Magnetic RAM is inching forward, bringing the benefits of nonvolatility with the performance of RAM. Motorola's Semiconductor Product Sector (http://e-www.motorola.com) is sampling 4-Mbit magnetoresistive RAM chips made on its 0.18-micron lines, quadrupling the storage capacity over parts introduced in mid-2002. Honeywell International (www.ssec.honeywell.com) is licensing Motorola's process technology, planning to make radiation-hardened chips for military applications. Honeywell will merge the technology with its silicon-on-insulator IC technology.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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