Sunday, January 25th, 2015

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 [...]

July 23, 2014, Casual Connect Conference, San Francisco—A panel looked at the pressures that technology changes will bring to mobile gaming. Kyle Russell from TechCrunch moderated the panel with panelists Greg Hartrell from Google, Jean-Christophe Cimertiere from Unity, and Brian Shin from Pocket Gems. New platforms? Hartrell noted that game developers are considering second screen [...]

July 7, 2014, IMEC Technology Forum, San Francisco—A panel considered the likelihood of an inflection point in the semiconductor industry. Debra Vogler from Instant Insights moderated the panel. Panelists were: John Chen from nvidia, Richard Gottscho from LAM Research, Terry Brewer from Brewer Science, Christophe Fouquet from ASML, and Luc Van den Hove from IMEC. [...]

July 8, 2014, LETI Day, San Francisco—Various executives from the research consortium LETI talked about technology platforms to address future industrial challenges. Hughes Metras opened the event with comments on the facilities and research areas within the organization. Some key topics are in semiconductors and MEMS, which are supported by their 200 and 300mm wafer [...]

June 24, 2014, Creative Storage Conference, Culver City, CA—A panel considered the challenges and opportunities for storage in post production. Philip Hodgetts from Intelligent Assistance moderated the panel. Panelists were Jesse Adams from EditShare, Chris Schell from Front Porch Digital, Jeff Greenwald and Shane Archiquette from HDS, Elaine Kwok from Promise Technology, Bernard Asare from [...]

June 24, 2014, Creative Storage Conference, Culver City, CA—A panel discussed the various issues associated with content delivery through the cloud. Marty Shindler from The Shindler Perspective moderated the panel. Panelists included Michelle Munsen from Aspera, Eric Markow from Bel Air Internet, Nathan Carman from Exelis, Don Gabriel from EchoStar, Ben Bloom from Akamai, and [...]