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2010-11-30 23:01:00

ARMONK, N.Y., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) scientists today unveiled a new chip technology that integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling computer chips to communicate using pulses of light (instead of electrical signals), resulting in smaller, faster and more power-efficient chips than is possible with conventional technologies. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) The new technology, called CMOS Integrated...

2010-11-29 05:00:00

GENEVA, Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- From 750m below ground to the top of Mount Everest, smart phones and other portable devices will soon be able to pinpoint their height variation relative to sea level to better than one meter, thanks to the most recent MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) sensor from STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), the world's leading supplier of MEMS sensors for consumer and portable applications.(1) The new LPS001WP is a tiny silicon pressure sensor that uses...

2010-11-29 00:00:00

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sigma-Aldrich (Nasdaq: SIAL) today announced a distribution agreement with Nanosys, Inc., an advanced materials architect. Under the agreement, Sigma-Aldrich, through its Aldrich Materials Science business, is now distributing Nanosys-created silicon nanowires to the global scientific research community for the development of new applications in technologies such as solid-state lighting, electronics and energy storage. "As Aldrich...

2010-11-24 09:02:00

GENEVA, Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) devices for consumer and portable applications(1), today announced it has shipped its one billionth MEMS sensor. ST's micro-machined accelerometers and gyroscopes have enabled motion-activated user interfaces in a number of popular consumer devices, such as game consoles, smart phones and remotes, making these more accessible and appealing to people. Over...

2010-11-16 21:35:23

Researchers have demonstrated a new imaging tool for rapidly screening structures called single-wall carbon nanotubes, possibly hastening their use in creating a new class of computers and electronics that are faster and consume less power than today's. The semiconducting nanostructures might be used to revolutionize electronics by replacing conventional silicon components and circuits. However, one obstacle in their application is that metallic versions form unavoidably during the...

2010-11-15 13:45:42

Combined optic and electronic technology holds promise for new nanoscale sensing devices, Pitt and University of Wisconsin-Madison team reports in Nature Photonics University of Pittsburgh researchers have created a nanoscale light sensor that can be combined with near-atomic-size electronic circuitry to produce hybrid optic and electronic devices with new functionality. The team, which also involved researchers from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, reports in Nature Photonics that the...

2010-11-10 14:22:27

New ultra-clean nanowires produced at the Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen will have a central role in the development of new high-efficiency solar cells and electronics on a nanometer scale. PhD student Peter Krogstrup, Niels Bohr Institute, in collaboration with a number of well-known researchers and the company SunFlake A/S, is behind the breakthrough. The new findings have recently been published in the prestigious journal Nano Letters. Nanowires are one-dimensional...

2010-11-10 09:46:00

GENEVA, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a leader in automotive ICs and in MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) sensors, has introduced a new family of high-g acceleration sensors for advanced airbag systems. These micro-machined devices detect the rapid deceleration of the vehicle during a crash and send instant information to the airbag control unit. Airbag-system manufacturers will benefit from the strong combination of ST's leadership in MEMS with its...

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2010-11-08 15:50:00

Blinking numbers on a liquid-crystal display (LCD) often indicate that a device's clock needs resetting. But in the laboratory of Zhong Lin Wang at Georgia Tech, the blinking number on a small LCD signals the success of a five-year effort to power conventional electronic devices with nanoscale generators that harvest mechanical energy from the environment using an array of tiny nanowires. In this case, the mechanical energy comes from compressing a nanogenerator between two fingers, but it...

2010-10-26 23:01:00

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced a major research initiative, with several leading academic and corporate research organizations across Europe, to address the alarming growth of energy consumption by electronic devices, ranging from mobile phones to laptops to televisions to supercomputers. The research project, called Steeper, aims to increase the energy efficiency of these devices, when active,...