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3D X-ray Tech for Easy Reverse Engineering of ICs

3D X-ray Tech for Easy Reverse Engineering of ICs

Researchers map an Intel processor down to its transistors Image: Mirko Holler Image: Mirko Holler Tower of Ptychograpy: Scientists used X-ray ptychography to image the insides of this section of an Intel processor. A team of researchers based in Switzerland is on the way to laying bare much of the secret technology inside commercial processors.(…)

Trump’s Plans Could Scuttle New Hybrid Car Tech in U.S.

Trump’s Plans Could Scuttle New Hybrid Car Tech in U.S.

Global standards drove fuel-saving “mild hybrid” technology, but weakened EPA rules could stall U.S. deployment Photo: Eaton Photo: Eaton Mild Yet Electric: Eaton’s Electrically Assisted Variable Speed supercharger uses braking energy and engine exhaust to power a mild-hybrid system. Global policy efforts to boost fuel economy are progressively electrifying the automobile and expanding technology options(…)

Has Intel Invented a Universal Memory Tech?

Has Intel Invented a Universal Memory Tech?

The mysterious XPoint memory in Intel’s new Optane solid-state drive is a step toward universal memory Photo: Intel Photo: Intel Learning to Drive: Intel’s Optane storage device is a zippier solid-state drive. Memory modules are next. Today’s computers shuttle data around a byzantine system of several different kinds of short- and long-term memory. No wonder,(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

It avoids crashing—but if it does, it helps you survive Photo: Daimler Photo: Daimler Danger, Will Robinson: When the AMG E63 S senses an imminent crash, it braces every part of you, even your inner ear. ENGINE 450 kilowatts 0–100 km/h 3.3 seconds TORQUE 800 newton meters Most owners, I suspect, will prefer to drive Mercedes’s new missile by their(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars

The all-electric Chevy Bolt, with a range of 383 kilometers, tops our list Photo: General Motors Co. Photo: General Motors Co. Bolt Upright: A Chevy Bolt takes shape on an assembly line, where economies of scale help make this super-long-range EV super affordable. You can show people an Italian supersedan that set a lap record on(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Infiniti QX50

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Infiniti QX50

The world’s first variable compression-ratio engine Photo: Infiniti Photo: Infiniti Beauty Lies Within: An engine that can vary its compression ratio at will forms the technological heart of the Infiniti QX50. We tend to eschew concept cars for our Top Ten list on the grounds that anyone can build a prototype and float pie-in-the-sky claims. But(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Alfa Romeo Giulia

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Alfa Romeo Giulia

Digital smarts with an old-school feel Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Bravura Analog Response: The Alfa Romeo Giulia gives you that old-time performance by means of digital magic, such as brake-by-wire. We here at IEEE Spectrum cheerfully accept our mandate of extolling the wonders of digital this and electrified that. But sometimes we(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Ford Focus RS

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Ford Focus RS

Born for the rally race Photo: Ford Motor Co. Photo: Ford Motor Co. Take a Spin: The Ford Focus RS’s engine spins up turbocharged torque that tests the tires when the car is in Drift Mode, essentially a controlled, curving skid. Back in the 1980s, when Volkswagen birthed the hot hatchback with the GTI, owners(…)