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Germanium outperforms silicon in energy efficient transistors with n- und p- conduction

02/03/2017  A team of scientists from the Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory (NaMLab gGmbH) and the Cluster of Excellence Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at the Dresden University of Technology have demonstrated the world-wide first transistor based on germanium that can be programmed between electron- (n) and hole- (p) conduction.

Full(erene) potential

02/03/2017  The addition of specific molecules to 'trap' charge carriers in semiconducting polymers proves to be a powerful method of mastering the materials' electrical properties.

Qualcomm and TDK announce launch of joint venture

02/03/2017  Qualcomm Incorporated and TDK Corporation today announced the completion of the previously announced joint venture under the name RF360 Holdings Singapore PTE. Ltd.

Leti presents first-ever results in LED pixelization & record high-resolution for micro-displays at Photonics West

02/03/2017  Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech, today announced it has developed a μLED fabrication process to create high-resolution arrays at 10-micron pitch.

Amkor Technology to acquire NANIUM

02/02/2017  Amkor Technology, Inc. and NANIUM S.A. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Amkor to acquire NANIUM, a provider of wafer-level fan-out (WLFO) semiconductor packaging solutions.

Micron CEO announces upcoming retirement

02/02/2017  Micron Technology, Inc. today announced the upcoming retirement of its Chief Executive Officer, Mark Durcan.

Toward all-solid lithium batteries

02/02/2017  Researchers investigate mechanics of lithium sulfides, which show promise as solid electrolytes.

1000 times more efficient nano-LED opens door to faster microchips

02/02/2017  The electronic data connections within microchips are increasingly becoming a bottleneck in the exponential growth of data traffic. Optical connections are the obvious successors but optical data transmission requires an adequate nanoscale light source, and this has been lacking. Scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology have created a light source that has the right characteristics: a nano-LED that is 1000 times more efficient than its predecessors, and is capable of handling gigabits per second.

Thin, flexible, light-absorbent material for energy and stealth applications

02/02/2017  Transparent window coatings that keep buildings and cars cool on sunny days. Devices that could more than triple solar cell efficiencies. Thin, lightweight shields that block thermal detection. These are potential applications for a thin, flexible, light-absorbing material developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego.

Artificially introduced atomic-level sensors enable measurements of the electric field within a working semiconductor device

02/02/2017  A group of Takayuki Iwasaki, Mutsuko Hatano and colleagues at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Toshiharu Makino at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has reported a new method for sensing internal electric fields at the interior of operating semiconductor devices.

Reliability Symposium coming to Silicon Valley

02/01/2017  The Silicon Valley Reliability Symposium will be held on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at the Biltmore Hotel and Suites in Santa Clara, CA from 8:00 AM until noon.

Highly sensitive gas sensors for volatile organic compound detection

02/01/2017  In an effort to improve VOC detection, a collaboration of Japanese researchers from Kumamoto University, Fukuoka Industrial Technology Center, and Tohoku University set out to improve sensor sensitivity by modifying the particle and pore sizes of Tin-dioxide (SnO2) nanocrystals on sensing film.

SEMI 2020: "There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind"

02/01/2017  “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail,” was how I started last week’s article. In that article we looked back on 2016 and the incredible progress of the industry and how it continually cuts new trail and keeps moving at the speed of Moore’s Law.

Without technology, China's "MIC 2025" results for ICs likely to fall woefully short of its goals

02/01/2017  IC Insights believes China's self-sufficiency targets for ICs of 40% in 2020 and 70% in 2025 are unrealistic.

The world's smallest reflector-type high brightness 3-color LED

01/31/2017  ROHM has recently announced the availability of an ultra-compact reflector-type LED optimized for consumer devices such as matrix light sources for gaming and wearables that demand increased miniaturization.

CVD announces expansion plans for Tantaline in US

01/31/2017  CVD Equipment Corporation, a provider of chemical vapor deposition systems, announced today that its CVD Materials Corporation subsidiary plans to open a US facility for expansion of the corrosion resistant coating services currently offered through its Tantaline CVD ApS subsidiary in Nordborg, Denmark.

The world's first heat-driven transistor

01/31/2017  The heat-driven transistor opens the possibility of many new applications such as detecting small temperature differences, and using functional medical dressings in which the healing process can be monitored.

FlexTech announces contract for battery development with ITN Energy Systems

01/31/2017  FlexTech, a SEMI strategic association partner, today announced a contract with ITN Energy Systems of Littleton, CO to develop and produce a flexible, solid-state lithium battery reducing packaging bulk by integrating a thin, flexible ceramic substrate.

Research and Markets releases new report on semiconductor epitaxy wafer manufacturing market

01/30/2017  Globally, development of efficient and advanced technology, rising demand for electronic devices including laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, smartphones, flourishing electronics and semiconductor industry, and advantageous properties of semiconductor Epi' (Epitaxy) wafer are the prime growth drivers of the semiconductor Epi' (Epitaxy) wafer manufacturing market.

Sequans opens R&D facility in Sophia Antipolis, France

01/30/2017  LTE for IoT chip maker Sequans Communications S.A. today announced the opening of a new development site in Sophia Antipolis, on the Côte d’Azur, in the south of France.



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