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R. Colin Johnson
Works at EETimes - United Business Media
Attended Washington University (M.A.)
Lives in Portland, Oregon
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On-chip lasers have been put on silicon by "glueing" on an GaAs or InP laser, but these researchers claim there's will be easier to make silicon compatible plus consumes very little power.
Researchers at the University of Washington and Stanford has created a new type of laser for easier on-chip communications using electro-modulation.
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Intel says it massively parallel Xeon Phi (center, below) will house "more than 60) cores, but word on the street is that 72 cores will be accessing the four in-package Micron Hybrid Memory Cubes (four on left and four on right) each containing four stacked memory die.
Intel's Xeon Phi mutiprocessor, with up to 72 cores and integrated Micron Hybrid Memory Cubes, will accelerate both enterprise and supercomputer workloads.
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Pure crystalline electron-only material confined in a quantum well is 1700-times faster than silicon and 200-times faster than graphene.
Researchers may have realized an 80-year-old-dream of forming a pure electron crystalline lattice with 200-times the electron mobility of graphene and 1700-times the electron mobility of silicon.
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Sirius is exploring the kinds of query capabilities needed in the future--such as voice and image searches--but is taking on some big challenges that the commercial systems are likely to adopt.
University of Michigan researchers one-up Apple's Siri, Google's Now and Microsoft's Cortana with their free, open-source Sirius.
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Intel first Xeon SoC is twisting ARM's ambitions at micro-servers plus with its high-speed I/O handles all the datacenter edge operations now handled by specialized equipment.
Intel hopes it first Xeon SoC -- the D-1500 -- will be an ARM killer in the micro server market.
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IBM's Watson is keeping up with the pack of Deep Learning search engines that use multi-input neural networks to find the hierarchical relationships in Big Data and turn it into actionable intelligence.
IBM Corp. recently acquired AlchemyAPI for its deep learning capabilities, giving Watson the ability to perceive hierarchies of knowledge instead of just individual facts.
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Both AutoDesk and Microsoft are hot on the trail of programming tools for "life"--ones that translate binary codes into DNA codes so as to configure living things to do what we want them to do. Microbial Robotics CEO (pictured) explains how open-source on the Linux model--will accelerate the field.
Programming synthetic viruses and bacteria by their DNA sequence could enable engineers to address problems that today must be done with toxic chemicals. But to create an industry from an idea takes more than independent scientists working alone in their separate labs.
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Insects the perfect remote control drone for covert operations or emergency rescues.
Insects swarming around your house? Check them closely, you may be on some agencies "close observation" list, making even outdoor conversations each to overhear. Or even better, if trapped in a building collapse yell help to every insect you see--it may be searching for survivor: R. Colin ...
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Invensense's smart sensors and hub includes an ARM M0 core (in addition two dedicated cores for Android Lollipop and Motion Sensing) so that programmers can add their own algorithms easily.
Invensense claims to have the world's first system-in-package to act not only as a 6-axis inertial sensor, but also as a programmable hub for all the other sensors in a smartphone.
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The heart-on-a-chip worked so well that the researchers now think they can differentiate skin stem cells into any organ--maybe even build "spare parts" for patients when their "original equipment" wears out!
Researchers at the University of California have created a heart-on-a-chip that will be followed by a liver-on-a-chip, lungs-on-a-chip, spleen-on-a-chip, until they have all human organs on a single wafer connected by microfluidic channels carrying blood.
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Sensor hubs and HD microphones are becoming essential to smartphones and many other wearables and IoT devices. Bosch has met the challenge with sensors with their own hubs and subsidiary Akustica has added ultra-small HD mics to the mix.
Bosch and Akustica have announced new MEMS products, namely, sensor hubs and HD mic, respectively.
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Two-dimensional (2D) materials are busting out all over, offering higher performance for both transistor channels and optical communications on silicon chips. Black Phosphor is the newest.
Black Phosphor is a 2D material with advantages over graphene, including a variable bandgap and other photonics characteristics.
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Next-generation electronics and technology news stories published non-stop for 20+ years, R. Colin Johnson's unique perspective has prompted coverage of his articles in a diverse range of major media outlets--from the ultra-liberal National Public Radio (NPR) to the ultra-conservative Rush Limbaugh Show.
Education
  • Washington University (M.A.)
    Philosophy / Symbolic Logic
  • University of Michigan (M.S.)
    Computer, Information and Control Engineering
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Technology Editor
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  • EETimes - United Business Media
    Technology Editor, present
  • Electronics Magazine - McGraw-Hill
    Microsystems and Software Editor
  • SlashDot.org
    Contributing Editor, present
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