first_imgGlobalFoundries,Vermont Business Magazine Artificial intelligence just got smarter. IBM (NYSE: IBM(link is external)), its Research Alliance partners GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung, and equipment suppliers have developed an industry-first process to build silicon nanosheet transistors that will enable 5 nanometer (nm) chips(link is external). The details of the process will be presented at the 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits conference in Kyoto, Japan. In less than two years since developing a 7nm test node chip with 20 billion transistors, scientists have paved the way for 30 billion switches on a fingernail-sized chip. GLOBALFOUNDRIES bought IBM’s legacy chip plants in Essex Junction, Vermont, and Fishkill, NY in July 2015.With the  5nm technology, the resulting increase in performance will help accelerate cognitive computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other data-intensive applications delivered in the cloud. The power savings could also mean that the batteries in smartphones and other mobile products could last two to three times longer than today’s devices, before needing to be charged.Scientists working as part of the IBM-led Research Alliance at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s NanoTech Complex in Albany, NY, achieved the breakthrough by using stacks of silicon nanosheets as the device structure of the transistor, instead of the standard FinFET architecture, which is the blueprint for the semiconductor industry up through 7nm node technology.IBM Research scientist Nicolas Loubet holds a wafer of chips with 5nm silicon nanosheet transistors manufactured using an industry-first process that can deliver 40 percent performance enhancement at fixed power, or 75 percent power savings at matched performance. (Credit: Connie Zhou)“For business and society to meet the demands of cognitive and cloud computing in the coming years, advancement in semiconductor technology is essential,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president, Hybrid Cloud, and director, IBM Research. “That’s why IBM aggressively pursues new and different architectures and materials that push the limits of this industry, and brings them to market in technologies like mainframes and our cognitive systems.”The silicon nanosheet transistor demonstration, as detailed in the Research Alliance paper Stacked Nanosheet Gate-All-Around Transistor to Enable Scaling Beyond FinFET, and published by VLSI, proves that 5nm chips are possible, more powerful, and not too far off in the future.Compared to the leading edge 10nm technology available in the market, a nanosheet-based 5nm technology can deliver 40 percent performance enhancement at fixed power, or 75 percent power savings at matched performance. This improvement enables a significant boost to meeting the future demands of artificial intelligence (AI) systems, virtual reality and mobile devices.Building a New Switch”This announcement is the latest example of the world-class research that continues to emerge from our groundbreaking public-private partnership in New York,” said Gary Patton, CTO and Head of Worldwide R&D at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “As we make progress toward commercializing 7nm in 2018 at our Fab 8 manufacturing facility, we are actively pursuing next-generation technologies at 5nm and beyond to maintain technology leadership and enable our customers to produce a smaller, faster, and more cost efficient generation of semiconductors.”IBM Research has explored nanosheet semiconductor technology for more than 10 years. This work is the first in the industry to demonstrate the feasibility to design and fabricate stacked nanosheet devices with electrical properties superior to FinFET architecture.This same Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography approach used to produce the 7nm test node and its 20 billion transistors was applied to the nanosheet transistor architecture. Using EUV lithography, the width of the nanosheets can be adjusted continuously, all within a single manufacturing process or chip design. This adjustability permits the fine-tuning of performance and power for specific circuits – something not possible with today’s FinFET transistor architecture production, which is limited by its current-carrying fin height. Therefore, while FinFET chips can scale to 5nm, simply reducing the amount of space between fins does not provide increased current flow for additional performance.“Today’s announcement continues the public-private model collaboration with IBM that is energizing SUNY-Polytechnic’s, Albany’s, and New York State’s leadership and innovation in developing next generation technologies,” said Dr. Bahgat Sammakia, Interim President, SUNY Polytechnic Institute. “We believe that enabling the first 5nm transistor is a significant milestone for the entire semiconductor industry as we continue to push beyond the limitations of our current capabilities. SUNY Poly’s partnership with IBM and Empire State Development is a perfect example of how Industry, Government and Academia can successfully collaborate and have a broad and positive impact on society.”Part of IBM’s $3 billion, five-year investment in chip R&D (announced in 2014), the proof of nanosheet architecture scaling to a 5nm node continues IBM’s legacy of historic contributions to silicon and semiconductor innovation. They include the invention or first implementation of the single cell DRAM, the Dennard Scaling Laws, chemically amplified photoresists, copper interconnect wiring, Silicon on Insulator, strained engineering, multi core microprocessors, immersion lithography, high speed SiGe, High-k gate dielectrics, embedded DRAM, 3D chip stacking and Air gap insulators.About IBM ResearchFor more than seven decades, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents. Scientists from IBM Research have produced six Nobel Laureates, a U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, 10 U.S. National Medals of Technology, five U.S. National Medals of Science, six Turing Awards, 19 inductees in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and 20 inductees into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame. For more information about IBM Research, visit www.ibm.com/research(link is external).Source: ALBANY, NY – 05 Jun 2017: IBMlast_img read more

first_imgSwim and tri apparel specialist, TYR Sport, has teamed up with USA Triathlon at Chicago’s Tavern at the Park to host the exclusive unveiling of the National Governing Body’s 2016 National Team Uniform.As the official uniform supplier and partner of USA Triathlon, and sponsor partner at the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago, TYR Sport has this week showcased the ‘state-of the-art Carbon fabric technology that will be used to outfit elite triathletes and paratriathletes throughout the 2016 competitive season.’TYR athlete and US Olympian Sarah True was on hand at the event to speak with industry operators and influencers about the race-day advantages of choosing Carbon. No stranger to the international stage, True placed fourth in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, standing out as the highest American finisher. Most recently she placed fourth at the 2015 ITU World Olympic Qualification Event at Copacabana Beach, securing herself a ticket to Rio.“When I line up to race in Rio, I’ll draw confidence from the knowledge that I’m wearing the best technology on the market,” True said. “Carbon is comfortable, lightweight and fast – everything I need from my uniform.”TYR athlete and ITU World Cup silver medalist Ben Kanute and three-time ITU Paratriathlon World Champion Melissa Stockwell were also on-hand to express their excitement for the Carbon technology. Along with True, both athletes will sport Carbon at the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago.Aiming to optimize the function of every aspect of an athlete’s anatomy, TYR Carbon technology ‘fuels performance from the inside out’. With flash mesh, each suit draws moisture away from the body for a fast-drying, lightweight feel.According to the company, TYR Carbon kits have proven to significantly lower both body temperature and heart rate, resulting in enhanced breathing and less lactic acid build-up during even the most grueling parts of a race. The company adds that, despite an unmatched capacity for comfort, all Carbon apparel remains highly compressive and includes a secure beaded grip and ultrasonic welded seams for minimal friction drag.In addition to a patriotic print, the USA Triathlon National Team uniform is manufactured in the United States and will be offered in a variety of options.Named for TYR, the Norse god of warriors, TYR is committed to… ‘cultivating a culture of greatness, both in and out of the water…. Through vision, pursuit and American ingenuity, we have become a brand synonymous with the athlete.’www.tyr.comwww.usatriathlon.org Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgThe three Edgerley siblings, Steve, Susan and Paul, will be recognized for philanthropic work.George Shepard played on state championship basketball teams in the 1940s.SM North will induct three new members into the school’s Hall of Fame during half-time of the boys varsity basketball game on February 6. The inductees include George “Bud” Shepard, James Pearce and the Edgerley family.Shepard and Pearce are being inducted for the athletic achievements and the Edgerley family of three siblings are being inducted in the Distinguished Service category recognizing their philanthropic work for the school community.Shepard played on back-to-back state champion basketball teams in 1943 and 1944. He was an All State selection and an All Kansas City selection in both of those years.James Pearce was undefeated in javelin competition in 1969.Pearce was an All-American high school track athlete in the javelin in 1969 and state champion in the javelin in 1969. He also won the Golden West Invitational meet in the javelin that same year. Pearce won the javelin event in every meet he entered in 1969.The Edgerley family includes siblings Susan, Paul and Steve Edgerley. They graduated from SM North in the 1970s and have been supportive of SM North activities for years. The three have provided significant funding for the SM North Sports Scholarship Fund that that gives scholarships to deserving seniors who have participated in certain activities. The scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 and include nine scholarships named in honor of past coaches at SM North.last_img read more

first_imgCommercial Properties, Inc. announced the sale of a 72,570 SF industrial property located at 8100 W. Buckeye Rd. in Tolleson, Ariz.  Andy Jaffe, SIOR of CPI’s Tempe office represented the buyer, Barnhart Crane and Rigging Company, in this transaction.  The masonry building was built in 1998 and is a single tenant building near the corner of 83rd Avenue and Buckeye Road as part of a regional nuclear response center.Andy JaffeThis center was established in response to the Fukushima accident in Japan in 2011 where power was lost to effectively cool the reactor.  The Phoenix center will be capable of getting the necessary equipment on-site using air and ground transportation within 24 hours to any site in America.Randy Edington, executive vice president and chief nuclear officer at Arizona Public Service Company, which operates the Palo Verde nuclear facility commented, “Equipment from the regional response centers will enable all nuclear plant operators to protect their reactors and used fuel storage pools until normal power and cooling systems are restored.  This is an addition to other measures, including built-in safety systems, the use of on-site portable emergency equipment, and portable equipment and materials on hand at all 62 nuclear energy facilities that can be utilized and shared during an emergency.”Each facility contains five sets of equipment including portable backup generators, pumps, standardized couplings and hoses to be deployed into the field, and will undergo regular testing for operability.According to Andy Jaffe, SIOR, “Their final decision to occupy was the large amount of land on-site, and overhead doors that aligned for ease of ingress and egress of their equipment.  Also, it was a clear spanned building, which permits movement of their equipment, and proximity to the airport and freeway accessibility were key factors.”The sale was valued at $3.9 million.last_img read more

first_imgJul 20, 2012Multistate E coli O145 outbreak called over; no source identifiedThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today said a nine-state outbreak of Escherichia coli O145 infections “appears to be over,” but the source of contamination remains unknown. Eighteen people were confirmed infected with the outbreak strain, up from 15 cases in six states in the CDC’s last update on Jun 19. Four patients were hospitalized, and one, in Louisiana, died. Dates of illness onset ranged from Apr 15 to Jun 12. “Based on interviews conducted, a source for these infections was not identified,” the CDC said. Cases by state are: Alabama (2), California (1), Florida (1), Georgia (5), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Maryland (1), Tennessee (1), and Virginia (1). The new cases were in Kentucky, Maryland, and Virginia. The outbreak was first reported by Louisiana and Georgia officials in early June. The O145 strain is one of six non-O157 E coli strains that the US Department of Agriculture recently began testing for in beef trim.Jul 20 CDC updateJul 18 CIDRAP News item on non-O157 testingStudy: Listeria causes most years of life lost among enteric pathogens in Germany German scientists found that Listeria leads the list of enteric pathogens in that country as far as years of potential life lost (YPLL), according to a study today in Epidemiology & Infection. Using notification data from 2004 through 2008, the team assessed the impact of Campylobacter, L monocytogenes, norovirus, rotavirus, Salmonella, and Shiga toxin–producing E coli (STEC). They found the highest mortality rate was associated with salmonellosis (0.55 per 1 million population), but that Listeria accounted for the highest YPLL, at 4,245. When they removed deaths in people 70 and older, they found that Listeria still led substantially, with 2,306 YPLL, followed by STEC (757) and rotavirus (648). While acknowledging that routine surveillance captures only a fraction of cases and deaths, the authors conclude, “Weighting death by age permits a different view on the disease burden individual enteric pathogens cause and particularly underscores the public health importance of listeriosis prevention.”Jul 20 Epidemiol Infect abstractlast_img read more

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first_imgHLPFI reported on May 18 that the US port had approved the 15-year agreement for Pasha to provide cargo handling and other terminal services at Pier 80.Pasha Hawaii’s Jean Anne became the first ship to call at the terminal since it has been taken over, but Pasha noted that it is still negotiating deals with manufacturers to bring cargoes to Pier 80.John Pasha, senior vice president of Pasha Automotive Services, noted that the company hopes to attract 96 ships a year and handle 150,000 automobiles annually.He added that Pasha aims to transform the “under-utilised pier” into a maritime facility, in order to serve customers and create local jobs.  www.pashagroup.comlast_img read more

first_img Frances Marshall, Farnborough, Hampshire I was very interested to see the report on the roundtable discussion on diversity (see 18 March), and disappointed in equal measure – although not particularly surprised – to see no mention of age diversity. When I was at law school, there was a student social group for career-changers. Other than this, I have never encountered anyone in the legal profession seriously addressing problems that affect older people joining the profession, such as:The enormous financial risk of paying upfront for legal education (without the benefit of local authority subsidies, student loans or the ‘bank of mum and dad’), for the uncertain prospect of a training contract at the minimum wage. Comparability of qualifications gained 20 years ago with those of today. Some training contract application forms required a list of GCSE results as one of the first questions and, no doubt, the employing firm expected to see a list of A*s – GCSEs did not exist when I was at school, never mind A*s. Conversely, not all HR staff seem to know what an S-level is. Potential employers not accepting that an each-way commute of 50 miles or more is acceptable (relocation expenses would be prohibitive for a job which is not fully covered by the Employment Rights Act for the first two years). Admittedly, this is just anecdotal experience, and it may be there is no systemic problem. At law school, students over 35 seemed to make up about 5% of the cohort: perhaps older trainees and NQs are proportionately represented in the major firms. I hope someone will correct my impression that every under-represented group is being offered assistance, except the one of which I’m a member.last_img read more

first_imgTHAILAND: Five Alstom locomotives operated by State Railway of Thailand have been fitted with MTU 16V 4000 R41 R engines to cut their fuel consumption and increase availability. MTU said repowering will prolong the life of a locomotive by up to one complete life-cycle at 60% of the price of a new locomotive.Series 4000 engines are available 850 to 3000 kW and for shunting, multi-purpose vehicles as well as main line locomotive applications. MTU expects the Thai contract will help it gain access to Asia markets including Vietnam and Indonesia where it sees opportunities to modernise locomotives.last_img read more