semiconductor articles

Apple acquires small footprint, low-power chip maker Passif

Apple has recently acquired wireless chip-developer Passif Semiconductor. The Silicon Valley-based company specializes in small, low power communication chips and low energy bluetooth devices, technology that could be implemented into Apple's rumored wearable tech project and future mobile devices.

Weekend tech reading: The transistor turns 65

The transistor, the ubiquitous building block of all electronic circuits, will be 65 years old on Sunday. The device is jointly credited to William Shockley (1910-1989), John Bardeen (1908-1991) and Walter Brattain (1902-1987), and it was Bardeen and Brattain who operated the...

IBM, 3M team up to build 3D semiconductors with 'glue'

IBM and 3M have announced that they will co-develop a special adhesive material that will allow silicon to stack in a tower configuration and will be packaged on 3D semiconductors. IBM plans to stack semiconductors as high as 100 chips by 2013.