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DeepMind computer mixes architectures for human-like learning

The Neural Turing Machine will combine the best of number-crunching with the human-like adaptability of neural networks – so it can invent its own programs, writes Jacob Aron. Your smartphone is amazing, but ask it to do something it doesn’t have an app for and it just sits…

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ARM describes finfets in the real-world

Finfet technology, with its 3D structure, is seen as the key semiconductor technology for the next generation of deep sub-micron chip design. Leah Schuth describes how physical IP developers will rise to the challenge. The semiconductor industry faces a major change in the way that ICs are made in…

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TDK-Lambda to design power products in Bristol

A power electronics research and development centre has been opened by TDK-Lambda in Bristol. This expands the Japanese-owned power supply manufacturer’s R&D capabilities in the UK. The new centre will have up to 10 designers at the facility located at the Bristol and Bath Science…

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Finfet alternative touted by flash pioneer

A variant of 3D transistor technology to rival the finfet is being proposed by Professor Fujio Masuoka, the man credited with pioneering flash memory. The technology, called Surrounding-Gate-Transistor (SGT), is not new, but has yet to be presented as a commercial alternative to traditional planar transistor technology that…

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Un-cooled IR sensor counts humans

French start-up Irynx is to team up with European research lab CEA-Leti to develop its un-cooled infra-red sensor for tracking humans. “These products will be able to count people, distinguish humans, get positions and determine posture,” said Leti. This low-cost technology will help bring to…

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Nanotech research makes colour displays "squid-like"

Research into colour display technology, which can be finely tuned, could provide clues about developing camouflaging metamaterials that can “see” colours and automatically blend into the background, as seen in nature with animals like squids. Scientists at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) in Houston, Texas set out in…

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DNA sequencer pioneer awarded Faraday Medal

Professor Chris Toumazou founder and CEO of DNA Electronics, the developer of semiconductor DNA sequencing technology, has been awarded the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)’s highest honour, the 2014 Faraday Medal. The award recognises Professor Toumazou’s pioneering work in the invention of semiconductor DNA sequencing and…

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Nanomagnets challenge transistors

Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have demonstrated a new kind of building block for digital integrated circuits which uses 3D arrangements of nano-scale magnets instead of transistors…

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