Technology archive

Circuit simulator

Circuit simulator February 6, 2012:

Virtually every electronic microchip developed in the world today is the product of SPICE computer simulation software, or one of the modeling program’s derivatives. Based on Department of Defense-funded research conducted at Berkeley during the 1960s, the original SPICE program was developed in 1972 under the direction of Donald Pederson. Later, A. Richard Newton, professor of engineering, collaborated on crafting […]

Smart dust

Smart dust January 9, 2012:

Kris Pister, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, coined the term “smart dust” as he pioneered the development of wireless sensor network technology to measure and transmit data on conditions, such as temperature, light, moisture, vibration, movement, magnetism and pollutants. Pister co-founded Dust Networks to commercialize the technology, in which arrays of low-power microsensors are inked together to form […]

Search engine solution

Search engine solution January 2, 2012:

Eric Brewer, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, laid the foundations for today’s giant server farms, using clusters of computers to create a cost-effective, scalable Web-search platform. Building on the prototype, Brewer co-founded Inktomi and helped lead the startup onto the NASDAQ 100. Adopted by Internet giants, including Yahoo, Google, MSN and Amazon, Inktomi’s search engine technology led the […]

Bionic reality

Bionic reality November 7, 2011:

The first company in the world to commercialize a bionic exoskeleton, UC Berkeley spin-off Ekso Bionics could help millions of paraplegics walk again. The Ekso (formerly eLegs) exoskeleton, which made Time magazine’s list of the 50 best inventions of 2010, evolved from a DARPA-funded, campus research project to develop a mechanical brace that could enhance human strength, endurance and load-carrying […]

Breaking the microprocessor barrier

Breaking the microprocessor barrier October 27, 2011:

UC Berkeley researchers broke through the microprocessor performance roadblock with two revolutionary transistor designs — Silicon-On-Insulator and 3D FinFET — that allow microchips to process information faster in a smaller footprint, with less power and more reliability. Embraced as the preferred next-generation technologies, the UC Berkeley designs are set to underpin the $304 billion semiconductor industry over the next 15 […]