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Printable solar cells just got a little closer (Computing Power)
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A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator.
posted: 19/02/2017
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1,000x more efficient nano-LED offers possibility of faster processors (Computing Power)
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With electrical cables reaching their limits, optical connections like fiberglass are increasingly becoming the standard for data traffic. Over longer distances almost all data transmission is optical. Within computer systems and microchips, too, the growth of data traffic is exponential, but that traffic is still electronic, and this is increasingly becoming a bottleneck. Since these connections ('interconnects') account for the majority of the energy consumed by chips, many scientists around the world are working on enabling optical (photonic) interconnects. Crucial to this is the light source that converts the data into light signals which must be small enough to fit into the microscopic structures of microchips. At the same time, the output capacity and efficiency have to be good. Especially the efficiency is a challenge, as small light sources, powered by nano- or microwatts, have always performed very inefficiently to date.
posted: 04/02/2017
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For this metal, electricity flows, but not heat (Computing Power)
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Scientists have discovered that electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat, an exotic property in an unconventional material. In theory this could lead to processors that don't overheat, and a wide variety of applications in implanted and other embedded electronics.
posted: 31/01/2017
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Google brings AI to Raspberry Pi (Computing Power)
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Google is planning to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to the Raspberry Pi.
posted: 26/01/2017
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Researchers turn memory chips into processors to speed up computing tasks (Computing Power)
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A team of international scientists have found a way to make memory chips perform computing tasks, which is traditionally done by computer processors like those made by Intel and Qualcomm.
posted: 12/01/2017
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Intel announces Compute Card – A full PC the size of a Credit Card (Computing Power)
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At CES 2017 (Consumer Electronics Show), Intel announced a fully functional Windows 10 PC, in an ultra-slim tablet 95mm by 55mm by 5mm. Possessing no pluggable data ports itself, the PC only works when inserted in a standardised reader dock.
posted: 08/01/2017
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Scalable energy harvesting of unused mechanical energy in the environment (Computing Power)
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A new concept in energy harvesting could capture energy that is currently mostly wasted due to its characteristic low frequency and use it to power next-generation electronic devices. In a project funded by electronics giant Samsung, a team of Penn State materials scientists and electrical engineers has designed a mechanical energy transducer based on flexible organic ionic diodes that points toward a new direction in scalable energy harvesting of unused mechanical energy in the environment, including wind, ocean waves and human motion.
posted: 23/12/2016
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Japan kicks off AI supercomputer project (Computing Power)
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Japan has started a project to build the world's fastest supercomputer by the end of 2017.
posted: 28/11/2016
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Researchers develop dissolving battery (Computing Power)
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Researchers led by professor Reza Montazami at Iowa State University's mechanical engineering have created the world's first transient battery. It delivers 2.5 volts and can power a desktop calculator for 15 minutes. Yet, expose it to significant heat (such as burning) or simply drop it in water or a water-based fluid and it dissolves away to almost nothing.
posted: 20/09/2016
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Storage device writes information atom-by-atom (Computing Power)
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The quest for storage devices that pack more information into a smaller space has reached a new limit, with memory that writes information atom-by-atom.
posted: 18/07/2016
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