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Thermal nano tape for semiconductor packaging

Mon, 1 Jan 2011

SRC and researchers from Stanford University have developed a combination of elements that yields a unique nanostructure material for packaging. This advance should allow longer life for semiconductor devices while costing less than current state-of-the-art materials.


SRC to advance PV and smart grid technologies

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

Hydro One Networks, NEC and ON Semiconductor join SRC’s global Energy Research Initiative, expanding the focus to include finding new materials, devices and methodologies for power controls/management and energy collection, conversion and storage.


ATREG spins off to ride semi market waves

Tue, 9 Sep 2010

Stephen Rothrock from ATREG talks about his company's spinoff to provide technology manufacturing asset consulting services, how the industry's volatility keeps them in business, and how they'll go after a potential $300B market.


Arkados sells STMicro its semiconductor biz

Tue, 12 Dec 2010

Arkados (OTCBB:AKDS), powerline communication technology company, entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to sell its semiconductor business to STMicroelectronics, Inc. STMicroelectronics will pay Arkados $11 million under the agreement.


Matsushita, Sanyo deny M&A rumors

Mon, 4 Apr 2008
Apr. 28, 2008 - A Japanese media report claiming Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. is buying Sanyo Electric Co. is untrue, say the two companies -- but that hasn't stopped speculation in various media outlets.

Buzzing about solar and electric cars

Thu, 2 Feb 2009
In addition to discussions about cooperating on clean energy efforts going forward, the recent US-China Clean Energy Forum also showcased solar technologies tied together in the real world -- a parking lot-based solar array, electric vehicles, smart grid technology, energy storage, and high-performance battery recharging systems.

Pushing "carbon-free" transport for jobs, solar

Sat, 2 Feb 2009
US-China cooperation on a key issue -- clean energy -- was the focus of a forum at Applied Materials' R&D campus this week. The takeaway message: solar can be a viable part of energy supplies once costs come down, but it will require a keen focus on both short- and long-term goals, much like how the IC industry has paced itself to Moore's Law.

Electric utilities seen as prime PV market

Tue, 3 Mar 2009
Expected strong demand by electric utilities for solar panels triggered a request by AVA Solar, Loveland, CO, for a loan guarantee from the federal government's Advanced Energy Loan program that would allow the company to triple manufacturing capacity. The company is just completing an automated factory to produce cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film on glass panels for electric utilities.

Industry execs hear about bright days ahead in energy

Mon, 1 Jan 2009
Through murky clouds of economic gloom, one beacon of light shone through brightly at ISS '09 in Half Moon Bay, CA -- the tremendous opportunity emerging in energy, especially solar power.

Execs seek counsel on managing through troubled times

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
A key theme woven through several presentations at ISS '09, notes SST's Bob Haavind, was a number of suggestions on managing through these difficult economic times, including tweaks to reliable business models, continued R&D, and hooking into emerging areas such as energy infrastructure. Plus: What we should learn from an obscure, decades-old investment by Warren Buffett.

Report: Nano-memory market surging past $7B by 2010

Tue, 2 Feb 2006
February 7, 2006 - A new analyst report suggests the market for various types of nano-enabled memory will quadruple from $1.4 billion in 2008 to more than $7.0 billion in 2010, as conventional memory technologies fail to scale to address problems in leading-edge chip technologies such as leakage.

Intel tips 80-core, 1Tflop "research chip"

Mon, 2 Feb 2007
February 12, 2007 - As a teaser for announcements it's making at this week's Integrated Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), Intel Corp. says it's developed a futuristic programmable processor with a single 80-core chip that achieves "teraflops performance" (trillions of calculations/sec), and consumes just 62W of power, less than that of some of today's single-core processors.

Nokia taps ST, Broadcom for phone chip work

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
August 8, 2007 - Cell phone maker Nokia says it will outsource development of its 3G chips to STMicroelectronics and has extended its partnership with Broadcom to include the supplier's EDGE chips -- deals that could dent business outlooks for Texas Instruments and Qualcomm.

JEDEC, memory firms back next-gen standard

Sat, 9 Sep 2007
September 14, 2007 - A group of memory chipmakers and mobile device providers are backing a new industry spec for removable memory cards and embedded memory technologies, an effort spearheaded by standards org JEDEC Solid State Technology Association.

SunPower building 2MW plant on Korean landfill

Fri, 10 Oct 2007
October 5, 2007 - SunPower and Korean energy company EnE System plan to build a 2MW solar electric power plant in Jeonju, Korea's Jeolla province, on landfill property owned by Jeonju Solar Energy. Construction is expected to be completed in January, with the Korea Energy Management Corp. providing part of the project's funding.

Reports: Sanyo betting on growth in solar cells, batteries

Tue, 11 Nov 2007
November 19, 2007 - Sanyo Electric Co.'s is looking to solar cells and rechargeable batteries (e.g., lithium ion) to power its growth starting in fiscal 2008, according to similar reports in the Nikkei and Yomiuri papers.

Monitoring and control system

Sat, 4 Apr 1995
The MacNeill Series 8000 Environmental Monitoring and Control System is engineered to monitor and control all environmental parameters in buildings and confined spaces. It consists of a microprocessor-based controller and various sensor heads and assemblies.

Electronic psychrometer

Wed, 2 Feb 1995
Environmetrics` electronic psychrometer measures thermodynamic properties directly. Other features include: high-capacity rechargeable batteries, a high-efficiency fan motor, a large water supply and a small wick that provides 10 days of unattended battery-powered operation.

Brooks Automation opens a new cleanroom manufacturing facility

Tue, 6 Jun 2003
JUNE 11--CHELMSFORD, Mass.--Brooks Automation, Inc., which delivers manufacturing automation solutions for semiconductor, precision electronics and other industries, is announcing the opening of an 18,000-square-foot cleanroom located at its headquarters here today.

CECO Environmental receives orders totaling ~$13.5M

Tue, 12 Dec 2007
November 29, 2007 -- /PRNewswire/ -- NEW YORK, NY -- CECO Environmental Corp., a leading provider of air pollution control and industrial ventilation systems, announced today that it has secured 10 new orders totaling approximately $13.5 million.

Airflow velocity analyzer

Thu, 1 Jan 1998
The Quattro Flow Velocity Analyzer from Cambridge AccuSense is a portable, self-contained unit that provides true air-velocity readings for multiple applications, including cleanroom testing, HVAC design and certification of fume hoods and biosafety cabinets. The full package consists of a light weight measurement instrument with four sensor ports, a choice of low-profile or clip-on ruggedized, interchangeable AFS airflow sensors, and an optional printer. Density-compensated and powered by inter

MG realigns key business units

Tue, 12 Dec 1998
MG Industries, the North American business unit of Messer Group, is realigning its bulk gas division into two operating groups. Pipeline Service Group (PSG) will be organized around MG`s tonnage gas customers. PSG comprises pipeline sales, customer service, energy management, project management, construction and manufacturing operations. The second group, the Merchant Products Group (MPG), will focus on customers using liquid and non-cryogenic products. It will handle all merchant sales, applica

Cleanroom demonstrates installation approaches

Mon, 3 Mar 1999
Bristol, UK -- Visitors to Meissner & Wurst Pearce Limited (Bristol, UK) will be able to get a first-hand appreciation for the look and feel of a cleanroom, as well as evaluate and compare various options and configurations relative to their requirements. As part of its 6,200-square-foot headquarters building, the company has built a 30-square-meter, fully-functioning Class 100 demonstration cleanroom complete with changing areas, air lock and air shower. The cleanroom will be used to demonstra

Airflow velocity analyzer

Sun, 3 Mar 1998
The Quattro Flow Velocity Analyzer is the latest addition to Cambridge AccuSense`s line of airflow analysis and management technology. The portable self-contained unit provides true air velocity readings for multiple applications, including cleanroom testing, room balancing, HVAC design and certification of fume hoods and biosafety cabinets. The full package consists of a lightweight measurement instrument with four sensor ports, interchangeable AFS airflow sensors and an optional printer. Densi

Paint room managers squeeze out savings

Fri, 11 Nov 2002
Paint shops evaluate their practices to meet automobile manufacturers' demand for quality. Could a robot be the best man for the job?

Smart grids supercharge Li-ion battery demand

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

Smart grids will generate nearly $6 billion demand for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries by 2020, to fulfill energy storage needs, according to the IHS iSuppli Rechargeable Batteries Special Report. Li-ion batteries will become the dominant rechargable energy storage technology for smart grids.


MIT names Microsystems Technology Lab leader

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

MIT named Vladimir Bulović as director of MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL). Bulović has experience in a range of advanced electronics technologies, from photovoltaics to MEMS.


China's lithium-ion battery growth trends

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

China's lithium ion battery market rose 38% in 2010 to RMB 27.61 billion and is expected to keep growing rapidly, thanks to the country's strong automotive industry and competitive local governments pushing to develop high-end technologies, CCID Consulting reports.


MEMS-in-2011-and-beyond: POVs from the MEMS Executive Congress

Thu, 11 Nov 2010

Dan Siewiorek, Karen Lightman, Rich Duncombe, Vida Ilderem, and other speakers from the MEMS industry shared their visions for the future at the MEMS Executive Congress 2010. Following are summaries of their talks, from the "iPhone 20" lifetime smart-companion to seisic imaging developments, energy management, and more MEMS opportunities.


BASF sets aside $221 million for nano R&D, opens Asian center

Mon, 3 Mar 2006
BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, is devoting $221 million to nanotechnology research and development between 2006 and 2008. The German corporation is opening up a new nanotech center in Singapore this year as well.

Altair, Electro Energy partner on batteries

Thu, 3 Mar 2006
Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. and Electro Energy Inc. announced that they have entered into a four-year joint development agreement for the design, manufacture and marketing of high power lithium ion batteries and battery systems. Initial target markets consist of a variety of portable devices, including handheld power tool applications.

Nextreme releases nanostructured eTEC for active temperature control

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
Nextreme says its miniature thin film embedded thermoelectric cooler, eTEC, is an industry first, enabling seamless embedding of an active cooling and/or heating device in close proximity to an IC die. eTEC adds just 100 microns of height to a heat spreader.

Focus on energy: Nation’s electric grid needs overhaul

Mon, 8 Aug 2004
Chances are, the electric grid of the future will look a lot like the grid of today. But certainly it won’t behave the same as today’s grid, whether it undergoes an overhaul, upgrades or is left unchanged. The grid is a dynamic and complex construct linking power generators, substations and transmission lines across continents.

Nanosys appoints Yurek to board

Wed, 2 Feb 2004
Nanosys Inc. (Profile, News, Web), a Palo Alto, Calif., developer of semiconductor nanocrystal technologies, named Gregory Yurek to its board of directors, according to a news release.

Nanomaterials could soup up supercapacitors if price is right

Wed, 2 Feb 2004
It's a battery! It's a power pump! It's Super Capacitor! Supercapacitors work like short-acting, but high-power, batteries. While the first supercapacitor was sold in 1978, improved performance and lower prices in recent years are expanding the market for them. That has caught the attention of companies working on nanomaterials.

Smart grid will wed modern computing with nanotechnology

Fri, 9 Sep 2003
Guest Column: "It is vital that the electric grid of the country be modernized if we are to have any hope of preventing future disruptions." Rick Smalley of Rice University, Roger Anderson of Columbia University and Ron Oligney of the Texas Energy Center show how nanotechnologies can offer vast new electrical energy storage capacity.

Small tech companies locked in high-stakes struggle for power

Wed, 5 May 2003
Feature-rich portable devices are getting hungry for more and more power. So, the race is on to meet the demands of energy-sapping digital multimedia through portable, powerful micro fuel cells (MFCs) that outlast rechargeable batteries. The companies that succeed have a billion-dollar market waiting for them.

Small tech siblings pursue military and industrial applications

Wed, 4 Apr 2003
The two companies work literally side by side in the Rutgers Industrial Park, but Nanopowder Enterprises Inc. and Structured Materials Industries Inc. are each following their own paths toward full commercialization. Like many small high-tech companies, NEI and SMI have survived due to a steady flow of federal SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) funds.

When lives are at stake, the batteries better work

Thu, 6 Jun 2003
When Alfred Mann, chairman and co-founder of Advanced Bionics Corp., began developing an injectable neuromuscular stimulator in the late 1990s, he searched to find a company that could make a tiny lithium-ion battery to power it. The battery had to last 10 years, be rechargeable thousands of times over, be able to sit dormant for long periods without losing its oomph, be hermetically sealed for safety, and, oh yes, be no bigger than a grain of rice.

Its cells may be thin, but Cymbet says they pack a big punch

Mon, 4 Apr 2003
Small tech engineers are constantly challenged in their quest to come up with adequate batteries or power supplies for products. Cymbet Corp. of Elk River, Minn., says it has the solution. The company manufactures thin-film rechargeable batteries that can be incorporated into any chip design, will last the full life cycle of any product and can be recharged up to 70,000 times.

Analyst: Who's who in nanotech batteries

Mon, 8 Aug 2010

nano batteries researchBusiness execution, and not so much technological differentiation, separates the pack among firms developing nanotechnology-enabled batteries, according to a new report from Lux Research.


Power play: MEMS-based energy monitoring comes of age

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
Sensors, software protocols have reached a point of maturity where real world rollouts are finally feasible

BASF sets aside $221 million for nano R&D, opens Asian center

Wed, 3 Mar 2006
BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, is devoting $221 million to nano-technology research and development between 2006 and 2008.

NOBEL LAUREATE WANTS TO BRING
BRIGHTEST TO NANOTECH INSTITUTE

Thu, 8 Aug 2001

Alan MacDiarmid has always based his research on a simple premise: "Science is people." He is bringing this precept to the fledgling NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. The institute promises to combine MacDiarmid's passion for science with a head for business as it hopes to spawn a new Nanotech Corridor near campus.

Nanotech's answer to the energy problem

Thu, 11 Nov 2010

David Hwang from Lux Research analyzes the impact of six different nanotechnologies on efforts to improve energy efficiency.


NaturalNano, OPM to codevelop thermoplastics

Fri, 10 Oct 2008
Oct. 24 2008: NaturalNano and Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) have signed an exclusive joint development and supply agreement to develop products, applications, and markets for the combination of OPM's OXPEKK and NaturalNano's Pleximer technology.

BASF opens organic electronics R&D center

Tue, 5 May 2007
BASF has announced the opening of a $2.6 million R&D center for organic electronics in Singapore that will focus on nanotechnology and energy management.

Bosch's new MEMS sensor monitors car batteries

Fri, 2 Feb 2007
Bosch has begun manufacture of its Electronic Battery Sensor (EBS), which promises to help motorists avoid flat batteries, the most common cause of breakdowns. In 2007, more vehicles equipped with the sensor will go into series production.

Huge growth in energy-harvesting technologies

Tue, 9 Sep 2009

A wide range of efforts are applying energy-harvesting, from piezoelectrics to MEMS-based technologies, to an impressive variety of applications -- but the real challenge is figuring out which routes will help energy harvesting attract big money and create billion-dollar businesses.


Altairnano, Amperex, partner on lithium-titanate batteries

Mon, 5 May 2009
May 18, 2009: Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (Altairnano) and Amperex Technology have entered into a joint development agreement to accelerate the commercialization of high-performance lithium-titanate battery cells.

Altair Nano hopes for stimulus money in 3rd quarter

Thu, 5 May 2009
May 7, 2009: The president and CEO of Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. said that while first quarter revenues are down from a year ago, he expects the company to benefit from stimulus money around the third quarter.