Nano-projector turns phone into a cinema
A tiny colour projector designed to be used with mobile phones, handheld devices and PDAs has successfully passed its first batch of tests.
Israel-based Explay says its nano-projector engine is a hundred times smaller and more efficient than rival technology.
The projector, little larger than a matchbox, will take images from a portable device and display them at any size up to 35ins on a wall or screen.
What a great use of this new technolgy I was totaly impresssed with the article and am glad they have made it so far in such a short amount of time.Be sure to read the rest.
Intel Corp. will enter the next era of Moores Law in the second half of 2007 with commercial shipment of its first PC processors based on a 45-nanometer manufacturing process, the company said Wednesday.
Intel showed off what it called the worlds first fully functional SRAM (static RAM) chip made with a 45nm process technology. It has more than 1 billion transistors, according to a company statement. Like other test chips, it functions as SRAM, but includes all the elements of a multicore PC processor, said spokesman John Casey. It is not intended as an Intel product, but only to demonstrate that the company can build a chip with the next-generation technology, he said.
A nanometer is a millionth of a millimeter, and each chip production technology is measured by the size of the smallest feature it can produce on a chip. With the 45nm manufacturing process, Intel can make processors with five times less power leakage than current chips, Intel said, and as a result, it will allow for PCs with higher performance per watt. The companies most advanced manufacturing technology today is 65nm, which went into commercial production in the fourth quarter of last year. Intel moves to a new process generation every two years, the company said.
Moores Law, coined by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, states that the number of transistors on a chip will double every 18 months.
The chips will be made on large 300-millimeter wafers, Intel said. Those wafers deliver higher volume and lower cost per chip than smaller wafers. The companies initial 45nm work is taking place at its D1D fabrication plant, or in Oregon. It is also building two more fabs for 45nm manufacturing, Fab 32 in Arizona and Fab 28 in Israel, the company said.
Researchers Develop Quantum Processor
A computer chip based on the esoteric science of quantum mechanics has been created by researchers at the University of Michigan. The chip might well pave the way for a new generation of supercomputers.
Employing the same semiconductor-fabrication techniques used to create common computer chips, the Michigan team was able to trap a single atom within an integrated chip and control it using electrical signals.
Electrically charged atoms (ions) for such quantum computers are stored in traps in order to isolate the qubits, a process that is essential for the system to work.
The challenge is that current ion traps can hold only a few atoms, or qubits, and are not easily scaled, making it difficult to create a quantum chip that can store thousands or more atomic ions. A string of such atoms, in theory, could store thousands of bits of information.
In the chip created at Michigan, which is the size of a postage stamp, the ion is confined in a trap while electric fields are applied. Laser light puts a spin on the ion’s free electron, enabling it to flip it between the one or zero quantum states.
The spin of the electron dictates the value of the qubit. For example, an up-spin can represent a one, or a down-spin can represent a zero — or the qubit can occupy both states simultaneously.
Posted by Zonk on Friday December 09, @05:05PM
from the missing-the-point dept.
dolphinlover writes “Craig Barrett, Intel Corporation chairman believes that the $100 laptop computers to be manufactured by the MIT media lab run by Nicholas Negroponte beginning in early 2006 are merely ‘gadgets’, making them unattractive to consumers who will be disappointed by their ‘limited range of programs’.” From the article: “Negroponte said at their launch in November the new machines would be sold to governments for schoolchildren at $100 a device but the general public would have to pay around $200 — still much cheaper than the machines using Intel’s chips. But Barrett said similar schemes in the past elsewhere in the world had failed and users would not be satisfied with the new machine’s limited range of programs.”