TI is using vertically integrated engineering teams with the goal of realizing a $10 4G chip operating at 100 MHz with 10 million gates and memory.
Demonstrations of using brain signals to control electronic equipment are becoming more prevalent. Applications of course include the physically disabled, as well as safety technologies such as applying car brakes in an emergency.
Nichia has developed a white LED chip with 100-lumens/watt efficiency, the top end of the sweetspot in order to compete with fluorescent lights. Such a level was not executed until between 2008 – 2010. Sampling will start in June 2006 with mass production by the end of the year in the form of a 5-mm diameter lamp package.
Epson and Sumitomo Chemical have teamed up on a prototype compact printer head using OLED technology. The next step is volume production.
University of Pennsylvania researchers have realized a breakthrough in nanoelectronics by creating nanogaps via electron beam lithography. Applications include:
- microprocessor chips
- storage devices
- quantum computing
- gene reading