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Newsroom : Tiny and tinier: EU projects minimise size of semiconductor chips Newsroom : Tiny and tinier: EU projects minimise size of semiconductor chips Tiny and tinier: EU projects minimise size of semiconductor chips [Date: 2008-01-09] Two EU-funded projects have been pushing the limits of chip miniaturisation, trying to make complementary metal-oxide semiconductor chips (CMOS) even smaller than they already are. While the NanoCMOS project, which was completed in 2006, helped develop 45 nanometre (nm) node semiconductors, its follow-up project PULLNANO is aiming at 32nm and ultimately 22nm features. 'The semiconductor industry is in the business of selling square millimetres of silicon,' states Gilles Thomas, the director of R&D cooperative programmes at French semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics, coordinating partner of the two projects. 'So, by cramming more transistors into a chip you're delivering more capacity, more functionality and more computing power for the same price.
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5 tech breakthroughs: Chip-level advances that may change computing 5 tech breakthroughs: Chip-level advances that may change computing September 13, 2011 06:00 AM ET Computerworld - Imagine a world with electronic devices that can power themselves, music players that hold a lifetime of songs, self-healing batteries, and chips that can change abilities on the fly. Based on what's going on in America's research laboratories, these things are not only possible, but likely. "The next five years will be a very exciting time for electronics," says David Seiler, chief of the semiconductor electronics division at the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md. "There will be lots of things that today seem like far-out fantasy but will start to be commonplace."
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Modeling of embedded designs - Part 1: Why model? Modeling of embedded designs - Part 1: Why model? Editor’s Note: In Part 1 of a four part tutorial on modeling tools, Shelley Gretlein of National Instruments provides a brief introduction to the range of modeling methodologies and why you should consider their use in your embedded designs. Creating a model for your embedded system provides a time-saving and cost-effective approach to the development of dynamic control systems, based on a single model maintained in a tightly integrated software suite. Throughout this series, you will discover: Reuse By using modern modeling software tools you can design and perform initial validation in off-line simulation. You can then use models to form the basis for all subsequent development stages.Quality Modeling, combined with hardware prototyping, will reduce the risk of mistakes and shorten the development cycle by performing verification and validation testing throughout the development.
Paradigm Shift in Understanding of Biology Could Alter Electronics The discovery that microbial nanowires inside the bacterium Geobacter sufurreducens can conduct electricity not only represents a paradigm shift in our fundamental understanding of biology but also could completely change how we manufacture and use electronics. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, led by microbiologist Derek Lovley with physicists Mark Tuominen and Nikhil Malvankar, have discovered that the Geobacter bacterium uses the nanowire-like protein filaments to transfer electrons into iron oxide (rust) contained within the soil where they live, and that this mechanism serves the same function as oxygen does for humans. While the research, which was published in the August 7th advanced online edition of Nature Nanotechnology, represents the first time that metallic-like conduction of electrical charge has been observed in a protein filament, the researchers had conjectured as far back as 2005 that this was the case. Paradigm Shift in Understanding of Biology Could Alter Electronics
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