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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


RISC-V RISC-V International announced four new specification and extension approvals. Efficient Trace for RISC-V defines an approach to processor tracing that uses a branch trace. RISC-V Supervisor Binary Interface architects a firmware layer between the hardware platform and the operating system kernel using an application binary interface in supervisor mode to enable common platform services... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Aug. 17


Scaling qubits Australia is a hotbed of R&D activity, especially in the field of quantum computing. For example, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia has demonstrated a possible way to control millions of qubits in a silicon quantum chip. Researchers from UNSW Sydney have devised a new three-dimensional dielectric resonator, a technology that could deliver controlled... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Aug. 10


Flexible electrodes for thin films Researchers from the University of Queensland and ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (University of Melbourne) developed a material for flexible, recyclable, transparent electrodes that could be used in things like solar panels, touchscreens, and smart windows. Eser Akinoglu of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science said, "The performance... » read more