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QualiTest Group And Texas Instruments Partner To Automate Wireless Protocol Chip Testing Via Managed Testing Services
December 22, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014: QualiTest Group, the world's second largest pure play QA and software testing company, is providing Managed Testing Services globally to Texas Instruments (TI), a leading designer and manufacturer of semiconductors. The vendor has also been selected as TI's software testing partner of choice for its wireless protocol product line chip sets, including Zigbee and Bluetooth.

Pure Wafer PLC Re: Fire at Swansea Facility
December 22, 2014
RNS Number : 4107A Pure Wafer PLC 22 December 2014 PURE WAFER PLC (AIM: PUR) Re: Fire at Swansea facility 22 December 2014 Pure Wafer plc ("Pure Wafer" or "the Company"), one of the leading global providers of high quality silicon wafer reclaim services to many of the world's largest semiconductor manufacturers and foundries as an integral part of their cost control programmes, announces that its Wafer Reclaim facility in Swansea has suffered damage following a fire which is believed to have broken out at around 9am yesterday.

TrendForce: DRAMeXchange Updates on Mobile Memory
December 21, 2014
DRAMeXchange reported mobile memory will account for 36 percent of overall DRAM production this year and is very likely to surpass 40 percent of production in 2015, according to a release from TrendForce. "Because of high demand for mobile memory, DRAM manufacturers have somewhat reduced standard memory production, keeping module prices high," said Ken Kuo, Assistant Vice President at DRAMeXchange. "All DRAM manufacturers are staying profitable. The increasingly oligopolistic nature of the market and changes in market demand will stable the development of the industry in 2015."

Intel Launches New IoT Platform, Jason Hope States Competition Will Make IoT More Practical.CM Intel Corp.
December 19, 2014
  Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) December 19, 2014     Intel has announced the launch of a new Internet of Things platform, as reported by Engadget.com. The new platform, which is called simply the Intel IoT Platform, is designed to unify many features of the Internet of Things to build a foundation for multiple devices to interconnect and connect to the cloud. Jason Hope believes that this announcement could make the Internet of Things more practical for the user and for developers.

Lithography continues to drive Moore's law
December 19, 2014
SPIE has issued the following news release: The semiconductor industry takes its impulse from Moore's law, an observation made by Gordon Moore in 1965 that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. This trend results in smaller, more powerful, and less expensive chips, allowing consumer electronics companies to deliver more functionality to their customers while decreasing product cost. To date, Moore's law has been driven by shrink (making devices ever smaller), and for this to continue, device scaling needs to continue to provide both lower cost and improved performance as we approach the 10nm node (i.e., next-generation technology) and beyond. This requires a comprehensive approach to the entire lithography process, extending the use of immersion lithography (the current state-of-the-art standard wherein a droplet of water is used as the last lens element to enable a larger lens aperture) as well as moving to the next wavelength: extreme UV (EUV) lithography.

MILDRED DRESSELHAUS SELECTED FOR THE IEEE'S HIGHEST HONOR
December 19, 2014
The following information was released by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): Institute Professor Mildred S. Dresselhaus is the recipient of the IEEE 2015 Medal of Honor - IEEE's highest honor, given since 1917. Cited for her "leadership and contributions across many fields of science and engineering," Dresselhaus is also the first woman to earn the prestigious award.

Valoya Delivers Light to Selecta Klemm's New Tissue Culture Production Facility.
December 18, 2014
  (PRWEB) December 19, 2014         In contrast to traditional LED lights where the spectrum is composed of LEDs with various colors, Valoya uses proprietary LED technology to incorporate their spectra in a single chip. This offers best possible uniformity which is critical in low proximity installations. The Valoya L-series offers high intensity and high spectral accuracy throughout its lifetime which is up to four times longer than commonly used T8 LED tubes.       "The investment cost was clearly higher when compared to traditional fluorescent or LED tubes, but long life-expectancy and extensive energy savings is a big advantage. The color of the light is also very good for working as it allows quality control whenever needed without changing the lighting condition", says Robert Boehm, Head of Biotechnology.       About Selecta Klemm GmbH         The Selecta Group is a world leading breeder, producer and marketer of vegetatively propagated ornamental plants. Selecta Klemm's breeding activities comprise the areas of bedding and balcony plants, poinsettias, perennials and cut flowers. With 7 locations in Europe and Africa, Selecta Klemm is able to serve each significant market throughout the world.           About Valoya Oy       Valoya is a provider of energy efficient wide spectrum LED grow lights for professional use.

Scientists measure speedy electrons in silicon
December 17, 2014
The entire semiconductor industry, not to mention Silicon Valley, is built on the propensity of electrons in silicon to get kicked out of their atomic shells and become free. These mobile electrons are routed and switched though transistors, carrying the digital information that characterizes our age. An international team of physicists and chemists based at the University of California, Berkeley, has for the first time taken snapshots of this ephemeral event using attosecond pulses of soft x-ray light lasting only a few billionths of a billionth of a second.

Stacking Two-Dimensional Materials May Lower Cost of Semiconductor Devices
December 17, 2014
A team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has found that stacking materials that are only one atom thick can create semiconductor junctions that transfer charge efficiently, regardless of whether the crystalline structure of the materials is mismatched - lowering the manufacturing cost for a wide variety of semiconductor devices such as solar cells, lasers and LEDs.

Stacking Two-Dimensional Materials May Lower Cost of Semiconductor Devices
December 17, 2014
A team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has found that stacking materials that are only one atom thick can create semiconductor junctions that transfer charge efficiently, regardless of whether the crystalline structure of the materials is mismatched - lowering the manufacturing cost for a wide variety of semiconductor devices such as solar cells, lasers and LEDs.


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