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Automotive Innovation: 6 Exciting Tech Advancements Rolling Your Way

Back in the ‘40s and ‘50s, when computers were just room-sized, relay-based calculators, no one probably thought much about integrating computing technology into automobiles. By 1965, computers were smaller multitaskers running simple software programs, yet the closest they came to automobiles was probably an advertisement that showed the PDP-8, the first minicomputer to enjoy commercial success, stowed in the back seat of a convertible.

Topics: Brewer Science, technology advancement, Vehicle

Transistors are about as small as they can get. What now?

For most of the relatively brief history of modern computing, progress has been measured in shrinking by nanometers. By making transistors smaller and smaller, engineers have been able to pack more transistors on smaller chips. More transistors per chip mean faster, more powerful computers that can fit into smaller devices. These microprocessors have made possible the rise of modern consumer electronics, including the PC you’re reading this blog on and the smartphone in your pocket.

More than 40 years ago, Gordon Moore, a co-founder of chip-maker Intel, hypothesized that the number of transistors on microchips would double every year or so — and keep doubling. His theory became known as “Moore’s Law,” and its continued accuracy has depended on science’s ability to keep making smaller, thinner transistors. Now, however, experts generally agree that Moore’s Law is coming to an end.

Topics: research, development, moore's law, technology advancement, innovation

Anniversary of innovation: Brewer Science celebrates 35 years

It started with a scientist in a block building located in rural Missouri, forging forward on a shoestring budget out of belief in one groundbreaking idea. Since then, Brewer Science has invented multiple products and processes that have furthered the microelectronics industry, created jobs, and generated economic value to the region, the state, and national economy. This fall, the privately held firm named for founder Dr. Terry Brewer celebrates 35 years in business.

Topics: technology advancement, innovation

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