Novel silicon electrodes improve lithium-ion batteries

Stanford University scientists have dramatically improved the performance of lithium-ion batteries by creating novel electrodes made of silicon and conducting polymer hydrogel, a spongy material similar to that used in contact lenses and other household products.

Will germanium replace silicon in semiconductors?

The same material that formed the first primitive transistors more than 60 years ago can apparently be modified in a new way to advance future electronics.

Globalfoundries, ASML start alliance

Dutch semiconductor equipment maker ASML said that one of its subsidiaries will collaborate with Globalfoundries in an effort to accelerate the development of future nodes.

Silicon powder produces hydrogen on demand

Super-small particles of silicon react with water to produce hydrogen almost instantaneously, University at Buffalo researchers have discovered.

Is silicon's crown under threat?

A team of MIT researchers believe the semiconductor’s days as the king of microchips may be numbered - thanks to the development of the smallest transistor ever to be built from indium gallium arsenide.

Nanotube breakthrough promises replacement for silicon

IBM says it's made a big step towards the commercial production of carbon nanotube-based computer chips.

Is graphene ready to replace silicon?

For the first time, semiconductors have been produced from graphene - a potential revolution for the electronics market. The Norwegian developers say products could be on the market in as little as five years.

How spinach helps produce electricity

Don't eat your spinach. Put it on your solar panel instead.

Artificial jellyfish engineered from rat heart cells

Scientists have created a free-swimming 'jellyfish' out of silicone seeded with living heart muscle cells.

New memristor offers super-fast memory

A new type of super-fast memory is on the cards, thanks to the creation of the first purely silicon oxide-based Resistive RAM memory chip that can operate in ambient conditions.

The silicon guts of Sony's PS4

Sony's next gen-console will reportedly be powered by an AMD GPU, and, most likely, an AMD CPU as well.

Tiny wires fill missing link in nanoscale computing

Wires just one atom tall and four atoms wide have been shown to have the same current-carrying capability as copper wires, giving a new lease of life to Moore's Law.

Researchers eye lithium-ion battery breakthrough

Researchers from Northwestern University are working on developing a super-battery that can keep a cellphone charged for a week and be recharged in just 15 minutes.

Researchers grow nanolasers on silicon

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an advanced method of growing nanolasers directly onto a silicon surface.

IBM: Graphene won't replace CPU silicon

IBM seems to have concluded that graphene won't be replacing silicon inside CPUs anytime soon.

American sex robots ready to invade the UK

An army of silicon sex robots may be preparing to invade the UK. 

Gallium nitride sensors integrated onto silicon-based chips

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a method of integrating gallium nitride (GaN) sensors and devices directly into silicon-based computer chips.

Intel photonics link hits 50 Gbps

Intel researchers have developed a silicon-based, optical data connection prototype capable of transferring up to 50 gigabits per second.

Report: "Widespread" USB 3 adoption delayed until 2011

A new report claims that USB 3 will not see "widespread adoption" until at least late 2011 due to Intel's lack of "direct" support.

HP accelerates Moore's Law with new memory architecture

A recent discovery by a team of Hewlett Packard researchers could eventually help redefine the capabilities, speed and capacity of conventional memory.