Engineers and scientists from three United Kingdom universities are combining to produce, what they claim to be, the world's smallest electronic nose, an industrial device that is able to replicate the odour sensor capability of the human nose.
AMD has announced it is collaborating with Microsoft to incorporate 64-bit support for the future 8th-generation AMD Athlon and Opteron processors into the Windows operating system.
Rob Westerhof, Chief Executive of Philips Electronics China Group, says Hong Kong is going to benefit as China becomes the world's semiconductor centre.
A team at Johns Hopkins University in the US has developed a prototype chip that uses light instead of wires as an interface.
ICP Electronics Australia has added to its range of low power consumption embedded boards. The Wafer-5825 is designed to meet the requirements of such applications as transportation (car PC), internet appliances and information terminals.
As the shake-up in the rankings, largely the result of the severe economic downturn that hit the semiconductor industry in 2001, occurs worldwide chip sales in February totalled A$20 billion, the same as January's sales.
The recovery in the IC business is somewhat mixed, according to research company IC Insights.
Intel has produced memory chips containing 330 million transistors through manufacturing technology that will hit the mainstream in 2003.
In-Stat/MDR finds that manufacturers of synchronous optical network (SONET) and synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) equipment suffered heavily in 2001, due to a sharp cut back on capital expenditures by telecommunications carriers and the demise of many competitive local exchange carriers.
The memory market looks set to be more stable and profitable in 2002, and this could mean higher prices.
Phillip Bullock, IBM Australia/New Zealand CEO, has said the company is trying to develop a computer flexible enough to roll up and put in your pocket.
Citing a dramatic increase in average selling prices coupled with a slight increase in consumer demand for PC memory upgrades, market research company iSuppli has raised its forecast for the DRAM market.
Recent advances in mobile phone technology have generated demand for memory with high levels of functionality and capacity. However, there is no standardisation in the packaging of the chips that power them.