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RESEARCHERS AT PENN, BERKELEY AND ILLINOIS USE OXIDES TO FLIP GRAPHENE CONDUCTIVITY
January 26, 2015
The following information was released by the University of Pennsylvania: Graphene, a one-atom thick lattice of carbon atoms, is often touted as a revolutionary material that will take the place of silicon at the heart of electronics. The unmatched speed at which it can move electrons, plus its essentially two-dimensional form factor, make it an attractive alternative, but several hurdles to its adoption remain. A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania; University of California, Berkeley; and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has made inroads in solving one such hurdle. By demonstrating a new way to change the amount of electrons that reside in a given region within a piece of graphene, they have a proof-of-principle in making the fundamental building blocks of semiconductor devices using the 2-D material.

GIGAPHOTON Honored with 2015 "Toshiba Partnership Award" from TOSHIBA Semiconductor & Storage Company Yokkaichi Operations; Gigaphoton's Green Innovations, Including Helium-Free Purge Process, Win High Recognition
January 25, 2015
Gigaphoton Inc. , a major lithography light source manufacturer, today announced that the company has been recognized with a 2015 Partnership Award from Toshiba Semiconductor & Storage Company's Yokkaichi Operations, a major world production base of NAND flash memory devices. Gigaphoton received this award for its efforts in developing innovative solutions for reducing the consumption of rare gas, thereby contributing to a great reduction of materials cost.

GIGAPHOTON Honored with 2015 "Toshiba Partnership Award" from TOSHIBA Semiconductor & Storage Company Yokkaichi Operations; Gigaphoton's Green Innovations, Including Helium-Free Purge Process, Win High Recognition
January 25, 2015
Gigaphoton Inc. , a major lithography light source manufacturer, today announced that the company has been recognized with a 2015 Partnership Award from Toshiba Semiconductor & Storage Company's Yokkaichi Operations, a major world production base of NAND flash memory devices. Gigaphoton received this award for its efforts in developing innovative solutions for reducing the consumption of rare gas, thereby contributing to a great reduction of materials cost.

MILITARY Semiconductor Devices Sought by Defense Logistics Agency
January 24, 2015
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 -- The Defense Logistics Agency's Defense Supply Center, Richmond, Virginia, has issued a combined synopsis/solicitation notice (SPE4A515Q1083) for semiconductor devices to be delivered to Defense Distribution Depot, Hill, Utah. It was posted on Jan. 22 with a response date of Feb. 5. For more information about Targeted News Service contract awards please contact: Myron Struck, Editor, Direct: 703/866-4708, Cell: 703/304-1897, Myron@targetednews.com 30BautistaJude 150124-mv-805121 30VitinMar

Complaint questions firm that might move to Gurnee Question: Tax incentives part of Gurnee deal Question: Tax incentives part of deal to relocate company to Gurnee
January 24, 2015
Questions about the viability of a project touted by AKHAN Semiconductor — a high-tech company being lured to Gurnee with millions of dollars in state and local incentives — have surfaced in a complaint filed with a federal agency by a former Argonne National Laboratory executive. Jonathan McKay of Westmont raised concerns about the ability of the partnership between AKHAN and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne lab to develop and manufacture a new diamond film technology in an internal ethics and retaliation complaint related to his firing from the federal facility. McKay filed the complaint against Argonne with the Department of Energy last Sept. 19 — three days after former Gov. Pat Quinn announced a combined $5.8 million state and local tax incentive package for AKHAN and praised the company for being a diamond technology leader. Gurnee village board members are scheduled to vote Monday, Jan. 26, on the package proposed for AKHAN, a subsidiary of AKHAN Technologies Inc. The company was founded in 2007 by Gurnee native Adam Khan, who says use of diamond semiconductors, rather than silicon, means devices can be made thinner and operate at higher temperatures, benefiting smartphones and "wearable" technology such as Google Glass.

Evonik Industries launches new metal-oxide semiconductor material
January 23, 2015
HIGHLIGHT: Evonik Industries, a speciality chemicals company, has launched iXsenic, a new inorganic metal-oxide semiconductor material.

Gartner: Samsung and Apple were top semiconductor customers in 2014
January 23, 2015
Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2014, representing a combined semiconductor demand of 17 per cent, according to Gartner. Samsung Electronics and Apple together consumed $57.9 billion ( 51 billion) of semiconductors in 2014, an increase of $3.9 billion from 2013. This means the two smartphone giants have topped the semiconductor consumption table for four consecutive years and their decisions have considerable technology and pricing implications for the whole semiconductor industry. However, Gartner noted that while Samsung kept its position as the largest customer of semiconductor chip vendors, its growth rate in 2014 was lower than the global semiconductor market's growth, in part because the Korean vendor has struggled in the smartphone market.

5 Companies to Become China Semiconductor National Teams
January 22, 2015
BEIJING, January 22, SinoCast -- An European capital institution issued the latest report, pointing out five companies, SMIC, XMC, Changjiang Electronics Technology, Spreadtrum Communications or RDA Microelectronics, and Huawei's HiSilicon, are expected to "national teams" for China's semiconductor industry.

Infineon and United Microelectronics extend manufacturing partnership
January 19, 2015
HIGHLIGHT: Infineon Technologies AG, a provider of semiconductor and system solutions, and United Microelectronics Corporation, a semiconductor foundry, have announced the extension of their manufacturing partnership into power semiconductors for automotive applications.

Indian Americans Named Newly Elevated IEEE 2015 Fellows
December 26, 2014
FULL TEXT The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers board of directors last month approved nearly 25 Indian Americans, four Indians in India, and five Indians in other countries among the 300 researchers worldwide who qualified for Fellow status, effective Jan. 1,2015. Following a rigorous, annual evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than one-tenth of one percent of voting members are selected annually for elevation to the highest member grade.


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