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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Siemens Digital Industries Software acquired Fractal Technologies, a provider of tools for IP validation and comparison checks of standard cell libraries, IO, and hard IP that reports mismatches or modeling errors, as well as comparing new IP releases close to tape-out. Siemens plans to add Fractal’s technology to the Xcelerator portfolio, joining the Solido software product family, which inc... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: June 2


Neuromorphic memristor Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst used protein nanowires to create neuromorphic memristors capable of running at extremely low voltage. A challenge to neuromorphic computing is mimicking the low voltage at which the brain operates: it sends signals between neurons at around 80 millivolts. Jun Yao, an electrical and computer engineering researcher at ... » 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

Quantum Madness


The race is on to commercialize quantum computing for everything from autonomous vehicles to supercomputers for hire. IBM has been working on a 50-qubit computer. Intel and QuTech, its Dutch research partner, showed off a 17-qubit test chip last month. And Alphabet, Google's parent company, is developing a 20-qubit computer. These numbers sound paltry compared to the billions of transistors ... » read more