IBM has devised materials and processes that could help improve the efficiency of chip production at the 7nm node and beyond. The company's researchers are working on challenges in the emerging field of 'area-selective deposition', a technology that could help overcome limitations on lithographic techniques to create patterns on silicon in 7nm processes. Semi Engineering has a neat account of lithographic patterning and why at 7nm there's growing interest in area-selective deposition. Techniques such as 'multiple patterning' helped ensure integrated circuits kept scaling, but as chips have shrunk from 28nm to 7nm processes, chipmakers have needed to process more layers with ever-smaller features that need more precise placement on patterns. Those features need to align between layers. When they don't, it leads to 'edge placement error' (EPE), a challenge that Intel lithography expert Yan Borodovsky believed lithography couldn't solve and which would ultimately impede Moore's Law. … [Read more...] about IBM: Chip making is hitting its limits, but our techniques could solve that
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As new methods have become available for understanding and manipulating matter at its most fundamental levels, researchers working in the interdisciplinary field of materials science have been increasingly successful in synthesizing new kinds of materials. Often the goal of researchers in the field is to design materials that incorporate properties that can be useful for performing specific functions. Such materials can, for example, be more chemically stable or resistant to physical breakage, have advantageous electromagnetic characteristics, or react in predictable ways to specific environmental conditions. Dr. Ralf Tonner and his research group at the University of Marburg are addressing the challenge of designing functional materials in an unusual way -- by applying approaches based on computational chemistry. Using computing resources at the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), one of three German national supercomputing centers that make up the Gauss Centre for … [Read more...] about Computational Chemistry Supports Research on New Semiconductor Technologies
Norwegian aviation executives like to joke among themselves that when God created aviation, he was thinking of Norway. The country's long coastline and mountainous interior make conventional road travel challenging. Even travelling relatively short distances in Norway's populated south, say from Bergen to Trondheim, two major coastal cities 700 km apart, takes up to 12 hours by car -- but just an hour by plane. For all these reasons and more, the Norwegian government has set a goal that 30 percent of all jet fuel used in Norway by 2030 will be sustainably produced biofuels. To help jump start this transition, the government announced in October that airlines operating in Norwegian airspace will have to use 0.5 percent biofuels in their jet fuel by 2020. Two researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) Industrial Ecology Programme decided to look at how producing aviation biofuels in Norway would affect the climate and other environmental aspects identified … [Read more...] about Bio Jet Fuels Good for the Climate, But Technologies Need Tweaking
Five big thinkers — Regina Barzilay, George Church, Jennifer Egan, Catherine Mohr and Siddhartha Mukherjee — puzzle over the future of the future. NOV. 16, 2018 The Tech And Design Issue From Gene Editing to A.I., How Will Technology Transform Humanity? The Future of Aging Just Might Be in Margaritaville Proteomics Might Have Saved My Mother’s Life. And It May Yet Save Mine. The Human Brain Is a Time Traveler On Instagram, Seeing Between the (Gender) Lines May A.I. Help You? 20 Americans Die Each Day Waiting for Organs. Can Pigs Save Them? The ‘Geno-Economists’ Say DNA Can Predict Our Chances of Success Gaming Out a Chance at Motherhood — Later Data-Driven Medicine Will Help People — But Can It Do So Equally? Climate Change and the Savage Human Future Jokes From the Future Group 3 Created with Sketch. Group 3 Created with … [Read more...] about From Gene Editing to A.I., How Will Technology Transform Humanity?
Nov 15, 1:27 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Steve Symington 11/15/18 AT 12:23 AM Tencent Holdings (NASDAQOTH:TCEHY) announced strong third-quarter 2018 results early Wednesday, highlighting the value of its diversified business and the early benefits of a recent companywide reorganization.This article originally appeared in The Motley Fool.With shares of the internet services and gaming leader up around 5 percent as of this writing in response, let's take a closer look at what Tencent accomplished over the past few months, as well as what investors should be watching in the quarters ahead.Tencent results: The raw numbers For perspective, the recent Chinese regulatory shake-up and subsequent freeze on approvals for new game licenses is still in effect. Photo: DATA SOURCE: TENCENT HOLDINGS What happened with Tencent this quarter?Adjusted for one-time items, Tencent's (non- GAAP) profit attributable … [Read more...] about Tencent’s Earnings Soar Despite Gaming Challenges