UNL Engineers Demonstrate Solar Cell Material's Vast Potential
January 31, 2015
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln issued the following news release: A promising solar cell material is making big waves for its ability to harness the sun's energy as inexpensively and easily as current silicon-based solar technology. University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineers have discovered that it's even better than previously thought -- at least 3,000 times better. Fine-tuning this material -- a class of compounds with the same crystalline structure known as perovskites -- to better capture energy has advanced rapidly in just a few years. It now rivals silicon's 20 percent energy efficiency with the promise of even greater efficiency. Yet progress into determining what makes it so special has been slow.

-NXP Semiconductors awarded D-PAS Certification
January 30, 2015
Eindhoven, Netherlands - NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced that its Integrated Circuit (IC) for secure card payments has been granted D-PAS certification by Discover Financial Services.

-Toyota launches silicon carbide power semiconductor technology in Japan
January 30, 2015
Auto Business News - 30 January 2015 Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE: TM)(LSE: TYT)(TYO: 7203), a Japan-based automaker, has launched its silicon carbide power semiconductor technology in Japan in 2015. The tests are to evaluate the performance of the SiC power semiconductors, with the intention of providing significant efficiency improvements in hybrid power train and other vehicles running on electric power. The automaker is installing SiC power semiconductors (transistors and diodes) in the PCU's internal voltage step-up converter and the inverter that controls the motor. [Editorial queries for this story should be sent to abn@enpublishing.co.uk ]

Ireland: Graduate Process Technicians (level 6/7)
January 30, 2015
Irish jobs has issued the following job vacancy: Graduate Process Technicians (level 6/7) Leinster £15000 - 25000 Fixed term contract Updated 30/01/2015 Human Resources

Los Alamos Develops New Technique for Growing High-efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells
January 29, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory issued the following news release: This week in the journal Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers reveal a new solution-based hot-casting technique that allows growth of highly efficient and reproducible solar cells from large-area perovskite crystals.

Intel Reveals Participation in Stampede Supercomputer Research at Texas Advanced Computing Center; TACC.
January 29, 2015
  (PRWEB) January 29, 2015         A recent release from Intel highlights the ways that the Intel(R) Parallel Computing Center on the TACC campus has contributed to far-reaching computation on the Stampede, one of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet. This collaboration has enabled extraordinary high-volume calculations for research projects around the world.       The document notes that Stampede, currently ranked seventh among the top 500 supercomputers in the world, runs million-thread applications, an unprecedented feat, with the help of Intel(R) Xeon Phi™ coprocessors. This allows Stampede to break large data workloads into smaller, components that can be solved simultaneously, in parallel. As a result, large-scale studies are able to reduce their computational time down significantly.         Research projects all over the globe are currently using Stampede's tremendous computational power, with 5000 scientists and engineers running simulations and extracting valuable information. The staff at TACC trains thousands of researchers in a wide band of disciplines to harness the Stampede and its Intel parallelization instruments.     The untapped potential of this technology cannot be understated; it not only condenses projects that would take years or decades, it also draws different fields of study together in a symbiotic alliance where different bodies of research can inform one another.

IQE renews wafer products supply contract
January 28, 2015
HIGHLIGHT: IQE plc, a manufacturer of semiconductor wafer products, has concluded the renegotiation of a long-term supply contract with an existing tier-1 customer for the supply of wafer products used in wireless applications.

ON Semi sees PHL as key site for investment
January 28, 2015
SEMICONDUCTORS supplier giant ON Semiconductor, spurred by the country's economic performance, has assured continued investments in the Philippines and underscored the country as a key site for investment.

New Next Generation 6U VME i7/i5 Processor Board.
January 28, 2015
  Wixom, Michigan (PRWEB) January 29, 2015     Acromag's XVME-6410 is a high performance 6U VME single board computer based on the 4th Generation Intel(R) Core™ i7 or i5 processor and utilizes the Intel 8-Series QM87 PCH chipset for extensive I/O support. Up to 16GB of high-speed DDR3L removable memory with 1-64GB flash memory optional. Acromag Built-In Test (BIT) software provides exceptional test coverage though Power-On BIT (PBIT). The air-cooled XVME-6410 features dual PMC/XMC sites, expansion capabilities, Microsoft Windows(R) and Linux software support, and removable memory. ROHS compliance and extended temperature options are available. A variety of model configurations start at $6,400.     "The XVME-6400 processor boards are an excellent choice for new or tech refresh VME and I/O applications," stated Joseph Primeau, Acromag's embedded sales and marketing director. "The 2-year standard warranty and long term availability with managed life cycles ensures long-term success for your projects."

In Silicon Valley, Automation Isn't Just for the Big Guys
January 01, 2015
FULL TEXT Rutomation, specifically linear pallet systems (LPS), enables manufacturers of all sizes to achieve higher throughput, superior quality and great finishes while using a minimum of operators and technicians. For Hi Tech Precision Machining Inc. (HTPMI; San Jose, CA), a 12-pallet LPS feeding a single horizontal machining center with a 14,000-rpm spindle is positioning the precision machining company located in the heart of Silicon Valley to better serve its current and potential customers in the medical, semiconductor, and telecommunications industries. Founded by Hiep Tran, CEO, in 1995, HTPMI has grown into a 20,000 ft2 (1858 m2) plant with 15 employees, running 11/2 shifts per day with annual sales in excess of $3 million. The ISO 13485 and ISO 9001:2008-certified company is ideally located to meet Tran's strategic growth plans as a turnkey precision contract manufacturer with a Class 100,000 clean room housing multiple CMMs and complete cable and component assembly.


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