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2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits opens online submission for papers

01/05/2017  Online paper submissions are now open for the 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits, to be held at the Rihga Royal Hotel in Kyoto, Japan from June 5 - 8, 2017.

Intel to acquire 15% ownership of HERE

01/04/2017  Intel has agreed to purchase a 15 percent ownership stake in HERE, a global provider of digital maps and location-based services, from HERE’s current indirect shareholders.

Bosch launches smallest high performance barometric pressure sensor at CES 2017

01/04/2017  Today, Bosch Sensortec launches the BMP380, the company's smallest and best performing barometric pressure sensor, with a compact size of only 2.0 x 2.0 x 0.75 mm3.

Germanium's semiconducting and optical properties probed under pressure

01/04/2017  Germanium may not be a household name like silicon, its group-mate on the periodic table, but it has great potential for use in next-generation electronics and energy technology.

Miniscule amounts of impurities in vacuum greatly affecting OLED lifetime

01/03/2017  Reproducibility is a necessity for science but has often eluded researchers studying the lifetime of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).

Imec and Besi demonstrate long-term reliability of Ni-Cu-Ag plated solar modules

01/03/2017  Today, imec (partner in EnergyVille) and BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (Besi), a manufacturer of assembly equipment for the semiconductor industry, announced that they have demonstrated long-term reliability in five full size 60-cells Nickel/Copper/Silver (Ni/Cu/Ag) plated solar cell modules, confirming the industrial value of this metallization technology.

ESD Alliance reports EDA industry revenue increase for Q3 2016

12/23/2016  The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance Market Statistics Service (MSS) today announced that the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 7.0 percent for Q3 2016.

Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology

12/23/2016  New research reveals intrinsic instability issues of iodine-containing perovskite solar cells.

Sensor sensation

12/22/2016  OIST researchers create a novel sensor capable of measuring both charge and mass of biomolecules with potential applications in healthcare diagnostics.

Advance in intense pulsed light sintering opens door to improved electronics manufacturing

12/22/2016  Faster production of advanced, flexible electronics is among the potential benefits of a discovery by researchers at Oregon State University's College of Engineering.

Mentor Graphics Joins GLOBALFOUNDRIES FDXcelerator Partner Program

12/22/2016  Mentor Graphics Corp. today announced that it has joined GLOBALFOUNDRIES' FDXcelerator Partner Program.

Public tender offer by TDK subsidiary EPCOS to acquire Tronics successful

12/21/2016  TDK Corporation and Tronics Microsystems SA jointly announced today that the all-cash public tender offer launched by TDK’s wholly-owned subsidiary EPCOS AG (“EPCOS”) was successfully closed on December 14, 2016.

Advances in artificial intelligence, IoT highlight IHS Markit's global technology predictions for 2017

12/21/2016  From artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things (IoT), far-reaching innovations are unfolding in virtually every technology sector around the globe, continuing to change the way consumers, businesses and machines interact while also spurring the next revolution in tech market growth.

New material with ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism may lead to better computer memory

12/21/2016  Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have demonstrated that ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism coexist at room temperature in thin films of bismuth-iron-cobalt oxide. The research could have implications in the next generation of computer memory and sensors.

Toshiba expands line-up of embedded NAND flash memory products for automotive applications

12/20/2016  Sample shipments start from today with mass production scheduled for the second quarter (April to June) of 2017.

Seoul Semiconductor Europe GmbH announces new CEO

12/20/2016  Andreas Weisl (38), former Vice President Europe of Korean LED manufacturer Seoul Semiconductor (SSC), has taken on the position of CEO at Seoul Semiconductor Europe GmbH based Munich, Germany, with effect from November 11, 2016.

Materion Precision Optics acquires gettering capabilities for wafer level processing

12/20/2016  Materion Corporation announced today that its Precision Optics business has acquired the proprietary thin film gettering technology and related intellectual property assets from Integrated Sensing Systems.

STMicroelectronics and Valencell announce collaboration on biometric sensor platform for wearables and IoT

12/20/2016  New scalable development kit integrates ST SensorTile with Valencell's Benchmark biometric sensor system to accelerate smart wearable and IoT product development.

World's smallest radio receiver has building blocks the size of 2 atoms

12/16/2016  Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have made the world's smallest radio receiver - built out of an assembly of atomic-scale defects in pink diamonds.

NIST device for detecting subatomic-scale motion may aid robotics, homeland security

12/16/2016  Highly sensitive measuring tool can also be mass-produced.



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