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EAGLE ‘Freemium’ Version 5.8 & Next Generation of Microelectronics

Posted by surfingall on April 3, 2010

Premium Farnell Unveils EAGLE ‘Freemium’ Version 5.8

Premier Farnell has announced the launch of EAGLE software version 5.8. A free licence edition-Freemium-allows EDE’s (Electronic Design Engineers) to design boards more conveniently with better power management in their circuits and with more schematic sheets.

The Freemium software provides more functionality to users when compared to Eagle’s earlier version- Freeware license-which had size restrictions, limiting the design of large boards.  The Freemium version comes with an increased number of layers (from four to six) and four times the number of sheets making layout substantially easier. But unlike Freeware license which has no time restriction, Freemium software comes with a 60 days trial period.

New Spintronics Material Could Help Usher in Next Generation of Microelectronics

As the electronics industry works toward developing smaller and more compact devices, the need to create new types of scaled-down semiconductors that are more efficient and use less power has become essential.

Researchers from UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science describe the creation of a new material incorporating spintronics that could help usher in the next generation of smaller, more affordable and more power-efficient devices. While conventional complementary metal-oxide semiconductors (CMOS), a technology used today in all types of electronics, rely on electrons charge to power devices, the emerging field of spintronics exploits another aspect of electrons their spin which could be manipulated by electric and magnetic fields.

With the use of nanoscaled magnetic materials, spintronics or electronic devices will not have a stand-by power dissipation problem when switched off. With this advantage, devices with much lower power consumption known as non-volatile electronics can become a reality. The study’s corresponding author Kang L. Wang, Raytheon Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA Engineering said that we’ve built a new class of material with magnetic properties in a dilute magnetic semiconductor (DMS) system. Traditionally it’s been really difficult to enhance the ferromagnetism of this material above room temperature. Ferromagnetism is the phenomenon by which certain materials form permanent magnets. In the past, the control of magnetic properties has been accomplished by applying an electric current. For example, passing an electric current will generate magnetic fields. Unfortunately, using electric currents poses significant challenges for reducing power consumption and for device miniaturization.

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