Laser technology advances microchip production
A new process for cutting silicon wafers could streamline the production of smaller and more powerful microchips for electronic devices.
Computing at the speed of light: Team takes big step toward much faster computers
University of Utah engineers have taken a step forward in creating the next generation of computers and mobile devices capable of speeds millions of times faster than current machines.
"Fingerprinting" chips to fight counterfeiting
It's often said that no two human fingerprints are exactly alike. For that reason, police often use them as evidence to link suspects to crime scenes.
New process could make gallium arsenide cheaper for computer chips, solar cells
Computer chips, solar cells and other electronic devices have traditionally been based on silicon, the most famous of the semiconductors, that special class of materials whose unique electronic properties ...
New approach could enable low-cost silicon devices in fibers that could be made into fabrics
Scientists have known how to draw thin fibers from bulk materials for decades. But a new approach to that old method, developed by researchers at MIT, could lead to a whole new way of making high-quality ...
Three-dimensional opto-electric integration
Three-dimensional (3D) integration of various materials on top of bulk silicon could be the best answer for cost-effectively marrying optical devices with electronics. A*STAR researchers have used this approach ...
Water-soluble silicon leads to dissolvable electronics
Mobile revolution shakes up Silicon Valley
Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as ...
Arrays of tiny conical tips that eject ionized materials could fabricate nanoscale devices cheaply
Luis Fernando Velásquez-García's group at MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) develops dense arrays of microscopic cones that harness electrostatic forces to eject streams of ions.
Controlling photoluminescence with silicon nanophotonics for better devices
Silicon nanowires have a great deal of potential in future high-performance electronic, sensing and energy devices. Red photoluminescence has been reported in silicon nanowires, but for many applications ...
Quick-change materials break the silicon speed limit for computers
(Phys.org) —Faster, smaller, greener computers, capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently available models, could be made possible by replacing silicon with materials that ...
For electronics beyond silicon, a new contender emerges
Silicon has few serious competitors as the material of choice in the electronics industry. Yet transistors, the switchable valves that control the flow of electrons in a circuit, cannot simply keep shrinking ...
A cool approach to flexible electronics
A nanoparticle ink that can be used for printing electronics without high-temperature annealing presents a possible profitable approach for manufacturing flexible electronics.
Superconducting-silicon qubits: Using a bottom-up approach to make hybrid quantum devices
Theorists propose a way to make superconducting quantum devices such as Josephson junctions and qubits, atom-by-atom, inside a silicon crystal. Such systems could combine the most promising aspects of silicon ...