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How Small is too Small?
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How Small is too Small?
 
For 50 years, Moore's Law has maintained that the number of device transistors would double approximately every two years. Yet the path to ever-smaller nodes is becoming increasingly elusive as the laws of physics and issues of how to manufacture the devices have arisen. Even assuming the technology works, its cost may derail its commercial viability. Development of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography has lagged more optimistic predictions and device makers are turning to more conventional and expensive techniques at node sizes in the 14 nm range. Initial results at 10 nm have begun to emerge, but only on the lab bench. The future of 7 nm, 5 nm, and beyond remain uncertain. This article explores the roadmap, including its potholes and detours.
 
 
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Kadant Johnson Inc. offers thousands of configurations of standard and custom rotary unions applied to a variety of media including water, air, coolant, oil, and steam. From mechanical seals to our DuraSeal™ high-performance elastomeric sealing materials, Kadant Johnson can design the right sealing solution for your application.
 
 
 
 
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Mouser Delivers New DAC with Low Power Architecture
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Analog Devices AD9139 Dual 16-bit DAC offers a high dynamic range and 1600MSPS sampling rate. AD9139 permits multicarrier signal generation up to the desired Nyquist frequency, ideal for wideband communications systems and high-speed instrumentation. The AD9139 is designed for low power and draws only 700 mW when converting at 1230MSPS.
 
 
 
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The explosive growth of automotive electrical systems and other industries using inverter and converter-based power modules is driving the need for press-fit technologies to provide reliable, solderless interconnect solutions that can support high current levels.

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Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Solar-cell Efficiency is Rising Again
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Solar cells that could double the efficiency of today's technology to 60% or more would dramatically change the economics of renewable energy. Researchers have already achieved that level of electron excitation from sunlight, but turning that excitation into electricity before the energy turns into waste heat remains elusive. This piece examines the technique's latest (albeit limited) success.
 
 
 
 
More Cores Need Better Communication
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More Cores Need Better Communication
 
Current wisdom asserts that the more cores you put inside a microprocessor, the more powerful it becomes. But getting those cores to function together means that they have to communicate. The cores in today's devices share a common bus, which would cause a massive traffic jam as the number of cores increases. This MIT professor recently demonstrated an Internet-like architecture that can establish that level of communication.
 
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MEMS Make the Display
 
Energy consumption by the displays of tablets and smartphones limits maximum battery life. Several years ago, this company proposed a solution based on a reflective design that functioned even in direct sunlight. Although the display performed satisfactorily with grayscale images, color versions proved inferior to more conventional technologies. This item reports on a recent demonstration of a much improved next generation.
 
 
 
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Vacuum-tube Technology Gets New Life
 
No, nobody is resurrecting actual vacuum tubes from ages past. Nevertheless, scientists at NASA have adopted aspects of the technology to create a "vacuum channel transistor" that promises to outperform current silicon-based alternatives by an order of magnitude without filaments or hot cathodes, reducing their minimum size. And at 460 GHz, they hold significant promise to speed up tomorrow's electronic systems.
 
 
 
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The more critical the application, the less it can tolerate even a single failure. New semiconductor safety standards demand very low defect rates and the ability to monitor device degradation in real-time to support measures that can prevent failure. Neither built-in self-test (BIST) nor automatic test-program generation (ATPG) by itself can sufficiently support this level of fault intolerance. This item proposes combining them.
 
 
 
 
Finding Defects in the Very Small
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Finding Defects in the Very Small
 
Because finding defects at the wafer level saves the cost of packaging the devices and discovering problems later, this company has introduced a family of wafer inspection systems with superior illumination and detection capability. The new systems will support node sizes of 14 nm and below, employing laser, e-beam, and deep ultraviolet illumination techniques.
 
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The Shrinking Continues
 
Just when you thought that Big Blue was retreating from the research necessary to sustain the progress of the semiconductor industry, the company has announced a $3 billion project over the next 5 years to apply traditional silicon-based device technology to 7 nm and below. IEEE Spectrum talked with several IBM executives to find out what the initiative means to the company and the industry.
 
 
 
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Three Gyroscopes on One Die
 
In the "everything is getting smaller" department, this company has created a MEMS motion sensor with all six degrees of freedom by including three accelerators and three gyroscopes on a single die that measures less than 4 mm². The chip also incorporates piezoresistive nanowire technology to dramatically reduce device power consumption, allowing the single architecture to support a wide range of applications.
 
 
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This part of IEC 62047, available now from IHS, specifies terms and definitions, ratings and characteristics, and measuring methods of gyroscopes. Gyroscopes are primarily used for consumer, general industries, and aerospace applications. MEMS and semiconductor lasers are widely used for device technology of gyroscopes.

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