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Wearable sensor market to expand sevenfold in five years
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Semiconductor market in India is expected to reach US$ 52.58B by 2020
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IBM to pay GlobalFoundries $1.5B to take over chip fabs
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Lam Research ships 100th Syndion etch module

10/21/2014  Lam Research Corp., a global supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry, today announced it has shipped the 100th Syndion module for deep silicon etch applications.

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

10/21/2014  University of Oregon chemists have devised a way to see the internal structures of electronic waves trapped in carbon nanotubes by external electrostatic charges.

Gigaphoton achieves 3-hour continuous operation of EUV light source

10/21/2014  Gigaphoton Inc. announced today that it has succeeded in achieving 3-hour continuous operation of its prototype LPP EUV light source at 50 percent duty cycle and 42-W output, equivalent to usage in a high-volume-manufacturing (HVM) environment.

Semiconductor equipment book-to-bill declines in September

10/21/2014  While order activity moderated, equipment spending this year is expected to be robust and remain on pace for double-digit year-over-year growth.

MEMS Industry Group goes to the 'Shark Tank' for MEMS and sensor-based products

10/20/2014  MIG announces finalists for Elevator Pitch Session at MEMS Executive Congress US 2014.

Canadian semiconductor manufacturing industry revenue expected to decline 8% in 2014

10/17/2014  Industry manufacturers, which are typically small- to mid-sized enterprises, will find it difficult to match the research and development (R&D) spending of multinational competitors.

Semiconductor “dust” enables low cost solar cells, LEDs

10/17/2014  The U.S. Patent Office has issued US Patent No. 8,859,310 to Versatilis LLC that shows how fine semiconductor particles, powders or fines, often the waste byproduct of dicing semiconductor wafers into ever smaller chips, can be processed into a sea of low cost solar cells or micro-LEDs.

Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways

10/17/2014  As in Alice’s journey through the looking-glass to Wonderland, mirrors in the real world can sometimes behave in surprising and unexpected ways, including a new class of mirror that works like no other.

Growing momentum in semiconductor manufacturing in Vietnam

10/17/2014  The 2nd annual SEMI Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit, co-organized with the Saigon Hi-Tech Park and with FabMax as the premier sponsor, was held September 16-17, 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Intermolecular appoints Dr. Bruce McWilliams as President and CEO

10/16/2014  Intermolecular, Inc. announced this week that Dr. Bruce McWilliams has been appointed president and chief executive officer.

Intel and IBM to lay out 14nm FinFET strategies on competing substrates at IEDM 2014

10/16/2014  The development of increasingly sophisticated and energy-efficient CMOS technology for mobile, client and cloud computing depends on a continuing stream of advances in the process technologies with which the complex integrated circuits are built.

Qualcomm to acquire CSR

10/16/2014  Qualcomm today announced that it has reached agreement with CSR regarding the terms of a recommended cash acquisition of CSR will be acquired by Qualcomm Global Trading Pte. Ltd.

Beyond LEDs: Brighter, new energy-saving flat panel lights based on carbon nanotubes

10/16/2014  Planar light source using a phosphor screen with highly crystalline single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) as field emitters demonstrates its potential for energy-efficient lighting device.

Element Six introduces new thermal grade of CVD diamond

10/15/2014  Element Six this week announced the development of a new thermal grade of diamond grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), DIAFILM TM130.

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