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China’s final chance to achieve its IC industry ambitions now underway
07/27/2016Over the past 20 years, China has become increasingly frustrated over the gap between its IC imports and indigenous IC productio...
Sensor sales keep hitting new records but price erosion curbs growth
07/22/2016Double-digit unit shipment increases continue with demand being strong for low-cost sensors in wearable systems, Internet of Things,...
OLED to become leading smartphone display technology in 2020
07/25/2016Although liquid-crystal display (LCD) has dominated mobile phone displays for more than 15 years, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displa...
Wearable and mobile devices leading to rise in flexible displays
07/21/2016Flexible displays for tablet PCs, near-eye virtual reality devices, automotive monitors and OLED TVs expected by 2022....


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New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2-D nanomaterials

07/27/2016  A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen.

Utah and Minnesota engineers discover highly conductive materials for more efficient electronics

07/27/2016  Engineers from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota have discovered that interfacing two particular oxide-based materials makes them highly conductive, a boon for future electronics that could result in much more power-efficient laptops, electric cars and home appliances that also don't need cumbersome power supplies.

Second quarter 2016 silicon wafer shipments increase quarter-over-quarter; sets a new record

07/27/2016  Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2016 when compared to first quarter 2016 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Chemical etching method helps transistors stand tall

07/26/2016  University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to etch very tall, narrow finFETs, a type of transistor that forms a tall semiconductor "fin" for the current to travel over. The etching technique addresses many problems in trying to create 3-D devices, typically done now by stacking layers or carving out structures from a thicker semiconductor wafer.

Peregrine Semiconductor announces new VP General Manager

07/26/2016  Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. today announced the promotion of Takaki Murata to vice president and general manager of the high performance analog (HPA) business unit.

A*STAR'S IME kicks off consortia to develop packaging solutions for IoT applications

07/26/2016  Innovative capabilities developed will lead to higher power efficiency and lower costs for MEMS and silicon photonics devices.

Evolving flip-chip technology boosting markets

07/25/2016  New levels of performance of electronics technology have been enabled by flip-chip technology, fueling the growth of global markets for semiconductors, electronic devices, and a host of industrial and consumer products.

Applied Materials appoints Judy Bruner to Board of Directors

07/25/2016  Applied Materials, Inc. today announced the appointment of Judy Bruner to serve on its Board of Directors. Ms. Bruner has also been appointed to serve as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board.

Ultra-flat circuits will have unique properties

07/25/2016  Rice University lab studies 2-D hybrids to see how they differ from common electronics.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to decline 0.7% in 2016, Gartner reports

07/22/2016  Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decline 0.7 percent in 2016, to $64.3 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. This is up from the estimated 2 percent decline in Gartner's previous quarterly forecast.

Registration open with new exhibition features at SEMICON Europa

07/22/2016  Today SEMI announced registration opened for Europe's largest electronics manufacturing exhibition, SEMICON Europa (25-26 October) in Grenoble.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts June 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.00

07/22/2016  Billings activity for equipment companies based in North America are at their highest level since February 2011.

2016 IEEE IEDM to showcase the latest tech developments in micro/nanoelectronics

07/21/2016  Paper-submission deadline is August 10 this year; Supplier exhibition to be held in conjunction with technical program.

Automotive MEMS sensor unit-shipments rose in 2015, even as revenue stalled

07/21/2016  Although shipments of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors used in automotive applications grew 8.4 percent in 2015, revenues were flat compared to the previous year, reaching $2.7 billion.

International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors examines next 15 years of chip innovation

07/21/2016  Final installment of biannual report outlines short-term and long-term challenges and opportunities facing semiconductor technology.

Integration of novel materials with silicon chips makes new 'smart' devices possible

07/21/2016  Researchers from North Carolina State University and the U.S. Army Research Office have developed a way to integrate novel functional materials onto a computer chip, allowing the creation of new smart devices and systems.

Solid State Technology Contributing Editor receives "Lifetime Achievement Award" for "Excellence in 3D Packaging Technologies"

07/21/2016  Contributing editor and blogger Phil Garrou received the 3D InCites "Device of the Year" award during the 2016 SEMICON West conference for "Excellence in 3D Packaging Technologies."

Amkor Technology receives "Device of the Year" for SWIFT semiconductor package

07/20/2016  Amkor Technology, Inc. recently received the 3D InCites "Device of the Year" award during SEMICON West for its' SWIFT semiconductor package.

Quantum drag

07/20/2016  University of Iowa physicist says current in one iron magnetic sheet can create quantized spin waves in another, separate sheet.

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