Aurora Ships Decima CD(TM) Demonstration System to Hauman Technologies
April 23, 2014
NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 23, 2014) - ACT Aurora Control Technologies Corp. (TSX VENTURE:ACU) is pleased to announce the shipment of a Decima CD(TM) demonstration system to Hauman Technologies, our market partner in Taiwan.

-Southern Company subsidiary and Turner Renewable Energy strengthen renewable portfolio by closing on second California solar plant
April 23, 2014
ENP Newswire - 23 April 2014 Release date- 22042014 - ATLANTA - Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power, in partnership with Turner Renewable Energy, has announced the official acquisition of the partnership's second California solar installation. The agreement to acquire the Adobe Solar Facility, a 20-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) installation in Kern County, Calif., was closed upon successful completion of construction. The facility represents the partnership's sixth solar project and is expected to begin commercial operation in May. The partnership's first solar facility in California - the 139-MW Campo Verde Solar Facility - entered service in October 2013.

GCT Semiconductor LTE Single-Chip Powers NETGEAR 4G LTE Gateway
April 23, 2014
Calif., April 23 -- GCT® Semiconductor, a leading designer and supplier of advanced 4G mobile semiconductor solutions, has announced that its 4G LTE single-chip enables fast and reliable LTE connectivity in the new NETGEAR® LTE Data Gateway 2200D (LG2200D), currently available for U.S. Cellular customers. This new LTE gateway offers multi-band connection capabilities supporting LTE bands 4, 5, and 12.

New Technology Symposium at SEMICON West 2014 to Spotlight Critical Issues in Semiconductor Manufacturing
April 22, 2014
The Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International issued the following news release: SEMI has announced the new Semiconductor Technology Symposium (STS), to be held July 8-10 as part of the SEMICON West 2014 (www.semiconwest.org) technical and business program agenda. The new program addresses the most important and critical issues facing the future of semiconductor manufacturing in a new more technical conference format. The three-day STS conference is a comprehensive technology and business conference addressing the key issues driving the future of semiconductor manufacturing and markets. Aligned with the latest inputs from technology roadmaps, sessions at the STS will focus on the significant trends shaping near-term semiconductor technology and market developments in areas including advanced processes and materials, lithography, metrology, yield, design, packaging, test, and 450mm.

2014 Rank Prize for Envisioning Strained-layer Superlattices Awarded to Sandia Fellow
April 22, 2014
The U.S. Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories issued the following news release: In 1982, then-Sandia National Laboratories researcher Gordon Osbourn published a theoretical paper that asserted the previously unthinkable: that ultra-thin layers of mismatched atomic lattices could overcome the strain of their union and successfully form a defect-free bond. Going against the grain of the times, Osbourn's calculations stimulated creation of the new field of strained-layer superlattices. Just one of the myriad results of that insight -- strained-layer lasers -- today dominate the entire semiconductor laser market. Approximately one billion are produced each year for a market valued at approximately $5 billion.

Altatech receives order for inspection and metrology system from OSRAM
April 22, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Altatech, a subsidiary of Soitec, has received an order for its Orion LedMax wafer inspection and metrology system from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH, a manufacturer of opto electronic components.

EJL Wireless Research adds the Nokia Solutions Networks W-CDMA/LTE FRGP 2100MHz B1 Radio Unit to its DesigN Analysis Infrastructure; DNA-I Series of Teardown Reports.
April 22, 2014
  Salem, NH (PRWEB) April 22, 2014             EJL Wireless Research is announcing a new report within its proprietary DNA-I series, a Nokia Solutions Networks W-CDMA/LTE 2100MHz B1 210W (3x70W) Flexi 3-sector radio module.       "This is our first opportunity to look into the 3-sector design philosophy for NSN's outdoor radio module for its LTE eNodeB products. The Flexi 3-sector radio contains three complete radio transceivers, three power amplifiers and three duplexer filters to support 1x2 SIMO functionality. Two 3-sector radio modules may be deployed to enable a 2x2 MIMO functionality per sector at the BTS site. We note that this architecture is the most integrated and compact 3-sector radio design by any BTS OEM" said founder and President, Earl Lum.

Stanford Advanced Materials Launches Pure Pyrolytic Boron Nitride; PBN Ceramic.
April 22, 2014
  Irvine, California (PRWEB) April 22, 2014   Stanford Advanced Materials is proud to announce the release of its new Pyrolytic Boron Nitride (PBN), an anisotropic high-temperature ceramic. PBN exhibits a unique combination of high electrical resistance and good thermal conductivity. PBN is still a relatively new ceramic material, which is not currently offered by many companies. It's extremely high purity paves new opportunities for the semiconductor industries and manufactures of crystal growth. High purity materials mean better quality, innovative products.       Traditionally ceramic products are produced by sintering ceramic powders, including boron nitride, alumina, zirconia, and silicon carbide. PBN products are different as they are made by the Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) process. This means, the structural material of the product is "synthesized" on a mold, by gas. The material is constructed molecule by molecule, not particle by particle. Thus, the PBN products have higher density and almost zero porosity. This innovative material is made from gas not powder- as the purity of gas is easier to control than powder, PBN products are extremely pure - 99.99%, and can be used by crystal manufactures and the semiconductor industry. In addition PBN products have a thin wall, as they do not use the traditional process, which is time consuming and results in thicker products.           Ken Ge from Stanford Advanced Materials said, "There is an increasing demand for high purity and low porosity crucibles, or containers for quality crystal growth.

Graphene breakthrough could dramatically reduce cost, increase production
April 21, 2014
Researchers at the University of Dublin are claiming a major breakthrough in the manufacturing of graphene that could clear the way for mass industrial production of the material. Graphene has a vast number of potential uses - it's an incredible conductor of electricity, strong, nearly transparent, and extremely thin - but manufacturing it in volume has proven extremely difficult. The Irish team's approach focused on mechanical exfoliation of graphene. Graphene was originally discovered through mechanical exfoliation through the repeated application of scotch tape to layers of graphite (yes, Scotch tape). In this new method, graphite is mixed into stabilizing liquids and fed into a high shear mixer, like the one shown below. The mixer cleaves off graphene sheets of sufficient size and quantity to qualify as industrial production; the team claims that "exfoliation can be achieved in liquid volumes from hundreds of milliliters up to hundreds of liters and beyond."

American Semiconductor selects Cypress to manufacture custom optical devices
April 17, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Cypress Semiconductor Corp., a semiconductor design and manufacturing company, has announced that American Semiconductor, which is engaged in integrated circuits and hybrid systems development, has selected Cypress Foundry Solutions to develop and manufacture custom optical devices.


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