For at least half a century of spectacular advance in semiconductor technology, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore has provided the chip industry with its fundamental productivity benchmark. Year 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of “Moore’s Law”, precisely at a time when many in the semiconductor industry suspected the law was ‘dead,’ or shortly would be.
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With AMD struggling for survival and PC sales continuing their decline, a China deal could give AMD a much needed shot in the arm. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) recently disclosed an agreed joint venture with China’s THATIC (Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co., Ltd.), an investment arm of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), to use the more technically favoured term, first hit the headlines as a military application, but commercial and consumer categories of ‘small drones’ have now come to prominence. Models targeted at consumers are now frequently seen on store shelves, and a significant ‘enthusiast’ following is now driving drone “first-person view” or FPV racing into sports media coverage. The website arstechnica.com reports that drone races are coming to ESPN thanks to “unprecedented” popularity, and the 2016 US National Drone Racing Championships will be the first event streamed live.
Graphene, isolated in 2004 by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov at the University of Manchester, England, consists of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice. It possesses some remarkable properties: it is the thinnest and strongest material yet made or discovered, and it is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity.