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R. Colin Johnson
Works at EETimes - United Business Media
Attended Washington University (M.A.)
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World's lowest power #MEMS oscillator can extend the battery life of wearables from hours or days to weeks or even months according to SiTime. EETimes: http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1326616
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Cavendish Kintetics newest design win is in the Nubia Z9 phone, the first on the market with a bezel-less design. Its dual antennas, in the top and bottom of the smartphone--and using some of the phones frame--are tuned to any LTE or 3G frequency with Cavendish's MEMS tunable capacitive array.
Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
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Valleytronics one-ups spintronics as future qubit encoding technique for quantum computers. Honeywell and Georgia Tech separately find easy way to make ion-trap quantum computers.
Valleytronics may challenge spintronics as a new encoding for quantum computers where qubits are encoded as electron momentum traveling in valleys between domain walls in the atomic lattice of graphene.
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TI aims to obsolete FPGAs, or at least their most popular uses, but can they do it? TI, Altera and analysts spar on whether TI can pull it off against the mighty FPGA.
Field-programmable gate arrays are a blank slate that solves any computing problem at super-high speeds but for a cost. Texas Instruments to create a family of ARM+DSP+programmable accelerator chips to that perform the same jobs as the FPGA but in a cheaper, smaller package that is easier to program. Here's what industry analysts think of it.
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Intel's new Xeon E7v3 beats IBM's Power8 in business analytics, according to Intel, but analysts say intel is catching up to Power8 but its still the fastest for integers,  but at a much higher price and consuming much more power.
Intel claims its high-end Xeon E7v3 breaks speed records for data analytics, beating IBM's Power8.
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Co-Robots can work safely around people, the first principle of Fetch Robotics logistics pair (see photo). The one with the arm takes items ordered off shelves and puts them in the second robots bin, which handles getting them labeled and mailed.
Seven month old startup Fetch Robotics is already releasing its first product for warehouse logistics -- a pair of co-robots that fetches online orders from warehouse shelves and sends them to automated machinery that seals the box and applies its label.
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An application-specific quantum computer will lead to a "universal" quantum computer according to pioneers at D-Wave but analysts have mixed reactions.
Critics say that D-Wave is not a real quantum computer because it can only solve optimization problems, but D-Wave Systems, Inc. counters that its an appropriate start to build and application-specific quantum computer on the way to a universal one.
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The Defence Advanced Research Project Agency has advanced the state-of-the-art in autonomous robots by sponsoring the DARPA Robot Challenge for disaster recovery, the finals for which will be run next month with a $3.5 million purse.
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IBM has solved the most vexing problems of silicon photonics and proving it with a 100-Gbit/s optical transceiver, which by the time it is released as a product next year will have its own lasers on-chip.
After 30 years of research, IBM has unveiled what it says is an inexpensive, commercializable solution to silicon photonics that encodes and translates both electricity and light on a single CMOS chip.
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Samsung is one-upping Intel by building a 10-nanometer FinFET fabrication facility in "Samsung Semiconductor Valley" that is the most expensive fab in the world.
Samsung broke ground yesterday on what it claims is the world's most expensive fab at over $14 billion and covering 31 million square feed for 10 nanometer FinFET semiconductors.
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A new organic solar material rivals silicon solar cells, so why not use it for ambient printed transistors on flexible substrates, since its maximum mobility is 2300 cm2/Vs compared to 1400 cm2/Vs for silicon. Find out why.
Halide-perovskite complementary field-effect transistors were demonstrated for the first time possibly opening an new era of organic-inorganic semiconductors that are cheap, easy to manufacture and can be deposited on flexible substrates.
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Synthetic biology is the "politically correct" name of what we used to call "artificial life" at least in the aspiration to build cyborg-like half-living/half-electronic computers. Here are there first steps and the roadmap to getting to artificial life via synthetic biology.
Georgia Tech has created arrays of sensor pixels for hybrid semiconductor/living cell sensor/actuators, paving the way to living computers.
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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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