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MIT researchers set out to create self-assembling chips

Today, 04:46 PM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

One of the hottest topics in robotics is self-assembly, and any technique that requires no human intervention is of special interest.

The technology is also highly desirable for chips. Computing devices are shrinking, thanks to smaller chips, which are reaching their physical limits.

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago have come up with a unique technique for self-assembly that could be used to cram more features onto small chip geometries.

The technology is one way to continue Moore's Law, which for more than 50 years has helped shrink and make computing devices cheaper. 

The research revolves around the self-assembly of wires on chips. The wires would handle the biggest challenge in chip making. Instead of etching fine features onto silicon using existing methods, materials called block copolymers would expand and self-assemble into predefined designs and structures.

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Best Places to Work in IT: Search the archives 1994-2016

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Samsung may retake momentum with the S8 smartphone

Today, 04:09 PM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

Samsung has a lot riding on its next smartphone, the Galaxy S8, which debuts on Wednesday at an event in New York City.

Reports on new features of the S8 have been unusually abundant. Many of the reports were confirmed by Computerworld with seven industry insiders who spoke on the condition they not be named.

According to these sources, both the S8 and S8 Plus:

  • will be larger than the last generation;
  • will have no physical home button;
  • will have facial recognition, in addition to a fingerprint scanner, to verify the user;
  • will have a DeX docking device, sold separately;
  • and will include a new voice assistant called Bixby.

Many of these features were already reported by a KGI Security analyst and by Forbes and other websites. There have even been photos of the new devices from a German website WinFuture.

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