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April 2018

Spring time means out with the old and in with the new. 2018 is off with a good start with consistently interesting updates in the tech industry. This month's issue covers Facebook developing their own semiconductors, the tech industry and the trade fight, photonic communicating computer chips, as well as a fun way to measure the temperature.
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Facebook Is Forming a Team to Design Its Own Chips

Facebook is developing a team that will design semiconductors for their technologies to lower their dependence on chipmakers. By using its own processors, the company would have finer control over product development and would be able to better tune its software and hardware together.

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Photonic Communication Comes to Computer Chips

Optoelectronic chips aim to increase speed and reduce energy consumption in computing and in data centers. The unique design uses components that transmit data using light waves instead of using copper wires. The chips have potential to reduce energy usage by about 95% in chip-to-chip communications and increase bandwidth tenfold over copper-based chips.

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Tips for Using a Diode as a Thermometer

Although diodes are used to move current in one direction, their linear connection between voltage and temperature allow them to be used to measure temperature too. This is because the diode will generate voltage fluctuations as ambient temperature changes, then begins to serve as a thermometer. Measure with a digital multimeter to see for yourself.

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