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Research Bits: Oct. 25


Polarization for photonic processor Researchers from the University of Oxford and University of Exeter developed a photonic processor that uses multiple polarization channels, increasing information density. "We all know that the advantage of photonics over electronics is that light is faster and more functional over large bandwidths. So, our aim was to fully harness such advantages of phot... » read more

Technical Paper Round-up: August 8


New technical papers added to Semiconductor Engineering’s library this week. [table id=44 /] Semiconductor Engineering is in the process of building this library of research papers. Please send suggestions (via comments section below) 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... » read more

Ultra-Fast Photonic Computing Using Polarization


New technical paper titled "Polarization-selective reconfigurability in hybridized-active-dielectric nanowires" was recently published by researchers at University of Oxford and University of Exeter.  The paper demonstrates "the ability to use polarization as a parameter to selectively modulate the conductance of individual nanowires within a multi-nanowire system. By using polarization as the... » 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

Variational Quantum Algorithms (VQA)


  Abstract "Applications such as simulating large quantum systems or solving large-scale linear algebra problems are immensely challenging for classical computers due their extremely high computational cost. Quantum computers promise to unlock these applications, although fault-tolerant quantum computers will likely not be available for several years. Currently available quantum device... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Feb. 23


Photonic AI accelerator There are now many processors and accelerators focused on speeding up neural network performance, but researchers at the University of Münster, University of Oxford, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), IBM Research Europe, and University of Exeter say AI processing could happen even faster with the use of photonic tensor processors that can handle mu... » read more

System Bits: July 15


Automating bridge inspections with robotics The University of Waterloo has come up with robotics that could be used in automated inspection of bridges, making sure such critical infrastructure is safe and sound. The technology promises to make bridge inspection cheaper and easier. The system collects data for defect detection and analysis through a combination of autonomous robots, cameras,... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Jan. 14


Optical memory Researchers at the University of Oxford, University of Exeter, and University of Münster propose an all-optical memory cell that can store more optical data, 5 bits, in a smaller space than was previously possible on-chip. The optical memory cell uses light to encode information in the phase change material Ge2Sb2Te5. A laser causes the material to change between ordered and... » read more

System Bits: Dec. 11


Calculating the costs of autonomous vehicles The development of autonomous vehicle technology commands a lot of media coverage. Little reporting has been devoted to the costs of operating AVs, a subject that developers don’t discuss in general. The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s website recently divulged contract figures with two startups, Drive.ai and EasyMile. For Silicon Valley-bas... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Nov. 27


Hybrid solar for hydrogen and electricity Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory developed an artificial photosynthesis solar cell capable of both storing the sun's energy as hydrogen through water splitting and outputting electricity directly. The hybrid photoelectrochemical and voltaic (HPEV) cell gets around a limitation of other water splitting devices that shortchange... » read more

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