Inside IEEE’s European Public Policy Efforts

A new e-newsletter will keep members up to date on tech-related aspects of public policy issues

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THE INSTITUTEIEEE’s public policy activities around the world have increased and risen in importance, especially in Europe. The IEEE European Public Policy Program (EPPP) gives IEEE members a voice in policy discussions on the continent. By pooling and leveraging the knowledge and expertise of our community, the EPPP seeks to provide European public authorities with independent, unbiased, and innovative advice on policy matters related to technology.

That involves a combination of activities including the production of position statements and white papers, the organization of events in cooperation with policymakers, and participation in European Union expert and stakeholder groups.

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3D-Stacked CMOS Takes Moore’s Law to New Heights

When transistors can’t get any smaller, the only direction is up

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Emily Cooper
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Perhaps the most far-reaching technological achievement over the last 50 years has been the steady march toward ever smaller transistors, fitting them more tightly together, and reducing their power consumption. And yet, ever since the two of us started our careers at Intel more than 20 years ago, we’ve been hearing the alarms that the descent into the infinitesimal was about to end. Yet year after year, brilliant new innovations continue to propel the semiconductor industry further.

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