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