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SEPTEMBER 2018 I SMT007 MAGAZINE 11 managing editor of SMT007 Magazine. Nolan brings 30 years o f c a re e r ex p e r i - ence focused almost entirely on electron- ics design and manu- facturing. In his e xtensive career in electronics, Nolan has written applications software for Mentor, where he managed Mentor's initial OEM IC verification products. He also managed a series of technical train - ing centers at ESI, Tektronix, and Synet- ics Solutions. In addition, Nolan held a variety of marketing and leadership posi- tions at Clarity Visual Systems, General Electric, Rumblefish, and Planar Systems. I am sure SMT007 Magazine will be even more successful in the capable hands of Nolan. Meanwhile, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your help over these past years—whether it be about article contributions, interview requests, or expert meetings. I hope you'll extend Nolan the same support you have given me throughout these years. I hope you enjoy this month's issue of SMT007 Magazine. Next month, we'll highlight the latest developments in the IPC Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) Initiative. SMT007 References 1. History Channel, This Day in History: Ford's Assem- bly Line Starts Rolling. 2. Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Elec- tronic Cash System. 3. Wired, The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin, Benjamin Wallace. Stephen Las Marias is managing editor of SMT007 Magazine. He has been a technology editor for more than 14 years covering electronics, components, and industrial automation systems. Transistor Technology will Improve Speed, Battery Life of PCs, Mobile Phones Purdue University researchers have developed transis- tor technology that shows potential for improving comput- ers and mobile phones. The researchers created a new tech- nology design for field effect transistors (FETs), enabling them to offer better switching behavior for computers and devices compared with traditional FETs. "Our technology is unique because it merges lasers and transistors," said Tillmann Kubis, research assistant professor in Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Network for Computational Nanotechnol - ogy and Purdue Center for Predictive Materials and Devices. "There is traditionally not a lot of overlap between these two areas, even though the combination can be powerful with the Internet of Things and other related fields." The combination of the quantum cascade laser and transistor technologies into a single design concept will help manufacturers of integrated circuits who want to build smaller and more transistors per unit area. The Purdue technology is designed to increase the speed, sensitiv- ity and battery life of computers, mobile phones and other digital devices. The Purdue transistor and laser combination features a large on-current and a low off-current with a small subthreshold swing, which allows for increased speed and energy savings. The technology also combines or stacks several switching mechanisms that simultaneously turn the transistor on or off. Prasad Sarangapani, Ph.D. student in the School of Elec- trical and Computer Engineering, and Kubis are working to optimize the technology and the overall effectiveness of the design. (Source: Purdue University) Nolan Johnson

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