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Doped graphene nanoribbons with potential

09/08/2014  Researchers from Empa and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have now developed a new method to selectively dope graphene molecules with nitrogen atoms.

Layered graphene sandwich for next generation electronics

09/08/2014  Sandwiching layers of graphene with white graphene could produce designer materials capable of creating high-frequency electronic devices, University of Manchester scientists have found.

Cree SiC MOSFETs help power Japan’s growing solar energy infrastructure

09/08/2014  Cree, Inc. has announced that its C2M, 1200V, 80mOhm SiC MOSFETs have been selected by Sanix Corporation, Japan, to be designed into their new 9.9kW three-phase solar inverters for use in the construction of commercial photovoltaic systems in the fast-growing Japanese solar energy market.

GaN continues to move microwave RF power semiconductor markets to over $300M by 2019

09/08/2014  Spending on microwave RF power semiconductors continues to tick upward as the availability of new gallium nitride (GaN) devices for 4 to 18GHz becomes more pervasive.

The Week in Review: September 5, 2014

09/05/2014  New non-volatile memory technology; President and CEO of FSA announced; Samsung to use ProPlus 14nm finFET SPICE modeling platform; MEMS gyroscope from Analog Devices; SEMICON Taiwan held this week

Altis Semiconductor and TSI Semiconductor join online multi-project wafer quote system

09/05/2014  eSilicon Corporation, an independent semiconductor design and manufacturing solutions provider, today announced the addition of two foundries -- Altis Semiconductor and TSI Semiconductor -- to its automated, instant online quote system for multi-project wafer (MPW) shuttles.

Sidense demonstrates working one-time programmable bit cells in TSMC 16nm finFET technology

09/05/2014  Sidense Corp., a developer of non-volatile memory OTP IP cores, today announced that it successfully demonstrated read and write capability for its 1T-OTP bit-cell architecture on test silicon fabricated in a 16nm CMOS FinFET process.

NVIDIA files complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm

09/05/2014  NVIDIA today announced that it has filed complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm at the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, alleging that the companies are both infringing NVIDIA GPU patents covering technology including programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing.

RFMD shareholders approve merger with TriQuint Semiconductor

09/05/2014  RF Micro Devices, Inc. today announced the preliminary results of its special meeting of shareholders held earlier this morning to approve its agreement and plan of merger and reorganization with TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES adds Louis Lupin as Chief Legal Officer

09/04/2014  GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, announced today that Louis “Lou” Lupin has joined the company as senior vice president and chief legal officer.

Contour Semiconductor awarded three new U.S. patents

09/04/2014  Contour Semiconductor, Inc., a developer of non-volatile memory technologies, today announced it has been awarded three new patents to back its Diode Transistor Memory (DTM) technology, the world's lowest production-cost, non-volatile memory technology.

Shinichi Machida named President and CEO of Fujitsu Semiconductor America

09/04/2014  Fujitsu Semiconductor America (FSA) today announced that Shinichi "James" Machida, who led the company from late 2008 until spring of 2011, has been named as the new president and CEO of FSA.

Samsung adopts ProPlus Designs' 14nm finFET process

09/03/2014  ProPlus Design Solutions, Inc. today announced Samsung Electronics has extended its partnership with ProPlus through the deployment of ProPlus' BSIMProPlus modeling platform for its 14-nanometer (nm) FinFET SPICE modeling.

Credo Semiconductor appoints Jeff Twombly as Vice President of Sales and Business Development

09/03/2014  Credo Semiconductor today announced the appointment of Jeff Twombly as vice president of sales and business development.

Edwards marks milestone with 1,000th shipment of EZENITH system

09/03/2014  Edwards Limited announced today that it has marked an important milestone with the shipment of its 1,000th EZENITH integrated vacuum and exhaust management system, which will ship to a US-based semiconductor manufacturing fab in October 2014.

Analog Devices releases high-temperature MEMS gyroscope

09/03/2014  Analog Devices, Inc. today introduced the first and only MEMS gyroscope specified to withstand temperatures of up to 175 degrees Celsius commonly encountered by oil and gas drilling equipment.

Research Alert: September 3, 2014

09/03/2014  A new, tunable device for spintronics; Copper shines as flexible conductor; Competition for graphene

SEMICON Taiwan 2014 opens today with spotlight on 3D-IC, sustainable manufacturing, and MEMS

09/03/2014  Taiwanese chipmakers, LED manufacturers, and Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly and Test (OSAT) firms will spend firm nearly $24 billion in the next two years on equipment and materials, powering excitement for SEMICON Taiwan 2014, which opened today in Taipei.

Breakthrough in light sources for new quantum technology

09/02/2014  Electronic circuits are based on electrons, but one of the most promising technologies for future quantum circuits are photonic circuits, i.e. circuits based on light (photons) instead of electrons.

Engineers develop new sensor to detect tiny individual nanoparticles

09/02/2014  A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, led by Lan Yang, PhD, the Das Family Career Development Associate Professor in Electrical & Systems Engineering, and their collaborators at Tsinghua University in China have developed a new sensor that can detect and count nanoparticles, at sizes as small as 10 nanometers, one at a time.



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APC (Advanced Process Control) Conference XXVI 2014
Ann Arbor, Michigan
http://www.apcconference.com/
September 29, 2014 - October 01, 2014
Strategic Materials Conference
Santa Clara, CA
http://www.semi.org/node/41386
September 30, 2014 - October 01, 2014
SEMICON Europa
Grenoble, France
http://www.semiconeuropa.org
October 07, 2014 - October 09, 2014
MEMS Executive Congress US 2014
Scottsdale, AZ
http://us2014.memscongress.com
November 05, 2014 - November 07, 2014

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