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Company Is Implanting Chips in Employees' Hands

Opt-in chip program lets workers pay for food, breeze past security

(Newser) - In a move that seems straight out of a sci-fi novel, a Wisconsin tech company is offering to implant tiny smart chips into the hands of its employees. The rice-sized microchips will take care of menial tasks with the wave of a hand at the micro market company Three Square... More »

Office Inserting Chips in Workers' Skin

Swedish office block offers employees high-tech access

(Newser) - Some Swedish workers can now enter their building without a key and make purchases at the office cafe sans card—with a chip implanted in their hand, the BBC reports. Epicenter, a new Swedish office block, is offering employees a miniscule RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip to provide various kinds of... More »

Scientists Create Super-Strong Micro 'Muscle'

Vanadium dioxide-based device is super fast, and the size of a microchip

(Newser) - A team of government scientists has created a microchip-sized robotic muscle capable of throwing objects 50 times heavier than itself a distance five times longer than its length in less than 60 milliseconds. The key to this wonder device is a material called vanadium dioxide, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory... More »

Wal-Mart Will Track Your Undies

Privacy advocates slam garment chips

(Newser) - Wal-Mart's plans to insert a tracking chip inside individual pairs of jeans and underwear has privacy advocates worried. The retail giant says the RFID chips will make inventory control much more efficient, but privacy groups warn that the chips—which can be removed, but not turned off—could be misused... More »

Computers Will Stop Getting Faster —in 75 Years

(Newser) - Even Moore's Law has its limit. That's the much-cited dictum from Intel co-founder Gordon Moore that computer speed doubles every two years with ever-smaller and more powerful transistors. Two physicists crunched some numbers and found that the theory—which has held true for 40 years now—must eventually reach a... More »

Chill Chips May Take Heat Off Computers

Tiny cooling system could eliminate bulkier fans, enable new leaps

(Newser) - Researchers have developed a tiny refrigeration system to keep computers cool, an invention that will do away with the clunky fan currently used—and potentially lead to much smaller and faster devices, Computerworld reports. The team at Purdue University expects the technology to be ready for installation within 2 years. More »

Chip Makers Tussle for Gadget Niche

Intel, competitors stake out mobile internet device market

(Newser) - Following the lead of Intel, builders of high-tech microchips are shifting their focus to portable gadgets dubbed MIDs—mobile internet devices that are bigger than cell phones but smaller than computers. industry leaders like Samsung and Nvidia are dashing to release the more powerful chips that boost battery life and... More »

Intel Trims Q1 Profit Projections

An oversupply of flash memory chips is continuing to drive down prices

(Newser) - Falling prices for flash memory prompted chipmaker Intel Corp to trim its first quarter gross-profit projection slightly yesterday, driving share prices down nearly 3% in after-hours trading, reports Bloomberg. Analysts said oversupply for NAND flash chips—used in cameras, music devices, and mini-storage devices—would likely persist into the third... More »

Chip Trades Precision for Power Usage

Sometimes, argues one engineer, close really is good enough

(Newser) - Smaller, faster and more precise are the goals of engineers who design microchips, those tiny, power-hungry processors at the core of modern electronics. But a Rice University professor is going against the grain, trading a little bit of precision for a major savings in power, and potentially leading a revolution... More »

Supercomputing Technology Landing in Your Lap(top)

Hardware getting smaller as software tries to catch up

(Newser) - Leaps forward in chip design are bringing supercomputing technology to personal computers and corporate data centers, Business Week writes. Hardware makers are coming up with more ways to cram colossal amounts of computing power into small spaces, but software is lagging a bit behind. Microsoft is building a brain trust... More »

Intel: Honey, I Shrunk the Processor

Chip shrinks nearly a third to minuscule 45 nanometer process

(Newser) - Intel is rolling out a line of processors today that breaks brave new ground in micro-sizing —the chips are the first ever to be mass-produced with a  45 nanometer process, nearly a third smaller than today's 65 nanometer technology. The development gives the company an edge over rival Advanced... More »

Intel Opens Huge Plant for Tiny Chips

$3 billion Arizona facility produces miniscule processors

(Newser) - Production begins today at Intel's new $3-billion plant in Arizona, where the tech giant will produce new chips only 45 nanometers wide—a third smaller than current versions. The design of the new Penryn chip incorporates a transistor that scientists celebrated as the most significant breakthrough in microchips in decades.... More »

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