching method helps transistors stand tall
Jul 26, 2016
Smaller and faster has been the trend for electronic devices since the inception of the computer chip, but flat transistors have gotten about as small as physically possible. For researchers pushing for even faster speeds ...
New theory establishes a path to high-performance 2D semiconductor devices
Apr 25, 2016
Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have uncovered a way to overcome a principal obstacle in using two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors in electronic and optoelectronic devices.
Overlooked resistance may inflate estimates of organic-semiconductor performance
Mar 10, 2016
It's hardly a character flaw, but organic transistors—the kind envisioned for a host of flexible electronics devices—behave less than ideally, or at least not up to the standards set by their rigid, predictable silicon ...
New method may find elusive flaws in medical implants and spacecraft
Feb 29, 2016
Medical implants and spacecraft can suddenly go dead, often for the same reason: cracks in ceramic capacitors, devices that store electric charge in electronic circuits. These cracks, at first harmless and often hidden, can ...
Sony inspired by biomimicry develops curved CMOS sensors
Jun 14, 2014
Sony's advance in image sensors appears quite natural: the company has developed a set of curved CMOS image sensors based on the curvature of the eye. A report on the sensors in IEEE Spectrum said that, "in a bit of biomimicry," ...
Applied Materials sets cobalt on path to future chips
May 15, 2014
When a global leader in providing equipment, services and software used for manufacturing semiconductors makes an announcement, industry players sit up and listen, as the technologies are going to impact market activity in ...