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Improved Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity for TiO2 Nanomaterials by Codoping with Zinc and Sulfur
March 03, 2015
FULL TEXT Qianzhi Xu 1 and Xiuying Wang 2 and Xiaoli Dong 1 and Chun Ma 1 and Xiufang Zhang 1 and Hongchao Ma 1 Academic Editor:Yibing Cai 1, School of Light Industry and Chemical Engineering, Dalian Polytechnic University, No. 1 Qinggongyuan, Dalian 116034, China 2, Instrumental Analysis Center, Dalian Polytechnic University, No. 1 Qinggongyuan, Dalian 116034, China Received 22 September 2014; Accepted 1 February 2015; 18 February 2015

Park Systems Announces Joint Development Partnership with imec to Develop Nanoscale AFM Metrology Solutions for Semiconductor Manufacturing
March 03, 2015
Park Systems, world-leader in Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM) announced today they have signed a Joint Development Project (JDP) with nanoelectronics research center imec, to develop in-line AFM metrology solutions of future technology nodes including but not limited to surface roughness, thickness, critical dimension (CD), and sidewall roughness. The JDP will develop new protocol to increase production yield and device performance for the semiconductor industry. Park Systems has officially joined imec's Industrial Affiliation Program and became a new member of IIAP at a signing ceremony in Seoul Korea on Feb 3, 2015.

CogniVue Announces Next Generation APEX Vision Processing Core
March 03, 2015
Mobile World Congress 2015:CogniVue Corporation, which licenses its automotive and consumer market proven APEX(TM) Image Cognition Processor (ICP) technology to semiconductor vendors, announced its next generation of APEX ICP technology with a 10x performance increase over its current APEX.   The automotive market continues to drive the need for high performance vision processing at low power.   Building on its expertise in automotive safety applications and working collaboratively with major automotive Tier-1s and OEMs, CogniVue's team has further improved APEX ICP architecture, hardware blocks and added new features for this next-gen core that provides the best performance per area per power for vision and image processing.  For instance, the next-gen APEX will enable simultaneous processing of multiple feature detectors (i.e. Canny, FAST, SIFT, SURF etc.), complex classifiers (i.e. SVM, CNN, etc.) and motion analysis (i.e. trackers, optical-flow, etc.) on multi-camera 2k video streams at a fraction of the power of competing processors.  In addition CogniVue expands on APEX scalability by enabling not only performance scalability inside APEX, but also improved multi-core processing between APEX cores.   Customers may license a range of APEX configurations to best suit their application requirements by scaling both the vector and scalar performance, and now also connect multiple APEX cores together for even higher performance.

ON Semiconductor Demos Low-Light Enabled Fast Auto Focus Technology
March 03, 2015
ON Semiconductor demonstrated its second generation Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF) technology featuring a pixel micro-lens technology that enables fast focus at 25 Lux light levels.

Brite Semiconductor Utilizes Cadence Digital Implementation and Signoff Tools
March 03, 2015
Cadence Design Systems said that Brite Semiconductor used Cadence digital implementation and signoff tools to complete four 28nm system-on-chip (SoC) designs and reduced their time to market by three weeks compared to previous design methodologies.

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP EXPLORES HOW TO BEST HARNESS SOLAR-POWER
March 02, 2015
CINCINNATI, March 2 -- University of Cincinnati issued the following news release: A University of Cincinnati research partnership is reporting advances on how to one day make solar cells stronger, lighter, more flexible and less expensive when compared with the current silicon or germanium technology on the market. Yan Jin, a UC doctoral student in the materials science and engineering program, Department of Biomedical, Chemical, and Environmental Engineering, will report results on March 2, at the American Physical Society Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Jin will present on how a blend of conjugated polymers resulted in structural and electronic changes that increased efficiency three-fold, by incorporating pristine graphene into the active layer of the carbon-based materials. The technique resulted in better charge transport, short-circuit current and a more than 200-percent improvement in the efficiency of the devices. "We investigated the morphological changes underlying this effect by using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) studies of the deuterated-P3HT/F8BT with and without graphene," says Jin.

SEMICON Russia 2015 Presents Microelectronics Market Conference and New TechARENA Sessions
March 02, 2015
The Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International issued the following news release: SEMICON Russia, the premier meeting place of the entire micro- and nanoelectronics industry in Russia, will take place from 16 to 18 June in Moscow. SEMICON Russia Exhibition is scheduled for 17-18 June with traditional location at Expocentre fairgrounds. With programs that include the Microelectronics Market Conference, an Exhibition, TechARENA sessions and presentations, SEMICON Russia offers advanced opportunities for networking and cooperation with local and foreign professionals. The event features the latest developments and emerging new markets, in addition to an opportunity to connect with customers, partners and investors. In 2015, SEMICON Russia features a new program TechARENA, consisting of sessions on Intelligent Systems and Semiconductor Optoelectronics. In addition, SEMICON Russia offers its exhibitors a TechLOUNGE where they can present their latest products and innovations. Over 130 exhibitors from 15 countries -- including international and regional leading suppliers of equipment, materials and services -- are expected to be on the show floor and more than 1500 attendees.

Global Semiconductor Industry Posts Highest-Ever January Sales
March 02, 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association issued the following news release: The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.5 billion for the month of January 2015, the industry's highest-ever January total and an increase of 8.7 percent from January 2014 when sales were $26.3 billion. Global sales from January 2015 were 2 percent lower than the December 2014 total of $29.1 billion, reflecting normal seasonal trends. Regionally, sales in the Americas increased by 16.4 percent compared to last January to lead all regional markets. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.

Cheap, flexible solar
March 02, 2015
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has issued the following news release: Solar cells made out of lead sulfide quantum dots could eventually offer a cheaper, more flexible alternative to ones made using silicon, but they are currently much less efficient. However, altering the chemical composition of quantum-dot solar cells offers a way of tuning them to reach higher efficiencies, MIT physics graduate student Patrick R. Brown says. "Instead of starting with a high-efficiency technology and then trying to make it cheaper, which is what we're doing now with silicon, our plan is to start with something that we know we could make cheaply and see if we could make it more efficient," Brown explains. Lead sulfide is plentiful, occurring naturally in the mineral galena, and the world currently produces enough lead and sulfur in the span of a few weeks to build lead sulfide solar cells to supply all the world's electricity, Brown notes. Other alternatives to silicon such as cadmium telluride or copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) have the disadvantage of using costlier and less-abundant starting materials. Lead sulfide quantum dots have another advantage over other emerging thin-film solar-cell technologies like organic polymers and perovskites in that they are stable in air.

Toshiba to Showcase Leading-edge Semiconductor and Storage Technologies at electronica China 2015
March 02, 2015
Tokyo, March 2 -- Toshiba Corporation's (TOKYO:6502) Semiconductor & Storage Products Company today announced that it will exhibit its latest semiconductor and storage products and technologies at electronica China 2015. The trade fair for electronic components, systems and applications will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from March 17 to 19. Toshiba will highlight solutions in four areas; "Energy & Life", "Automotive", "Memory & Storage" and "Mobile & Connectivity", under the unifying concept of creating a safe, secure and comfortable "Human Smart Community."


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