In the frame of its research on future memory architectures, imec has made breakthroughs for both DRAM and RRAM memories.
Upon first glance, USC’s Cyrus Shahabi’s maps contain the typical landmarks we've become accustomed to seeing on Yahoo or Google Maps. But a closer look reveals maps pulsing with images of moving cars, scenes of bustling people, and shifting colors of changing traffic patterns, all in real time. The concept of geo-immersion is beginning to blend the real and virtual worlds together.
An augmented reality solution developed by engineers in Germany is designed to allow technicians to record malfunctioning machines with a camera fixed to the back of a laptop monitor attached to a swivel arm. The system lets technicians perform repairs with the help of visual aids, and without having to interrupt their work by talking on the telephone.
Four months after launching the alpha version, CERN has issued version 1.1 of the Open Hardware Licence (OHL), a legal framework to facilitate knowledge exchange across the electronic design community.
Even as the space shuttle Atlantis has lifted off without a back-up shuttle available for a rescue mission, NASA itself lacks an independent option for reaching space. Designs from private developers may take years to perfect, leaving Soyuz as the only way to reach the International Space Station. Some experts and even former astronauts say that’s a violation of NASA’s own design criteria.
Sandia National Laboratories has developed a new technology with the potential to alter the air-cooling landscape in computing and microelectronics. Lab officials are now seeking licensees in the electronics chip cooling field to license and commercialize the device.
As the world focused on the ongoing crisis in the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Macondo well, Berkeley Lab researchers dropped everything to estimate how much oil was flowing from the mangled wellhead. Computational modeling generated a relatively accurate measurement within days, and their has prompted new discoveries about flow based on reservoir permeability and other factors.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has mandated that by 2020, all commercial aircraft must be equipped with a new tracking system that broadcasts GPS data, providing more accurate location information than ground-based radar. In anticipation of the deadline, the FAA has also charged Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers with leading an investigation of the system’s limits and capacities.
Future computers may rely on magnetic microprocessors that consume the least amount of energy allowed by the laws of physics, according to an analysis by University of California, Berkeley, electrical engineers.
In an initiative that aims to boost the nation's economic competitiveness, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced the opening of the High Performance Computing Innovation Center (HPCIC). The innovation center will facilitate national lab/industry collaboration, applying high performance computing to product design, development, and manufacturing; data management; and the operation of complex energy and communication systems.
Phase-change memory, which uses the resistance change that occur when a material changes state to store bits, has been heralded as a potential replacement for flash memory, but it has been hampered by reliability. Now, for the first time, IBM Research scientists have demonstrated the ability to store multiple data bits per cell. And they've done it 100 times faster than flash memory can.
An organic compound that smells like cabbage and has been called the "smell of the sea" could be more sensitive to global climate change than commonly believed. In a recent report, a Livermore researcher, along with colleagues from Los Alamos and Oak Ridge national laboratories and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, found through computer modeling that dimethyl sulfide (DMS) will increase significantly in certain parts of the ocean and decrease in others if the world continues with a business-as-usual fossil fuel dependency.
Physicists at the Univ. of Arizona have proposed a way to translate the elusive magnetic spin of electrons into easily measurable electric signals. The finding is a key step in the development of computing based on spintronics, which doesn't rely on electron charge to digitize information.
Fujitsu announced its "Engineering Cloud" concept, a next-generation manufacturing environment offered in the form of cloud-based services from Fujitsu's datacenters. The Engineering Cloud will support the manufacturing sector with a combination of Fujitsu's own engineering-support software—CAD and analytic software, as well as parts database software—with a suite of new services to transform the manufacturing process.
Two new techniques for computer-vision technology mimic how humans perceive three-dimensional shapes by instantly recognizing objects no matter how they are twisted or bent, an advance that could help machines see more like people.
A supercomputer capable of performing more than 8 quadrillion calculations per second is the new number one system in the world, putting Japan back in the top spot for the first time since the Earth Simulator was dethroned in November 2004. The system, called the K Computer, is at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) in Kobe.
Groups able to pay the $185,000 application can petition ICANN, the keeper of URL standards, next year for new updates to ".com" and ".net" with website suffixes using nearly any word in any language, including in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts. The decision culminates six years of negotiations and is the biggest change to the system since ".com" made its debut in 1984.
Physicist Alejandro Garcia, a professor at San Jose State Univ., advises DreamWorks animators on how to create believable characters. With physics in mind, he and other scientists help animators make people walk right, dragons fly right, and explosions look real.
Digitally mimicking the photographic blur caused by moving objects is surprisingly hard, but new research offers ways to make it easier.
Researchers at North Carolina State Univ. have developed a new technique for using multi-core chips more efficiently, significantly enhancing a computer’s ability to build computer models of biological systems. The technique improved the efficiency of algorithms used to build models of biological systems more than seven-fold, creating more realistic models that can account for uncertainty and biological variation.
Justin Rattner, Intel’s CTO and an R&D Magazine Scientist of the Year, this week unveiled more than 35 innovative research projects at the company’s annual Research at Intel event in California. The work, which involves dozens of industry and academic partners, offers a glimpse at near-future computing advances, includes many-core processing, cryptography, and wireless energy sensing.
A Univ. of California, San Diego faculty-student team is about to demonstrate a first-of-its kind, phase-change memory solid state storage device that provides performance thousands of times faster than a conventional hard drive and up to seven times faster than current state-of-the-art solid-state drives (SSDs).
Physicists from Oak Ridge National Laborator, the Univ. of Tennessee, and Germany's GSI in Darmstadt recently used ORNL's Jaguar supercomputer to explore the pair bonding of neutrons in one uncommon isotope—germanium-72. In doing so they discovered that changes in temperature and rotation take the nucleus through at least two physical phases.
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Data Storage Institute (DSI) recently entered into a strategic partnership with 4DS, Inc. to develop a 16 kilobit (Kbit) resistive random access memory (RRAM) prototype and memory controller.
Researchers at MIT, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, and NEC have developed a new technique that extends the time a qubit can stay in superposition. Perhaps even more important, the same technique can be used to measure the physical characteristics of qubits that knock them out of superposition in the first place, paving the way to better qubit designs.