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Scientists create ‘world’s smallest refrigerator’

September 23rd, 2020

Researchers from UCLA have harnessed the power of semiconductors to produce the “world’s smallest refrigerator” that can’t be seen by the naked eye. The “fridge” is actually just two flakes of material that either heat up or cool down depending on what forces are applied. The research could yield new advancements in cooling technology on …

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Scientists develop amazing wood-based computer chips that naturally biodegrade

May 27th, 2015

While we all love our smartphones, there’s no doubt that they create a lot of e-waste that results in harmful chemicals getting dumped into the environment. ScienceDaily brings us word that some researchers are working on a way to solve this problem by developing wood-based semiconductor chips that will actually biodegrade naturally if they’re left in …

Apple is now the largest buyer of semiconductors in the world

January 24th, 2012

Apple is now the largest buyer of semiconductors in the world, according to market research firm Gartner. The Cupertino-based company trailed both Samsung and HP in 2010, however Apple’s spending is estimated to have jumped 34.6% in 2011. The company spent $17.3 billion on semiconductors in 2011, or 5.7% of the total share of chip purchases. Coming …

Samsung reports Q4 earnings: revenue and income grow, profit slides

January 28th, 2011

Samsung on Friday reported its fourth quarter and full year 2010 earnings, highlighting revenue and net income growth but missing Wall Street’s consensus as operating profit slid for the first time in six quarters. The company posted fourth quarter revenue of 41.87 trillion won, up 7% from the same quarter in 2009, and net income …

Qualcomm to acquire chip maker Atheros for $3.1 billion

January 5th, 2011

Qualcomm announced Wednesday that it will acquire microchip maker Atheros. The $3.1 billion deal is set to be the largest acquisition in Qualcomm’s history. The two companies have worked together on several products in the past, and Qualcomm intends to use Atheros’ products to expand onto new platforms and into new markets. Atheros develops and …