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Warm hints: The word in this article is about 3000 words and  reading time is about 15 minutes.SummaryMaxim Integrated is a company specializing in semiconductor interface, digital signal processor, analog signal chain, communication IC, power supply and battery management, etc. In the past twenty years, Maxim has developed ICs with high reliability, working in the extended temperature range for industrial applications. Now, they also offer products with current and voltage protection, redu ...
CatalogIntroductionDesign Flow of ChipDesignSpecification DevelopmentDesign Details of the ChipDraw a Blueprint for the PlaneAbout WaferWhat Is a WaferHow to Make Single Crystal WaferMetallurgical PurificationPulling the CrystalDesign Flow of ChipManufactureWhat Is an IC ChipMetal SputteringCoating PhotoresistanceEtching TechnologyPhotoresist RemovalNano-ProcessWhat Is the Nano-ProcessHow Tiny Is the NanometerPurpose of Reducing the ProcessPhysical Limitations of DownsizingAbout EncapsulationTwo ...
SummaryDo you think that electornics and light one day can go well toghther on a standard‘CMOS' chip one day? It's reported that researchers have succeeded in introducting a light connection into the heart of a semiconductor chip a few days. In this way,two circuits can communicate.Or: the worlds of electronics and photonics are connected.BodyWhat is particularly attractive is researcher of the university of Twente--Satadal Dutta's solution--A light connection into the heart of a sem ...
Do you know Dallas Semiconductor which is owned by Maxim Intergrated now? It's well known for making some excellent real-time clocks(RTCs). Let me take an example: DS1307 is simple,works with essentially any cheap 32,768Hz watch crystal,is easily accessible over I2C,and is extremely power efficient( 500nA current when running the oscillator on battery power).As great as it is, the DS1307 has a major drawback: it relies on an external crystal and lacks any sort of temperature compensation. Th ...
(The new device is smaller than a thumbnail with a size of 0.1 x 4mm, and could be integrated into everyday electronic devices like smartphones.)Integrated circuits, so called chips, are used in everyday electronic equipment like mobile phones and computers. It is a set of electronic circuits on one small flat piece of semiconductor material, normally silicon. But this material has some limitations when it comes to processing data.To overcome these limitations and improve data processing, resear ...
Two new USB Type-C-certified port-controller ICs have been introduced by STMicroelectronics.  The ICs offer built-in protection which help designers implement interfaces cost-effectively to support their required blend of USB features. These can include power negotiation, managed active cables, and support for guest protocols. USB Type-C specifies reversible plug orientation and cable direction, which simplifies attaching and powering a wide range of devices.The Type-C connection also conso ...
A simple and efficient PWM lamp dimmer using timer IC NE555 is discussed in this article. Yesterdays linear regulator based dimmers can only attain a maximum efficiency  of 50% and are far inferior when compared to the PWM based dimmers which can hit well over 90% efficiency. Since less amount of power is wasted as heat, the switching elements of PWM dimmers require a smaller heat sink and this saves a lot of size and weight. In simple words, the most outstanding features of the PWM based l ...
Today, at the imec technology forum (ITF2017), imec demonstrated the world's first self-learning neuromorphic chip. The brain-inspired chip, based on OxRAM technology, has the capability of self-learning and has been demonstrated to have the ability to compose music.The human brain is a dream for computer scientists: it has a huge computing power while consuming only a few tens of Watts. Imec researchers are combining state-of-the-art hardware and software to design chips that feat ...
As integrated circuit components are coming up against size limits, manufacturers are turning to new approaches based on stacking extremely thin wafers. However, the thin wafers easily warp under the stresses involved in fabrication, and measuring the stress and warpage has so far proven challenging.In a paper published in the Journal of Applied Crystallography, Professor Patrick McNally's team at Dublin City University, together with collaborators Brian Tanner at Durham University and  ...
The giant chip maker Intel has finally released its 3ed generation chips named Ivy Bridge. They says that the new microprocessor chips used fundamentally different technology. These chips comes with 3D Transistors and are manufactured at 22nm process. The new technology will ensure high processing speed along with power saving. The chip makers keep the pace of Moore’s law by making the new chips using 3d transistor technology along with other advanced capabilities. We can hope tha ...
Harvard University researchers have made the first entirely 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing. Built by a fully automated, digital manufacturing procedure, the 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip can be quickly fabricated in customized form factors allowing researchers to easily collect reliable data for short-term and long-term studies.This new approach to manufacturing may one day allow researchers to rapidly design organs-on-chips, also known as microphysiological systems, that match  ...
What about using wax with a processor as part of a technique to stave off smartphone overheating? Can wax be the answer to the thermal problem confronting smartphones? That is the proposal coming from a University of Pensylvania and University of Michigan team of researchers, who have been studying ways to manage the chip performance of smartphones. Milo Martin, an associate professor with the University of Pennsylvania and his colleagues at the two schools believe the answer is in computational ...
The latest buzz in the information technology industry regards "the Internet of things"—the idea that vehicles, appliances, civil-engineering structures, manufacturing equipment, and even livestock would have their own embedded sensors that report information directly to networked servers, aiding with maintenance and the coordination of tasks.Realizing that vision, however, will require extremely low-power sensors that can run for months without battery changes—or, even better, th ...
Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe today announced a new arrival to its FerVID family of chips for RFID tags. As with all members of the FerVID family, the MB89R112 series uses ferroelectric memory (FRAM) for fast write speeds, high-frequency rewritability, radiation tolerance and low-power operation. With industry-leading 9 KB memory, the series offers tailored solutions for factory automation and medical equipment as well as for embedded and industrial applications.Since 2004, Fujitsu has developed  ...
Stream video on your smartphone, or use its GPS for an hour or two, and you'll probably see the battery drain significantly. As data rates climb and smartphones adopt more power-hungry features, battery life has become a concern. Now a technology developed by MIT spinout Eta Devices could help a phone's battery last perhaps twice as long, and help to conserve energy in cell towers.The primary culprit in smartphone battery drain is an inefficient power amplifier, a component that is  ...
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