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IEDM 2014 Preview: Part 2

Contributed by Dick James — Follow me on Twitter @ChipworksDick This is part 2 of 2 on IEDM 2014 preview. Click here for Part 1. — Tuesday In the morning we have another seven parallel sessions, starting with session 9 on Advanced CMOS Devices for 10nm Node and Beyond, so another one I will definitely be targeting. The first [...]

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IEDM 2014 Preview: Part 1

Contributed by Dick James — Follow me on Twitter @ChipworksDick This is part 1 of 2 on IEDM 2014 preview. Click here for Part 2. Later this month the good and the great of the electron device world will make their usual pilgrimage to San Francisco for the 2014 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting.  To quote the conference web front [...]

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STMicroelectronics’ Integrated Inertial Sensor MEMS Device Technology

Contributed by: St.J. Dixon-Warren STMicroelectronics is a leading player in the consumer electronics MEMS market. They offer a broad range of products targeted at mobile computing devices, and Chipworks regularly finds ST devices in our teardown analyses. ST manufactures a range of MEMS sensors, including accelerometers, gyroscopes, digital compasses, inertial modules, pressure sensors, and microphones. [...]

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Intel Foundries MEMS for Fuel Cell Start-up Nectar

In the last couple of years there have been announcements that Intel will be acting as a foundry for FPGA company Achronix, PLD maker Tabula and programmable network processor provider Netronome, as well as much speculation about making chips for Apple. All these reports refer to using Intel’s leading-edge 22-nm tri-gate process.  However, at CES [...]

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Invensense MPU-6000/6050 3-axis gyro, 3-axis accel, 9-axis ready

Contributed by: St.J. Dixon-Warren  The InvenSense MPU-6050 is InvenSense’s most recent motion sensor offering. The device promises an integrated six-axis sensor, incorporating a three-axis gyroscope and a three-axis accelerometer. It can also access an external magnetometer to provide complete 9-degrees-of-freedom sensing. Samples have arrived in the Chipworks labs, and we have some preliminary results.  It looks [...]

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Energy harvesting coming of age…

…notes from the European Solid State Circuits Conference contributed by Randy Torrance, Manager of Circuit RE   Energy harvesting may be the next big thing. At least, that’s the way it seems here at ESSCIRC/ESSDERC in Helsinki Finland this week. There are quite a few papers here discussing this new field, as well as a [...]

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