Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

April 8, 2015, Data Storage Innovations Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Yasumori Hino from Panasonic and Jun Nakano from Sony talked about the next-generation optical disks. These near-term disks will have new technical specifications as the media and drives get released. The problems with most current data storage mechanisms include power, CO2 emissions, and frequent data migrations. [...]

April 8, 2015, Data Storage Innovation Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Doug Ferguson from Hitachi Data Systems talked about the prospects and requirements for long-term storage on optical media. In government work, the requirements are growing to keep more data for longer periods of time, necessitating more long-term storage capacity. Data preservation in the form of archives [...]

April 8, 2015, Data Storage Innovation Conference, Santa Clara, Ca—Osamu Shimizu from Fujifilm talked about the role of tape in archive functions. The increasing volumes of data call for a new definition of cold storage and a technology that can keep up with the volume increases. Per a UCSC study, 90 percent of all data [...]

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 [...]