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Unmasking the Speed Limit of Modern Electronics

Dec 11, 2014 |

For the first time, scientists have captured the essence of semiconductor computing on film by taking snapshots of the electron transfer from valence to conduction band states. It is this leap that forms the basis for the entire semiconductor industry, digital electronics and modern computing as we know it. Using attosecond extreme ultraviolet (XUV) spectroscopy Read more…

Will Magnets Be the Cure for What Ails Moore’s Law?

Oct 1, 2014 |

With silicon-based processors facing some inexorable limits, scientists are looking elsewhere to keep computing on its exponential growth track. One potential alternative that is getting some traction is magnet-based computing. A group of electrical engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) is studying the feasibility of using miniature magnets as the building block for integrated Read more…

Research Holds Promise for Atomic-Scale Circuitry

Apr 23, 2014 |

As integrated circuits get smaller, past the current 20nm-22nm process technology, they increasingly come up against quantum mechanics quirks such as electron tunneling and current leakage. Chip designers and academic researchers mainly pursue the next nanometer threshold, in adherence to the ITRS (the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors), using all kinds of clever workarounds to Read more…

Computing at the Speed of Light

Feb 27, 2014 |

With Moore’s law type advances showing signs of stagnation and decline, researchers around the world are hard at work innovating techniques to improve the speed of computing. A research duo from Northeastern University has come up with a breakthrough that could lay the groundwork for a new generation of fast, powerful computing devices. Assistant professor Read more…

The Week in Review

Feb 25, 2010 |

A safer nuclear reactor could be on the horizon thanks to computer modeling; and the National Science Foundation awards $24.5 million to UC Berkeley researchers engaged in reducing the power draw of electronics. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.

The Road to Energy Efficient Electronics

Jun 15, 2009 |

Berkeley symposium calls for changes from circuits to networks.

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