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Spin Me Up, Scotty—Up Into Orbit

SpinLaunch is building centrifuges to whip satellites from Earth into orbit—by 2025

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The SpinLaunch centrifuge

At first the dream of riding a rocket into space was laughed off the stage by critics who said that you’d have to carry along fuel that weighed more than the rocket itself. But the advent of booster rockets and better fuels let the dreamers have the last laugh.

Hah, they said: To put a kilogram of payload into orbit we just need 98 kg of rocket and rocket fuel.

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Intel Invests $20-billion in Ohio for Advanced Fabs

First major chip plant in the U.S. midwest slated to begin production in 2025

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An arial view of large white building surrounded by black parking lots is embedded in a mix of farmland and forest.

A rendering of Intel's Ohio fab site as it might look when complete in 2025.


Intel has chosen to expand its advanced manufacturing in a U.S. state neither the company nor any other chipmaker has a presence in, Ohio. Intel announced today that it will build two leading edge logic fabs east of Columbus at a cost of $20 billion. Construction is set to start in 2022 and production should begin in 2025, Intel says. The company gave no information about the fabs' capacities in terms of wafers per month. But it said the site, situated on four square kilometers in Licking County, could be expanded over the decade for a total investment of $100 billion.

The new fabs are part of a reset of Intel's manufacturing, a plan called IDM 2.0, that would see Intel regain its ability to make chips at the most advanced nodes and offer foundry services to other companies. It also comes as the United States embarks on an effort to grow advanced chipmaking capacity. Currently, all cutting edge chipmaking is done in Taiwan and South Korea. Both of the latter companies have announced plans for new cutting edge fabs in the United States, and the government plans to incentivize domestic production with $52-billion in incentives. The bill that would supply that money, the CHIPS Act, has passed in the U.S. Senate, but has not yet been taken up in the House of Representatives. "The scope and pace of Intel’s expansion in Ohio... will depend heavily on funding from the CHIPS Act," said Keyvan Esfarjani, Intel senior vice president of manufacturing, supply chain and operations in a press release.

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Fix DFM hotspots in P&R with sign-off confidence
Fix DFM hotspots in P&R with sign-off confidence

This paper introduces the Aprisa low power solution and innovative low-power methodology to quickly converge on low-power-optimized power, performance, and area.