In a step toward post-silicon electronics, a Stanford team has created stable carbon nanotube transistors that are as small as the best silicon transistors.
A team of researchers developed a chip that could negate the need for cochlear implant recipients to wear any sort of external hardware.
IBM(s ibm) is considering a sale of its chip business, according to a report in the Financial Times. The article suggested that IBM may also look for a new partner with which it could spin off a joint venture, but either way it’s appointed Goldman Sachs(s gs) to see if anyone’s interested. IBM’s semiconductor business is very cutting-edge, experimenting with new materials and technologies such as photonics, graphene and carbon nanotubes. Its Power architecture is also used in some IBM servers and supercomputers such as Watson. IBM said last month that it was selling its x86-architecture server business to Lenovo, the same company that took on its PC business in 2004.
Current manufacturing techniques cause graphene to lose its fantastic characteristics when it’s chopped up. U.S. researchers developed a new way to grow it that could change that.
Using a 3D substance would be easier when manufacturing electronics, but the newly studied material has a bad habit of bubbling and turning to powder when exposed to air.
The lens could help people with diabetes monitor their daily health and recognize dangerous situations.
Tegra chipsets are making their way into new Audis and other vehicles in the form of Nvidia’s new Visual Computing Module line. Nvidia hopes make cars future-proof with its new upgradable design.
Qualcomm’s(s qcom) Snapdragon processors are already the dominant app engines in smartphones and tablets, but the company is now targeting a much larger device: the automobile. The silicon vendor announced at CES on Monday that it has developed an automotive-grade version of Snapdragon for the connected car infotainment system. The 602A chip includes a quad-core CPU, Adreno 320 GPU and additional multimedia and communication cores designed for the unique use case of the car. Qualcomm isn’t the only chipmaker that sees big opportunity in the automotive industry. Nvidia(s nvda) has also been pursuing the vehicle infotainment space aggressively.
Researchers were able to grow graphene directly on a silicon wafer, reducing the number of steps it takes to manufacture graphene electronics.
A report says Google is building its own ARM-based custom server chips. This rumor has surfaced a few times in the last few years, but now the economics and technology are right for it to happen.