Cobalt Shortages Ahead


Rapid growth of electric vehicles is creating an enormous demand for cobalt, causing tight supply, high prices and supply chain issues for this critical material. Cobalt is a ferromagnetic metal and one of the key materials used in lithium-ion batteries for cell phones, notebook PCs, battery-electric cars and hybrids. It also is used in alloys and semiconductors. And while the IC industry co... » read more

Silicon CMOS Architecture For A Spin-based Quantum Computer


Source: UNSW Sydney Authors: M. Veldhorst (1,2),  H.G.J. Eenink (2,3) , C.H. Yang (2), and A.S. Dzurak (2) 1 Qutech, TU Delft, The Netherlands 2 Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications,UNSW, Sydney, Australia 3 NanoElectronics Group, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology,University of Twente, The Netherlands Te... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT


Acquisitions Synopsys acquired Australia's Goanna Software, a security company focused on static code analysis tools for improving code quality. Synopsys said the acquisition is part of its strategy to improve software sign-off, but the acquisition also expands Synopsys' presence in Australia and the Asia/Pacific region. Terms of the deal were not made public. Synopsys has been steadily build... » read more