Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is teaming with Sematech (Austin, TX) to develop a new material for the next generation of high-performance semiconductor devices, including advanced microprocessors. Through the $1.5 million project, collaborators will investigate mesoporous silica as an improved insulating material between metal conduction lines on semiconductor chips. The material, porous and uniform in structure, can be formed into thin films, potentially resulting in semiconductor devices that operate at much higher speeds, while consuming less power. Researchers at Pacific Northwest estimate that the new material should result in significant savings in fabrication costs, up to $500 million annually. FAX: (509) 375-2242.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.