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Research Bits: Oct. 4


2D electrode for ultra-thin semiconductors Researchers from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Japan's National Institute for Materials Science, and Kunsan National University designed two-dimensional semiconductor-based electronic and logic devices, with electrical properties that can be selectively controlled through a new 2D electrode material, chlorine-doped tin diseleni... » read more

Research Bits: July 26


Photonic computing with polarization Researchers at the University of Oxford and University of Exeter developed a method that uses the polarization of light to maximize information storage density and computing performance using nanowires. The researchers note that different polarizations of light do not interact with each other, allowing each to be used as an independent information channe... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: June 28


Making uniform wafers Scientists from the Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM) and Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore) propose a technique that combines nanotransfer printing with metal-assisted chemical etching to improve wafer uniformity and increase yield. The researchers used a chemical-free nanotransfer printing technique that transfers gold nanost... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools, IP, chips Synopsys unveiled a new data-visibility and machine intelligence-guided design optimization solution. DesignDash is complementary to the company's DSO.ai AI-driven design-space-optimization tool and provides a real-time, unified, 360-degree view of all design activities. It uses deep analytics and machine learning to extract and reveal actionable understanding from large amoun... » read more

Research Bits: May 9


Optical oscilloscope Researchers from the University of Central Florida developed an optical oscilloscope to measure the electric field of light. The high speed at which light oscillates has made reading its electric field challenging, with current instruments able to resolve an average signal associated with a pulse of light rather than individual peaks and valleys within the pulse. “... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Feb. 1


Seaweed-inspired energy harvesting Researchers from Dalian Maritime University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Sun Yat-sen University developed flexible power generators that mimic the way seaweed sways to efficiently convert surface and underwater waves into electricity to power marine-based devices. Networks of sensors are spread across coastal zones, collecting information on curre... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Oct. 26


Printing circuits on irregular shapes Researchers at Pennsylvania State University propose a way to print biodegradable circuits on irregular, complex shapes. “We are trying to enable direct fabrication of circuits on freeform, 3-D geometries,” said Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, professor in Penn State's Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM). “Printing on complicated objec... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Sept. 21


Catching switches in action Researchers from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, Hewlett Packard Labs, Penn State University, and Purdue University observed atoms moving inside an electronic switch as it turns on and off, revealing a state they suspect could lead to faster, more energy-efficient devices. "This research is a breakthrough in ultrafast technology and sci... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Oct. 27


Room-temp superconductivity Researchers at the University of Rochester, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Intel created a material with superconducting properties at room temperature, the first time this has been observed. The researchers combined hydrogen with carbon and sulfur to photochemically synthesize simple organic-derived carbonaceous sulfur hydride in a diamond anvil cell, which... » read more