Saturday, March 28th, 2015

March 17, 2015, GPU Technology Conference, San Jose, CA—Don Levy from Smith Brook Farm Consulting looked at the intersection of art and science. The ease in creating new types of images is enabling the emergence of a new type of mind. There is actually little difference between art and science. Both start with the observation [...]

February 23, 2015, ISSCC, San Francisco—Willy Sansen from Katholieke Universiteit in Belgium looked at the history of analog CMOS designs and applied some of the developments and solutions to analog designs going into the 5 nm generation. The challenges of analog design remain fairly constant independent of the underlying process technologies. In the early ’70′s, [...]

February 23, 2015, ISSCC, San Francisco—Kinam Kim from Samsung Electronics gave the first plenary talk relating developments in silicon technologies and the solutions they may provide for our data-driven lines. The developments include silicon, packaging, and small chip security for IoT. The number of connected devices already exceeds the number of people, and will continue [...]

February 10, 2015, Electronic Imaging Conference, San Francisco—Jenny Read from Newcastle University talked about stereo vision and why it is needed in nature. Evolution has driven all invertebrates and vertebrates with vision to have stereoscopic vision. Stereo acuity is defined as the smallest depth step a subject can detect. In humans, this amounts to about [...]

February 9, 2015, Electronic Imaging Conference, San Francisco—Monica Lopez-Garcia from La Petite Noisuse Productions is studying the interactions of creativity, language, and emotion in film and theater. The availability of computers and other supporting technologies is helping scientists by adding words to their vocabulary and improve methodologies. The new science is giving insights into visualization [...]

December 16, 2014, IEDM, San Francisco—Anette Grot from Pacific BioSciences defined the requirements and possible roadmap for the image sensors that will be used in high-throughput, massively-parallel DNA sequencing. The technology trends and improvements in capabilities related to Moore’s Law have enabled tremendous increases in DNA processing. First, a background on gene sequencing. A sample [...]

September 15, 2014, Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, San Jose, CA—Tsuenobu Kimoto talked about the prospects for SiC ICs. The material is interesting for its inherent characteristics and is suitable for ICs operating at high temperatures and radiation-hard environments. The evolution from discrete power devices to ICs will require efforts to overcome the technology challenges. Silicon [...]

September 16, 2014, Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, San Jose, CA—Tom Lee from Stanford talked about the events and efforts in making the first transatlantic telegraph cable and the resulting birth of electrical engineering. The disastrous beginnings would not have led anyone to think that electrical engineers to be capable of creating miracles. Today, we think [...]

September 15, 2014, Storage Developer Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Page Tagizad from SanDisk talked about alternate uses and form factors for memory and storage. He also looked at new use cases for flash-type devices. First, the NVDIMM markets are growing. NVDIMM-N is a mix of DDR3 and NAND to have a persistent memory via writes if [...]

September 9, 2014, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Mike Bell from the new devices group talked about the three keys to the next generation systems—Edison, wearables, and an ecosystem to support both devices and developers. Technology-based devices are getting smarter and more easily integrated into our lives. For example, there is now a tennis racquet with [...]