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Dan Squiller appointed as executive chairman of TriLumina’s Board of Directors

05/16/2016  Dan joins TriLumina with a wealth of experience having served in various senior executive and C-level positions at Scientific Atlanta, St. Bernard Software, Invensys plc, PowerGenix, GT Advanced Technologies, and Verengo Solar

Worldwide wearables market increases 67.2% amid seasonal retrenchment, reports IDC

05/16/2016  A combination of device releases, price reductions, and company rationalizations marked the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) in the worldwide wearables market.

STMicroelectronics reveals advanced silicon-carbide power devices

05/16/2016  STMicroelectronics announced advanced high-efficiency power semiconductors for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (EVs) with a timetable for qualification to the automotive quality standard AEC-Q101.

New technique could make large, flexible solar panels more feasible

05/16/2016  A new, high-pressure technique may allow the production of huge sheets of thin-film silicon semiconductors at low temperatures in simple reactors at a fraction of the size and cost of current technology.

John Caldwell appointed as chairman of AMD Board of Directors

05/13/2016  AMD today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Board member John Caldwell as Chairman.

This 'nanocavity' may improve ultrathin solar panels, video cameras and more

05/13/2016  The future of movies and manufacturing may be in 3-D, but electronics and photonics are going 2-D; specifically, two-dimensional semiconducting materials.

Si2 launches project to develop new integrated circuit power modeling technology

05/12/2016  Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2), an Austin-based integrated circuit research and development joint venture, has launched a project to help designers reduce power consumption, a growing challenge for most system-on-chip designs.

Samsung PhD Fellowship program recognizes best and brightest student innovators

05/12/2016  Each student will receive a Fellowship award of $50,000 as well as mentorship to support their ground-breaking research.

After three months of declines, monthly LCD TV unit shipments resumed growth in March

05/12/2016  Chinese brands have had a significant impact on the global TV market recently, due to their aggressive pursuit of export growth. In large part because of these efforts, monthly liquid crystal display (LCD) TV unit shipments returned to positive year-over-year growth in March 2016 after three months of declines.

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2016: Connecting in Penang

05/12/2016  Nearly 5,000 visitors and exhibitor personnel assembled in Penang last month for SEMICON Southeast Asia 2016, the largest trade show for the electronics manufacturing supply chain in the region.

FlexTech completes flexible hybrid electronics projects with ENrG, nScrypt, and PARC

05/11/2016  FlexTech, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, today announced the formal completion of three flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) R&D projects under its U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) technology investment agreement.

Monolithic Schottky diode in ST F7 LV MOSFET technology: Performance improvement in application

05/11/2016  Standard solutions and devices are compared to a 60 V MOSFET with monolithic Schottky diode as evaluated in SMPS and motor control environments.

New research shows how silver could be the key to gold-standard flexible gadgets

05/11/2016  Research published in the journals Materials Today Communications and Scientific Reports has described how silver nanowires are proving to be the ideal material for flexible, touch-screen technologies while also exploring how the material can be manipulated to tune its performance for other applications.

EV Group receives multiple orders for GEMINI FB XT fusion bonder for 3D chip stacking production applications

05/11/2016  EV Group (EVG) announced that it has received multiple orders for its GEMINI FB XT automated fusion wafer bonders from multiple leading device manufacturers.

Kip Hagopian retires as chairman of Maxim Integrated's Board of Directors after 25 years

05/11/2016  William (Bill) P. Sullivan, currently a member of Maxim's Board, will assume the Board Chair position, effective immediately.

STATS ChipPAC's fan-out wafer level packaging shipments exceed 1 billion units

05/11/2016  Reflects strong demand for eWLB in mobile market with accelerating adoption in Internet of Things, wearables, MEMS and automotive applications.

Novel functionalized nanomaterials for CO2 capture

05/10/2016  Climate change due to excessive CO2 levels is one of the most serious problems mankind has ever faced. CO2 emissions need to be reduced urgently to avoid potentially dangerous and irreversible effects of climate change. To mitigate such emissions, CO2 capture is one of the best solutions. Scientists at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, have developed novel functionalized nanomaterials that can capture CO2 with superior capture capacity and stability over conventional sorbents.

Researchers integrate diamond/boron nitride crystalline layers for high-power devices

05/10/2016  Materials researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technique to deposit diamond on the surface of cubic boron nitride (c-BN), integrating the two materials into a single crystalline structure.

SEMICON West expands to take on the Extended Supply Chain Forum

05/10/2016  To meet the changing needs of today’s increasingly interconnected supply chain, SEMICON West has added eight vertically integrated forums to its 2016 lineup.

Rudolph Technologies announces new VP

05/10/2016  Rudolph Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Debbora Ahlgren as vice president of global customer operations, leading the company’s sales and service organization.



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