Hewlett-Packard and SanDisk say they're partnering to develop memory chips that will be 1,000 times faster than standard flash memory and capable of replacing DRAM. The technology will integrate HP's memristors with SanDisk's resistive RAM, the companies say.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the NIST Center for Neutron Research have come up with a method for making magnetic skyrmions under ambient room conditions. The advance could potentially lead to more secure, permanent data storage for computers, the researchers report.
Automotive manufacturers are growing more concerned about the security of their vehicle electronics in light of reports about the hacking of auto systems. "With the advent of connected cars and the move to more of a consumer market-oriented product, carmakers have had to think more about software content in vehicles and how to update that, how to keep it current, and go away from the traditional bending of sheet metal and connecting wires inside," said Andrew Patterson of Mentor Graphics.
The Fast IDentity Online, or FIDO, Alliance has been working for three years on interoperability for authentication devices. "From a high-level perspective, FIDO is best described as a protocol. It is designed to be a solution that enables strong authenticators of all types -- biometrics, secure PINs and new types of 'things,' " said Phillip Dunkelberger, president and CEO of Nok Nok Labs.
The Centre of Process Innovation in the UK is joining the Gravia project, which has the goal of developing graphene-based ultra-barrier materials that could be used in flexible, transparent displays. "CPI's role in the project is to use roll-to-roll atomic layer deposition technologies to scale up, test and fabricate the ultra-barrier materials," CPI's James Johnstone said.
Quantum communication, once it is realized, has the potential to provide a greater level of security for the Internet of Things and other applications, Ernest Worthman writes. "What is so exciting about QC is that it removes the ability for a hacker to eavesdrop on a system and obtain the 'secret' key that secures the communications," he writes.
The topolariton, a new type of emergent particle, has potential applications in improving the efficiency of photonic devices, said Gil Refael, a professor at the California Institute of Technology.
Infineon Technologies has established the Infineon Security Partner Network to provide chip-based security for Internet-connected devices and systems. Beijing Broadstar Info Tech, IKV and Wibu-Systems have already joined the partner network.
Dell reportedly is discussing a potential acquisition with EMC. In mid-July, Dell director Egon Durban said at a forum in Aspen, Colo., that Dell was studying the "federation" business model of EMC, taking in VMware and various other enterprises. Dell did not respond for request for comment on the rumor.
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