Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and SGS-Thomson Microelectronics join efforts and resources to develop flash-memory products, starting with multi-level 64-Mbit memories. These will include both DINOR and NOR architectures, as well as associated processes from 0.20 through 0.18 micron. Resulting products will be used primarily in portable applications such as hand-held computers, personal digital assistants, and interactive set-top boxes. The companies expect to see the market for flash- memory products grow from $2.6 billion in 1996 to more than $6 billion by 2001. Embedded applications will also benefit. These include consumer products that integrate set-top boxes, DVD, games, and Internet terminal features under the control of a standard operating system; global positioning by satellite systems for the automotive market; and industrial control systems. FAX: (408) 732-9382.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
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.