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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Electronically connected graphene nanoribbons foresee high-speed electronics

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Efficient hydrogen production made easy

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Electronic gases market undergoing major shifts

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flexible processors with atomically thin materials

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Engineer unveils new spin on future of transistors with novel design

Mon, 6 Jun 2017
All-carbon, spintronic proposal could lead to smaller, better performing structures in electronics.

New diode features optically controlled capacitance

Tue, 6 Jun 2017
Israeli researchers have developed a new optically tunable capacitor with embedded metal nanoparticles, creating a metal-insulator-semiconductor diode that is tunable by illumination.

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.

Imec achieves record-low source/drain contact resistivity for PMOS transistors

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
Imec is wrapping up at the Symposia on VLSI Technology this week with two announcements: the reporting of record breaking values below 10^-9 Ohm.cm² for PMOS source/drain contact resistivity and new process improvements for next generation devices.

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.

NREL-led research effort creates new alloys, phase diagram

Tue, 6 Jun 2017
A multi-institutional team led by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered a way to create new alloys that could form the basis of next-generation semiconductors.

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.

Alloying materials of different structures offers new tool for controlling properties

Mon, 6 Jun 2017
New research into the largely unstudied area of heterostructural alloys could lead to greater materials control and in turn better semiconductors, advances in nanotechnology for pharmaceuticals and improved metallic glasses for industrial applications.

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.

Taiwan Compound Semiconductor Seminar − Envisioning next-gen communications

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
Market demand is driving development of 5G network standards, and commercial applications are expected to be introduced by 2020.

New class of 'soft' semiconductors could transform HD displays

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
Berkeley Lab researchers find tunable halide perovskites could usher in new generation of optoelectronic devices.

Brewer Science partners with Arkema to develop high-chi DSA materials for advanced node patterning

Mon, 7 Jul 2017
Brewer Science Inc. today announced from SEMICON West the extension of its partnership with Arkema to develop second-generation directed self-assembly (DSA) materials using high-x (chi) block copolymers.

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.

Linde Group announces rare gas capacity expansions

Tue, 7 Jul 2017
The Linde Group is expanding production of the rare gases used by the semiconductor industry, including xenon, which is in increasing demand for etching 3D semiconductor structures.

Thinking thin brings new layering and thermal abilities to the semiconductor industry

Tue, 7 Jul 2017
In a breakthrough for the semiconductor industry, researchers demonstrate a new layer transfer technique called "controlled spalling" that creates many thin layers from a single gallium nitride wafer.

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.

Fluorine grants white graphene new powers

Tue, 7 Jul 2017
Rice University researchers turn common insulator into a magnetic semiconductor.

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.

UV-C LED research company selects Veeco MOCVD system for nanowire on graphene development

Mon, 7 Jul 2017
CrayoNano will use the system to grow semiconductor nanowires on graphene for water disinfection, air purification, food processing and life science applications.

Chemical route towards electronic devices in graphene

Tue, 7 Jul 2017
Essential electronic components, such as diodes and tunnel barriers, can be incorporated in single graphene wires (nanoribbons) with atomic precision.

Scientists announce the quest for high-index materials

Tue, 7 Jul 2017
A team of physicists featuring researchers from MIPT and ITMO University has conducted a comparative analysis of a range of materials to determine if they are applicable to dielectric nanophotonics. Their systematic study produced results that can optimize the use of known materials for building optical nanodevices, as well as encourage the search for new materials with superior properties.

Atomic discovery opens door to greener, faster, smaller electronic circuitry

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
Scientists find way to correct communication pathways in silicon chips, making them perfect.

A semiconductor that can beat the heat

Mon, 7 Jul 2017
Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley scientists discover unique thermoelectric properties in cesium tin iodide.

Scientists discover new magnet with nearly massless charge carriers

Fri, 8 Aug 2017
Advances in modern electronics has demanded the requisite hardware, transistors, to be smaller in each new iteration. Recent progress in nanotechnology has reduced the size of silicon transistors down to the order of 10 nanometers. However, for such small transistors, other physical effects set in, which limit their functionality. The recent discoveries of topological materials -- a new class of relativistic quantum materials -- hold great promise for use in energy saving electronics.

Reality check for 'wonder material'

Fri, 8 Aug 2017
Topological insulators, a class of materials which has been investigated for just over a decade, have been heralded as a new 'wonder material', as has graphene. But so far, topological insulators have not quite lived up to the expectations fueled by theoretical studies. University of Groningen physicists now have an idea about why.

Rinchem announces expansion of infrastructure in South Korea

Mon, 8 Aug 2017
Rinchem recently announced the expansion of its chemical distribution center in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

Landscapes give latitude to 2-D material designers

Wed, 8 Aug 2017
Rice University, Oak Ridge scientists show growing atom-thin sheets on cones allows control of defects.

Harnessing the properties of a remarkable 2-D material

Thu, 8 Aug 2017
Researchers from A*STAR have developed a simple technique that could pave the way for its use in a wide range of new applications in energy storage, optoelectronic and flexible electronic devices

Semiconductor industry capital spending forecast to jump 20% in 2017

Tue, 8 Aug 2017
Samsung remains the “wild card” with regard to 2H17 capital expenditures.

Bond dissociation energies for transition metal silicides accurately determined

Wed, 8 Aug 2017
American researchers develop method to determine bond dissociation energies for transition metal silicides to advance computation efforts and general understanding of chemical bonding.

New results reveal high tunability of 2-D material

Mon, 8 Aug 2017
Berkeley Lab-led team also provides most precise band gap measurement yet for hotly studied monolayer moly sulfide.

Nagoya-led team flips the switch on ferroelectrics

Mon, 8 Aug 2017
Nagoya University-led team controls the configuration of domains in nanorod- and thin-film ferroelectric systems.

Silicon solves problems for next-generation battery technology

Wed, 8 Aug 2017
Silicon - the second most abundant element in the earth's crust - shows great promise in Li-ion batteries, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. By replacing graphite anodes with silicon, it is possible to quadruple anode capacity.

Physicists learn how to create nanopores of specified size in graphene

Wed, 8 Aug 2017
A group of international physicists, jointly with NUST MISIS researchers, have conducted a series of experiments on graphene bombardment by swift heavy ions.

New device could turn heat energy into a viable fuel source

Thu, 8 Aug 2017
A new device being developed by Washington State University physicist Yi Gu could one day turn the heat generated by a wide array of electronics into a usable fuel source.

SiC & GaN technologies upset the traditional benchmarks of the IGBT industry

Fri, 9 Sep 2017
How is the IGBT market evolving for different applications? How will the IGBT market face the adoption of high performance WBG based devices?

ASE K7 receives Green Factory Label

Fri, 9 Sep 2017
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc, a semiconductor assembly and test service provider, announced that its K7 manufacturing facility in Kaohsiung has received the Green Factory Label from the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan.

Flexible hybrid electronics & sensors impacting the automotive industry

Tue, 9 Sep 2017
FlexTech, a SEMI strategic association partner, will host a one-day Flexible Hybrid Electronics and Sensors Automotive Industry workshop in Detroit, Michigan on September 13, 2017 to explore how FHE adds functionality, decreases weight and impacts design. Automotive and electronics industry leaders will gather to discuss the market demands and challenges with automotive technology and present disruptive changes brought by flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) and sensors.

A revolution in lithium-ion batteries is becoming more realistic

Tue, 9 Sep 2017
The modern world relies on portable electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, cameras or camcorders. Many of these devices are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which could be smaller, lighter, safer and more efficient if the liquid electrolytes they contain were replaced by solids. A promising candidate for a solid-state electrolyte is a new class of materials based on lithium compounds, presented by physicists from Switzerland and Poland.

Stay ahead of the curve with SMC 2017 - Materials accelerating innovation

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
Slated for September 18-20 in San Jose, Calif., the 18th annual SMC “offers a unique chance to network and discover opportunities in and around the industry in a year where dramatic growth has returned to the semiconductor market,” observes SMC 2017 co-chair Mark Thirsk of Linx Consulting, who will provide opening remarks at the conference.

Newly-discovered semiconductor dynamics may help improve energy efficiency

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
Researchers examining the flow of electricity through semiconductors have uncovered another reason these materials seem to lose their ability to carry a charge as they become more densely "doped." Their results, which may help engineers design faster semiconductors in the future, are published online in the journal ACS Nano.

SiFive and UltraSoC partner to accelerate RISC-V development through DesignShare

Thu, 9 Sep 2017
SiFive, the first fabless provider of customized, open-source-enabled semiconductors, today announced that UltraSoC will provide debug and trace technology for the SiFive Freedom platform, based on the RISC-V open source processor specification as part of the DesignShare initiative.

New manufacturing process for SiC power devices opens market to more competition

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
Researchers from North Carolina State University are rolling out a new manufacturing process and chip design for silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, which can be used to more efficiently regulate power in technologies that use electronics.

Quantum sensors decipher magnetic ordering in a new semiconducting material

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material.

Entegris expands its Taiwan tech center to add new microcontamination analysis and tech development capacity

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
Entegris Inc., a specialty materials provider, today announced the expansion of its Taiwan Technology Center for Research and Development (TTC) in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

New study on graphene-wrapped nanocrystals makes inroads toward next-gen fuel cells

Thu, 9 Sep 2017
Simulations and analysis at Berkeley Lab provide new atomic-scale clues to material's enhanced hydrogen storage properties.

New insights into nanocrystal growth in liquid

Fri, 9 Sep 2017
Understanding process that creates complex crystals important for energy applications.

IMAPS 2017 to showcase advances in microelectronics technology

Fri, 9 Sep 2017
Researchers and exhibitors will showcase their work during a comprehensive conference program of technical papers, panels, special sessions, short courses/tutorials, and an exhibition that will spotlight premier work in the fields of microelectronics, semiconductor packaging and circuit design.

2-D Electronics' metal or semiconductor? Both

Mon, 9 Sep 2017
IBS researchers produced the first 2D field-effect transistor (FET) made of a single material.

Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals

Tue, 9 Sep 2017
Scarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become "conflict minerals" which can promote conflicts and oppression. A survey at Chalmers University of Technology now shows that there are potential technology-based solutions that can replace many of the metals with carbon nanomaterials, such as graphene.

SEMICON Europa moves to Munich: Empowering innovation and shaping the value chain

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
New programs on Materials, Automotive, and Flexible Electronics expand SEMICON Europa's impact.

Application of air-sensitive semiconductors in nanoelectronics

Thu, 9 Sep 2017
2-D semiconductor gallium selenide in encapsulated nanoelectronic devices.

Laser marking meets diverse challenges in fab and packaging

Fri, 9 Sep 2017
The basics of laser marking are reviewed, as well as current and emerging laser technologies.

Graphene forged into three-dimensional shapes

Tue, 9 Sep 2017
Researchers from Finland and Taiwan have discovered how graphene, a single-atom-thin layer of carbon, can be forged into three-dimensional objects by using laser light. A striking illustration was provided when the researchers fabricated a pyramid with a height of 60nm, which is about 200 times larger than the thickness of a graphene sheet.