Intel reports it is paying referral bonuses of up to $4,000 to employees who help recruit women, minorities and military veterans. The chipmaker said earlier this year it would spend $300 million over five years to increase the diversity of its workforce.
Researchers at Purdue University have come up with an aluminum-doped zinc oxide material to make optical transistors that they say could speed up optical communications by up to 5,000 times. The switching speed of these transistors is 350 femtoseconds, the team reports.
Researchers at Ozark Integrated Circuits, a spinoff from the University of Arkansas, are tasked by NASA to develop a process design kit for chips that will be able to function on the surface of Venus, where temperatures are estimated to be about 500 degrees C, or 962 degrees F. The National Science Foundation previously funded Ozark IC to develop a PDK for 350 degrees C.
Imec and Panasonic say they have been able to fabricate resistive random-access memories with a 40-nanometer, tantalum oxide-based process. The research and development partners are targeting the production of 28nm ReRAMs.
The new Density doorframe sensor can keep track of how many people are in a gymnasium, restaurant or shared workplace, providing data to mobile applications that offer that information to users. The company behind the Internet-connected sensor is recruiting app developers to work with the chip's capabilities.
Nvidia is encouraging customers who purchased a Shield tablet between July 2014 and July 2015 to send them back for a replacement due to batteries that overheat and pose a fire risk, the company confirmed.
The worldwide semiconductor industry is in the grip of an "M&A mania, or even madness," with $72.6 billion in acquisition deals announced in the first half of 2015, according to IC Insights. "China's ambitious goal to become self-sufficient in semiconductors and reduce imports of ICs from foreign suppliers" has led investors in that nation to become more aggressive in pursuing purchases, the market research firm says.
Researchers at Arizona State University say they have been able to make a monolithic semiconductor white laser, which could one day replace light-emitting diodes as a lighting source. The technology could also have applications in energy-efficient display monitors and optical communications.
A research team has developed a process of producing graphene in volume, using chemical vapor deposition with a copper substrate and methane molecules containing carbon. This could serve as an alternative to epitaxial growth of graphene, the team reports.
A patent dispute over a Texas company's use of digital models for orthodontics from Pakistan will be the subject of an Aug. 11 hearing by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The U.S. International Trade Commission earlier held that ClearCorrect could not import those digital models and data, acting on a complaint by a competitor, Align Technology.