“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, author and journalist (1808-1890).
Monday, 6 March 2017
Small may be vulnerable
Ever worried about your phone or tablet malfunctioning due to cosmic rays and solar flares? Apparently ‘single-event upsets’ caused by particle impact is a known phenomenon but difficult to characterise in terms of related malfunctions. The semiconductor manufacturers are concerned about this problem potentially getting more serious as the size of the transistors in integrated circuits shrink. Time for a lead lined, concrete case for my laptop?