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Flexible, low-voltage circuits made using nanocrystals

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Flexible circuit fabricated in the Kagan lab. (Credit: David Kim and Yuming Lai)

TechAndComputer (Nov. 26, 2012) — Electronic circuits are typically integrated in rigid silicon wafers, but flexibility opens up a wide range of applications. In a world where electronics are becoming more pervasive, flexibility is a highly desirable trait, but finding materials with the right mix of performance and manufacturing cost remains a challenge.

Now a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania has shown that nanoscale particles, or nanocrystals, of the semiconductor cadmium selenide can be "printed" or "coated" on flexible plastics to form high-performance electronics.

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Putting more cores to work in server farms

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TechAndComputer (Nov. 26, 2012) — EPFL scientists have found that reorganizing the inner architecture of the processors used in massive data processing centers can yield significant energy savings. This is a research from EcoCloud research center, which was founded to pioneer technologies to make cloud computing scalable, cost-effective and sustainable.

Streaming data, social networks, online games and services, databases -- the number of interactions we have with the Internet...

Metamaterials manipulate light on a microchip

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Transformation optics devices that perform diverse, simple functions can be integrated together to build complex photonic systems for optical communications, imaging, computing, and sensing. (Credit: Qi Wu)

TechAndComputer (Nov. 23, 2012) — Using a combination of the new tools of metamaterials and transformation optics, engineers at Penn State University have developed designs for miniaturized optical devices that can be used in chip-based optical integrated...

Low-cost, finger-nail sized radar

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TechAndComputer (Nov. 23, 2012) — EU-funded researchers have squeezed radar technology into a low-cost fingernail-sized chip package that promises to lead to a new range of distance and motion sensing applications. The novel device could have important uses in the automotive industry, as well as mobile devices, robotics and other applications.

Developed in the 'Silicon-based ultra-compact cost-efficient system design for mm-wave sensors' (Success) project, the device is the most...

Scientists design a revolutionary data storage device

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The University of Granada researchers Noel Rodriguez (left) and Francisco Gamiz (right), with a CEA-LETI-based memory composed of A2RAM memory cells. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Granada)

TechAndComputer (Nov. 22, 2012) — University of Granada researchers have developed a revolutionary data storage device in collaboration with the CEA-LETI lab at Grenoble (France), an institution of the Campus of International Excellence CEI BioTic.