System Bits: March 11

Colored diamonds: a superconductor’s best friend Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and UCLA have figured out that colored diamonds can measure the tiny magnetic fields in high-temperature superconductors, providing a new tool to probe these much ballyhooed but poorly understood materials. Diamond sensors will give us m... » read more

Design For Variability

By Ed Sperling Faced with shrinking margins, manufacturing process fluctuations that could mean one more or one less atom in a transistor and proximity issues in layout the most advanced chipmakers have begun designing for variability. Rather than working with fixed numbers, such as voltage, power and area, the goal of DFV is basically averaging all of these numbers. While this includes som... » read more

Tech Talk: Saving Power By The Milliwatt

Jan Rabaey, head of UC Berkeley's Wireless Research Center and the author of a new book entitled, "Low Power Design Essentials," discusses how to generate small amounts of power and what can be done to reduce the amount of power needed for semiconductor design. [youtube vid=G0j1Sm8RCns] » read more