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Could Aluminum Nitride Be Engineered to Produce Quantum Bits?

05/02/2016  Silicon semiconductors are reaching their physical limits—it’ll probably happen within the next five to 10 years—but if we can implement qubits into semiconductors, we will be able to move beyond silicon.

Global smartphone shipments decline for first time

05/02/2016  Global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent annually to reach 335 million units in Q1 2016. It is the first time ever in history the global smartphone market has shrunk on an annualized basis.

From catching up to forging ahead: China’s new role in the semiconductor industry

05/02/2016  China has become the largest and fastest growing semiconductor market in the world, absorbing 40% of the worldwide semiconductor shipments. For US semiconductor firms, nothing compares to the China market.

Demand for Miniaturization and Integration of ICs to Drive the Global Semiconductor Stepper System Market Until 2020

05/02/2016  According to the latest research study released by Technavio, the global semiconductor stepper system market is expected to reach over USD 6 billion by 2020.

Many mixes to match litho apps

04/29/2016  The world’s leading lithographers gather each year in San Jose, California at SPIE’s Advanced Lithography conference to discuss how to extend optical lithography. So of all the NGL technologies, which will win out in the end?

Market for Analog ICs/MEMS/Sensors and Supply Chain Opportunities

04/29/2016  The demand for smartphones and other portable devices that need efficient power management is driving the analog IC market, as is the Internet of Things (IoT) and the MEMS/sensors devices that enable it.

Global Semiconductor Packaging Materials Market to grow at 4.79% CAGR from 2016-2020

04/29/2016  Research and Markets’ recent report, "Global Semiconductor Packaging Materials Market 2016-2020", expects the global semiconductor packaging materials market to grow at a CAGR of 4.79% during the period of 2016-2020.

Cypress CEO to step down

04/28/2016  Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced that its CEO, T.J. Rodgers, will step down this week and that a search—both internal and external—would be launched to replace him.

Hybrid nanoantennas -- next-generation platform for ultradense data recording

04/28/2016  A group of scientists from ITMO University in Saint Petersburg has put forward a new approach to effective manipulation of light at the nanoscale based on hybrid metal-dielectric nanoantennas.

University of Illinois researchers create 1-step graphene patterning method

04/28/2016  Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a one-step, facile method to pattern graphene by using stencil mask and oxygen plasma reactive-ion etching, and subsequent polymer-free direct transfer to flexible substrates.

Cypress to acquire Broadcom's Wireless of Internet of Things business

04/28/2016  Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) and Broadcom Limited (Nasdaq: AVGO) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Cypress will acquire Broadcom's Wireless Internet of Things (IoT) business and related assets in an all-cash transaction valued at $550 million.

Cartamundi, imec and Holst Centre win "Best Product" award at Printed Electronics Europe

04/27/2016  Cartamundi, imec and Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) are proud to announce to have just won the "Best Product" - Award at Printed Electronics Europe for their ultra-thin plastic RFID technology integrated into Cartamundi's playing cards.

NREL finds nanotube semiconductors well-suited for PV systems

04/27/2016  Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered single-walled carbon nanotube semiconductors could be favorable for photovoltaic systems because they can potentially convert sunlight to electricity or fuels without losing much energy.

Leti's CoolCube 3D Transistor Stacking Improves with Qualcomm Help

04/27/2016  Collaborating to build out design to fabrication ecosystem.

NREL theory establishes a path to high-performance 2-D semiconductor devices

04/26/2016  Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have uncovered a way to overcome a principal obstacle in using two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors in electronic and optoelectronic devices.

Spintronic majority gates: A new paradigm for scaling

04/26/2016  Spintronic majority gates could revolutionize circuit design. They will completely change the paradigm – both at device and circuit level – in how to approach scaling.

ams AG announces $77M intellectual property judgment against Intersil Corporation

04/26/2016  Court upholds ruling on trade secret and patent infringement suit.

Latest advancements in sensor technology examined at SEMI European MEMS Summit

04/25/2016  SEMI today announced the second annual edition of the SEMI European MEMS Summit, dedicated to MEMS and sensors, to be held on September 15-16.

Cadence CFO Geoff Ribar to retire in March 2017

04/25/2016  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that, Geoff Ribar, senior vice president and chief financial officer, who joined the company in 2010, has decided to retire from Cadence effective March 31, 2017.

MagnaChip begins delivery of e-Compass sensors in China

04/25/2016  MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation, a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, today announced that it is now shipping its e-Compass sensor (MXG2320) in China to a major smartphone manufacturer that is targeting mobile markets in China and India.



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