Getting Inside The 741 Op Amp

By Dan Crippen

Many people go throughout their every day lives receiving countless benefits from electronics without much knowledge of what’s inside of them or how they work. This article by Ken Shirrif does a great job of breaking down one of history’s most notable ICs, the 741 op amp. An op amp can be found in cell…

Powerful Perovskites

By Dan Crippen

As electronics move forward and researchers are constantly trying to figure out what the next step in tech will be, there is one field of work that is getting a lot of attention from a small group of people. What they are looking at is refining the potential of perovskite crystals, where a perovskite crystal…

Self-Destructing Computer Chips

By Dan Crippen

Incredible! At the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center they have successfully developed a self-destructing microchip. What enables this awesome, spy movie-esque explosion is the fact that the chip is created using strained Gorilla Glass, essentially Gorilla Glass that is just waiting to break. Currently they are using laser light to trigger a special self-destruct resistor…

Laser Deposition of Sulfur Enables Next-Gen Electronics

By Dan Crippen

A team in the US has developed a (relatively) simple way to execute 2D lithography in semiconductor manufacturing that stands to usher in a new era of electronics. What they are doing is using nano-meter thick MoSe2 crystal semiconductors and coating them with a protective silicon layer. The silicon layer provides the design for the semiconductor,…

Nantero Receives More Funding For Nano-Memory

By Dan Crippen

After 13 years of working on their NRAM technology, Nantero has received another bit of funding to (hopefully) bring their innovation to market. What they are looking to accomplish is a commercial nanotechnology that will allow for more efficient storage of memory in the increasingly smaller gadgets of today. So far they have licensed their…