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Engineers discover a new gatekeeper for light

05/27/2016  Finding paves the way for devices that switch quickly between transparency and opacity to specific forms of light.

An increasing number of healthcare applications is using bioMEMS components

05/27/2016  According to Yole Développement (Yole) analysts, this market will triple from US$2.7 billion in 2015 to US$7.6 billion in 2021.

AGC develops amorphous thin film using unique sputtering target material

05/26/2016  GC Asahi Glass (AGC) today announced it has developed a uniform amorphous thin film using a unique sputtering target material, and has started industrialization and commercial production of the material.

MACOM launches new GaN power transistors

05/26/2016  MACOM Technology Solutions reported the newest entries in its MAGb series of GaN on Silicon power transistors for use in macro wireless basestations.

The next generation of carbon monoxide nanosensors

05/26/2016  Scientists have been investigating sensors that can determine CO concentration, and a team from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), in tandem with the University of Toulouse, has found an innovative method to build such sensors.

SEMICON West 2016 expands technical programming by nearly 50%

05/26/2016  As the opening day of SEMICON West (July 12-14) approaches, the electronics manufacturing industry is experiencing disruptive changes, making “business as usual” a thing of the past. To help technical and business professionals navigate this fast-changing landscape, SEMICON West programming has been upgraded extensively.

Busch wins annual NXP Semiconductors Best Supplier Award

05/25/2016  NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced Busch Semiconductor Vacuum Group LLC as the Best Supplier for Front-end equipment (semiconductor equipment) at NXP’s first Supplier Day Awards ceremony in Austin, Texas.

MEMS technology is contributing to the inkjet printing industry revolution

05/25/2016  With a market reaching US$ 1 billion in 2021, the MEMS printhead is one of the most mature MEMS devices.

Imec, Holst Centre and Barco Silex collaborate on data security for wearables and IoT networks

05/25/2016  Nanoelectronics research center imec, Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) and micro-electronic design house Barco Silex, belonging to the Barco group, today announced that they will collaborate to implement data security into sensors for wearable devices and Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks.

NXP introduces new high performance GaN RF power transistors

05/25/2016  NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced an expansion to its portfolio of 48V Gallium Nitride (GaN) RF power transistors optimized for Doherty power amplifiers for use in current and next-generation cellular base stations.

Smart city devices to top 1 billion units in 2025

05/25/2016  Global unit shipments of smart city devices, which are internet-connected devices used in smart city projects, will increase from 115.4 million in 2015 to 1.2 billion in 2025.

Light can 'heal' defects in new solar cell materials

05/25/2016  Defects in some new electronic materials can be removed by making ions move under illumination.

Optics breakthrough to revamp night vision

05/25/2016  A breakthrough by an Australian collaboration of researchers could make infra-red technology easy-to-use and cheap, potentially saving millions of dollars in defence and other areas using sensing devices, and boosting applications of technology to a host of new areas, such as agriculture.

Gigantic ultrafast spin currents

05/25/2016  Scientists from TU Wien (Vienna) are proposing a new method for creating extremely strong spin currents. They are essential for spintronics, a technology that could replace today's electronics.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts April 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

05/24/2016  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.59 billion in orders worldwide in April 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.10.

Tessera files legal proceedings against Broadcom for patent infringement

05/24/2016  Tessera Technologies, Inc. announced today that it and certain of its subsidiaries filed legal proceedings for patent infringement in both domestic and international jurisdictions against Broadcom.

Synopsys launches pre-wafer simulation solution to reduce semiconductor process development time

05/24/2016  Synopsys, Inc. today announced a pre-wafer simulation solution to help semiconductor manufacturers reduce process node development time.

Diamonds closer to becoming ideal semiconductors

05/24/2016  Researchers find new method for doping single crystals of diamond.

Imec and Holst Centre present multi-standard low-power wide-area radio chip

05/24/2016  The nanoelectronics research centers imec and Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO), presented a low-power wide-area (LPWA) multi-standard radio chip today at imec's annual technology forum in Brussels (ITF Brussels 2016).

Soitec announces with withdrawal of Silicon Genesis' patent lawsuit

05/23/2016  Silicon Genesis Corporation (SiGen) filed a motion to terminate the investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its entirety on the basis of the withdrawal of its complaint directed to silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers sold and imported into the United States by Soitec.



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Ultratech Cambridge Nanotech forms research collaboration with Northeastern University

05/17/2016  Ultratech, Inc. announced the formation of a research collaboration with Professor Thomas J. Webster, Ph.D. at Northeastern University, to study the use of nano-materials produced via ALD for medical applications.





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