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SEMI reports 2016 global semiconductor materials sales of $44.3B

Mon, 4 Apr 2017
SEMI today announced that the global semiconductor materials market increased 2.4 percent in 2016 compared to 2015 while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 1.1 percent.

Choreographing the dance of electrons

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
NUS scientists have discovered how to manipulate electrons in thin semiconductors by encapsulating them in atomically thin materials and changing the electric field.

Building blocks for GaN power switches

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
A team of engineers from Cornell University, the University of Notre Dame and the semiconductor company IQE has created gallium nitride (GaN) power diodes capable of serving as the building blocks for future GaN power switches -- with applications spanning nearly all electronics products and electricity distribution infrastructures.

Global semiconductor sales dip slightly in November

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.9 billion for the month of November 2015.

New device uses carbon nanotubes to snag molecules

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
Engineers at MIT have devised a new technique for trapping hard-to-detect molecules, using forests of carbon nanotubes.

Advanced semiconductor packaging drives materials consumption through 2019

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
The $18 billion semiconductor packaging materials will undergo steady single-digit unit volume growth for many material segments through 2019, including laminate substrates, IC leadframes, underfill, and copper wire.

Future electronics based on carbon nanotubes

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
The exceptional properties of tiny molecular cylinders known as carbon nanotubes have tantalized researchers for years because of the possibility they could serve as a successors to silicon in laying the logic for smaller, faster and cheaper electronic devices.

Future flexible electronics based on carbon nanotubes

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
Study in Applied Physics Letters show how to improve nanotube transistor and circuit performance with fluoropolymers

High-performance, low-cost ultracapacitors built with graphene and carbon nanotubes

Tue, 4 Apr 2014
By combining the powers of two single-atom-thick carbon structures, researchers at the George Washington University's Micro-propulsion and Nanotechnology Laboratory have created a new ultracapacitor that is both high performance and low cost.

Imec boosts performance of beyond-silicon devices

Thu, 12 Dec 2015
At this week’s IEEE IEDM conference, nano-electronics research center imec demonstrates record enhancement of novel InGaAs Gate-All-Around (GAA) channel devices integrated on 300mm Silicon and explores emerging tunnel devices based on optimization of the same III-V compound semiconductor.

Silicon shipment levels decline in third quarter 2015

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments decreased during the third quarter 2015 when compared to second quarter area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

SEMI announces continued annual growth for silicon shipment volumes

Thu, 10 Oct 2015
Total wafer shipments this year are expected to exceed the market high set in 2014 and are forecast to continue shipping at record levels in 2016 and 2017.

It's all about packaging - in this material world, who is your partner?

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
With the emergence of the IoT (Internet of Things), advanced packaging is clearly the enabling technology providing solutions for mobile applications and for semiconductor devices fabricated at 16 nm and below process nodes.

Is silicon’s heyday over? New materials challenge the industry workhorse

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
The short answer to that headline’s question is “no.” Longer term, in going beyond the 5-nanometer process node, silicon may finally reach the end of its usefulness to the semiconductor industry.

Semiconductor plastic packaging materials market to approach $21B by 2017

Wed, 1 Jan 2014
The market for semiconductor packaging materials, including thermal interface materials, is expected to maintain its $20 billion value through 2017, despite shifts away from the use of precious metals such as gold in wire bonding.

Dow Corning introduces next-generation thermal interface material

Tue, 5 May 2015
Dow Corning, a developer of silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, today unveiled new Dow Corning TC-3040 Thermally Conductive Gel, a next-generation thermal interface material.

Imec advances 200mm GaN-on-Si tech closer to manufacturing

Mon, 12 Dec 2015
At last week’s IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting 2015, nano-electronics research center imec presented three novel aluminum gallium nitride (AlGaN)/ gallium nitride (GaN) stacks featuring optimized low dispersion buffer designs.

Quantum computer made of standard semiconductor materials

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
Physicists at the Technical University of Munich, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Stanford University (USA) have tracked down semiconductor nanostructure mechanisms that can result in the loss of stored information - and halted the amnesia using an external magnetic field.

Researchers find new phase of carbon, create diamond at room temp

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond.

Promising new approach for controlled fabrication of carbon nanostructures

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
An international team of researchers including Professor Federico Rosei and members of his group at INRS has developed a new strategy for fabricating atomically controlled carbon nanostructures used in molecular carbon-based electronics.

Nanoworld 'snow blowers' carve straight channels in semiconductor surfaces

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
The surprising trenching capability, reported by scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and IBM, is an important addition to the toolkit of nature-supplied 'self-assembly' methods that researchers aim to harness for making useful devices.

Aluminum nanoparticles could improve electronic displays

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
Whether showing off family photos on smartphones or watching TV shows on laptops, many people look at liquid crystal displays (LCDs) every day.

A wild ride in 2015 - and two steps forward in 2016

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
“In like a lion, out like a lamb” is just half the story for 2015. While initial expectations forecasted a double-digit growth year, the world economy faded and dragged our industry down to nearly flat 2015/2014 results.

The Critical Materials Council to be managed by TECHCET in 2016

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
The Critical Materials Council for Semiconductor Fabricators, originally established by ISMI/SEMATECH in the early 1990’s, will be managed by TECHCET CA LLC starting January 01, 2016.

Researchers gauge quantum properties of nanotubes, essential for next-gen electronics

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
Imaging method allowed researchers to measure the nanotube quantum capacitance-a very unique property of an object from the nano-world.

Wide Band Gap technologies: An opportunity to increase power devices performance

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
When people think about Wide Band Gap (WBG) materials for power electronics applications, they usually think of GaN or SiC. However, there are materials with an even larger band gap which can further increase power device performance.

Electronically connected graphene nanoribbons foresee high-speed electronics

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
Chemical interconnection bridges electronic properties of graphene-nanoribbons with zigzag-edge features.

AKHAN Semiconductor deploys 200mm manufacturing process in new diamond-based chip production facility

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
AKHAN Semiconductor, Inc. this week announced that it is deploying 200mm manufacturing equipment and process in its new production facility in Gurnee, Illinois, continuing its preparation for delivering AKHAN diamond semiconductor based-technology products to the company’s first commercial customer this quarter.

Worldwide semiconductor revenue declined 1.9% in 2015, Gartner reports

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $333.7 billion in 2015, a 1.9 percent decrease from 2014 revenue of $340.3 billion, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.

Visualizing atoms of perovskite crystals

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
OIST researchers conduct the first atomic resolution study of perovskites used in next generation solar cells.

Viewpoints: 2016 outlook

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
Each year, Solid State Technology turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2016.

Flash, STT-MRAM and resistive RAM: They all come with different challenges

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
Research in memory is really exciting these days: in parallel you have the scaling of classical memories (SRAM, DRAM, Flash) and the emergence of new memories capable of enabling new applications or even new system hierarchies. At imec, we mostly focus on three concepts which all come with different challenges.

Semiconductor capital spending market in the US to reach over $31B by 2019

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
Technavio's market research analysts estimate the semiconductor capital spending market in the US, to grow at a CAGR of around 9% between 2015 and 2019.

Stanford researchers advance area selective ALD to develop more energy efficient electronics

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
Stanford University researchers sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) have developed a new area selective atomic layer deposition (ALD) process that promises to accelerate the manufacturing of higher performing, more energy efficient semiconductors.

Growth and a changing ecosystem at SEMI ISS 2016

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
The SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) opened yesterday with the theme “Integrating for Growth: Markets, Technology, Ecosystem.” The packed conference of C-level executives gave the year’s first strategic outlook of the global electronics manufacturing industry.

Uncovering oxygen's role in enhancing red LEDs

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
While oxygen can impede the effectiveness of gallium nitride (GaN), an enabling material for LEDs, small amounts of oxygen in some cases are needed to enhance the devices' optical properties.

How copper makes organic light-emitting diodes more efficient

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), CYNORA, and the University of St Andrews have now measured the underlying quantum mechanics phenomenon of intersystem crossing in a copper complex.

Bismuth-based nanoribbons show 'topological' transport, potential for new technologies

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
Researchers have created nanoribbons of an emerging class of materials called topological insulators and used a magnetic field to control their semiconductor properties, a step toward harnessing the technology to study exotic physics and building new spintronic devices or quantum computers.

Graphene oxide 'paper' changes with strain

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
The same slip-and-stick mechanism that leads to earthquakes is at work on the molecular level in nanoscale materials, where it determines the shear plasticity of the materials, according to scientists at Rice University and the State University of Campinas, Brazil.

Switchable material could enable new memory chips

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
Two MIT researchers have developed a thin-film material whose phase and electrical properties can be switched between metallic and semiconducting simply by applying a small voltage.

New process enables easier isolation of carbon nanotubes

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
A newly developed method has opened up new possibilities in carbon nanotube development.

Semiconductor R&D growth slows in 2015

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
Industry-wide R&D expenditures grew 0.5% to a record-high $56.4 billion in 2015. Top 10 R&D spenders collectively increased expenditures by nearly 2% in the year.

Molecular-like photochemistry from semiconductor nanocrystals

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
Researchers from North Carolina State University have demonstrated the transfer of triplet exciton energy from semiconductor nanocrystals to surface-bound molecular acceptors, extending the lifetime of the originally prepared excited state by six orders of magnitude.

2016 Critical Materials Council (CMC) Seminar – Call for Papers

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
The Critical Materials Council (CMC) and TECHCET have issued a call for papers to be presented at the “Critical Materials for Device Driven Scaling” Seminar to be held May 5-6, 2016 in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA.

Fujifilm to build a new plant for advanced semiconductor materials in Taiwan

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
Fujifilm Corporation recently announced that its semiconductor business subsidiary, FUJIFILM Electronic Materials Co.,Ltd. will build a new plant for manufacturing advanced semiconductor materials in the city of Tainan, to expand its production in Taiwan.

China semiconductor acquisitions surge; SEMICON China brings the new market into focus

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
During SEMICON China 2016 on March 15-17 in Shanghai, key government decision makers, IC fund managers, and global industry analysts will share their insights on China's IC manufacturing policy.

IBS report electric transport across molybdenum disulfide grain boundaries

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
The Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics (CINAP) within IBS has reported results correlating the flake merging angle with grain boundary (GBs) properties, and proven that increasing the merging angle of GBs drastically improves the flow of electrons.

Breakthrough enables ultra-fast transport of electrical charges in polymers

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
A research team at Umeå University in Sweden has showed, for the first time, that a very efficient vertical charge transport in semiconducting polymers is possible by controlled chain and crystallite orientation.

Strain allows control of the magnetic properties of individual iron atom

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
A team of scientists from the University of Warsaw has just shown that by using sufficiently large strain it is possible to tailor the energy spectrum of the iron atom to obtain doubly degenerate (magnetic) ground state.

A new approach to chip fabrication

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
MIT researchers and their colleagues report the first chip-fabrication technique that enables significantly different materials to be deposited in the same layer.

Quantum dot market worth $4.6B by 2021

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
The global value of quantum dot markets was $306 million USD in 2014 and is expected at $4.6 billion USD over the forecast period due to the subsequent generation device, display, and system activated by quantum dot.

Foundries takeover 200mm fab capacity by 2018

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
IoT drives worldwide 200mm fab capacity in 2018 back to 2006 levels.

Epiluvac and SAMCO collaborate to offer processing equipment for WBG materials in Nordic countries

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
Sweden-based SiC CVD developer and manufacturer Epiluvac AB has entered into a collaboration with SAMCO, a semiconductor process equipment developer and manufacturer based in Japan, in which Epiluvac will introduce new clients to SAMCO in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.

Electrons and liquid helium advance understanding of zero-resistance

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
The end of Moore's Law -- the prediction that transistor density would double every two years -- was one of the hottest topics in electronics-related discussions in 2015.

Global semiconductor sales top $335B in 2015

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced the global semiconductor industry posted sales totaling $335.2 billion in 2015, a slight decrease of 0.2 percent compared to the 2014 total, which was the industry's highest-ever sales total.

Spin dynamics in an atomically thin semiconductor

Tue, 2 Feb 2016
Researchers at the National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS College have established the mechanisms for spin motion in molybdenum disulfide, an emerging 2-dimensional material.

Scientists guide gold nanoparticles to form 'diamond' superlattices

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Scientists have devised a way to trap and arrange nanoparticles in a way that mimics the crystalline structure of diamond. The achievement of this complex yet elegant arrangement may open a path to new materials that take advantage of the optical and mechanical properties of this crystalline structure for applications such as optical transistors, color-changing materials, and lightweight yet tough materials.

The iron stepping stones to better wearable tech without semiconductors

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
The road to more versatile wearable technology is dotted with iron. Specifically, quantum dots of iron arranged on boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs).

Helium reduction at pre-metal sub-atmospheric CVD

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
A novel SACVD PMD invention sets the benchmark for helium reduction efforts by achieving four key objectives: cost reduction, quality, process robustness and productivity.

Call for Papers issued for SEMICON Russia

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
SEMICON Russia 2016 on 7-9 June will provide insights into market developments, technology, and business opportunities, short and long-term.

58% of pure-play foundry capacity under high risk for seismic activity

Tue, 2 Feb 2016
As of December 2015, roughly half of the world’s total IC wafer production capacity was located in seismically active areas.

Another record year for silicon wafer shipment volumes in 2015

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 3 percent in 2015 when compared to 2014 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2016 comes back to Penang

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
SEMI, the global industry association serving the nano- and micro-electronic manufacturing supply chains, will once again be hosting SEMICON Southeast Asia.

Silicon chip with integrated laser: Light from a nanowire

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a nanolaser, a thousand times thinner than a human hair. Thanks to an ingenious process, the nanowire lasers grow right on a silicon chip, making it possible to produce high-performance photonic components cost-effectively. This will pave the way for fast and efficient data processing with light in the future.

UW scientists create ultrathin semiconductor heterostructures for new technologies

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
University of Washington scientists have successfully combined two different ultra thin semiconductors to make a new two-dimensional heterostructure with potential uses in clean energy and optically-active electronics.

Carbon nanotubes market to rise exponentially

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
The global carbon nanotubes market was valued at $1.13 billion USD in 2014 and is anticipated to reach $6.81 billion USD in 2023, expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.1% between 2015 and 2023.

Engineering material magic

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
University of Utah engineers have discovered a new kind of 2D semiconducting material for electronics that opens the door for much speedier computers and smartphones that also consume a lot less power.

A new spin on quantum computing: Scientists train electrons with microwaves

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
Experiment with Berkeley lab-developed material shows promise for quantum information processing.

New technique for turning sunlight into hydrogen

Tue, 2 Feb 2016
A team of Korean researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently pioneered in developing a new type of multilayered (Au NPs/TiO2/Au) photoelectrode that boosts the ability of solar water-splitting to produce hydrogen.

CU-Boulder ultrafast microscope used to make slow-motion electron movie

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
University of Colorado Boulder researchers have demonstrated the use of the world's first ultrafast optical microscope, allowing them to probe and visualize matter at the atomic level with mind-bending speed.

Organic light-emitting materials used to produce OLED panels grew 12% in 2015

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Shipments of organic light-emitting materials used to produce organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays grew 12 percent year over year in 2015, reaching 26,000 tons, according to IHS.

Neon shortage coming

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Semiconductor lithographic use of Neon is increasing more rapidly than expected for several reasons including the delay of EUVL while demand for finer line width patterning is increasing.

Soitec announces volume manufacturing of 300mm RF-SOI substrates

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
Soitec (Euronext), a manufacturer of semiconductor materials and a supplier of wafers for radio-frequency silicon-on-insulator (RF-SOI) applications, has begun mass production of 300mm RF-SOI substrates for mobile communications.

SunEdison Semiconductor solidifies polysilicon supply

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
SunEdison Semiconductor today provided additional details of its strategy for the procurement of electronic-grade polysilicon, one of the key raw materials used in producing semiconductor wafers.

Semiconductor capital spending rebound fails to materialize in 2015

Tue, 2 Feb 2016
Recent capital spending trends indicative of maturing semiconductor industry.

New molecular property may mean more efficient solar and opto-electronic devices

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst identified an unexpected property in an organic semiconductor molecule that could lead to more efficient and cost-effective materials for use in displays.

Physicists promise a copper revolution in nanophotonics

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have for the first time experimentally demonstrated that copper nanophotonic components can operate successfully in photonic devices.

ORNL researchers stack the odds for novel optoelectronic 2-D materials

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
Stacking layers of nanometer-thin semiconducting materials at different angles is a new approach to designing the next generation of energy-efficient transistors and solar cells.

Stretchable electronics that quadruple in length

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
EPFL researchers have developed conductive tracks that can be bent and stretched up to 4 times their original length; they could be used in artificial skin, connected clothing and on­-body sensors.

University of Kentucky physicist discovers new 2-D material that could upstage graphene

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
A new one atom-thick flat material that could upstage the wonder material graphene and advance digital technology has been discovered by a physicist at the University of Kentucky.

New form of electron-beam imaging can see elements that are 'invisible' to common methods

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
Scientists at Berkeley Lab developed a new imaging technique that greatly improves images of light elements using fewer electrons.

Spinning better electronic devices

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
Researchers demonstrate a proof-of-concept device that could take advantage of spin of electrons to potentially create more energy efficient electronic devices.

NREL collaboration boosts potential for CdTe solar cells

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
A critical milestone has been reached in cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell technology, helping pave the way for solar energy to directly compete with electricity generated by conventional energy sources.

Carbon nanotubes improve metal's longevity under radiation

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
A team of researchers at MIT and elsewhere has found that, at least in some reactors, adding a tiny quantity of carbon nanotubes to the metal can dramatically slow this breakdown process.

Global semiconductor sales off to sluggish start in 2016

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26.9 billion for the month of January 2016, 2.7 percent lower than the previous month's total of $27.6 billion and 5.8 percent down from the January 2015 total of $28.5 billion.

Applied Materials honored as a 2016 World's Most Ethical Company

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced it has been recognized as a 2016 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute.

Electricity can flow through graphene at high frequencies without energy loss

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
Research has shown graphene out-performs any other known material, including superconductors, when carrying high-frequency electrical signals compared to direct current, essentially transmitting signals without any additional energy loss.

The secret to 3-D graphene? Just freeze it

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
A recent study describes how a research team used a modified 3-D printer and frozen water to create lattice-shaped cubes and a three-dimensional truss with overhangs using graphene oxide.

'Bending current' opens up the way for a new type of magnetic memory

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
Use your computer without the need to start it up: a new type of magnetic memory makes it possible. This "MRAM" is faster, more efficient and robust than other kinds of data storage. However, switching bits still requires too much electrical power to make large-scale application practicable.

Building a better mouse trap, from the atoms up

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
For most of human history, the discovery of new materials has been a crapshoot. But now, UConn researchers have systematized the search with machine learning that can scan millions of theoretical compounds for qualities that would make better solar cells, fibers, and computer chips. The search for new materials may never be the same.

Researchers take giant step towards 'holy grail' of silicon photonics

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
A group of researchers from the UK, including academics from Cardiff University, has demonstrated the first practical laser that has been grown directly on a silicon substrate.

Market for GaN and SiC power semiconductors to top $1B in 2020

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
The emerging market for silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductors is forecast to pass the $1 billion mark in five years, energized by demand from hybrid and electric vehicles, power supplies and photovoltaic (PV) inverters.

Thailand's semiconductor sector on-track to tap $280B global automotive electronics industry

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
SEMICON SEA 2016 to feature Thailand specific forums and discussions.

Light helps the transistor laser switch faster

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
A new study by University of Illinois engineers found that in the transistor laser, a device for next-generation high-speed computing, the light and electrons spur one another on to faster switching speeds than any devices available.

SEMICON China 2016 opens in Shanghai

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
Over 50,000 attendees are expected at SEMICON China 2016 which opens tomorrow at Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

FUJIFILM Electronic Materials receives Intel's Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
FUJIFILM Electronic Materials has been recognized as one of eight companies receiving Intel Corporation's prestigious Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award for their performance in 2015.

High-K precursors for ICs to reach ~$400M by 2020

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
Chemical precursors (inorganic and organic) used to form high dielectric constant (High-K) materials, metals and metal nitrides needed in advanced ICs are forecasted to reach $400M USD in global sales by 2020, as highlighted in TECHCET’s 2016 Critical Materials Report.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES broadens SiGe power amplifier portfolio

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced new advanced radio-frequency (RF) silicon solutions, further expanding the portfolio of Silicon Germanium (SiGe) power amplifier (PA) technologies designed to enable performance-optimized cellular and Wi-Fi solutions in increasingly sophisticated mobile devices and hardware.

2016 semiconductor sales to go negative, says Semico Research

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
After analyzing current trends, Semico announced the semiconductor industry is repeating the pattern from 2011-2012, albeit at a muted level.

Nanostructures promise big impact on higher-speed, lower-power optical devices

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
With new technology getting smaller and smaller, requiring lower power, University of Cincinnati physics research points to new robust electronic technologies using quantum nanowire structures.

Replacement for silicon devices looms big with ORNL discovery

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
Two-dimensional electronic devices could inch closer to their ultimate promise of low power, high efficiency and mechanical flexibility with a processing technique developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

New research shows how nanowires can be formed

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
Researchers learning to control the properties of materials this way can lead the way to more efficient electronic devices.

3D NAND and 10nm investments drive equipment spending, book-to-bill data indicates

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
A book-to-bill of 1.05 means that $105 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Pumping up energy storage with metal oxides

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
Material scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have found certain metal oxides increase capacity and improve cycling performance in lithium-ion batteries.

Wrinkles and crumples make graphene better

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
Crumple a piece of paper and it's probably destined for the trash can, but new research shows that repeatedly crumpling sheets of the nanomaterial graphene can actually enhance some of its properties. In some cases, the more crumpled the better.

Global solar-PV polysilicon prices rise, as China-US trade dispute continues

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
The ongoing trade dispute between China and the United States continues to affect the manufacture of polysilicon used for solar-photovoltaic (PV) modules in both countries, but not equally.

Printing nanomaterials with plasma

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
Printing has come a long way since the days of Johannes Gutenberg. Now, researchers have developed a new method that uses plasma to print nanomaterials onto a 3-D object or flexible surface, such as paper or cloth. The technique could make it easier and cheaper to build devices like wearable chemical and biological sensors, flexible memory devices and batteries, and integrated circuits.

Graphene nanoribbons: It's all about the edges

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
As electronic components are becoming ever smaller, the industry is gradually approaching the limits of what is achievable using the traditional approach with silicon as a semiconductor material.

How finFETs ended the service contract of silicide process

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
A look into how the silicide process has evolved over the years, trying to cope with the progress in scaling technology and why it could no longer be of service to finFET devices.

Effective graphene doping depends on substrate material

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
Juelich physicists have discovered unexpected effects in doped graphene - i.e. graphene that is mixed with foreign atoms.

New magnet discovered

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
A group of researchers from Osaka University and The University of Tokyo discovered a new magnet capable of controlling Dirac fermions with zero mass.

Chipmakers seek solution to neon gas supply shortage

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
Finding a short term solution to the neon gas shortage problem will be challenging.

Managing hazardous process exhausts in high volume manufacturing

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
Integrated sub-fab systems allow HVM fab operators to safely and efficiently implement new processes containing hazardous process chemicals.

For rechargeable batteries that crush the competition, crush this material

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
By chemically modifying and pulverizing a promising group of compounds, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have potentially brought safer, solid-state rechargeable batteries two steps closer to reality.

Global semiconductor market slumps in 2015, IHS reports

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Weakness in end-market demand will cause revenue decay to extend into 2016 and beyond.

Update on neon shortage 2016 highlighted at the Critical Materials Conference

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Communication with suppliers in the Ukraine and China have continued to verify expected shortages occurring toward the end of 2016. Although supply appears stable now, inventories purchased during the second half of 2015 will deplete inventories on the supplier side toward the end of this year.

Nanotubes line up to form films

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
A simple filtration process helped Rice University researchers create flexible, wafer-scale films of highly aligned and closely packed carbon nanotubes.

IEEE Photonics Society's Issues Call for Papers for 13th International Group IV Photonics Conference

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
The 2016 International Group IV Photonics Conference, sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society, has announced the Call for Papers seeking original research on the Novel Materials & Nanophotonics; Photonic Devices; and Silicon Photonics Applications & Systems.

TowerJazz announces its SiGe Terabit Platform

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry, today announced its SiGe Terabit Platform targeting high-speed wireline communications for the terabit age.

NREL reveals potential for capturing waste heat via nanotubes

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
A finely tuned carbon nanotube thin film has the potential to act as a thermoelectric power generator that captures and uses waste heat, according to researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Crumpling approach enhances photodetectors' light responsivity

Thu, 4 Apr 2016
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a new approach to modifying the light absorption and stretchability of atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials by surface topographic engineering using only mechanical strain.

Technavio updates on the global piezoelectric smart materials market

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
According to their latest report, Technavio analysts expect the global piezoelectric smart materials market for 2016-2020 to exceed USD 42 billion by 2020 growing at a CAGR of almost 13 percent.

Quantum dots enhance light-to-current conversion in layered semiconductors

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
Harnessing the power of the sun and creating light-harvesting or light-sensing devices requires a material that both absorbs light efficiently and converts the energy to highly mobile electrical current.

Penn engineers develop first transistors made entirely of nanocrystal 'inks'

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
University of Pennsylvania engineers have shown a new approach for making these devices: sequentially depositing their components in the form of liquid nanocrystal "inks."

Topology explains strange electrical current boost in non-magnetic metal

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Insights from pure mathematics are lending new insights to material physics, which could aid in development of new devices and sensors.

Packaging materials: Strong growth rates for small form factors

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
While much of the recent attention has been focused on the growth of wafer level packages (WLPs), specifically fan-out WLPs, this is not the only segment forecast to undergo strong unit growth.

Samco increases local sales staff for North American, European and Asian locations

Thu, 4 Apr 2016
Samco, a Japan-based semiconductor process equipment developer and manufacturer, is employing around 20 more people at its locations in North America, China, Taiwan and Singapore, as well as its subsidiary Samco-UCP in Liechtenstein.

IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting announces 2016 Call for Papers

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
The 62nd annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), to be held at the San Francisco Union Square Hilton hotel December 3 - 7, 2016, has issued a Call for Papers seeking the world's best original work in all areas of microelectronics research and development.

'Odd couple' monolayer semiconductors align to advance optoelectronics

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
In a study led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scientists synthesized a stack of atomically thin monolayers of two lattice-mismatched semiconductors.

Extended supply chain presents exhibitors with new opportunities at SEMICON West

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Leading innovators in today's integrated electronics supply chain are preparing to showcase their products and services at SEMICON West 2016 on July 12-14 in San Francisco, Calif.

Dow Corning previews upcoming products, showcases optical silicones benefits at LIGHTFAIR 2016

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
Dow Corning will present an exclusive glimpse of upcoming products and technologies at LIGHTFAIR International 2016.

Semiconductor experts chart chip industry's future direction beyond the "Moore's Law" horizon

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
Program unveiled for 2016 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits – includes short courses, focus sessions, and panel discussions on "Inflections for a Smart Society" theme.

Researchers develop new semiconducting polymer for forthcoming flexible electronics

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
A joint research team has developed a new n-type semiconducting polymer with superior electron mobility and oxidative stability.

UW-Madison engineers fabricate fastest flexible silicon transistor

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
Working in collaboration with colleagues around the country, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have pioneered a unique method that could allow manufacturers to easily and cheaply fabricate high-performance transistors with wireless capabilities on huge rolls of flexible plastic.

EU regulation update: What could impact the industry next?

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
In a global industry, monitoring regulatory developments across different regions can be a challenge.

University of Illinois researchers create 1-step graphene patterning method

Thu, 4 Apr 2016
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a one-step, facile method to pattern graphene by using stencil mask and oxygen plasma reactive-ion etching, and subsequent polymer-free direct transfer to flexible substrates.

Indium Corporation announces Andreas Karch as Regional Technical Manager

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Indium Corporation has hired Andreas Karch as Regional Technical Manager, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Rare Earth atoms see the light

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Physicist Dirk Bouwmeester discovers a promising route for combined optical and solid state-based quantum information processing.

Spintronic majority gates: A new paradigm for scaling

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
Spintronic majority gates could revolutionize circuit design. They will completely change the paradigm – both at device and circuit level – in how to approach scaling.

NREL theory establishes a path to high-performance 2-D semiconductor devices

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have uncovered a way to overcome a principal obstacle in using two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors in electronic and optoelectronic devices.

AMOLED growth is a bright spot for the display industry

Thu, 4 Apr 2016
Active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays are rising fast, thanks to lowering costs, wider use in end-market consumer electronics devices and the ramp-up of new manufacturing capacities.

Exploring phosphorene, a promising new material

Tue, 5 May 2016
Researchers have developed a new method to quickly and accurately determine the orientation of phosphorene, a promising material with potential application as a material for semiconducting transistors in ever faster and more powerful computers.

FemtoMetrix announces license agreement with Boeing

Wed, 5 May 2016
FemtoMetrix, a developer of non-destructive optical inspection systems, announced today that it has entered into a patent and technology license agreement with The Boeing Company.

North America vital to advanced semiconductor manufacturing

Thu, 5 May 2016
North America has a long and rich history of semiconductor manufacturing and innovation.

Dow's Peter Trefonas, Ph.D, to receive prestigious Perkin Medal

Thu, 5 May 2016
The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Group, announced today that Peter Trefonas, Ph.D., corporate fellow in Electronic Materials at The Dow Chemical Company, has won the 2016 SCI Perkin Medal.

Molybdenum disulfide holds promise for light absorption

Thu, 5 May 2016
Rice University researchers probe light-capturing properties of atomically thin MoS2.

A compact, efficient single photon source that operates at ambient temperatures on a chip

Fri, 5 May 2016
Highly directional single photon source concept is expected to lead to a significant progress in producing compact, cheap, and efficient sources of quantum information bits for future applications.

Making invisible physics visible

Fri, 5 May 2016
The Jayich Lab has created a new sensor technology that captures nanoscale images with high spatial resolution and sensitivity.

Global semiconductor sales increase slightly in March

Fri, 5 May 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26.1 billion for the month of March 2016, a slight increase of 0.3 percent compared to the previous month's total of $26.0 billion.

NUS scientists develop method to improve photoluminescence efficiency of 2-D semiconductors

Mon, 5 May 2016
A team led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a method to enhance the photoluminescence efficiency of tungsten diselenide, a two-dimensional semiconductor, paving the way for the application of such semiconductors in advanced optoelectronic and photonic devices.

Best of both worlds

Mon, 5 May 2016
More, faster, better, cheaper. These are the demands of our device-happy and data-centered world. Meeting these demands requires technologies for processing and storing information.

Researchers integrate diamond/boron nitride crystalline layers for high-power devices

Tue, 5 May 2016
Materials researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technique to deposit diamond on the surface of cubic boron nitride (c-BN), integrating the two materials into a single crystalline structure.

Novel functionalized nanomaterials for CO2 capture

Tue, 5 May 2016
Climate change due to excessive CO2 levels is one of the most serious problems mankind has ever faced. CO2 emissions need to be reduced urgently to avoid potentially dangerous and irreversible effects of climate change. To mitigate such emissions, CO2 capture is one of the best solutions. Scientists at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, have developed novel functionalized nanomaterials that can capture CO2 with superior capture capacity and stability over conventional sorbents.

Seven Top-20 semiconductor suppliers show double-digit declines

Thu, 5 May 2016
Qualcomm, Micron, and SK Hynix registered ≥25% drops, with total top-20 sales off by 6%.

This 'nanocavity' may improve ultrathin solar panels, video cameras and more

Fri, 5 May 2016
The future of movies and manufacturing may be in 3-D, but electronics and photonics are going 2-D; specifically, two-dimensional semiconducting materials.

New technique could make large, flexible solar panels more feasible

Mon, 5 May 2016
A new, high-pressure technique may allow the production of huge sheets of thin-film silicon semiconductors at low temperatures in simple reactors at a fraction of the size and cost of current technology.

EUVL: Taking it down to 5nm

Tue, 5 May 2016
The semiconductor industry is nothing if not persistent — it’s been working away at developing extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) for many years.

First quarter 2016 silicon wafer shipments increase quarter-over-quarter

Tue, 5 May 2016
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter 2016 when compared to fourth quarter 2015 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

POET Technologies to acquire BB Photonics

Tue, 5 May 2016
POET Technologies Inc., a developer of opto-electronics fabrication processes for the semiconductor industry, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all the shares of BB Photonics Inc.

Ultratech Cambridge Nanotech forms research collaboration with Northeastern University

Tue, 5 May 2016
Ultratech, Inc. announced the formation of a research collaboration with Professor Thomas J. Webster, Ph.D. at Northeastern University, to study the use of nano-materials produced via ALD for medical applications.

TowerJazz begins mass producing new integrated SiGe-based "front-end module on a chip" RF platform for IoT applications

Tue, 5 May 2016
TowerJazz today announced volume production of a new RF technology capable of integrating a wireless front-end module (FEM) on a single chip, tailored to meet the challenges of Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

IQE joins imec's GaN-on-Si Industrial Affiliation Program

Tue, 5 May 2016
Nanoelectronics research center imec today announced a strategic partnership on GaN-on-Si (Gallium Nitride-on-Silicon) technology with IQE, a designer and manufacturer of advanced semiconductor wafer products and services.

Imec expands its silicon platform for quantum computing applications

Wed, 5 May 2016
At the Quantum Europe conference, taking place in Amsterdam, Belgian's nanoelectronincs research center imec announced today that it is ramping-up its R&D activities focused on quantum computing.

Exagan signs partnership agreement to establish GaN's reliability for use in power electronics

Wed, 5 May 2016
Exagan announced a strategic partnership to develop and commercialize GaN-on-silicon products with HIREX Engineering.

New type of graphene-based transistor will increase the clock speed of processors

Wed, 5 May 2016
Scientists have developed a new type of graphene-based transistor and using modeling they have demonstrated that it has ultralow power consumption compared with other similar transistor devices.

IBM scientists achieve storage memory breakthrough

Wed, 5 May 2016
For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM).

Soitec announces with withdrawal of Silicon Genesis' patent lawsuit

Mon, 5 May 2016
Silicon Genesis Corporation (SiGen) filed a motion to terminate the investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its entirety on the basis of the withdrawal of its complaint directed to silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers sold and imported into the United States by Soitec.

Graphene: A quantum of current

Fri, 5 May 2016
Viennese scientists unravel the quantum properties of the carbon material graphene.

ORNL demonstrates large-scale technique to produce quantum dots

Fri, 5 May 2016
A method to produce significant amounts of semiconducting nanoparticles for light-emitting displays, sensors, solar panels and biomedical applications has gained momentum with a demonstration by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Mike Noonen joins Silego Technology

Mon, 5 May 2016
Silego Technology, the Configurable Mixed-signal Integrated Circuit (CMIC) pioneer, today announced the appointment of Mike Noonen to lead sales and business development.

First Strategic Materials Conference in Korea: A success

Mon, 5 May 2016
SEMI announced today that the first SEMI Strategic Materials Conference (SMC) was held in Korea COEX in Seoul on May 18.

Diamonds closer to becoming ideal semiconductors

Tue, 5 May 2016
Researchers find new method for doping single crystals of diamond.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts April 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

Tue, 5 May 2016
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.59 billion in orders worldwide in April 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.10.

Gigantic ultrafast spin currents

Wed, 5 May 2016
Scientists from TU Wien (Vienna) are proposing a new method for creating extremely strong spin currents. They are essential for spintronics, a technology that could replace today's electronics.

Light can 'heal' defects in new solar cell materials

Wed, 5 May 2016
Defects in some new electronic materials can be removed by making ions move under illumination.

The next generation of carbon monoxide nanosensors

Thu, 5 May 2016
Scientists have been investigating sensors that can determine CO concentration, and a team from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), in tandem with the University of Toulouse, has found an innovative method to build such sensors.

MACOM launches new GaN power transistors

Thu, 5 May 2016
MACOM Technology Solutions reported the newest entries in its MAGb series of GaN on Silicon power transistors for use in macro wireless basestations.

AGC develops amorphous thin film using unique sputtering target material

Thu, 5 May 2016
GC Asahi Glass (AGC) today announced it has developed a uniform amorphous thin film using a unique sputtering target material, and has started industrialization and commercial production of the material.

Engineers discover a new gatekeeper for light

Fri, 5 May 2016
Finding paves the way for devices that switch quickly between transparency and opacity to specific forms of light.

Advanced power technology from STMicroelectronics enables unique portable e-car charger from Zaptec

Tue, 5 May 2016
Silicon-carbide (SiC) power electronics from STMicroelectronics has enabled the creation of ZapCharger Portable, the world's smallest, smartest, and safest electric-car charging station from Zaptec, an innovative start-up company that has revolutionized the transformer industry.

'Weak' materials offer strong possibilities for electronics

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
New fundamental research by UT Dallas physicists may accelerate the drive toward more advanced electronics and more powerful computers.

Using solid-state materials with gold nanoantennas for more durable solar cells

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
Hokkaido University scientists are testing the development of solar cells made of solid materials to improve their ability to function under harsh environmental conditions.

Will conductive inks help wearables go truly wearable?

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
The first generation of wearable devices are constructed using mature, rigid technologies put inside a new box that can be worn. These are often bulky devices that are not truly wearable in the sense that our clothes are. This is, however, beginning to change, albeit slowly.

A switch for light wave electronics

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
Physicists from the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics have already found out that it is possible to manipulate the electronic properties of matter at optical frequencies. In a follow-up experiment the researchers, in a manner similar to their previous approach, shot extremely strong, femtosecond-laser pulses (one femtosecond is a millionth of a billionth of a second) onto silicon dioxide glass.

SEMI reports first quarter 2016 worldwide semiconductor equipment figures; billings $8.3B

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$8.3 billion in the first quarter of 2016.

Spintronics development gets boost with new findings into ferromagnetism in Mn-doped GaAs

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
A research group at Tohoku University's WPI-AIMR has succeeded in finding the origin and the mechanism of ferromagnetism in Mn-doped GaAs.

Nanotubes' 'stuffing' as is

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
A scientist from the Lomonosov Moscow State University studied the types of carbon nanotubes' 'stuffing'.

Tiny diamonds could enable huge advances in nanotechnology

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
UMD researchers develop a new method for pairing nanoscale diamonds with other nano materials.

Perovskite solar cells surpass 20 percent efficiency

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
EPFL researchers are pushing the limits of perovskite solar cell performance by exploring the best way to grow these crystals.

Novel energy inside a microcircuit chip

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
VTT developed an efficient nanomaterial-based integrated energy.

Equipment spending up: 19 new fabs and lines to start construction

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
While semiconductor fab equipment spending is off to a slow start in 2016, it is expected to gain momentum through the end of the year. For 2016, 1.5 percent growth over 2015 is expected while 13 percent growth is forecast in 2017.

Countdown to Node 5: Moving beyond FinFETs

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
A forum of industry experts at SEMICON West 2016 will discuss the challenges associated with getting from node 10 -- which seems set for HVM -- to nodes 7 and 5.

The sapphire industry: What’s next?

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
Almost two years after GTAT’s bankruptcy, the sapphire industry is still there. Its decor and characters have, of course, changed but the story is still unfolding.

Kicking off #TheConFab2016

Mon, 6 Jun 2016
The ConFab 2016 kicked off this morning with speakers from GlobalFoundries, Silicon Catalyst, imec, TechInsights, CEA Leti, and New York Empire State Development.

New nanomaterial offers promise in bendable, wearable electronic devices

Mon, 6 Jun 2016
Electroplated polymer makes transparent, highly conductive, ultra thin film.

Efficient hydrogen production made easy

Mon, 6 Jun 2016
Sticking electrons to a semiconductor with hydrazine creates an electrocatalyst.

Novel capping strategy improves stability of perovskite nanocrystals

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
Study addresses instability issues with organometal-halide perovskites, a promising class of materials for solar cells, LEDs, and other applications.

Semiconductor Industry Association applauds passage of chemicals legislation

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) commended congressional approval of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Day 2 at The ConFab 2016: Success in semiconductor growth and fab management

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
During the Tuesday morning sessions, ConFab attendees heard from speakers from Mentor Graphics, Intel, Infineon Technologies, Quantum Clean, and Edwards.

CWRU physicists deploy magnetic vortex to control electron spin

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a way to swiftly and precisely control electron spins at room temperature.

Imec demonstrates gate-all-around MOSFETs with lateral silicon nanowires at scaled dimensions

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
Today, at the 2016 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits, nano-electronics research center imec presented gate-all-around (GAA) n- and p-MOSFET devices made of vertically stacked horizontal silicon (Si) nanowires (NWs) with a diameter of only 8nm.

Let there be light

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
Utah engineer discovers light can stamp out defects in semiconductors for better solar panels and LED bulbs.

Accelerate and de-risk materials decisions for semiconductor R&D with IMI Labs from Intermolecular

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
Intermolecular, Inc. today announced IMI Labs for Semiconductor, a materials innovation service to help semiconductor companies explore, discover and characterize new materials.

Solar cells for greener and safer energies

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
ICFO researchers report on low-temperature, solution-processed, environmentally friendly inorganic solar cells made with Earth-abundant materials capable of operating with a power conversion of 6.3 percent.

Diamond-based resonators might become highly sensitive detectors

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
Physicists from the Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and the Siberian Federal University have mathematically modelled diamond-based microstructures for producing compact high sensitivity sensors.

AI Technology, Inc. introduces temporary bonding adhesive for thin wafer handling

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
For fan-out wafer-level packaging and 3D packaging, thin wafer handling is critical; the wafer must not warp, bend or shift during any wafer-processing steps.

Photovoltaic cells replicate rose petals

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
With a surface resembling that of plants, solar cells improve light-harvesting and thus generate more power.

SiC power business is a reality

Mon, 6 Jun 2016
Today, SiC benefits are not a secret anymore and progressively lot of industries are considering the development of new products including SiC technologies.

Tiniest imperfections make big impacts in nano-patterned materials

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
A Clarkson University research team reports surprising findings that could have significant impact for constructing nano-patterned materials in electronic, magnetic or optical devices.

HITRS roadmap aims to integrate photonic devices in SiP

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
A new roadmap, the Heterogeneous Integration Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (HITRS), aims to integrate fast optical communication made possible with photonic devices.

SEMI Strategic Materials Conference delivers demand drivers for new device and packaging materials

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
The Strategic Materials Conference (SMC 2016), focusing on "Scaling Challenges: The Future of Materials and Packaging," will be held September 20-21, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.

Electronic gases market undergoing major shifts

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
Techcet forecasts $3.9B gas business for 2016.

Record 10.4 BSI of silicon wafer shipped as revenues slip

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
The 2015 market for semiconductor silicon wafers fell 5.3% to $7.2B on a record 10.4 BSI Si shipped, according to a new report, "Silicon Wafers Market & Supply Chain 2016, a TECHCET Critical Materials Report."

AMICRA to provide precision die attach system to Fabrinet in Silicon Valley

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
AMICRA Microtechnologies, a German-based vendor of advanced back-end assembly processing equipment for advanced packaging applications, has received an order for the AFC Plus System from Fabrinet West.

Integrated trio of 2-D nanomaterials unlocks graphene electronics applications

Tue, 7 Jul 2016
Voltage-controlled oscillator developed at UC Riverside could be used in thousands of applications from computers to wearable technologies.

TECHCET 2016 forecast: $1.39B in photoresists, $680M in extensions

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Photoresist manufacturers had reason to smile as fiscal 2015 closed, with sales growing nicely to $1.37B, a 6.2% increase over 2014.

3D-Micromac releases new laser micromachining solution to volume semiconductor wafer and power device processing

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
3D-Micromac AG announced that its microDICE laser micromachining system has been adopted by a major industrial manufacturer for volume production of high-power diodes.

Imec and Synopsys collaborate on interconnect resistivity model

Mon, 7 Jul 2016
Synopsys' Process Explorer and Raphael accurately simulate parasitic resistance of alternative metals and liner-barrier materials at the 7nm node and beyond.

Cisco's Kern on digitizing business processes

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
Cisco VP urges conference goers to invest in digitized supply chains to stay relevant.

200mm fabs reawakening

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
Buoyed by strong investments in China, 200mm wafer production is seeing a re-awakening, with overall 200mm capacity expected to match its previous 2006 peak level by 2019.

SEMICON West Day 2: Don't Miss

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
Gear up for Day 2 of SEMICON West with this list of must-see conference events.

New materials need new handling approaches

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
Wenge Yang of Entegris spoke with the Show Daily about major trends in High Volume Manufacturing (HVM), and about the topics that will be discussed in the Entegris Yield Breakfast Forum “Yield Enhancement Challenges in Today’s Memory IC Production” happening Thursday morning, July 14.

Researchers develop faster, precise silica coating process for quantum dot nanorods

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Materials researchers at North Carolina State University have fine-tuned a technique that enables them to apply precisely controlled silica coatings to quantum dot nanorods in a day - up to 21 times faster than previous methods.

Novel advancements in radiation tolerance of HEMTs

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Compared to similar aluminum gallium arsenide/gallium arsenide HEMTs, the gallium nitride-based HEMTs are ten times more tolerant of radiation-induced displacement damage.

Easier, faster, cheaper: A full-filling approach to making nanotubes of consistent quality

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Approach opens a straightforward route for engineering the properties of single-wall carbon nanotubes.

Graphene photodetectors: Thinking outside the 2-D box

Mon, 7 Jul 2016
The efficient detection of low-energy photons constitutes one of the main challenges faced by future optoelectronics. Finding new ways of sensing and harvesting these photons is crucial for the development of technologies such as silicon photonics, pollution sensing and next-generation solar.

Light-trapping 3D solar cells undergo space testing

Mon, 7 Jul 2016
A novel three-dimensional solar cell design developed at Georgia Tech will soon get its first testing in space aboard the International Space Station.

The danger that lurks below

Tue, 7 Jul 2016
The semiconductor industry is moving quickly to adopt a variety of new materials in an effort to increase chip performance.

Scientists glimpse inner workings of atomically thin transistors

Tue, 7 Jul 2016
With an eye to the next generation of tech gadgetry, a team of physicists at The University of Texas at Austin has had the first-ever glimpse into what happens inside an atomically thin semiconductor device.

GaN substrate market is estimated to be worth over $4B by 2020

Tue, 7 Jul 2016
The gallium nitride (GaN) substrates market is set to cross $4 billion USD by 2020, according to the market research report from IndustryARC.

Quantum drag

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
University of Iowa physicist says current in one iron magnetic sheet can create quantized spin waves in another, separate sheet.

Integration of novel materials with silicon chips makes new 'smart' devices possible

Thu, 7 Jul 2016
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the U.S. Army Research Office have developed a way to integrate novel functional materials onto a computer chip, allowing the creation of new smart devices and systems.

2016 IEEE IEDM to showcase the latest tech developments in micro/nanoelectronics

Thu, 7 Jul 2016
Paper-submission deadline is August 10 this year; Supplier exhibition to be held in conjunction with technical program.

Registration open with new exhibition features at SEMICON Europa

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Today SEMI announced registration opened for Europe's largest electronics manufacturing exhibition, SEMICON Europa (25-26 October) in Grenoble.

Ultra-flat circuits will have unique properties

Mon, 7 Jul 2016
Rice University lab studies 2-D hybrids to see how they differ from common electronics.

Peregrine Semiconductor announces new VP General Manager

Tue, 7 Jul 2016
Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. today announced the promotion of Takaki Murata to vice president and general manager of the high performance analog (HPA) business unit.

Utah and Minnesota engineers discover highly conductive materials for more efficient electronics

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
Engineers from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota have discovered that interfacing two particular oxide-based materials makes them highly conductive, a boon for future electronics that could result in much more power-efficient laptops, electric cars and home appliances that also don't need cumbersome power supplies.

New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2-D nanomaterials

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen.

Scientists find a way of acquiring graphene-like films from salts to boost nanoelectronics

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Physicists use supercomputers to find a way of making 'imitation graphene' from salt.

Analog Devices and Linear Technology to merge

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) and Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: LLTC) this week announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Analog Devices will acquire Linear Technology in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined enterprise at approximately $30 billion.

Swapping substrates improves edges of graphene nanoribbons

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
Using inert boron nitride instead of silica creates precise zigzag edges in monolayer graphene.

Global semiconductor sales increase in second quarter

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $79.1 billion during the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 1.0 percent over the previous quarter and a decrease of 5.8 percent compared to the second quarter of 2015.

Carbon nanotube 'stitches' make stronger, lighter composites

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
Method to reinforce these materials could help make airplane frames lighter, more damage-resistant.

IBM scientists imitate the functionality of neurons with a phase-change device

Fri, 8 Aug 2016
Technology could lead to the development of neuromorphic computers with highly co-located memory and processing units to speed up cognitive computing and analyze IoT Big Data.

Diamond-based light sources could lay a foundation for quantum communications of the future

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
Electrified quantum diamond could become the heart of quantum networks and computers of the future.

Making a solar energy conversion breakthrough with help from a ferroelectrics pioneer

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
Philadelphia-based team shows how a ferroelectric insulator can surpass shockley-queisser limit.

Smarter self-assembly opens new pathways for nanotechnology

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
To continue advancing, next-generation electronic devices must fully exploit the nanoscale, where materials span just billionths of a meter. But balancing complexity, precision, and manufacturing scalability on such fantastically small scales is inevitably difficult.

NREL technique leads to improved perovskite solar cells

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), devised a method to improve perovskite solar cells, making them more efficient and reliable with higher reproducibility.

Transmitting energy in soft materials

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
A new way to send mechanical signals through soft materials.

Tailored probes for atomic force microscopes

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
3-D laser lithography enhances microscope for studying nanostructures in biology and engineering/ publication in Applied Physics Letters.

As Japan seizes lead in growing semiconductor segments, industry leaders exhibit at SEMICON Japan

Thu, 8 Aug 2016
SEMI today announced that SEMICON Japan 2016, at Tokyo Big Sight on December 14-16, has increased exhibition and programming to keep pace with high-growth semiconductor segments in Japan.

Advanced materials manufacturer Pixelligent closes $10.4M in funding

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
Pixelligent Technologies, a developer of high-index advanced materials for solid state lighting and display applications and producer of PixClear products, announced today that it closed $10.4 million in new funding.

Extending tungsten metallization for next-generation devices

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
Recent breakthroughs in materials engineering of low-resistance W barriers/liners and bulk fill are making it possible to extend W use to next-generation devices.

Ensuring safety in the sub-fab

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Problems frequently arise as a result of an incomplete or absent formal risk assessment when processes are modified or new materials introduced.

Hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors enable cost-effective detection of neutron signals

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Texas Tech University researchers demonstrate hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors as a cost-effective alternative for inspecting overseas cargo containers entering US ports.

McMaster researchers resolve a problem that has been holding back a technological revolution

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Researchers at McMaster University have cleared that obstacle by developing a new way to purify carbon nanotubes -- the smaller, nimbler semiconductors that are expected to replace silicon within computer chips and a wide array of electronics.

New method to identify microscopic failure

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
The Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology has recently found a new way to identify microscopic damage in polymers and composite materials before total failure occurs.

Global silicon photonics market to grow at a CAGR of over 48% through 2020

Thu, 8 Aug 2016
Technavio analysts forecast the global silicon photonics market to grow at an impressive CAGR of over 48% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

GlobalWafers to acquire SunEdison Semiconductor

Thu, 8 Aug 2016
GlobalWafers Co., Ltd. and SunEdison Semiconductor Limited (NASDAQ:SEMI) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition by GlobalWafers of all of the outstanding ordinary shares of SunEdison Semiconductor in a transaction valued at US$683 million, including SunEdison Semiconductor outstanding net indebtedness.

Applied Materials announces record results

Fri, 8 Aug 2016
Applied Materials, Inc. today reported results for its third quarter ended July 31, 2016.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts July 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.05

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.79 billion in orders worldwide in July 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.05.

S. Korean University employs Advanced Vacuum plasma systems in nanotechnology research

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
A leading South Korean research university has successfully integrated two Advanced Vacuum plasma processing systems from Plasma-Therm into its nanotechnology fabrication lab, which supports multiple users engaged in wide-ranging nanotechnology research.

A promising route to the scalable production of highly crystalline graphene films

Thu, 8 Aug 2016
Researchers discovered a procedure to restore defective graphene oxide structures that cause the material to display low carrier mobility.

Graphene under pressure

Thu, 8 Aug 2016
Small balloons made from one-atom-thick material graphene can withstand enormous pressures, much higher than those at the bottom of the deepest ocean, scientists at the University of Manchester report.

New electrical energy storage material shows its power

Thu, 8 Aug 2016
A powerful new material developed by Northwestern University chemist William Dichtel and his research team could one day speed up the charging process of electric cars and help increase their driving range.

Plastic crystals could improve fabrication of memory devices

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
A novel 'plastic crystal' developed by Hokkaido University researchers has switching properties suitable for memory-related applications.

Fujitsu Semiconductor licenses Nantero's NRAM, begins developing memory products

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
Agreement covers joint development and licensing of ultrafast, ultrahigh-density NRAM, non-volatile RAM using carbon nanotubes.

Global GaN semiconductor devices market is expected to be worth $3438.4M by 2024

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
The global market for gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor devices is largely consolidated, with the top four companies commanding a share of over 65% of the overall market in 2015, states Transparency Market Research (TMR) in a new report.

ASMC 2017 "Call for Papers" deadline is October 17

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
SEMI announced today that the deadline for presenters to submit an abstract for the annual SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC) is October 17.

UCF team tricks solid into acting as liquid

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
Two scientists at the University of Central Florida have discovered how to get a solid material to act like a liquid without actually turning it into liquid, potentially opening a new world of possibilities for the electronic, optics and computing industries.

Memory for future wearable electronics

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
Stretchable, flexible, reliable memory device inspired by the brain.

Iowa State engineers treat printed graphene with lasers to enable paper electronics

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
Iowa State engineers have led development of a laser-treatment process that allows them to use printed graphene for electric circuits and electrodes -- even on paper and other fragile surfaces. The technology could lead to many real-world, low-cost applications for printed graphene electronics, including sensors, fuel cells and medical devices.

For first time, carbon nanotube transistors outperform silicon

Tue, 9 Sep 2016
For the first time, University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers have created carbon nanotube transistors that outperform state-of-the-art silicon transistors.

Fab equipment spending ascending

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
Expect 4% growth (YoY) for 2016 and 11% for 2017

Silicon nanoparticles instead of expensive semiconductors

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
Within an international collaboration, physicists of the Moscow State University replace expensive semiconductors with affordable silicon nanoparticles for display production.

Liquid to liquid ambient cooling systems for semiconductor tools

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
An overview of liquid-to-liquid cooling systems and their operating principles.

One-pot synthesis towards sulfur-based organic semiconductors

Mon, 9 Sep 2016
A short and simple synthetic route for thiophene-fused aromatic compounds.

Semiconducting inorganic double helix

Mon, 9 Sep 2016
New flexible semiconductor for electronics, solar technology and photo catalysis.

SEMI’s new interactive mobile fab forecast: SEMI FabView

Tue, 9 Sep 2016
SEMI, a supplier of independent semiconductor market research, today announced SEMI FabView, a mobile-friendly, interactive version of its popular World Fab Forecast quarterly report for electronic supply chain players and analysts.

Tuning materials and devices to adapt to their environment

Tue, 9 Sep 2016
University of California, Santa Barbara researchers pursue future radio-frequency materials and devices.

The future of Europe pitch their startups at SEMICON Europa's Innovation Village

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
SEMI today announced that twenty-one start-ups have been selected to pitch to investors and exhibit their products at SEMICON Europa's INNOVATION VILLAGE in Grenoble, France at the Alpexpo from 25-27 October, 2016.

iPhone 7 materials costs higher than previous versions

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 7 equipped with 32 gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory carries $219.80 in bill of materials costs, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

Solid State Technology announces expanded conference for The ConFab 2017

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
The conference and networking event, will be held at the iconic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego on May 14-17, 2017.

Brewer Science celebrates 35 years

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
Founded in 1981 by Dr. Terry Brewer, the company is a manufacturer of leading-edge materials and processes used in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry.

Brewer Science receives Made in Missouri Leadership Award for Sustainability Leadership

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
The award honors innovative Missouri manufacturers and leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing.

Oxford Instruments develops SiC via etch for RF device manufacture

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
As a provider of process solutions for a broad range of applications, Oxford Instruments announced the development and launch of the SiC via plasma etch process using its high performance PlasmaPro100Polaris etch system.

Electrons in graphene behave like light, only better

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers discover that electrons mimic light in graphene, confirming a 2007 prediction -- their finding may enable new low power electronics and lead to new experimental probes.

New cost-effective silicon carbide high voltage switch created

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a high voltage and high frequency silicon carbide (SiC) power switch that could cost much less than similarly rated SiC power switches.

Researchers use novel materials to build smallest transistor

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
In the quest for faster and more powerful computers and consumer electronics, big advances come in small packages.

Berkeley Lab-led research breaks major barrier in transistor size

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
A research team led by faculty scientist Ali Javey at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has done just that by creating a transistor with a working 1-nanometer gate. For comparison, a strand of human hair is about 50,000 nanometers thick.

One-pot synthesis towards sulfur-based organic semiconductors

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
A short and simple synthetic route for thiophene-fused aromatic compounds.

Metamaterial uses light to control its motion

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers have designed a device that uses light to manipulate its mechanical properties. The device, which was fabricated using a plasmomechanical metamaterial, operates through a unique mechanism that couples its optical and mechanical resonances, enabling it to oscillate indefinitely using energy absorbed from light.

A novel battery design for making dual-ion batteries efficient

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
Dual-ion batteries (DIBs) are a new type of battery developed in recent years, typically using graphite as both the cathode and anode material.

Nanoscale confinement leads to new all-inorganic perovskite with exceptional solar cell properties

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Scientists with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the first time discovered how to make perovskite solar cells out of quantum dots and used the new material to convert sunlight to electricity with 10.77 percent efficiency.

Cicada wings inspire antireflective surfaces

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
A team of Shanghai Jiao Tong University researchers in China has developed antireflective structures capable of suppressing visible light at different angles of incidence -- with potential for solar cells.

Researchers develop DNA-based single-electron electronic devices

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers at the Nanoscience Center (NSC) of the University of Jyväskylä and BioMediTech (BMT) of the University of Tampere have now demonstrated a method to fabricate electronic devices by using DNA.

The future of electronics at SEMICON Europa 2016

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
SEMICON Europa 2016, opening in less than two weeks in Grenoble, will explore the issues facing Europe's semiconductor and electronics industries, including processes, materials, equipment and supply chain.

Sapphire industry: More than just LEDs

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
LED remains the dominant sapphire application in 2016. Overall, rates of usage in smartwatches have been disappointing and have decreased below 2015 levels.

Crystal clear imaging: Infrared brings to light nanoscale molecular arrangement

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
Berkeley Lab and University of Colorado-Boulder team develop new way to reveal crystal features in functional materials.

Graphene cracks the glass corrosion problem

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers at the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM), within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) have demonstrated graphene coating protects glass from corrosion.

Scientists develop a semiconductor nanocomposite material that moves in response to light

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used in a variety of applications, including microscopic actuators and grippers for surgical robots, light-powered micro-mirrors for optical telecommunications systems, and more efficient solar cells and photodetectors.

Compact graphene-based plasmon generator developed by physicists from MIPT

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
Russian and Japanese scientists demonstrate that compact coherent plasmon sources based on van der Waals heterostructures can be designed for use in optoelectronics.

Scientists find technique to improve carbon superlattices for quantum electronic devices

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
In a paradigm shift from conventional electronic devices, exploiting the quantum properties of superlattices holds the promise of developing new technologies.

Working under pressure: Diamond micro-anvils with huge pressures will create new materials

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
UAB researchers will use pressures greater than those found at the center of the Earth to create as yet unknown new materials.

Raytheon awarded Title III contract to advance its Gallium Nitride technology

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and the Office of the Secretary of Defense have awarded Raytheon Company [NYSE: RTN] a $14.9M contract to further enhance its process for producing gallium nitride-based semiconductors.

Researchers find way to tune thermal conductivity of 2-D materials

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers have found an unexpected way to control the thermal conductivity of two-dimensional (2-D) materials, which will allow electronics designers to dissipate heat in electronic devices that use these materials.

New perovskite solar cell design could outperform existing commercial technologies

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
Stanford, Oxford team creates high-efficiency tandem cells.

Making silicon-germanium core fibers a reality

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
Laser recrystallization can create functional materials for faster transistors, optical transmission.

Development of a new thermoelectric material for a sustainable society

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
The first synthesis of bulk CaMgSi with thermoelectric properties

Next-generation smartphone battery inspired by the gut

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers have developed a prototype of a next-generation lithium-sulphur battery which takes its inspiration in part from the cells lining the human intestine. The batteries, if commercially developed, would have five times the energy density of the lithium-ion batteries used in smartphones and other electronics.

Metamaterial device allows chameleon-like behavior in the infrared

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
An electric current will not only heat a hybrid metamaterial, but will also trigger it to change state and fade into the background like a chameleon in what may be the proof-of-concept of the first controllable metamaterial device, or metadevice, according to a team of engineers.

Power electronics powered by Picosun's batch aluminum nitride

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
Picosun Oy, a supplier of advanced industrial ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) technology, now provides its customers production-scale aluminum nitride batch process with superior film thickness uniformity and fast speed.

Managing particle flows in process exhaust for safety and profitability

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
Solid particles in the abatement exhaust must be properly managed, and in some cases, substantially reduced from the gas stream before it is released into the environment.

Weakness is good when controlling light

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
Study reports how new weak control laser beam could boost computer chips.

Researchers surprised at the unexpected hardness of gallium nitride

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
A Lehigh University team discovers that the widely used semiconducting material is almost as wear-resistant as diamonds.

van der Pauw and Hall voltage measurements with a parameter analyzer

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
van der Pauw measurements with a parameter analyzer are examined followed by a look at Hall effects measurements.

Imec reports breakthrough work that advances path for nanoscale spin-wave majority gates

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
At the Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, imec presented breakthrough results supporting the building of technology-relevant majority gates based on spin waves.

Edwards and GlobalFoundries recognized by Singapore's National Environmental Agency

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
Edwards and GlobalFoundries Singapore were recognized by Singapore’s National Environment Agency in the Best Practices category at the 2016 Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Awards.

Adding hydrogen to graphene

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
Adding hydrogen to graphene could improve its future applicability in the semiconductor industry, when silicon leaves off.

'Pressure-welding' nanotubes creates ultrastrong material

Mon, 11 Nov 2016
Scientists at MIPT apply torsion to multiwall nanotubes to form bonds between them creating durable material.

SunEdison Semiconductor announces regulatory approvals from Taiwan and Austria for proposed acquisition

Mon, 11 Nov 2016
SunEdison Semiconductor Limited announced today that it has received notice that the Investment Committee of the Ministry of the Economic Affairs of the Republic of China has approved the proposed acquisition of SunEdison Semiconductor by GlobalWafers Co., Ltd.

New record for silicon-based multi-junction solar cell

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with the Austrian company EV Group (EVG) have successfully manufactured a silicon-based multi-junction solar cell with two contacts and an efficiency exceeding the theoretical limit of silicon solar cells.

Third quarter 2016 silicon wafer shipments set a new record

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the third quarter 2016 when compared to second quarter 2016 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Semiconductor-free microelectronics are now possible, thanks to metamaterials

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have fabricated the first semiconductor-free, optically-controlled microelectronic device.

Studying structure to understand function within 'material families'

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Researchers are running structural studies using extensive numerical simulations on a supercomputer to study the motion of more than 500 atoms -- in an effort to determine the forces on each atom and the total energy via density functional calculations.

The thinnest photodetector in the world

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
Graphene-based device could accelerate the development of 2-D photoelectronics.

Nano-scale electronics score laboratory victory

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
NYU Tandon researchers pioneer technique to grow monolayer tungsten disulfide for next-generation transistors, wearable electronics, and biomedical devices.

UCR researchers discover new method to dissipate heat in electronic devices

Mon, 11 Nov 2016
By modulating the flow of phonons through semiconductor nanowires, engineers can create smaller and faster devices.

Fueling the industry with innovation at SEMICON Japan 2016

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
Today, SEMI announced that Innovation Village at SEMICON Japan 2016 has been expanded with participation by 31 start-up companies.

What a twist: Silicon nanoantennas turn light around

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
The theoretical results will allow scientists to design nanodevices with extraordinary features for use in optoelectronics.

Registration open for SEMICON Korea 2017's special 30-Year anniversary

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the largest-ever SEMICON Korea will be held from February 8 to 10, featuring 600 exhibiting companies and an expected 40,000 attendees at COEX, Seoul.

Ultra-thin semiconductor could extend life of Moore's Law

Mon, 11 Nov 2016
Following a decade of intensive research into graphene and two-dimensional materials a new semiconductor material shows potential for the future of super-fast electronics.

Global carbon nanotubes market to grow at 17.9% CAGR through 2025

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
The global market for nanotubes was valued at $1,250.00 million in 2015 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.9% during the forecast period 2016-2025.

Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Creating new physical properties in materials

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Collaborating German institutions bring complementary expertise to demonstrate piezoelectricity in SrTiO3.

Perovskite solar cells hit new world efficiency record

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
12.1 percent efficiency for 16 cm2 cell is the largest single to be independently certified with highest energy conversion efficiency.

Physicists decipher electronic properties of materials in work that may change transistors

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
University of Texas at Dallas physicists have published new findings examining the electrical properties of materials that could be harnessed for next-generation transistors and electronics.

Making graphene using laser-induced phase separation

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
IBS & KAIST researchers clarify how laser annealing technology can lead to production of ultra thin nanomaterials.

Simple processing technique could cut cost of organic PV and wearable electronics

Mon, 12 Dec 2016
A simple solution-based electrical doping technique could help reduce the cost of polymer solar cells and organic electronic devices, potentially expanding the applications for these technologies.

3-D solutions to energy savings in silicon power transistors

Mon, 12 Dec 2016
K Tsutsui at Tokyo Institute of Technology and colleagues in Japan have now shown that by scaling down size parameters in all three dimensions their device they can achieve significant energy savings.

Stanford engineers find that a new memory technology may be more energy efficient than previously thought

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
While exploring the atomic-level forces at play in a new type of computer chip, researchers found an energy-saving surprise that could translate into longer battery life for next-generation mobile devices.

Imec develops 3D-compatible germanium nMOS gate stack with high mobility and superior reliability

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
At this week's IEEE IEDM conference, imec, the research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies showed for the first time a silicon (Si)-passivated germanium (Ge) nMOS gate stack with dramatically reduced interface defect density (DIT) reaching the same level as a Si gate stack and with high mobility and reduced positive bias temperature instability (PBTI).

Leti says FD-SOI light-sensing technique can make transistors far more sensitive to visible light

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
In IEDM 2016 presentation, institute’s team demonstrates potential sensing advantages of integrating photodiodes below buried oxide.

Stamping technique creates tiny circuits with electronic ink

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
New stamping technique creates functional features at nanoscale dimensions.

Rapid and mass production of graphene, using microwaves

Tue, 12 Dec 2016
Graphene, a material that could usher in the next generation of electronic and energy devices, could be closer than ever to mass production, thanks to microwaves.

Researchers work to improve the lifecycle of materials

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
When most living creatures get hurt, they can self-heal and recover from the injury. But, when damage occurs to inanimate objects, they don't have that same ability and typically either lose functionality or have their useful lifecycle reduced. Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are working to change that.

World's smallest radio receiver has building blocks the size of 2 atoms

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have made the world's smallest radio receiver - built out of an assembly of atomic-scale defects in pink diamonds.

62 new facilities start operation 2017 and beyond

Mon, 12 Dec 2016
Data from SEMI’s recently updated World Fab Forecast report reveal that 62 new Front End facilities will begin operation between 2017 and 2020.

New material with ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism may lead to better computer memory

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have demonstrated that ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism coexist at room temperature in thin films of bismuth-iron-cobalt oxide. The research could have implications in the next generation of computer memory and sensors.

Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
New research reveals intrinsic instability issues of iodine-containing perovskite solar cells.

A year in review: Top 10 stories of 2016

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
From the ground-breaking research breakthroughs to the shifting supplier landscape, these are the stories the Solid State Technology audience read the most during 2016.

Imec and Besi demonstrate long-term reliability of Ni-Cu-Ag plated solar modules

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
Today, imec (partner in EnergyVille) and BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (Besi), a manufacturer of assembly equipment for the semiconductor industry, announced that they have demonstrated long-term reliability in five full size 60-cells Nickel/Copper/Silver (Ni/Cu/Ag) plated solar cell modules, confirming the industrial value of this metallization technology.

Global semiconductor sales up 7% year-to-year

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $31.0 billion for the month of November 2016, an increase of 7.4 percent compared to the November 2015 total.

Germanium's semiconducting and optical properties probed under pressure

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Germanium may not be a household name like silicon, its group-mate on the periodic table, but it has great potential for use in next-generation electronics and energy technology.

Atomera selects TSI Semiconductors to accelerate semiconductor materials advancements

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
Foundry to provide manufacturing, electrical test and characterization services to shorten Atomera's time to market.

Illinois team advances GaN-on-Silicon for scalable high electron mobility transistors

Mon, 1 Jan 2017
A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has advanced gallium nitride (GaN)-on-silicon transistor technology by optimizing the composition of the semiconductor layers that make up the device

2-D materials enhance a 3-D world

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
2-D layer increases effectiveness of optoelectronics.

Air Products to expand nitrogen capacity in Pyeongtaek City to support demand of semiconductor industry

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
Air Products today announced it will increase nitrogen production to serve the growing demand of its existing customer in Pyeongtaek City, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.

CWRU directly measures how perovskite solar films efficiently convert light to power

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Measurement shows potential for building better solar cells by imaging fundamental properties of the material.

NIST physicists 'squeeze' light to cool microscopic drum below quantum limit

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have cooled a mechanical object to a temperature lower than previously thought possible, below the so-called "quantum limit."

Technavio releases market research report and forecast on gallium arsenide components

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
The global gallium arsenide (GaAs) components market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report.

Nanotechnology: Lighting up ultrathin films

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
Based on a study of the optical properties of novel ultrathin semiconductors, researchers of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have developed a method for rapid and efficient characterization of these materials.

Dressing a metal in various colors

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
DGIST research developed a technology to coat metal with several nanometers of semiconducting materials.

AGC unveils innovative glass substrates for semiconductor packaging

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
AGC Asahi Glass (AGC), a manufacturer of glass, chemicals and high-tech materials, today announced it has developed a diverse line of glass substrates specifically designed for semiconductor packaging applications and semiconductor manufacturing process support.

SUNY Poly-managed research named a top ten physics breakthrough

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Research paves the way for more efficient 'on-off' switch that could someday replace transistors.

Creating atomic scale nanoribbons

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
Researchers have demonstrated the first important step toward integrating atomically precise graphene nanoribbons (APGNRs) onto nonmetallic substrates.

New research helps to meet the challenges of nanotechnology

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
Research helps to make the most of nanoscale catalytic effects for nanotechnology.

New low-cost technique converts bulk alloys to oxide nanowires

Fri, 1 Jan 2017
A simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials could dramatically lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures.

UNIST researchers get green light to commercialize metal-air batteries

Mon, 1 Jan 2017
A team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently announced that they have successfully developed a new way to increase energy efficiency of metal-air batteries which are next-generation energy devices by using a conducting polymer.

Amtech announces large orders for high throughput PECVD systems and bi-facial n-type technology

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
Amtech Systems, Inc. today announced fiscal year 2017 year-to-date order bookings through January 20, 2017 are approximately $84 million.

Executive viewpoints: 2017 outlook

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Each year, Solid State Technology turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2017.

Do not go where the path may lead

Fri, 1 Jan 2017
What follows, in Part 1 of this two-part article, is a quick look back at the industry in 2016 and the road ahead in 2017 followed by what SEMI achieved in 2016 and where SEMI’s road will lead in 2017 to keep pace our industry charging forward where there is no path.

New 'needle-pulse' beam pattern packs a punch

Fri, 1 Jan 2017
A new beam pattern devised by University of Rochester researchers could bring unprecedented sharpness to ultrasound and radar images, burn precise holes in manufactured materials at a nano scale -- even etch new properties onto their surfaces.

Understanding breakups

Mon, 1 Jan 2017
A new model describing the deformation and breakup of droplets could help improve nanoscale printing and spraying.

Sequans opens R&D facility in Sophia Antipolis, France

Mon, 1 Jan 2017
LTE for IoT chip maker Sequans Communications S.A. today announced the opening of a new development site in Sophia Antipolis, on the Côte d’Azur, in the south of France.

FlexTech announces contract for battery development with ITN Energy Systems

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
FlexTech, a SEMI strategic association partner, today announced a contract with ITN Energy Systems of Littleton, CO to develop and produce a flexible, solid-state lithium battery reducing packaging bulk by integrating a thin, flexible ceramic substrate.

The world's first heat-driven transistor

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
The heat-driven transistor opens the possibility of many new applications such as detecting small temperature differences, and using functional medical dressings in which the healing process can be monitored.

Annual silicon volume shipments remain at record highs

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
Revenues continue to be under pressure.

Thin, flexible, light-absorbent material for energy and stealth applications

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
Transparent window coatings that keep buildings and cars cool on sunny days. Devices that could more than triple solar cell efficiencies. Thin, lightweight shields that block thermal detection. These are potential applications for a thin, flexible, light-absorbing material developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego.

Toward all-solid lithium batteries

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
Researchers investigate mechanics of lithium sulfides, which show promise as solid electrolytes.

Full(erene) potential

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
The addition of specific molecules to 'trap' charge carriers in semiconducting polymers proves to be a powerful method of mastering the materials' electrical properties.

Germanium outperforms silicon in energy efficient transistors with n- und p- conduction

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
A team of scientists from the Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory (NaMLab gGmbH) and the Cluster of Excellence Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at the Dresden University of Technology have demonstrated the world-wide first transistor based on germanium that can be programmed between electron- (n) and hole- (p) conduction.

Global semiconductor sales reach $339B in 2016

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
Worldwide industry posts highest-ever annual sales; year-to-year sales increase 12 percent in December.

Towards new IT devices with stable and transformable solitons

Mon, 2 Feb 2017
Multi-digit systems, solitonics and brain-like machines

NREL research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
A team of scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) determined that surface recombination limits the performance of polycrystalline perovskite solar cells.

UNIST engineers oxide semiconductor just single atom thick

Wed, 2 Feb 2017
A new study, affiliated with UNIST has introduced a novel method for fabrication of world's thinnest oxide semiconductor that is just one atom thick. This may open up new possibilities for thin, transparent, and flexible electronic devices, such as ultra-small sensors.

UNIST to engineer dream diodes with a graphene interlayer

Wed, 2 Feb 2017
A team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST has created a new technique that greatly enhances the performance of Schottky Diodes (metal-semiconductor junction) used in electronic devices.

Intel announces $7B investment in next-gen semiconductor fab in Arizona

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
The announcement was made by U.S. President Donald Trump and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the White House.

Penn researchers are among the first to grow a versatile 2-dimensional material

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
University of Pennsylvania researchers are now among the first to produce a single, three-atom-thick layer of a unique two-dimensional material called tungsten ditelluride.

A new sensitive and stable self-powered photodetector

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
Researchers in Singapore and China collaborate to create new photodetector based on GdNiO3/Nb-doped SrTiO3 p-n heterojunction.

A new platform to study graphene's electronic properties

Mon, 2 Feb 2017
IBS scientists model the electronic structure of graphene.

Turning up the heat for perfect (nano)diamonds

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
Researchers are taking rough, defective diamonds and using high temperatures to perfect them for quantum sensing.

A new spin on electronics

Wed, 2 Feb 2017
Information transport by spin as an alternative to conventional computing technology.

'Lossless' metamaterial could boost efficiency of lasers and other light-based devices

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices.

Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport.

SEMI appoints Ajit Manocha as president and CEO

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
SEMI today announced the appointment of Ajit Manocha as its president and CEO.

Versum Materials names Edward Shober as senior VP of Materials

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
Versum Materials, Inc., a materials supplier to the semiconductor industry, announced today that Edward “Ed” Shober has been appointed to the position of senior vice president of its Materials segment.

Researchers pave the way for ionotronic nanodevices

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
Discovery helps develop a new kind of electrically switchable memories.

Nano 'sandwich' offers unique properties

Mon, 2 Feb 2017
Rice University researchers simulate two-dimensional hybrids for optoelectronics.

Materion Corporation completes Heraeus target materials acquisition

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Materion Corporation announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the target materials business of the Heraeus Group.

Versum Materials expands manufacturing capacity

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Versum Materials, Inc. announced today that it would expand its manufacturing capacity at its Delivery Systems and Service (DS&S) headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

A SOI wafer is a suitable substrate for gallium nitride crystals

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Improved characteristics in power electronics and radio applications can be achieved by using a SOI wafer for gallium nitride growth.

Technavio reports top three drivers promoting growth for the carbon nanotube market

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Technavio analysts forecast the global carbon nanotube (CNT) market to grow at a staggering CAGR of almost 22% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

Coffee-ring effect leads to crystallization control

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Varying the thickness of crystallizing materials facilitates control over the patterns and properties of crystals.

Polymer-coated silicon nanosheets as an alternative to graphene

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process.

New material helps record data with light

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Russian physicists, with their colleagues from Europe through changing the light parameters, learned to generate quasiparticles - excitons, which were fully controllable and also helped to record information at room temperature.

Sandia National Laboratories creates 3-D metasurfaces with optical possibilities

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
The new Sandia metamaterials can be fabricated in multiple layers to form complex, three-dimensional meta-atoms that reflect more light than shiny gold surfaces, usually considered the ultimate in infrared reflectivity. The III-V materials also emit photons when excited -- something that silicon, which can reflect, transmit and absorb -- can't do.

Penn engineers' 'photonic doping' makes class of metamaterials easier to fabricate

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Now, University of Pennsylvania engineers have shown a way to make metamaterials with a single inclusion, providing easier fabrication, among other useful features.

SEMICON China 2017 opens tomorrow in Shanghai

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Over 60,000 attendees are expected at SEMICON China opening tomorrow at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

Entegris partners with China's Spectrum Materials to manufacture Entegris specialty chemicals in China

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Entegris Inc. today announced it has signed an agreement with Spectrum Materials Co., Ltd. to expand its presence in China.

Simultaneous detection of multiple spin states in a single quantum dot

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Osaka University-based researchers simultaneously detect multiple spin states in a quantum dot in real time, holding great promise for quantum computing.

Versum Materials receives TSMC "Excellent Performance Award"

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Versum Materials, Inc. announced today it received the "Excellent Performance Award" by the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, TSMC.

Quantum movement of electrons in atomic layers shows potential of materials for electronics, photonics

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
A University of Kansas research team has observed the counterintuitive motion of electrons during experiments in KU's Ultrafast Laser Lab. Because this sort of 'quantum' transport is very efficient, it could play a key role in a new type of manmade material that could be used someday in solar cells and electronics.

UC researchers use gold coating to control luminescence of nanowires

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
University of Cincinnati physicists manipulate nanowire semiconductors in pursuit of making electronics smaller, faster and cheaper.

Nano-polycrystalline film leads to stronger magnetism compared to single-crystal films

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Oxygen defects like nanopillars enhanced magnetic and magnetooptical response of STF films.

Unexpected, star-spangled find may lead to advanced electronics

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
For several years, a team of researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas has investigated various materials in search of those whose electrical properties might make them suitable for small, energy-efficient transistors to power next-generation electronic devices.

Imec scientist awarded ERC Advanced Grant to develop material stacks for video-rate holography

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Imec announces that Jan Genoe, one of its distinguished scientists, has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant.

Argon is not the 'dope' for metallic hydrogen

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Hydrogen is both the simplest and the most-abundant element in the universe, so studying it can teach scientists about the essence of matter. And yet there are still many hydrogen secrets to unlock, including how best to force it into a superconductive, metallic state with no electrical resistance.

Scientists discover new 'boat' form of promising semiconductor GeSe

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Uncommon form attenuates semiconductor's band gap size.

Researchers discover new type of memory effect in transition metal oxides

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Dr. Amos Sharoni of Bar-Ilan University's Department of Physics, and Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), has now uncovered a new kind of memory effect, unrelated to memory effects previously reported.

A big leap toward tinier lines

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Self-assembly technique could lead to long-awaited, simple method for making smaller microchip patterns.

Soitec announces end of patent lawsuit with SiGen

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Soitec and Silicon Genesis Corporation (SiGen) have successfully brought an end to the dispute regarding the importation and sale in the United States of certain silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers.

IC Insights more than doubles its 2017 IC market growth forecast

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Huge spike in DRAM and NAND flash ASPs prompts market forecast revision to 11% increase.

Reusable carbon nanotubes could be the water filter of the future, says RIT study

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
A new class of carbon nanotubes could be the next-generation clean-up crew for toxic sludge and contaminated water, say researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Advances make reduced graphene oxide electronics feasible

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a technique for converting positively charged (p-type) reduced graphene oxide (rGO) into negatively charged (n-type) rGO, creating a layered material that can be used to develop rGO-based transistors for use in electronic devices.

Built from the bottom up, nanoribbons pave the way to 'on-off' states for graphene

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
A new way to grow narrow ribbons of graphene, a lightweight and strong structure of single-atom-thick carbon atoms linked into hexagons, may address a shortcoming that has prevented the material from achieving its full potential in electronic applications.

Intermolecular announces restructuring initiative and changes in its leadership team

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Intermolecular, Inc. today announced a restructuring initiative to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of their materials innovation services.

To e-, or not to e-, the question for the exotic 'Si-III' phase of silicon

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
Discovery of semiconducting properties of Si-III might lead to unpredictable technological advancement.

Global semiconductor sales up 16.5% year-to-year

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
Year-to-year sales increased by double digits across most regional markets, with the China and Americas markets showing particularly strong growth.

Carbon nanotubes self-assemble into tiny transistors

Wed, 4 Apr 2017
University of Groningen scientists, together with colleagues from the University of Wuppertal and IBM Zurich, have developed a method to select semiconducting nanotubes from a solution and make them self-assemble on a circuit of gold electrodes.

Graphene Flagship researches create thin film transistors printed with layered materials

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
Graphene Flagship researchers from AMBER at Trinity College Dublin have fabricated printed transistors consisting entirely of layered materials.

USC Viterbi researchers develop new class of optoelectronic materials

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
New class of semiconductor materials can be used as light absorber in solar cells.

Flexible processors with atomically thin materials

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
First fully functional microprocessor logic devices based on few-atom-thick layered materials.

Microprocessors based on a layer of just 3 atoms

Wed, 4 Apr 2017
Microprocessors based on atomically thin materials hold the promise of the evolution of traditional processors as well as new applications in the field of flexible electronics.

PolyU develops novel semiconductor nanofiber with superb charge conductivity

Thu, 4 Apr 2017
The Department of Mechanical Engineering of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a novel technology of embedding highly conductive nanostructure into semiconductor nanofiber.

NREL researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating heat.

GaN Systems' investors receive Venture Capital Awards

Mon, 4 Apr 2017
Investor of the Year, Chrysalix Venture Capital selected over 11,000 nominees Cycle Capital Management named Canada's 2nd most active VC in 2016.

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2017: Disruption and the value of digital transformation in manufacturing

Mon, 4 Apr 2017
At SEMICON Southeast Asia 2017, Dr. Chen Fusen, CEO of Kulicke & Soffa Pte Ltd, Singapore, will give a keynote on digital transformation in the manufacturing sector.

Brewer Science earns GreenCircle Certification for zero waste to landfill for second consecutive year

Wed, 4 Apr 2017
Brewer Science announced the achievement of Zero Waste to Landfill Certification for the second consecutive year.

New ClassOne chamber cuts copper plating costs 95%

Thu, 4 Apr 2017
ClassOne Technology announced it's new CopperMax chamber -- a design that is demonstrating major copper plating cost reductions for users of ≤200mm wafers.

Vital control in fab materials supply-chains

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Expert panel discussion at Critical Materials Council (CMC) Conference.

Will I see you at The ConFab?

Thu, 4 Apr 2017
The ConFab — an executive conference now in its 13th year — brings together influential executives from all parts of the semiconductor supply chain for three days of thought-provoking talks and panel discussions, networking events and select, pre-arranged breakout business meetings.

Technologies to extend semiconductor scaling

Mon, 2 Feb 2017
An Steegen reveals some of the secrets of semiconductor scaling – a pipeline full of materials, device architectures and advanced techniques that promise to further extend semiconductor scaling.

2D materials may be brittle

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
Molybdenum-diselenide brittle, borophene not.

Detecting fluorocarbons with infrared

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
Detection and measurement of fluorocarbons is key to both process control and safety.

Semiconductor materials: restructuring in the supplier base

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
Earlier this year, the Nikkei Asian Review (and other sources) reported the exit of Sumitomo Metal Mining (SMM) from the leadframe business.

The ConFab 2017, May 14-17, in San Diego

Sun, 10 Oct 2016
I’m delighted to announce that The ConFab, our premier semiconductor manufacturing conference and networking event, will be held at the iconic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego on May 14-17, 2017. For more than 12 years, The ConFab, an invitation-only executive conference, has been the destination for key industry influencers and decision-makers to connect and collab- orate on critical issues.

Preview: 2016 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting

Sun, 10 Oct 2016
The 62nd annual IEDM will be held in San Francisco December 3 - 7, 2016.

CoolCube 3D transistor stacking improves

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
Collaborating to build out design to fabrication ecosystem.

Avantor acquires Puritan Products

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
Avantor Performance Materials, LLC, announced today the acquisition of Puritan Products, Inc., a supplier of cGMP buffers and solutions for Biopharma customers, and high-purity chemistries for Research and Electronic Materials customers.

Mergers & acquisitions in 2017

Sun, 2 Feb 2017
At SEMI's Industry Strategy Syposium this year, a merger's and acquisitions panel, moderated by Robert Maire of Semiconductor Advisors, took a look at how the industry might look in the future.

Engineering technique is damaging materials, research reveals

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
Widely used microscopy technique has unintended consequences, new Oxford University research reveals.

Conax Technologies announces the acquisition of Arizona-based Quartz Engineering

Mon, 4 Apr 2017
Conax Technologies announced the acquisition of Quartz Engineering, a manufacturer of quartz sheaths for temperature sensors headquartered in Tempe, AZ.

Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics

Mon, 4 Apr 2017
Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.

SEMICON Southeast Asia attendance surges on disruptive technology

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
Today, SEMI announced that SEMICON Southeast Asia 2017 (SEMICON SEA 2017) is reporting an increase of up to 30 percent in attendees this year.

Model for multivalley polaritons

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
IBS scientists model the formation of multivalleys in semiconductor microcavities, bringing new ideas to the emerging valleytronics field

Diamond quantum sensor reveals current flows in next-gen materials

Thu, 4 Apr 2017
World-first images of electric currents in graphene released.

Dawn of organic single crystal electronics

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences (Japan) have developed a method for high performance doping of organic single crystal.

Discovery of new PVD chalcogenide materials for memory applications

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
A case study is presented based on the use of high throughput experimentation (HTE) for the discovery of new memory materials.

The ConFab preview

Sat, 4 Apr 2017
The agenda is set for The ConFab, to be held May 14-17, 2017 in San Diego at the iconic Hotel del Coronado.

'Persistent photoconductivity' offers new tool for bioelectronics

Wed, 5 May 2017
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new approach for manipulating the behavior of cells on semiconductor materials, using light to alter the conductivity of the material itself.

Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

Mon, 5 May 2017
Conductivity is highest-ever for thin film oxide semiconductor material.

Chemically tailored graphene

Tue, 5 May 2017
Graphene is considered as one of the most promising new materials. However, the systematic insertion of chemically bound atoms and molecules to control its properties is still a major challenge. Now, for the first time, scientists of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, the University of Vienna, the Freie Universität Berlin and the University Yachay Tech in Ecuador succeeded in precisely verifying the spectral fingerprint of such compounds in both theory and experiment.

Scientists help thin-film ferroelectrics go extreme

Wed, 5 May 2017
Berkeley Lab researchers create polarization gradient, boost temperature span of ubiquitous material.

At last: Beautiful, consistent carbon belts

Thu, 5 May 2017
Synthesis of a carbon nanobelt with potential applications in nanotechnology.

Soitec names new VP of Strategic Business Development in China

Thu, 5 May 2017
Soitec, a designer and manufacturer of semiconductor materials for the electronics industry, has appointed Stephen Lin to the newly created position of vice president of strategic business development in China, a key region for the company's future growth plans.

Hafnia dons a new face

Fri, 5 May 2017
As computer chips become smaller, faster and more powerful, their insulating layers must also be much more robust -- currently a limiting factor for semiconductor technology. A collaborative University of Kentucky-Texas A&M University research team says this new phase of hafnia is an order of magnitude better at withstanding applied fields.

Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign

Mon, 5 May 2017
Researchers have uncovered the exact mechanism that causes new solar cells to break down in air, paving the way for a solution.

Engaging diamond for next-era transistors

Mon, 5 May 2017
Materials scientists in Japan have developed a new diamond transistor fabrication process that promises to advance the development of more robust and energy-efficient electronics.