Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

February 13, 2014, Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium, UC-Berkeley, CA—Michel Maharbiz discussed research into interfaces between synthetic and multicellular objects and neural dust. These cyborgs—bugs with computer interfaces—allow researchers to stimulate the brains and control motion. During some of their testing, they found that their bugs had other light sensors in addition to their compound [...]

February 12, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—New materials and technologies are starting to move beyond the lab into new applications. The different semiconductor materials are being deposited on many types of substrates and the component libraries are now rich enough to make microprocessors and PROMs and well as display drivers and analog circuits. Kris Myny from [...]

February 11, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Advanced biomedical systems are combining integrated sensors and actuators to offer better data and improved comfort and usability at the point of care. These systems not only help to reduce the cost of healthcare, but enable early diagnosis, personal point of care, and therapy outside of traditional clinical settings. This [...]

February 11, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Mobile devices are growing in complexity and performance while being driven to reduce power to allow for longer battery lives. The challenge in connecting radios, computers, sensors, and other interface circuits calls for very aggressive power management techniques, even in systems with large power budgets like automobiles and smart buildings. [...]

February 11, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Low-power wireless for short-range communications is becoming widely in demand for such devices as personal area networks, ID cards, and medical applications. The newest radios are operating in a wide range of frequencies and bandwidths to address many diverse applications. for wireless, low power is the key factor. Wee Liang [...]

February 10, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Erik Heijne from CERN talked about how chips pave the road to the Higgs particle and the atto world beyond. Fundamental research on elementary constituents of matter need more sophisticated tools with greater performance and resolution. Researchers working in high energy physics are taking advantage of microelectronics trends for smaller, [...]

February 10, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Ming-Kai Tsai from MediaTek presented his vision of the next generation cloud and how it will call for new technology to overcome the many challenges. Cloud 1.0 has seen the construction of major infrastructures, and now we will soon see how this system of systems will evolve. Taiwan has changed [...]

February 3, 2014, Photonics West, San Francisco—Roger Howe from Stanford described his work in electrical-mechanical switches. This work will allow further investigations into alternatives to CMOS. Relays can be used to it is logic elements, since they have discrete on and off properties. Some applications for MEMS switches include RF filters and charge-based measurements One [...]

September 23, 2013, CICC, San Jose, CA—Greg Yeric from ARM talked about the conjunction of design and technology in the sub-20 nm nodes and the need to use end product metrics as a part of the technology choice. Technology scaling has been going on for a long time, and the Moore and Denard scaling tricks [...]

October 5, 2013, IEEE Communications Society and Consumer Electronics Society, Santa Clara, CA—Michail Tsatsanis from Entropic talked about the silicon innovations that enable the next generation cable architecture. The cable systems are facing challenges due to the changes in their media mix. Now the cable is not just for delivering video to the TV, but [...]