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Primeur weekly 2013-08-05

Special

There is room for two major supercomputer conferences each year ...

Historic Heidelberg setting for new Big Data Conference ...

Exascale supercomputing

Largest neuronal network simulation to date achieved using Japanese supercomputer ...

Designing a new operating system for exascale architectures ...

The Cloud

Over a hundred vulnerabilities were found in browsers in the course of The University of Oulu's effective data security testing programme ...

IBM unveils new PowerLinux system for analytics and Cloud computing ...

ESDS selects IBM PureSystems over HP and Dell for Cloud and Big Data offerings ...

EuroFlash

Walking on Water: projectiondesign powers interactive portable 360-degree Igloo experience at La Biennale di Venezia 2013 ...

SUSE predicts supercomputer capabilities to become part of mainstream IT for enterprise customers ...

GEANT's terabit upgrade gives European science the data network of the future ...

ADVA FSP 150 delivers sub-microsecond timing for high-frequency trading ...

Scientists realize quantum bit with a bent nanotube ...

USFlash

Stanford engineers receive award to improve supercomputing and solar efficiency ...

Fujitsu PRIMERGY computational power at Australian National University takes high capability Australian research to the world stage ...

NOAA's National Weather Service more than doubles computing capacity ...

Cray Inc. reports second quarter 2013 results ...

UCSC acquires powerful new astrophysics supercomputer system ...

20 years of TOP500 data show Linux's role in supercomputing breakthroughs ...

Secretary Moniz dedicates new supercomputer at the National Energy Technology Laboratory ...

Online tools accelerating earthquake-engineering progress ...

CSIR to launch new supercomputer ...

NIH commits $24 million annually for Big Data Centres of Excellence ...

NASA relies on RTI Connext DDS for Human Exploration Telerobotics Project ...

Omni Circuit Boards produces working aluminum trace circuit board for quantum computing applications ...

Computer scientists develop mathematical jigsaw puzzles to encrypt software ...

Omni Circuit Boards produces working aluminum trace circuit board for quantum computing applications

30 Jul 2013 Richmond - Omni Circuit Boards, a British Columbia-based circuit board manufacturer, has successfully developed an aluminum monometal wire-bonded circuit board. The prototype, designed and manufactured for use in a D-Wave Systems quantum supercomputer, allows for superconductivity and operation in low temperatures just above absolute zero.

This development - often considered to be technically impossible because of challenges involved in the manufacturing process - is the result of years of study and collaborative effort. Omni President Paul Jackson noted the breakthrough could allow for new possibilities in advanced wire-bonding and cryogenics. He also pointed out the board is the first of its kind and could mark the beginning of new ideas in superconductivity.

"Because aluminum allows for superconductivity near the point where all thermal activity ceases, producing low-tolerance circuits with these materials opens up a new range of applications. In other words, circuit boards will now be able to operate in environments not available to us before. We suspect a number of universities, governmental agencies, and leading technology companies will be eager to test them in their labs and ultimately find interesting ways to put them to work."

Although Omni is being careful not to release the exact process involved in manufacturing their aluminum print circuit boards, they are sharing a few details about the product and its capabilities:

  • Unlike copper printed circuit boards, those made with aluminum superconduct at 500 milliKelvin, making them ideal for cryogenic applications.
  • The Omni board is the first to have the entire electrical path superconducting, from the aluminum wirebond to the aluminum/copper bilayer trace on the PCB to the solder pads, resulting in significantly increased performance and reliability. This allows a Chip-on-board (COB) circuit with zero electrical resistance and zero heat generation.
  • The aluminum/copper bilayer also provides improved thermal conductivity when the aluminum superconducts (electrically).

Paul Jackson stated that, although the first aluminum boards are already in operation, continued development and refinement will continue taking place over the next few months as inquiries arrive and new applications are developed. He invites professors, research departments, and other interested parties to contact Omni directly to discuss uses, product tolerances, and other details.

"This is an exciting day for us at Omni and anyone who loves seeing breakthroughs in technology manufacturing", Paul Jackson stated. "We are excited to see where the next few years will take us with aluminum circuit board printing."
Source: Omni Circuit Boards

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-08-05

Special

There is room for two major supercomputer conferences each year ...

Historic Heidelberg setting for new Big Data Conference ...

Exascale supercomputing

Largest neuronal network simulation to date achieved using Japanese supercomputer ...

Designing a new operating system for exascale architectures ...

The Cloud

Over a hundred vulnerabilities were found in browsers in the course of The University of Oulu's effective data security testing programme ...

IBM unveils new PowerLinux system for analytics and Cloud computing ...

ESDS selects IBM PureSystems over HP and Dell for Cloud and Big Data offerings ...

EuroFlash

Walking on Water: projectiondesign powers interactive portable 360-degree Igloo experience at La Biennale di Venezia 2013 ...

SUSE predicts supercomputer capabilities to become part of mainstream IT for enterprise customers ...

GEANT's terabit upgrade gives European science the data network of the future ...

ADVA FSP 150 delivers sub-microsecond timing for high-frequency trading ...

Scientists realize quantum bit with a bent nanotube ...

USFlash

Stanford engineers receive award to improve supercomputing and solar efficiency ...

Fujitsu PRIMERGY computational power at Australian National University takes high capability Australian research to the world stage ...

NOAA's National Weather Service more than doubles computing capacity ...

Cray Inc. reports second quarter 2013 results ...

UCSC acquires powerful new astrophysics supercomputer system ...

20 years of TOP500 data show Linux's role in supercomputing breakthroughs ...

Secretary Moniz dedicates new supercomputer at the National Energy Technology Laboratory ...

Online tools accelerating earthquake-engineering progress ...

CSIR to launch new supercomputer ...

NIH commits $24 million annually for Big Data Centres of Excellence ...

NASA relies on RTI Connext DDS for Human Exploration Telerobotics Project ...

Omni Circuit Boards produces working aluminum trace circuit board for quantum computing applications ...

Computer scientists develop mathematical jigsaw puzzles to encrypt software ...