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Inside the multibillion-dollar quest to make faster, cheaper gadgets

Intel, GlobalFoundries and other chipmakers have built massive facilities to manufacture more powerful computer chips. It's all part of a race to prove they can keep pace with Moore's Law.

By April 16, 2015


Moore's Law: The rule that really matters in tech

In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore foresaw an inexorable rise in chip power that eventually delivered the computer to your pocket. While long in the tooth, Moore's prediction still has plenty of life in it. Here's why.

By October 15, 2012


MIT: New germanium laser better for computing

Lasers with indirect-band-gap technology could ease integration with computer chips and therefore help optical computing, researchers say.

By February 5, 2010


Researchers attack transistors to slay vampire power

European Union-funded project seeks to rearchitect chips to stop energy "leakage" and make everyday electronics, from cell phones to supercomputers, 10 times more energy efficient.

By October 26, 2010


Could nanowire skin help robots do the dishes?

UC Berkeley engineers have developed a low-power e-skin of touch-sensitive nanowire mesh that may help robots manipulate fragile objects.

By September 12, 2010


The first fuel cell on wheels

A look back at the first hydrogen fuel cell-powered car.

By October 21, 2008


TI launches Kilby Labs, marks 50 years of integrated circuits

Texas Instruments commemorates the 50th anniversary of the integrated circuit with the opening of Kilby Labs, honoring Nobel-prize-winning inventor of the integrated circuit, Jack Kilby.

By September 12, 2008


Smokestack heat: Fuel of the future?

Escaped heat is an underused resource for electricity and heating. New technology and a push toward energy efficiency could make recycled energy more attractive.

By August 22, 2008


Solar cell breaks world record for efficiency

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory claim to have designed a solar cell with 40.8 percent efficiency, the world's most efficient yet.

By August 14, 2008


Sunrgi's 'extreme' solar concentrators to match grid power

A start-up shows off a prototype of a solar concentrator that packs some serious heat--but that also boosts the efficiency of solar cells significantly.

By April 29, 2008