Power/Performance Bits: Oct. 25


Energy-harvesting floor Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a flooring material which can be used as a triboelectric nanogenerator to convert footsteps into electricity. The method uses wood pulp, a common waste material already often used in flooring. The pulp is partly make of cellulose nanofibers, which when chemically treated produce an electrical charge when th... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: June 17


PiezoFET debuts The University of Twente MESA+ Research Institute and SolMateS have put a new twist on the finFET. A piezoelectric stressor layer has been deposited around the finFET, thereby enabling what researchers call the PiezoFET. The PiezoFET could enable steep sub-threshold slope devices. In the lab, this device was also able to reduce the leakage by a factor of five. [caption id... » read more