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The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics goes to mathematicians working in Flatland

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics goes to mathematicians working in Flatland Michael Kosterlitz for “theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.When cooled to just a few degrees above absolute zero, and subjected to a perpendicular magnetic field of 15 Tesla (just barely weaker than the magnetic field required to levitate a frog), that conductive 2D layer started acting very differently.

Samsung’s 10nm node, SoCs now in mass production

Samsung’s 10nm node, SoCs now in mass production According to Samsung, its 10nm LPE (Low Power Early) process node will offer “up to 30-percent increase in area efficiency with 27-percent higher performance or 40-percent lower power consumption.” Or this, from the company’s page on its 32nm process node.

New copper catalyst could close the carbon cycle, making ethanol from atmospheric CO2

New copper catalyst could close the carbon cycle, making ethanol from atmospheric CO2 In a quest to find a way to convert carbon dioxide into something useful, researchers from Oak Ridge National Labs in TN stumbled across an inexpensive, room-temperature catalyst for turning CO2 into ethanol.The new catalyst is made of copper nanoparticles, electroplated onto a substrate of vapor-deposited, nitrogen-doped graphene nanospikes, all atop a slice of n-type silicon semiconductor.

Why one small company thinks it has the key to extending Moore’s Law

Why one small company thinks it has the key to extending Moore’s Law One of the major differences between the various merchant foundries (GlobalFoundries, TSMC, Samsung, SMIC, UMC) and Intel is the process nodes they focus on.Intel has a fast-moving model that emphasizes moving to new nodes fairly quickly.

Samsung's mobile division profits fall by 96% in wake of Note 7 disaster

Samsung's mobile division profits fall by 96% in wake of Note 7 disaster In a separate meeting yesterday, Samsung President Shin Jong-kyun met with shareholders directly and gave some additional updates and disclosures related to the Note 7 disaster.As of this writing, Jet Black iPhone 7’s have a wait time of 2-3 weeks, while the same iPhone 7 Plus has an estimated wait time of 4-6 weeks.

Samsung announces fourth-gen 14nm node, plans 10nm improvements, and shows off 7nm EUV wafer

Samsung announces fourth-gen 14nm node, plans 10nm improvements, and shows off 7nm EUV wafer Like Intel, Samsung intends to offer multiple generations of a single process node — but unlike Intel, it isn’t debuting a new strategy in lieu of maintaining a quick transition roadmap.When foundries add new iterations of existing process nodes, it’s typically because they’ve got customers who are interested in those process nodes and want to take advantage of them.

Scientists develop a laser version of 'Maxwell's demon,' get closer to quantum computing

Scientists develop a laser version of 'Maxwell's demon,' get closer to quantum computing The researchers who did it believe this development will be useful for quantum computing.What makes this relevant to quantum computing is that the power to manipulate individual atoms makes it possible to induce quantum gates, to see if they’ll scale.

Nanotubes rear their tiny heads again, this time as a stamp for electronic inks

Nanotubes rear their tiny heads again, this time as a stamp for electronic inks A team at MIT has developed a high-tech stamping process that involves a “forest” of carbon nanotubes, capable of printing electronic inks onto almost any surface, whether rigid or flexible.When densely packed, nanotubes can act as nanoscale print heads for electronic inks.

Extreme science: the biggest, fastest and hottest breakthroughs of 2016

Extreme science: the biggest, fastest and hottest breakthroughs of 2016 Where LCLS-II is like a microscope, used to image specific tiny things, proton colliders like the LHC are closer to sledgehammers.Remember that photons and electrons have both wavelike and particle-like properties, and they both have the mass-related property of momentum.

450mm silicon wafers aren't happening any time soon as major consortium collapses

450mm silicon wafers aren't happening any time soon as major consortium collapses A few years ago, multiple high-end companies were backing the idea of moving from 300mm to 450mm silicon wafers.Historically, moving to larger wafers was a critical way that foundries and fabs cut prices and improved yields.

Samsung's foundry business, upcoming 10nm designs offsets its catastrophic Note 7 losses

Samsung's foundry business, upcoming 10nm designs offsets its catastrophic Note 7 losses That’s mostly thanks to its semiconductor business, which has grown substantially over the past two years.That’s a 28% gain over FY2014, when the company booked just $34 billion in yearly semiconductor revenue, and it reflects Samsung’s strong design wins in 14nm products.

AMD posts strong Q4 2016 results, confirms Ryzen, Vega launch dates

AMD posts strong Q4 2016 results, confirms Ryzen, Vega launch dates Currently, most of AMD’s revenue is driven by console sales, and Microsoft and Sony order the most hardware in Q3 as they ramp up to meet holiday demand.The company has more cash on-hand, and while it’s carrying a higher inventory load, that’s likely related to the upcoming Ryzen launch.

Intel will finally finish Fab 42 in Arizona, bring new 7nm capacity online

Intel will finally finish Fab 42 in Arizona, bring new 7nm capacity online Several years ago, Intel announced that it wouldn’t finish its 14nm manufacturing plant, Fab 42.Now, Intel has announced that it will be bringing Fab 42 online, but not as a 14nm facility.

Report: Intel's 8th gen chips will still use 14nm, will arrive earlier than expected

Report: Intel's 8th gen chips will still use 14nm, will arrive earlier than expected Now, new information suggests Intel may have a product plan that tears up PAO (or at least complicates it) going forward.Analyst Ashraf Eassa claims to have confirmed with Intel that upcoming 8th generation Core processors will use an updated/enhanced variant of 14nm technology yet again — call it 14nm++.

NASA develops new hell-resistant electronics for a mission to Venus

NASA develops new hell-resistant electronics for a mission to Venus It’s hard to think of Venus without thinking of that story, because it captures something essential about Earth’s “evil twin.Bradbury knew Venus would be an awful place to live, but he didn’t know how punishing conditions on Venus actually are.

Just some fallout lore

1945 _ End of World War llSemiconductors are never invented1969 - restructures into 13 commonwealthsFour statessemi.it an WRT't in2051 - Oil reserves depleted.

Samsung's Exynos 8895 features custom CPU cores, first 10nm chip to market

Samsung's Exynos 8895 features custom CPU cores, first 10nm chip to market Mobile World Congress doesn’t start for a few days, but Samsung has already jumped the gun to announce its own SoC.The Exynos 8895 will be the first 10nm chip produced in commercial volume, and it’ll feature a new custom CPU core of Samsung’s own design.

AMD's new 32-core Naples CPU will attack Intel's data center monopoly

AMD's new 32-core Naples CPU will attack Intel's data center monopoly Back in 2006, AMD’s server business was one of the company’s biggest success stories.Its share of the worldwide server business peaked in Q2 2006, at just under 25% of the market.

New advances in directed self-assembly could push silicon below 10nm more efficiently than EUV

New advances in directed self-assembly could push silicon below 10nm more efficiently than EUV It’s a complementary method of printing structures using chemical processes.There are materials that self-assemble at the nanoscale when “directed” to do so with one of a variety of techniques.

Intel claims three-year advantage on 10nm, wants to redefine process nodes

Intel claims three-year advantage on 10nm, wants to redefine process nodes It also laid out what it believes is a better metric for calculating process nodes in the future, though we suspect TSMC, Samsung, and GloFo may all disagree.At 10nm, Intel is moving the contact to directly under the gate, which frees up additional transistor space.