Tag: electronics

Researchers Roll Out Free Software To Advance Computer Chip Design

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Engineering researchers have developed new software, called FreePDK15, to facilitate chip design – and are making it freely available in order to foster new research focused on pushing the frontiers of computer technology. “State-of-the-art transistors are now 15 nanometers (nm) long, and you can fit a billion of those transistors on a single chip,” says

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Remote Lab Allows ‘Hands-On’ Testing of Antennas from Thousands of Miles Away

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Imagine a lab that gives scientists the opportunity to do “hands-on” testing from thousands of miles away. Researchers at NC State have created a remotely-controlled testing facility that allows students, professors and private companies from around the world to test prototype antennas for wireless devices. The lab was created to provide a teaching and R&D

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Dogs, Technology and the Future of Disaster Response

Monday, May 5th, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Imagine a team of humans, dogs, robots and drones swooping onto the scene in the aftermath of a disaster and working together to find and rescue anyone trapped in collapsed buildings. That’s the goal of a team of researchers from around the United States working on what they call the Smart Emergency Response System (SERS).

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How Changing the Way We Study Gold Could Boost Communication Tech

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Under the right circumstances, pushing on nothing is harder than pushing on something – at least when that “something” is gold. That’s the finding from a new materials science paper, and it’s a finding that could expedite the development of new wireless communication technologies. The Problem At issue are ohmic radio frequency microelectricalmechanical systems switches

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Researchers Work to Squeeze More Data from Bandwidth in Mobile Devices

Monday, September 30th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

A team of researchers is working on technology that would allow mobile devices to send and receive more data using the same limited amount of bandwidth. The work is supported by a $1.08 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Competition for the airwaves is fierce. Commercial and military communication services must broadcast and

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