End of Moore’s Law by early 2020’s: It’s not just about physics

Moore’s Law — the ability to pack twice as many transistors on the same sliver of silicon every two years — will come to an end as soon as 2020 at the 7nm node says Robert Colwell who now works for DARPA (trying to pick after CMOS technology) and was Intel’s chief chip architect from 1990 to 2001.

 

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Track It – GPS driven locator allows you to track misplaced or lost items

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Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2011

The Track It is a GPS (Global Positioning System) driven locator unit that comes with corresponding chips that allow you to track items/things of importance. Design intent is to provide a convenient handheld portable unit that easily locates items frequently misplaced or lost, saving the consumer time and frustration.

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Honda Rolls Out Low-Tech Way to Reduce Auto Accidents

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Honda’s research-and-development team in Japan has been researching the effectiveness of the black, triangle-shaped markers.

Japan’s Honda Motor Co. is using chips to help drivers stay centered while traveling down narrow roads.  No, not computer chips – small black ceramic chips affixed to either side of the vehicle’s windshield.

 

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Vision Could Be Improved By Injecting Semiconductor Specks Into Retinas

Vision Could Be Improved By Injecting Semiconductor Specks Into Retinas 

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The idea of creating a bionic eye to assist people with seriously impaired vision is definitely exciting. But installing a silicon chip into a human eyeball to assist the retinas has some drawbacks, the least of which being that the chip itself can block light from falling on areas of the retina that are healthy and still working properly. So Jeffrey Olsen at the University of Colorado Hospital has come up with a different approach.

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I-Swarm Project: Robotic Ants May One Day Build On Mars

I-Swarm Project:  Robotic Ants May One Day Build On Mars

I-Swarm Project

Recent discoveries of water and Earth-like soil on Mars have set imaginations running wild that human beings may one day colonize the Red Planet. However, the first inhabitants might not be human in form at all, but rather swarms of tiny robots.   Video after the jump.

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Nanosoccer – Testing Ground For Future Robot Technology

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NIST’s conducts its nanosoccer competitions and demonstrations in conjunction with RoboCup, an international organization dedicated to using the game of soccer as a testing ground for the robotics technologies of the future.

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A Plastic That Cools

A Plastic That Cools 

 Films of a specially designed polymer, just 0.4 to 2.0 micrometers thick, can get colder or hotter by 12 °C when an electric field is removed or applied across them.

Thin films of a new polymer developed at Penn State change temperature in response to changing electric fields. The Penn State researchers, who reported the new material in Science last week, say that it could lead to new technologies for cooling computer chips and to environmentally friendly refrigerators.

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