Power/Performance Bits: April 3


Long-lived data storage Scientists from RMIT University and Wuhan Institute of Technology demonstrated a next-generation optical disk with up to 10TB capacity and a six-century lifespan using gold nanoparticles. The technology could radically improve the energy efficiency of data centers according to the researchers, using 1000 times less power than a hard disk center by requiring far less ... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Aug. 15


Solar sunglasses Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) developed sunglasses with colored, semitransparent organic solar cells applied onto the lenses capable of supplying a microprocessor and two displays with electric power. The solar cell lenses, perfectly fitted to a commercial frame, have a thickness of approx. 1.6 millimeters and weigh about six grams, just like th... » read more

Sponges, Skyscrapers, And Low-K


A sponge is a porous structure. So is a skyscraper. These two very different images exemplify the materials being considered for advanced low dielectric constant (κ) materials. Most porous dielectrics that have been tested up to this point resemble sponges. As Intel’s David Michalak explained at this month's Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting, these materials consist of a ba... » read more