Soon components will shrink to invisibility

-August 04, 2016

Electronic nose


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Semiconductor Research Corporation announced recently that they are leveraging semiconductor technology to develop an affordable electronic nose that can be used in breath analysis for a wide range of health diagnosis. While devices can conduct breath analysis using compound semiconductors today, they are bulky and too costly for commercial use.

Researchers at the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) SRC-funded research effort centered at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) and collaborators at the Ohio State University and Wright State University are correcting that by using CMOS integrated circuits technology that will make the electronic nose affordable long before 2076.

Quantum computers


  Source: IBM

IBM and dozens of other computer makers are trying to crack the universal quantum computer conundrum. Here IBM illustrates its x-y tiled concept, which allows quantum computers to be scaled in two dimensions. In the photo there are four superconducting quantum bits on each tile in a square lattice to detect both types of quantum errors—bit-errors and phase-errors—which will be needed to expand quantum computers’ power exponentially over time.


  1. Transparent components
  2. Fluid-based interlayer cooling technologies
  3. Electronic nose
  4. Quantum computers
  5. Layered 3D packaging
  6. Brain-like memristors
  7. ITO alternatives
  8. 3D hybrid memory cubes
  9. Multi-bit flash in SSDs
  10. Racetrack memories


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