PragmaDev released the results of their recent UML survey. According to their research, UML modeling technology usage is expected to decrease for the third year in a row. However, the effective usage of UML has been slightly growing from 65% in 2011, to 70% in 2012, up to 71% this year. These two trends mostly indicate UML has reached peaked and is about to start its decline.
National Instruments published their 2013 Automated Test Outlook. The report highlights the latest test and measurement technologies and methodologies. The research examines trends affecting industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer electronics, semiconductor, telecommunications and transportation.
National Instruments revealed their 2012 Automated Test Outlook, which is based on NI’s latest research on test and measurement technologies and methodologies. National Instruments’ 2012 Automated Test Outlook is based on input from academic and industry research, user forums and surveys, business intelligence and customer advisory board reviews. NI’s report provides information about trends affecting industries like consumer electronics, automotive, semiconductor, aerospace and defense, medical devices and communications.
Imec is creating a new industrial research program on high-bandwidth optical input/output (I/O). The goal of the new program is to explore the use of optical solutions for realizing high-bandwidth I/O between CMOS chips. The affiliation program is a part of imec’s research platform on deep-submicron CMOS scaling. In close collaboration with imec’s industrial partners, the optical I/O program will develop a silicon-photonics solution for addressing the upcoming scaling challenges in interconnecting CMOS chips.
Imec researchers have created biosensors based on nanostructure geometries that increase sensitivity. The biosensors can detect extremely low concentrations of specific disease markers. According to imec, this paves the way to early diagnostics of cancer by detecting low densities of cancer markers in human blood samples. Some of the research results were achieved in collaboration with the Catholic University of Leuven (Leuven, Belgium), Imperial College (London, UK) and Rice University (Houston, Texas).
HP Labs researchers have discovered that the memristor is capable of performing logic functions. As a result, it may be possible in the future to have computations performed in chips where data is stored instead of on a specialized central processing unit. A memristor is a resistor with memory that represents the fourth basic circuit element in electrical engineering.
Leti research center is hosting a workshop on innovative memory technologies at MINATEC during Minatec Crossroads ’10 events on Monday, June 21. The workshop will explore the latest achievements in semiconductor memory technologies. Topics will range from short-term to long-term memory solutions. The workshop is part of the 3rd Minatec Crossroads ’10 June 21-25. Leti, a CEA laboratory located in Grenoble, is one of the main European applied research centers in electronics.
Chipworks announced their Design for Manufacturability (DFM) analysis of Intel’s 32 nm Clarkdale/Westmere microprocessor from the Core i5 660. The analysis combines a standard reverse engineering report with the ICWorks Surveyor format. ICWorks Surveyor is a software tool that allows the engineer to navigate thousands of images stitched together into a massive floor-plan across all the metal layers of the device. Intel Westmere 32 nm Layout and Design for Manufacturability Analysis is now shipping.
The Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) will hold a Future of Robotics Summit on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. Attendees will hear from leading robotic research institutions about the latest research coming down the pipeline and opportunities for partnership and commercialization. The research briefing will culminate with a presentation on technology transfer opportunities and tours of MIT’s Robotics Labs.
Agilent Technologies and Stanford University are working on a research program designed to explore a new class of nanoscale devices using a combinations of the scanning probe microscope (SPM) and atomic layer deposition (ALD). The research will enable the rapid prototyping and characterization of nanoscale devices with breakthroughs in sub 10 nm scale for a wide range of applications. The work between Agilent and Stanford University is part of Agilent’s University Relations Program, which facilitates collaborations with universities around the world.