In the most recent figures released by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, January 2014 was the best ever January on record, clocking in with sales figures hitting over US $26 billion worldwide. This follows the banner year of 2013, in which annual sales reached an all-time high of more than $305 billion. This marks a 35 percent increase over the depths of the post-recession slump in 2009, when global sales declined to $226.3 billion. “We expect the industry to maintain this momentum for the foreseeable future,” says Brian Toohey, president and CEO of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association.
Five Things You Might Not Know About Moore’s Law
Facts that are often overlooked when Moore’s Law is discussed
The Murky Origins of “Moore's Law”
A hunt for the very first time the term was used
Soggy Computing: Liquid Devices Might Match the Brain's Efficiency
Vanadium dioxide switches could be great for a new kind of computing, but maybe they're just too strange
How Much Did Early Transistors Cost?
About a billion times more than they do now
Q&A: Carver Mead
A longtime collaborator recalls the first time he met Gordon Moore
Perovskite Leads to 100-Percent Efficient Nanowire Lasers
The quality that makes perovskite attractive for photovoltaics makes them near perfect for lasers
What Kind of Thing Is Moore’s Law?
The trend has more to do with collective behavior than the laws of nature
The Simplest Flexible Printed Transistors
Cheap disposable electronics from super-simple amorphous oxide transistor made from just two materials
Special Report: 50 Years of Moore's Law
The glorious history and inevitable decline of one of technology’s greatest winning streaks
Molybdenum Disulfide Shows Promise For High-Temperature Electronics
Thin-film transistors made of the 2-D electronic material work at over 220 °C
How to Build a Better Entangled-photon Detector Array
Mounting hundreds of single-photon detectors on a single chip may yield key to quantum computing
Entanglement On a Chip
A new microchip component can generate a continuous stream of entangled photons for potential applications in quantum cryptography, researchers say.
Tiny 2-D Drumheads Made From Black Phosphorus
The resonators could find applications in radio frequency circuits and more
Meet The Microscopic Light Bulb
Break down a dielectric in a silicon device and it will emit light much like an incandescent filament
A New Hypersensitive Magnetometer Based on Kinetic Inductance
Will the Kinetic Inductance Magnetometer Replace SQUIDs?
Cree Engineers a Cheaper LED Bulb by Losing the Heat Sink
Using natural ventilation and higher-power LEDs, Cree shaves the cost of consumer LED bulbs further
DNA Can Carry Current, a Promising Step Toward Molecular Electronics
For first time researchers have been able to reliably measure current through a DNA molecule
No Nobel for the Father of the LED
Nick Holonyak Jr., who developed the first visible LED, wonders where his prize is
Inventors of Blue LED Win Nobel Prize in Physics
The award goes to three for the last ingredient needed to create white LED light
Bright, Bendy Gallium Nitride LEDs
By growing gallium nitride micro-rods on graphene, researchers have made tiny blue LEDs for inexpensive displays and wearable sensors