One day all chips will be wooden

oak tree - Wikimedia CommonsResearchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are predicting a day in the guture when semiconductor chips will be made out of wood.

The problem with current semiconductors today are that they are essentially toxic and non-biodegrable, and so the researchers think they can replace substrates of chips with cellulose nanofibril (CNF) a material derived from wood.… Read the rest

Scientists create single molecule diode

Single molecule deviceScientists at Columbia University said they have come up with a design for a single molecule diode and have also devised molecular diodes that perform 50 times better.

Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, an associate professor at the university, the team believes their discovery will have real world technology aapplications for minute, nanoscale devices.… Read the rest

Daimler teams up with Qualcomm

model tCarmaker Daimler has partnered with mobile phone chipmaker Qualcomm to come up with clever ideas to recharge mobile phones in cars and recharging of electric cars without cables.

It is part of a broader push by Daimler’s parent company of Mercedes-Benz which is responding to rival German carmakers BMW and Audi to build their expertise in software and telecommunications.… Read the rest

Samsung announces IMDB memory

Bentley-Reserve-SFSamsung, for the second year in a row, selected the Bentley Reserve (Old Mint) in San Francisco as the venue for announcing a series of products ranging from IoT Artik single mini board computing systems to support for massive In-Memory Database (IMDB) DIMMs with Near Data Processing (NDP) support.… Read the rest

Mobile payments set to bloom

ContactlessApple Pay appears to have spurred the company’s competitors to get in on the mobile payment act and a report today said that global shipments of moble phones using near field communications (NFC) totalled 400 million units last year.

That, according to research company Topology, is about 20 percent of total shipments worldwide last year.… Read the rest