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Scientists glimpse inner workings of atomically thin transistors

07/19/2016  With an eye to the next generation of tech gadgetry, a team of physicists at The University of Texas at Austin has had the first-ever glimpse into what happens inside an atomically thin semiconductor device.

Silicon Valley-based foundry Noel Technologies marks 20th Anniversary

07/18/2016  Silicon Valley specialty semiconductor foundry Noel Technologies, a provider of process development and substrate fabrication for a variety of high-technology industries, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.

Light-trapping 3D solar cells undergo space testing

07/18/2016  A novel three-dimensional solar cell design developed at Georgia Tech will soon get its first testing in space aboard the International Space Station.

Graphene photodetectors: Thinking outside the 2-D box

07/18/2016  The efficient detection of low-energy photons constitutes one of the main challenges faced by future optoelectronics. Finding new ways of sensing and harvesting these photons is crucial for the development of technologies such as silicon photonics, pollution sensing and next-generation solar.

Toshiba and Western Digital celebrate opening of new Fab 2 semiconductor fabrication facility in Japan

07/15/2016  Toshiba Corporation and Western Digital Corporation today celebrated the opening of the New Fab 2 semiconductor fabrication facility located in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, Japan.

Easier, faster, cheaper: A full-filling approach to making nanotubes of consistent quality

07/15/2016  Approach opens a straightforward route for engineering the properties of single-wall carbon nanotubes.

Molecular switch for controlling color and fluorescence

07/15/2016  A collaboration of researchers from Kumamoto, Yamaguchi, and Osaka Universities in Japan have discovered a new method of drastically changing the color and fluorescence of a particular compound using only oxygen (O2) and hydrogen (H2) gases.

Novel advancements in radiation tolerance of HEMTs

07/15/2016  Compared to similar aluminum gallium arsenide/gallium arsenide HEMTs, the gallium nitride-based HEMTs are ten times more tolerant of radiation-induced displacement damage.

Researchers develop faster, precise silica coating process for quantum dot nanorods

07/15/2016  Materials researchers at North Carolina State University have fine-tuned a technique that enables them to apply precisely controlled silica coatings to quantum dot nanorods in a day - up to 21 times faster than previous methods.

Infineon to acquire Wolfspeed, power and RF division of Cree, Inc.

07/14/2016  Infineon Technologies AG and Cree, Inc. announced today that Infineon has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Wolfspeed Power and RF division of Cree.

Cellular handset IC market CAGR forecast at 6.7% through 2019

07/14/2016  Cellphone IC market CAGR to exceed total IC market CAGR by 3.0 points through forecast.

NSTAR Global Services announces facilities management services

07/14/2016  NSTAR Global Services is now offering facilities management services for operations and maintenance (O&M) of installed OEM facility equipment or previously constructed systems that support fab operations in high-tech industries.

Sono-Tek introduces photoresist ultrasonic coating system

07/14/2016  Sono-Tek Corp. unveiled a new photoresist ultrasonic coating system in Booth #2146.

Pall intros 5nm PTFE filtration membrane

07/14/2016  Pall Corporation announced this week the availability of its new 5nm XpressKleen filter.

Busch launches re-manufacturing capabilities

07/14/2016  Busch LLC has launched a new program where, at key sites around the world, they have the ability to re-manufacture any major brand of vacuum pump, including high vacuum turbos and cryos.

SEMICON West Day 3: Don't Miss

07/14/2016  Don’t miss these big events today at SEMICON West!

New materials need new handling approaches

07/13/2016  Wenge Yang of Entegris spoke with the Show Daily about major trends in High Volume Manufacturing (HVM), and about the topics that will be discussed in the Entegris Yield Breakfast Forum “Yield Enhancement Challenges in Today’s Memory IC Production” happening Thursday morning, July 14.

Packaging and displays drive new litho requirements

07/13/2016  Fan-out wafer level packaging (FOWLP) is gaining traction, leading to higher I/Os and larger formats, and new mobile displays are pushing the limits of pixel per inch (PPI) while also moving to larger formats.

Standards industry leaders honored at SEMICON West 2016

07/13/2016  SEMI honored four industry leaders for their outstanding accomplishments in developing Standards for the electronics and related industries.

Leti and Korea Institute of Science and Technology to collaborate on key growth areas for growing digital era

07/13/2016  Leti, an institute of CEA Tech, and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) today announced an agreement to jointly explore a variety of technologies, including monolithic 3D, neuromorphic architectures, non-volatile 3D memory, spintronics and ultra-low power semiconductors.



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Ultratech and Qoniac jointly develop 3D lithography APC solution

01/28/2016  Ultratech, Inc. and Qoniac GmbH announced that the companies are jointly developing a 3D lithography advanced process control (APC) solution for advanced 3D CMOS manufacturing.





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