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February 17, 2011 by

Five years to commercial nanotube transistors?

Researchers in Japan have come up with a new transistor manufacturing technique that they claim will squeeze the best performance enhancements out of carbon nanotubes, without losing the on/off ratio of a good semiconductor.The Nagoya University researchers say they have demonstrated flexible integrated circuits that "are capable of sequential logic" - a first for a transistor made from carbon nanotubes.

November 9, 2010 by

Nvidia gets back in the game with the GeForce GTX 580

It has been a long and bumpy road for Fermi, but with the GeForce GTX 580, which was announced today, Nvidia seems to be delivering on the promise of its new GPU architecture. Based on a new GF110 GPU, the GTX 580 has been "re-engineered from the transistor-level up" to increase performance and reduce power consumption.

April 2, 2010 by

Android 2.1 update causes major 2D slowdown on Droid

Verizon has begun rolling out an over the air update for the Motorola Droid Sholes, but early adopters say that the Android 2.1 update is causing noticeable performance problems for some applications. In one case, frame rates dropped from a smooth 60 frames per second down to 30.

July 1, 2008 by

Skype Hires New COO - from Motorola

Skype announced today that they have created a new position, Chief Operating Officer, and hired someone from Motorola for that position. Considering the performance of Motorola in the cell phone market recently, it seems to me like it should be a good fit.

December 17, 2006 by

High-performance flexible organic transistors

Organic -- or carbon-based -- transistors are not new and can be used to design flexible computer displays, RFID tags and sensors. However, these organic single crystals could not be mass-produced because they needed to be individually handpicked. But now, Californian researchers have developed a new method for building flexible organic transistor arrays.Even if the researchers have reached a density of 13 million crystals per square inch (or 2 million per square centimeter), there are still several issues to solve before this method can be used for commercial applications of these fast transistors.

April 4, 2005 by

Is Moore's Law dead at 40 or is this just a mid-life crisis?

Last week, Michael Kanellos published this FAQ on the 40th anniversary of Moore's law, which is famously known as the phenomenon that computer processing power will double every 18 months.? Actually, Gordon Moore only said that transistor count would double every 24 months and it was David House (a former executive of Intel) who extrapolated that performance would double every 18 months as a result of the increase in transistors.?

February 20, 2002 by

Chip companies to support Symbian OS

Symbian, which makes operating systems for wireless phones, on Wednesday announced that six new semiconductor companies will support its OS. Agilent Technologies, Epson, Parthus, Philips Semiconductors, Samsung and STMicroelectronics will join ARM, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments in integrating the Symbian OS with their chips that use an ARM core, a technology that boosts chip performance. The move, announced at a conference in Cannes, France, is expected to reduce the time it takes to develop mobile phones and get them to market. Symbian's news follows similar announcements from Microsoft on Tuesday. Symbian is an independent company owned by Ericsson, Nokia, Matsushita, Motorola, Psion and Sony Ericsson. Ericsson, Nokia and Psion are already shipping devices using the Symbian OS. --Richard Shim, Special to ZDNet News

August 10, 2000 by

IBM taking Moore's Law by the horns

New technology breakthroughs from IBM Research promise to extend the reach of Moore's Law, the chip industry's most closely held measure of performance. IBM's latest breakthrough, a new chip transistor design known as V-Groove, will allow the company to stay ahead of the curve of Moore's Law 15 to 20 years in the future, should it find its way into production.

October 13, 1997 by

How I learned to love G3

The future is getting closer -- so close that I have little need to stretch my performance-fevered imagination. The future I refer to is the PowerPC 750 processor, also called G3, the third generation of RISC chips on the Apple-IBM-Motorola alliance's techno-roadmap.

June 30, 1997 by

Cyrix, Motorola cook fresh chips

Motorola Corp.'s RISC Microprocessor Division and Cyrix Corp. will introduce new processors next week, but like everything else in the hardware industry, they will soon be eclipsed by higher-performance parts.


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