Quad patterning a possibility at 10nm says Taiwan Semiconductor and Intel

EETimes – Quad patterning may be needed for 10-nm process technology if extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is not ready in 2015 or so when Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. expects to start early production of the technology. He also said we can see down to 5 nm easily in the next five years. Jack Sun, chief …

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Smartphones that Use Half the Power

Technology Review – Powering cellular base stations around the world will cost $36 billion this year—chewing through nearly 1 percent of all global electricity production. Much of this is wasted by a grossly inefficient piece of hardware: the power amplifier, a gadget that turns electricity into radio signals. The versions of amplifiers within smartphones suffer …

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David LeBlanc talks about Molten Salt Reactors

At the 18 minute, talks about current University consortium starting to work towards 25 MWE prototype and a major engineering firm. Oil sands’ $200 Billion carbon taxes over 35 years, mandated to be spent on cleantech. At about 17 minutes, talks about the opportunity to use molten salt reactors for oilsands and then bridge over …

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Emerging Nuclear Fission and Fusion Innovations Talk by Mark Halper

Introduction for 4 minutes * then fast neutron reactors (Terrawave, China, and others, Full size reactor should be commercial 2030) * General Atomics (6.5 minutes) 2 page datasheet 8 page executive summary * China at about 8 minutes * QPower – Pebble bed in South America. 30 MW. * Nuclear fusion (General Fusion, Lawrenceville Plasma …

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Disney buys Star Wars Film Franchise and will make More Episodes and George Lucas will consult

Disney is buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion, adding the legendary Star Wars franchise to the entertainment giant’s stable of characters. The latest part of the Star Wars saga, Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for a 2015 release. “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed …

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HIV detection test that is ten times more sensitive

Cordis – Two researchers funded by the EU have succeeded in developing and testing a state-of-the-art HIV detection test. The Imperial College London, United Kingdom duo says the test is 10 times more sensitive than other methods used to identify this disease, and it is inexpensive. The potential to bring this innovative technique to market …

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Low-Resistance Connections Facilitate Use of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes for Interconnects

Georgia Tech – Using a new method for precisely controlling the deposition of carbon, researchers have demonstrated a technique for connecting multi-walled carbon nanotubes to the metallic pads of integrated circuits without the high interface resistance produced by traditional fabrication techniques. Based on electron beam-induced deposition (EBID), the work is believed to be the first …

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Tri-alpha Energy Nuclear Fusion 100MW Project emerging from Stealth Mode

Tri-alpha Energy (stealth nuclear fusion project that has over $140 million in funding including funding from Goldman Sachs) has a 79 page presentation. Tri-Alpha structures in 12C. (H/T Talk Polywell) Tri-alpha Energy has a patent – Controlled fusion in a field reversed configuration and direct energy conversion. The 11B (p,α)αα reaction * When 675 keV …

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Google Reveals the Nexus 10 and it is the strongest tablet competitor to the Apple iPad

Google Play – Nexus 10 is the newest tablet from Google. With the world’s highest resolution tablet display, all new multi-user features, immersive HD content and the best Google app. It will be available for purchase on Tuesday, Nov. 13th for $399 for a 16GB WiFi version and $499 for a 32 GB version. * …

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Incremental Solar Electric Propulsion Improvement Enables Electric Propulsion Human Missions to the Moon, Asteroids, and Mars

NASA FISO presentation – This Way To Deep Space Electric Propulsion Human Missions to the Moon, Asteroids, and Mars (27 pages) New solar array technologies (e.g. ROSA, FAST, Ultraflex) could provide the power for a high-­‐power SEP stage (with specific powers of 130-­‐220 W/kg). Space Solar array technology has been doubling every four years. There …

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