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A Glimpse Into Deep Space With Extreme Optical Engineering


By Daewook Kim and Erik Ferguson In the past few decades, optical science has pushed far beyond the foundations originally laid by Galileo and Newton 400 years ago. The planned deployment of new ground- and space-based telescopes dedicated to seeing farther into deep space in more detail than ever before will provide astronomers with increased opportunities to find Earth-like exoplanets and ... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 10


Siemens' Heather George provides a primer on 3D IC, including the problems it is trying to solve, what differentiates it from other multi-chip technologies, and some of the unique challenges in 3D integration. Cadence's Paul McLellan shares highlights from the Automobil Elektronik Kongress, including how the increasing amount of software in a car is driving disruption in the automotive suppl... » read more

Technical Paper Round-up: April 26


Find all technical papers in Semiconductor Engineering’s library. [table id=23 /]   Semiconductor Engineering is in the process of building this library of research papers.  Please send suggestions for what else you’d like us to incorporate. If you have research papers you are trying to promote, we will review them to see if they are a good fit for our global audience. At a ... » read more

Stress tensor mesostructures for deterministic figuring of thin substrates


New research paper from MIT and University of Arizona, funded by NASA. Abstract "Accessing the immense value of freeform surfaces for mass-sensitive applications such as space optics or metaform optical components requires fabrication processes that are suited to figuring thin substrates. We present stress tensor mesostructures for precisely correcting figure errors, even after microstruc... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Jan. 18


3D printed custom wearables Researchers from the University of Arizona created a 3D printed wearable that can operate continuously through wireless power to track body temperature and muscle deformation during exercise. Based on 3D body scans of the wearer, the medical-grade 'biosymbiotic device' can be custom printed to conform to a user's skin without the need for adhesives, which can irr... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: May 10


Probabilistic bit Researchers at Tohoku University are working on building probabilistic computers by developing a spintronics-based probabilistic bit (p-bit). The researchers utilized magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs). Most commonly used in MRAM technology, where thermal fluctuation typically poses a threat to the stable storage of information, in this case it was a benefit. The p-bits f... » read more

Blog Review: Feb. 26


Cadence's Paul McLellan listens in as Warren Savage of the University of Maryland explains how security threats are increasing as IoT devices broaden the attack surface and why the semiconductor industry needs to take responsibility. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding argues that a key first step to complying with new and upcoming consumer privacy laws should be ensuring cybersecurity to protect aga... » read more

Week in Review – IoT, Security, Autos


Products/Services Arm TechCon got under way with a series of announcements. Arm is a founding member of the Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium, along with General Motors, Toyota Motor, DENSO, Continental, Bosch, NXP Semiconductors, and Nvidia. More information on the consortium is available here. “Imagine a world where vehicles are able to perceive their dynamically changing environment... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Sept. 24


Textiles for energy storage Scientists at RMIT University developed a way to laser print waterproof textiles with graphene supercapacitors for embedded energy storage. The process takes three minutes to create a 10x10cm patch. The electronic textile is based on nylon coated with PDMS on one side for waterproofing. The other side was paint coated with graphene oxide and a binder to form thin... » read more

Week in Review: IoT, Security, Auto


Internet of Things At Arm TechCon, Arm unveiled its Neoverse brand identity, providing an infrastructure foundation for 5G, the Internet of Things, edge computing, and other applications. The Arm Neoverse IP will proliferate next year from Arm and its technology partners. With Arm’s “Ares” platform, to be introduced in 2019, the company promises to deliver 30% per-generation performance ... » read more