Inexpensive chip-based device may transform spectrometry
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Inexpensive chip-based device may transform spectrometry

Tiny device could replace expensive lab-scale equipment for many applications. Spectrometers — devices that distinguish different wavelengths of light and are used to determine the chemical composition of everything from laboratory materials to distant stars — are large devices...

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IBM just unveiled the ‘world’s smallest computer’
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IBM just unveiled the ‘world’s smallest computer’

by Paul Miller @ theverge.com The computer is 1mm x 1mm, smaller than a grain of fancy salt, and apparently costs less than ten cents to manufacture. To be clear, the picture above is a set of 64 motherboards, each of which hold two of this tiny computer. IBM claims the computer has...

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Struggling with the weight of your excess inventory?
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Struggling with the weight of your excess inventory?

Many companies in the electronics manufacturing industry face the issue of excess inventory at some point, and with new technology constantly emerging this will remain the case. Companies may think that selling excess is a difficult or time consuming process, but by outsourcing the...

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PAC1934 – Microchip’s New Power-Monitoring IC Measures Power With 99% Accuracy
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PAC1934 – Microchip’s New Power-Monitoring IC Measures Power With 99% Accuracy

Microchip recently developed a precision power-and-energy-monitoring chip - PAC1934. The PAC1934 is a four channel power/energy monitor with current sensor amplifier and bus voltage monitors that feed high-resolution ADC. It works in conjunction with a Microchip software driver that is...

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Self-learning neuromorphic chip composes music
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Self-learning neuromorphic chip composes music

Peter Clarke @  eedesignnewseurope.com reporting: Research institute IMEC has created a neuromorphic chip based on metal-oxide ReRAM technology that has the ability to self-learn. That self-learning has been applied to music making. Self-learning neuromorphic chip composes music -...

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Reverse engineering the 76477 sound effect chip
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Reverse engineering the 76477 sound effect chip

Ken Shirriff has written an article on reverse engineering the 76477 “Space Invaders” sound effect chip: Remember the old video game Space Invaders? Some of its sound effects were provided by a chip called the 76477 Complex Sound Generation chip. While the sound effects1 produced...

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Inside the vintage 74181 ALU chip
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Inside the vintage 74181 ALU chip

Ken Shirriff writes: The 74181 ALU (arithmetic/logic unit) chip powered many of the minicomputers of the 1970s: it provided fast 4-bit arithmetic and logic functions, and could be combined to handle larger words, making it a key part of many CPUs. Inside the vintage 74181 ALU chip -...

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64-layer flash IC enables 1-Tbyte chips
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64-layer flash IC enables 1-Tbyte chips

Susan Nordyk @ edn.com writes: Toshiba has added a 512-Gbit (64-Gbyte), 64-layer flash memory device that employs 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) technology to its BiCS Flash product line. This technology will allow the development of 1-terabyte memory chips for use in...

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