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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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monolithic Schottky diode in ST F7 LV MOSFET technology: Performance improvement in application

Wed, 5 May 2016
Standard solutions and devices are compared to a 60 V MOSFET with monolithic Schottky diode as evaluated in SMPS and motor control environments.

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.

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.

Graphene: A quantum of current

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

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.

'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.

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.

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.

New nanomaterial offers promise in bendable, wearable electronic devices

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Electronic gases market undergoing major shifts

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Evolving flip-chip technology boosting markets

Mon, 7 Jul 2016
New levels of performance of electronics technology have been enabled by flip-chip technology, fueling the growth of global markets for semiconductors, electronic devices, and a host of industrial and consumer products.

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.

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.

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.

Transmitting energy in soft materials

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Semiconducting inorganic double helix

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Creating new physical properties in materials

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Towards new IT devices with stable and transformable solitons

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

Annual silicon volume shipments remain at record highs

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flexible processors with atomically thin materials

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

Vital control in fab materials supply-chains

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Volatility in electronic equipment supply chain

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
SEMI’s year-to-date worldwide semiconductor equipment billings year-to-date through March show a 59.6 percent gain to the same period last year.

New method of characterizing graphene

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
Scientists have developed a new method of characterizing graphene's properties without applying disruptive electrical contacts, allowing them to investigate both the resistance and quantum capacitance of graphene and other two-dimensional materials. Researchers from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Basel's Department of Physics reported their findings in the journal Physical Review Applied.

Supply chain needs paradigm shift in how to look at defect control

Wed, 6 Jun 2017
The future of contamination control in the next-generation supply chain for beyond 14nm-node semiconductor processes faces stringent challenges.

Artificial intelligence: A new era of the advanced packaging industry

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
AI is driving the development of 3D TSV and heterogeneous integration technologies.

Researchers image quasiparticles that could lead to faster circuits, higher bandwidths

Fri, 6 Jun 2017
A research team led by Iowa State University's Zhe Fei has made the first images of half-light, half-matter quasiparticles called exciton-polaritons. The discovery could be an early step to developing nanophotonic circuits that are up to 1 million times faster than current electrical circuits.

Materials accelerating innovation at SEMI Strategic Materials Conference

Wed, 6 Jun 2017
Today SEMI announced that the two-day Strategic Materials Conference (SMC) is slated for September 19-20 at San Jose's Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.

Umicore inaugurates new production facility in Germany

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
Umicore’s business unit Precious Metals Chemistry today inaugurated its production unit for advanced metal organic precursor technologies used in the semiconductor and LED markets.

Meniscus-assisted technique produces high efficiency perovskite PV films

Mon, 7 Jul 2017
A new low-temperature solution printing technique allows fabrication of high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with large crystals intended to minimize current-robbing grain boundaries.

New materials, new challenges

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
In order to increase device performance, the semiconductor industry has slowly been implementing many new materials.

Industry acting to reduce greenhouse gases

Thu, 7 Jul 2017
Semiconductor manufacturers use a variety of high global warming potential (GWP) gases to process wafers and to rapidly clean chemical vapor deposition (CVD) tool chambers.

IC deposition materials market forecast of $1.2B by 2021

Mon, 7 Jul 2017
Precursors for metals and dielectrics in strong demand for finFETs and 3D-NAND.

Taiwan largest semiconductor materials market, as SEMICON Taiwan approaches

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
Taiwan is the world's largest consumer of semiconductor materials for the seventh consecutive year, bringing new opportunities in this increasingly critical sector.

Researchers find path to discovering new topological materials

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
An international team of researchers has found a way to determine whether a crystal is a topological insulator -- and to predict crystal structures and chemical compositions in which new ones can arise.

IBM scientists observe elusive gravitational effect in solid-state physics

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
An international team of physicists, materials scientists and string theoreticians have observed a phenomenon on Earth that was previously thought to only occur hundreds of light years away or at the time when the universe was born. This result could lead to a more evidence-based model for the understanding the universe and for improving the energy-conversion process in electronic devices.