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New 'lab-on-a-chip' could revolutionize early diagnosis of cancer

10/13/2014  University of Kansas Medical Center and KU Cancer Center have just published a breakthrough paper in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal describing their invention of a miniaturized biomedical testing device for exosomes.

Smallest world record has 'endless possibilities' for bio-nanotechnology

10/13/2014  Scientists from the University of Leeds have taken a crucial step forward in bio-nanotechnology, a field that uses biology to develop new tools for science, technology and medicine.

Revving up fluorescence for superfast LEDs

10/13/2014  Duke University researchers have made fluorescent molecules emit photons of light 1,000 times faster than normal -- setting a speed record and making an important step toward realizing superfast light emitting diodes (LEDs) and quantum cryptography.

A novel platform for future spintronic technologies

10/13/2014  Scientists at EPFL, working with Université Paris-Sud and Paul Scherrer Institut, have discovered that a common insulating material behaves as a perfect spintronic conductor because it is not affected by background electron charge.

Mentor Graphics wins $36M in patent infringement suit

10/13/2014  A Portland, Oregon jury today delivered a verdict in favor of Mentor Graphics in a patent infringement trial against Synopsys, Inc., awarding Mentor Graphics $35 million in damages and royalties.

AMD appoints Dr. Lisa Su as President and CEO

10/10/2014  This week, AMD announced that its board of directors has appointed Dr. Lisa Su as president and chief executive officer and member of the board of directors, effective immediately.

Smartwatches storm wearables market; Flexible displays are critical

10/10/2014  Wearable electronics are going from geek to chic, as new smartwatches from the likes of Apple and Samsung have set a new standard for technological bling.

LED Nobel Prize invention leads to $17.7B market and 250,000+ jobs

10/10/2014  The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics awarded today to three physicists for their invention of blue light-emitting diodes (LED) led to a significant breakthrough and paved the way for the creation of white light—a cleaner, more energy-efficient and longer-lasting source of illumination that also has generated a multibillion-dollar market and the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Seoul Semiconductor announces the mass production of the Acrich MJT 3030

10/09/2014  Seoul Semiconductor, a global LED manufacturer, announced the availability of Acrich MJT 3030 a new LED in the Acrich MJT product family which improves on performance and enables lower system costs.

UMC announce joint venture for a 12" fab in China

10/09/2014  The Board of Directors of United Microelectronics Corporation, a global semiconductor foundry, today announced a joint venture company focused on 12" wafer foundry services with Xiamen Municipal People's Government and FuJian Electronics & Information Group.

Altera CEO John Daane to receive Robert N. Noyce Award

10/08/2014  The Semiconductor Industry Association announced that John P. Daane, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Altera, has been named the 2014 recipient of SIA's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award.

Albert Theuwissen of Harvest Imaging honored with European SEMI Award 2014

10/08/2014  Albert Theuwissen, CEO of Harvest Imaging and professor at Delft University of Technology, is the recipient of the European SEMI Award 2014.

Advanced packaging technologies are changing the LED manufacturing supply chain

10/08/2014  At the LED packaging equipment level, growth will return for the next three years.

Soraa founder wins Nobel Prize in physics

10/07/2014  Soraa, a developer of GaN on GaN LED technology, announced today that one of its founders, Dr. Shuji Nakamura, has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Global semiconductor sales continue to climb in August

10/06/2014  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.4 billion for the month of August 2014.

Adoption of SiC & GaN to directly impact the power electronics industry

10/06/2014  Emergence of new wide bandgap (WBG) technologies such as SiC and GaN materials will definitely reshape part of the established power electronics industry, according to Yole Développement (Yole).

EV Group unveils room-temperature covalent bonder

10/06/2014  EV Group (EVG), a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today introduced the EVG 580 ComBond.

Platinum meets its match in quantum dots from coal

10/03/2014  Graphene quantum dots created at Rice University grab onto graphene platelets like barnacles attach themselves to the hull of a boat. But these dots enhance the properties of the mothership, making them better than platinum catalysts for certain reactions within fuel cells.

Crumpled graphene could provide an unconventional energy storage

10/03/2014  Two-dimensional carbon 'paper' can form stretchable supercapacitors to power flexible electronic devices.

Silicon Cloud International launches semiconductor collaborative platform in Singapore

10/03/2014  Silicon Cloud International (SCI), a provider of secure and private cloud computing infrastructure, announced today successful pilot program launch of its semiconductor workflow platform in Singapore.



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