Power/Performance Bits: March 8

Configurable analog chip Researchers at Georgia Tech built a new configurable computing device, the Field-Programmable Analog Array (FPAA) SoC, that uses analog technology supported by digital components and can be built up to a hundred times smaller while using a thousand times less electrical power than comparable digital floating-gate configurable devices. Professionals familiar with F... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Nov. 25

Asteroid mining and metrology The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a new space bill. The bill, entitled H.R. 2262— U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness, includes a provision that discusses the rights for companies that mine any materials on asteroids. In simple terms, the bill recognizes the right of U.S. companies to own asteroid resources that they mine in space, accordin... » read more

System Bits: Sept. 29

Light detector on a chip for portable sensors The invention by Vanderbilt University and Ohio University researchers of the first integrated circularly polarized light detector on a silicon chip could open the door for development of small, portable sensors to expand the use of polarized light in drug screening, surveillance, optical communications, quantum computing, and other applications. ... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Oct. 29

Supercapacitor for electricity storage With the potential for solar cells that produce electricity 24/7 and mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges, researchers at Vanderbilt University have created a novel supercapacitor design with these and other applications in mind. They believe it is the first supercapacitor made out of silic... » read more