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Memory On the Move

Varied designs and a lack of standards can faze users of portable memories

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Memory On the Move

Michael Gansl, one of the United States' top computer consultants, now swaps flash memory cards among his consumer devices the way he once swapped business cards as an IBM salesman. In fact, he expects soon to raise the ante, possibly by this fall. Besides shuttling music, video, and digital image files between his MP3 player, digital camera, personal digital assistant (PDA), and personal computer (PC), he will also be shunting as much as 20 GB of memory from one PC to another.

The development is very recent. Within just the last 24 months, myriad audio, video, PDA, and cellular products have equipped people not only to tote around data, images, and audio, but in addition to swap the devices between various types of hardware.

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Video Friday: Humanoid Soccer

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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Humans and human-size humanoid robots stand together on an indoor soccer field at the beginning of a game

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.

CoRL 2022: 14–18 December 2022, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
ICRA 2023: 29 May–2 June 2023, LONDON

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Array of devices on a chip

This analog electrochemical memory (ECRAM) array provides a prototype for artificial synapses in AI training.

IBM research

How far away could an artificial brain be? Perhaps a very long way off still, but a working analogue to the essential element of the brain’s networks, the synapse, appears closer at hand now.

That’s because a device that draws inspiration from batteries now appears surprisingly well suited to run artificial neural networks. Called electrochemical RAM (ECRAM), it is giving traditional transistor-based AI an unexpected run for its money—and is quickly moving toward the head of the pack in the race to develop the perfect artificial synapse. Researchers recently reported a string of advances at this week’s IEEE International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM 2022) and elsewhere, including ECRAM devices that use less energy, hold memory longer, and take up less space.

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Fourth Generation Digitizers With Easy-to-Use API

Learn about the latest generation high-performance data acquisition boards from Teledyne

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In this webinar, we explain the design principles and operation of our fourth-generation digitizers with a focus on the application programming interface (API).

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