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Weary of the year wait (or even more) in between brand-new silicon architecture providings from Chipzilla and AMD? Well, if some Wolfpack analysts have anything to point out about it, we’ll determine that hang around in months thanks to a new CPU core design device that automates part of the procedure. Creating a brand-new CPU primary is, on a high level, a 2 step procedure. First, the architectural spec is created, which sets the core’s dimensions and organizes its components. That requires some substantial intellectual lifting, and involves groups of engineers to finish. Previously, similar workers was required for the 2nd step, where the architecture spec is converted into an application design that can be fabricated in a factory. No longer. The aforementioned NC State boffins have actually developed a tool that enables engineers to input their architecture specification, and it produces an implementation design that’s utilized to draw up manufacturing plans. The outcome? Considerable time and workers savings in creating recently made CPU primaries, which indicates that all those passed roadmaps we’re so fond of can be in serious requirement of modification sometime quickly.
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Researchers at Stanford University have put together an interesting new battery technology that combines two theoretically coveted attributes: transparency and flexibility. The method of making the battery transparent is rather clever, and while the resulting product is far less energy-dense than its opaque relatives, it’s still an interesting development.
The secret is organizing the components in a certain way on a microscopic scale. The electrode material isn’t see-through, but there’s no reason it has to be a solid block instead of something less substantial. Materials Science professor Yi Cui made the electrode layer of this battery a grid of threads which, at only 35nm thick, are invisible to the naked eye. By arranging them in a sparse grid, he produces an array with tolerable energy density but which light can easily pass through.
The grid is embedded in a non-conductive, flexible substrate, and then a gel electrolyte layer interposed between it and another grid, placed precisely above the first. By stacking the electrode grids in this way and using only clear materials for the other components, they’ve been able to achieve around 60% transparency. The wattage is nothing to crow about, but that’s next on the list to improve.
Applications? I’m no engineer, but I’m sure there are plenty of places where a flexible and/or transparent battery could be useful. Wrapping it around other components, embedding it in already-transparent items (screens, windows, etc), and other ideas are quick to come to mind, but who knows what the research will enable? Cui and his team of students are working hard on scaling the technology and working out the bugs.
Windows XP partially re-created in LittleBigPlanet 2, ups the stakes for gamer ambitiousness (video)
Some hax0rs have figured out how to control the Kinect’s motors from Windows, the first step in eventual total control of the new Microsoft gaming product. Not much else to say right now except that this demo shows the motors inside the Kinect interacting with a small app on the desktop. Could this be the first step on the road to the $ 2,000 bounty for an open-source Kinect?
Sony Partially Exits LCD Plant
According to the Financial Times, Sony Corp. is expected to sell its liquid crystal display plant, located in Japan to its competitor Kyocera Corp. .