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Power/Performance Bits: Aug. 9


Capacitors in interposers Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology developed a 3D functional interposer containing an embedded capacitor. They tout the design as saving package area and reducing wiring length, resulting in less noise and power consumption. The capacitive elements are embedded inside a 300mm silicon piece using permanent adhesive and mold resin. The interconnects between ... » read more

How To Make A Brain-On-A-Chip


By Mark LaPedus In October, Draper Laboratory and the University of South Florida (USF) disclosed an ambitious plan to develop a brain-on-a-chip. The idea is to devise a “micro-environment’’ that mimics the human brain. Researchers hope to study neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, strokes and concussions. The eventual goal is to study the effects of drugs and v... » read more