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Transistor uses protons analogously to electrons for bio-compatibility

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

University of Washington materials scientists are working on a field-effect transistor (FET) that uses protons to communicate, rather than electrons.


MEMS drive supply chain changes with new applications

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

Yole Développement shares highlights from its latest "Status of the MEMS Industry" report, noting changes in the MEMS supply chain as companies add foundries or go fab-lite, and multi-chip MEMS packages create new relationships between companies.


SWeNT clears EPA approval for MWCNT fab

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consent order now permits SWeNT to manufacture and distribute multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) for commercial applications.


Smart grids supercharge Li-ion battery demand

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

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


MEMS product development -- why is it so hard?

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

Commercializing MEMS can take years and millions of dollars. While the MEMS industry shares some aspects with the larger semiconductor industry, the comparison is not fair in product development. Karen Lightman, MEMS Industry Group and Alissa M. Fitzgerald of A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates explain what makes developing new MEMS devices so hard.


China taking automotive MEMS consumption lead

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

Increasing sensor counts in Chinese cars, upcoming government mandates for sensors, and the booming automotive market in the country will push China's automotive MEMS consumption to a higher growth rate than that of the rest of the world.


Brookhaven Lab discovers graphene quasiparticles

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists discovered a new kind of quasiparticles in three-layer graphene sheets. These quasiparticles have mass dependent on their velocity and could be channeled into new spintronics devices.


Silicon/polymer combo offers lithium-ion batteries higher capacity

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists designed a tailored polymer that enables increased energy storage in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries with silicon anodes, maintaining the increased energy capacity in tests over a year later with many hundreds of charge-discharge cycles.


Energy harvesting thermoelectrics uncrated by Marlow Industries

Tue, 9 Sep 2011

Marlow Industries launched the EverGen series, thermoelectric-based energy harvesting devices offering low-cost, zero-maintenance power for wireless sensor applications.


Pixelligent raises over $5M on high demand

Tue, 9 Sep 2011

Pixelligent LLC, nanocrystal additive maker, closed $5.1 million in funding. The round was 6 times over-subscribed, requiring the company board to significantly upsize the round.


Graphene races CNT for nanomaterial commercialization

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

Both graphene and carbon nanotubes (CNT) suit applications from flexible displays to silicon-replacing transistors. In a relatively short time, graphene has emerged as a low-cost, tunable material for all kinds of electronics. Will graphene overtake CNTs as the nanomaterial of future devices?


NIST etches MEMS out of diamonds

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

NIST developed a method to etch diamond crystals, exploiting the cubic nature of diamond crystals. These diamond-etched features could lead to better micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) devices.


Hamamatsu Photonics helps Lemoptix commercialize MOEMS

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

Lemoptix and Hamamatsu Photonics signed a long-term collaboration agreement to develop, industrialize and commercialize micro optical electro mechanical system (MOEMS) laser scanning and microprojection devices.


PI (Physik Instrumente) opens Singapore office

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

Precision positioning systems specialist PI (Physik Instrumente) opened a direct office in Singapore to expand its Asia market presence.


Graphene interacts with rare-earth metals, ignores lead

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

Ames Laboratory researchers have discovered very different reactions between various materials and graphene. Rare-earth metals, such as dysprosium (Dy) and gadolinium (Gd), react strongly with graphene, while lead (Pb) does not.


MIT names Microsystems Technology Lab leader

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

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


Bosch incorporates MEMS for lower-cost personal robots

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

Bosch Research and Technology Center is developing "Alan," a personal robot designed to be affordable, capable, and safe to serve residential users in chores. Automotive and consumer MEMS sensors are helping Alan navigate and perform tasks for less.


Portable fuel cells finding match in consumer electronics

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

The consumer electronics sector represents a promising emerging market for portable fuel cells, despite adoption delays. The first major fuel cell product for consumer electronics will be external battery chargers that power up devices without an electricity grid needed.


MEMS motion sensors' continuing evolution in commercial markets

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

Beginning in 2005, consumer/mobile electronics makers started integrating MEMS motion sensors into devices. Almost every consumer device or cell phone today has a motion sensor embedded inside. Jay Esfandyari, STMicroelectronics, writes about motion sensing’s evolution and future in this blog, in association with MEMS Industry Group.


BC discovers CNT's 3 growth phases during PECVD

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

Boston College researchers have discovered two early-stage phases of carbon nanotube (CNT) growth during plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). A disorderly tangle of tube growth ultimately turns into orderly rows of the nanoscopic tubes.


Nanoparticles release fuel cell hydrogen faster

Tue, 10 Oct 2011

TU Delft and VU University Amsterdam researchers demonstrated that hydrogen gas stored in a metal hydride is released faster when the metal alloy nanoparticle is smaller. The research, focused on fuel cells, aims to reduce the energy required for hydrogen storage.


memsstar expands in Silicon Glen

Tue, 10 Oct 2011

The maturing MEMS market and increased adoption of secondary equipment for semiconductor manufacturing have led deposition and etch tool supplier memsstar Limited to expand in Livingston, Scotland. memsstar added new positions in logistics, administration, and skilled and semi-skilled engineering to its jobs roster in conjunction with the expansion.


Sensor fusion drives mobile electronics' future apps

Tue, 10 Oct 2011

Sensor fusion -- where inputs from multiple micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) are "fused" to increase response and accuracy -- is the next step for tablet/smartphone designs, according to a new IHS iSuppli MEMS & Sensors Special Report.


Present on MEMS manufacturing, inspection

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

Submit an abstract now to present at a group of co-located micro/nano manufacturing conferences. MM Live USA 2012 will co-locate with MEMS Live USA and NANO Live USA in Rosemont, IL, March 7-8.


BU lab-on-chip wins NIH funding

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

The National Institutes of Health awarded Boston University engineering and microbiology researchers $4.8 million to develop a chip-sized, low-cost and easily deployed virus detection platform. The product is conceived as an easily transported and simply operated detector for the front lines of an outbreak.


Stanford tucks sulfer inside nanofibers for better li-ion batteries

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

Stanford researchers have designed a sulfur-based lithium-ion battery cathode with increased energy density and improved reliability, thanks to the construction of carbon nanofibers and sulfur.


Nobel Prize awarded to quasicrystals researcher

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Dan Shechtman, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, for the discovery of quasicrystals.


Inkjet heads: Mature MEMS market, with room for growth

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

Despite being a mature market -- and the largest one for MEMS -- inkjet heads are seeing increased sales as consumers print more digital photos, and as industrial and electronics manufacturers look to print product, according to GIA.


InvenSense CEO keynotes Semicon Europa MEMS Forum

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

InvenSense Inc. founder and CEO Steve Nasiri will deliver a keynote "MotionTracking - Driving Hi-Impact Motion-Based Applications in the Digital World" at Semicon Europa's International MEMS Forum.


IBM Research graphene circuit wins nano contest

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

IBM Research has emerged as the winner in the ITRI-sponsored Global Nano Innovation Contest. IBM Research presented its graphene nanoelectronics: wafer-scale single atomic layer carbon RF devices and circuits.


China's lithium-ion battery growth trends

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

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


MEMS: The year past and the year ahead

Tue, 12 Dec 2011

Jean-Christophe Eloy, president & CEO, Yole Développement, shares an analyst's view of the micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) industry, calling 2011 a year of transition and changes.


MEMS combo sensors bring price, size advantages to auto and consumer sectors

Thu, 12 Dec 2011

Combo sensors, comprising MEMS accelerometers, gyroscopes, or electronic compasses, are filling a need in consumer and automotive applications. Combined revenue from these sectors will grow by a factor of 50 over 5 years, shows IHS iSuppli.


ST's Taiwan iNEMO contest lauds smart hula hoop

Fri, 12 Dec 2011

STMicroelectronics has hosted 3 2011 iNEMO Campus Design Contests, for the US, China and Taiwan. This week, Taiwan's first place went to students from the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology for a smart hula hoop design.


Microfluidics: $4B in 2016, thanks to life sciences

Mon, 12 Dec 2011

In its new report, Emerging Markets For Microfluidic Applications, Yole Développement asserts that microfluidics are a "key technology" for the life sciences market, which will prop up microfluidics growth to $4 billion in 2016.


NASA grants BMC contract to refine microfabrication process

Wed, 12 Dec 2011

Boston Micromachines Corporation will use a NASA contract to develop better microfabrication processes for deformable mirrors, which will be used in exoplanet imaging research.


MEMS die size grows, test evolves, and other trends

Mon, 12 Dec 2011

Yole studies the evolution of inertial MEMS and magnetometers and provides reverse costing analysis of the MEMS devices in "Technology Trends for Inertial MEMS." The report considers 23 MEMS devices.


Bosch fabs 2B MEMS sensors

Wed, 12 Dec 2011

After taking 13 years to fab its first 1 billion MEMS sensors, Bosch has added another billion in just 3 years. The company's MEMS sensor production is nearing half a billion a year.


Tegal sells deposition patents

Fri, 12 Dec 2011

Tegal sold over 30 patents from the NLD portfolio, Lots 1-3, covering pulsed-chemical vapor deposition (CVD), plasma-enhanced atomic-layer deposition (PEALD) and NLD.


MEMS microphones surge, thanks to Apple

Wed, 1 Jan 2013

The market for MEMS microphones has nearly quintupled in just the past three years, topping a projected 2 billion shipments in 2012, thanks mainly for capabilities the technology enables in high-end smartphones, according to IHS iSuppli.


Imec: First poly-SiGe MEMS on Cu-backend CMOS

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

Imec says it has built an integrated poly-SiGe-based piezoresistive pressure sensor on top of 0.13μm copper backend CMOS, the first such device directly fabricated above its readout circuit and the first poly-SiGe MEMS device of any kind processed on top of Cu-backend CMOS.


Imec demos faster HBTs in SiGe for wireless, imaging

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

Imec says it has developed a fT/fMAX 245GHz/450GHz SiGe:C heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) device, useful for future high-volume millimeter-wave circuits in various applications.


Custom SOI wafers debut from IQE for MEMS, related manufacturing

Tue, 10 Oct 2011

Wafer supplier IQE released a customizable range of silicon on insulator (SOI) products that IQE reports afford improved thickness and doping control.


VTI Technologies sold to Murata Manufacturing

Tue, 10 Oct 2011

EQT III will sell VTI Technologies, leading independent designer and manufacturer of high-performance MEMS sensors, to the publicly listed Japanese electronic components company Murata Manufacturing.


STMicroelectronics uses TSV in high-volume MEMS devices

Tue, 10 Oct 2011

STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) has implemented through-silicon vias (TSV) in high-volume micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) devices. ST is using TSV in its smart sensors and multi-axis inertial modules.


Electronic compasses: Strong revenues from nav, gaming, military apps

Tue, 10 Oct 2011

The market for electronic compasses is set to grow 73% this year to $419.1 million, according to a new IHS iSuppli MEMS & Sensors special report on magnetic sensors. This high growth is projected to continue, with Japanese manufacturers dominating the space.


Deformable-mirror MEMS improve glaucoma research

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

The University of Houston College of Optometry is using MEMS-based deformable mirrors, Multi-DM, from Boston Micromachines Corporation (BMC) in glaucoma research.


Flexible e-paper's cholesteric liquid crystals avoid power consumption

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

ITRI, Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan, introduced i2R e-Paper, a re-writeable, re-usable, LCD-based electronic paper medium that can be manufactured in a variety of sizes.


CTS contracted for 2 piezo-ceramic programs

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

CTS Electronic Components, of CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS), received 2 production orders for piezoceramic products from a major US sonar manufacturer. Revenues should total about $5 million.


Quantum-dot LED display made via transfer printing

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

Researchers from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and the University of Cambridge created a full-color high-resolution 4" quantum dot light emitting diode (QD-LED) display using transfer printing.


X-FAB, Senodia ramp MEMS gyroscope production

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

X-FAB Silicon Foundries Group and Senodia Technologies (Shanghai) Co., Ltd today announced they have concluded development and are ramping production of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) gyroscopes for high-volume consumer applications.


COWIN medical/diagnostics sensor initiative update

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

The COWIN project is a European Commission (EC) initiative under FP6 and FP7 European research projects for smart nano and micro technologies benefiting diagnostic and medical applications. The 3-year project has a January 2012 closing for micro and nano bioconvergence systems’ research projects.


mPhase develops MEMS membrane at Argonne Labs

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

mPhase Technologies was granted access to the technical facilities at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Labs, for work on its MEMS Smart silicon membrane, a key component of the mPhase Smart NanoBattery.


Multi-cantilever MEMS technology basis of Panorama Synergy, UWA partnership

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

Panorama Synergy has formed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the University of Western Australia for optical technologies related to highly sensitive measurements by multiple, simultaneous micro-cantilever MEMS sensors.


NeoPhotonics completes Santur buy

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE:NPTN), photonic integrated circuit (PIC) modules and subsystems maker, completed the acquisition of privately held Santur Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of Indium Phosphide (InP) PIC products.


iPhone 4S first with 5-lens autofocus camera, other component changes

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

IHS and Chipworks share details from their preliminary teardowns of the Apple iPhone 4S. The device resembles an iPad/iPhone hybrid, and the 5-lens autofocus camera module is the first IHS has encountered in a smartphone.


MIT etches MEMS structures with glass stamp

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

MIT researchers developed a glass-stamp-based technique that helps fabricate lab-on-chip sensors at a lower cost than e-beam lithography and in a more reproducible manner than nanoimprint lithography.


Intel, pico projector, surf boards and heart monitors: Meet the MEMS Executive Congress Technology Showcase finalists

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

At the MEMS Executive Congress 2011 in November, a demo event will showcase MEMS-enabled applications from medical devices to entertainment and computing systems. Here are the Showcase finalists.


AKM stays atop silicon magnetic sensor rankings with Apple wins

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

Asahi Kasei Microsystems (AKM) in 2010 retained its position as the world’s largest supplier of silicon magnetic sensors, according to an IHS iSuppli Magnetic Sensors Special Report. AKM has scored design wins for its 3-axis electronic compasses in the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, among other notable smartphone and tablet products.


Printed non-volatile memory chip debuts

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm) and PARC, a Xerox company, created a working prototype printed logic-addressable non-volatile memory (NVM) device with complementary organic circuits.


Imec wafer-level MEMS packaging relies on nanoporous alumina membrane

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

Imec engineers have simplified the thin-film wafer-level MEMS packaging process with nanopores that prevent leaks into the package and a low-temperature processing approach.


Scientific & Biomedical Microsystems awarded Schedule 871 contract

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

Scientific & Biomedical Microsystems, a developer of scientific and medical sensors and systems based on MEMS and other microfabrication technologies, was awarded a 5-year Schedule 871 contract by the US General Services Administration.


Spintronics interfaces subject of new NIST and Argonne study

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

A highly engineered lanthanum and strontium compound material could form the basis of spintronics devices, report Argonne National Laboratory and NIST researchers.


NIST, CU microchip combines microfluidics and magnetism without power drain

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

Researchers from NIST and University of Colorado Boulder developed a low-power microchip combining microfluidics and magnetic switches to trap and transport magnetic beads.


CALIENT raises $19M+ to bring photonic MEMS switches to cloud computing

Tue, 10 Oct 2011

CALIENT Technologies raised $19.4 million in venture financing to expand into data center and cloud computing markets and ramp its new portfolio of 3D MEMS photonic switching systems and modules for OEMs and system integration partners.


MEMS display from Pixtronix and Chimei Innolux boasts low power, high resolution

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

Pixtronix Inc. and Chimei Innolux Corp. (CMI) collaborated on the development of 5"-diagonal micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) display prototypes. The displays use Pixtronix's proprietary MEMS technology and were built by CMI.


ScanNano partners with STMicroelectronics on MEMS devices

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

Helsinki-based ScanNano,a private Finnish R&D firm that specializes in MEMS technology at the nanoscale, has partnered with STMicroelectronics with the goal of combining RF MEMS and CMOS.


DuPont printed electronics material does more with less

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) introduced a screen-printable silver conductor material for the printed electronics market, DuPont 5064H. The silver conductor ink provides resistivity ≤6milliΩ per square per mil.


Energy harvesting event keynotes showcase key applications, new technologies

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

The co-located Energy Harvesting & Storage and Wireless Sensor Networks & RTLS USA 2011 conference were held in Boston, MA recently. Following are some main points and announcements from the keynoters.


Qualcomm MEMS display launched in Korean e-readers

Thu, 11 Nov 2011

Qualcomm MEMS Technologies and Kyobo Book Centre of Korea launched the first e-reader using mirasol display technology. The touch display features vibrant color in bright sunlight and power management enables weeks of reading.


SUSS MicroTec partners for health research

Fri, 11 Nov 2011

SUSS MicroTec, a leading supplier of equipment and process solutions for the semiconductor industry and related markets, announces the cooperation with Swansea University´s Centre for NanoHealth (CNH).


MEMS sensor technology used to train competitive rowers

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

Whether it’s keeping athletes in top form, improving navigation in medical robots, helping industrial operators extend factory equipment life, or preventing automotive rollovers, high-performance MEMS inertial sensing technology adds a new dimension that transforms many conventional applications, says blogger Howard Wisniowski, Analog Devices.


Innovative Solutions Bulgaria buys large MEMS fab

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

Innovative Solutions Bulgaria Ltd. acquired Bulgaria’s largest MEMS fab, built north of Sofia in 2004. This new facility provides space to expand production capacity of AFM products.


Nanomedical collaboration improves drug delivery system

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

Drug delivery companies Leonardo Biosystems Inc. and NanoMedical Systems Inc. (NMS) will collaborate, with NMS developing and establishing a commercial process to manufacture nanoporous silicon particles for Leonardo's multi-stage drug delivery system.


IDT MEMS oscillator commercializes piezoelectric resonators

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT, NASDAQ:IDTI) developed and demonstrated commercially available oscillators incorporating piezoelectric micro electro mechanical system (pMEMS) resonators.


MEMS win, DRAM lose in ultrabook designs

Fri, 11 Nov 2011

Sensors are hot items for ultrabook functionalities, boosting MEMS sales. The thin form factor of ultrabooks will deter DRAM device integration and DRAM use as memory upgrades, according to IHS iSuppli Semiconductor Value Chain.


Semiconductor magnetic sensors rev up in auto sector

Thu, 12 Dec 2011

IHS shares the growth map for semiconductor magnetic sensors in automotive applications, where the sensors are used in vehicles, and technology trends. Top suppliers are also listed.


ST chooses China's winning iNEMO student designs

Thu, 12 Dec 2011

STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), MEMS maker, named a winner in its 2011 iNEMO Campus Design Contest in China: Sky Worker Team 1 from Tsinghua University. ST operates the open competition in China and Taiwan, and the US.


New sensors use ancient metallurgical technique

Fri, 12 Dec 2011

A multi-institution team has produced a cobalt/iron alloy that could be the basis for a new class of sensors and micromechanical devices controlled by magnetism. The alloy does not use rare-earth elements to achieve its properties.


AMAT BSI image sensor CVD tool operates at low processing temps

Mon, 12 Dec 2011

Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) launched the Applied Producer Optiva chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system for back-side-illuminated (BSI) image sensor manufacturing. It deposits low-temperature conformal films that boost the low-light performance of the sensor while improving its durability.


Ushio releases lithography tools for MEMS, power device, and LSI fab

Mon, 12 Dec 2011

USHIO Inc. is introducing the UX4-MEMS FFPL 200 with the overlay accuracy of 0.5µm for manufacturing MEMS devices, mounted with the newly developed lens module having a maximum depth of focus of 500µm and the auto mask changer module for manufacturing multiple device types.


Cornell, SRC develop RF MEMS technologies

Wed, 12 Dec 2011

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, is working with Cornell University researchers to develop on-chip silicon technologies for mobile devices. The aim is a micro-mechanical resonator for RF MEMS.


AFM images MEMS structures with quantitative measurements

Thu, 12 Dec 2011

JPK Instruments introduced QI, or quantitative imaging mode, for the recently launched NanoWizard3 AFM analytical system. QI enables full control of tip-sample force at every pixel.


imec presents MEMS energy harvester at IEDM

Thu, 12 Dec 2011

Imec and Holst Centre micromachined a vibration-energy harvester with 489µW output power, using piezoelectric material in a MEMS cantilever. The team presented results at IEEE's International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) this week in Washington DC.


Printed electronics innovators awarded by IDTechEX

Fri, 12 Dec 2011

Printed electronics materials and equipment suppliers, as well as academics and industry, were honored with annual awards at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2011 in Santa Clara, CA.


MEMS at CES: MEMS Industry Group events

Mon, 12 Dec 2011

MEMS Industry Group (MIG) shares the MEMS-related exhibits and discusses at the 2012 International CES, which covers consumer electronics, January 10-13 in Las Vegas.


NASA Curiosity Rover takes Teledyne-DALSA sensors to Mars

Mon, 12 Dec 2011

Teledyne DALSA manufactured the CCD sensors -- designed by NASA -- on the NASA mission to Mars. The sensors will help the Rover navigate the surface of the planet.


Tronics wins MEMS fab contract from DelfMEMS

Tue, 12 Dec 2011

DelfMEMS SA named Tronics as its micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) foundry partner. Tronics will manufacture RF MEMS switches for DelfMEMS, with high-capacity runs starting in 2012.


MEMS-aligned optical devices ship to Linkstar customer

Wed, 12 Dec 2011

Linkstar customers have qualified the pilot shipment of silicon optic devices fabricated with Singapore's A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics MEMS technology. The IME silicon MEMS technology enables accurate alignment of optical devices to the optical fiber arrays.


China MEMS purchases slow to "healthy rate" in 2011

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

China's MEMS spending will see a 12.1% CAGR 2010-2015, driven in the near future by expanding smartphone/tablet demand, new consumer experiences, and a rapid drop in MEMS production costs as MEMS designs and production processes improve, says IHS.


Paper-based sensor can detect explosive devices

Thu, 10 Oct 2011


Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a prototype wireless sensor capable of detecting trace amounts of a key ingredient found in many explosives.


Pressure sensors squeeze to top of MEMS ranks

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

MEMS pressure sensors have relatively high average selling prices and a range of applications, making them to leading MEMS device by 2014, according to IHS iSuppli MEMS & Sensors Market Tracker. The largest application? Automotive.


ORBT delivers power supply for Navy's electro-optical sensor system

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

The Behlman Electronics subsidiary of Orbit International received 3 new orders, totaling in excess of $1.5 million, for COTS power supplies to an electro-optical sensing system, a computer system, and an all-weather airborne reconnaissance aircraft.


AFM attachment uses rare-earth magnets for conductive and magnetic microscopy

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

Asylum Research introduced the Variable Field Module2 (VFM2) for the MFP-3D AFM. It allows researchers to apply magnetic fields in conductive AFM experiments, magnetic force microscopy, and other applications.


Micrel ramps MEMS manufacturing in San Jose foundry

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

Micrel Inc. (Nasdaq:MCRL) has begun manufacturing MEMS at its San Jose, CA wafer foundry operations, offering 6" wafer fab and tools to produce advanced MEMS devices.


HUN sells MEMS printing fab technology to DDD

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) Advanced Materials division sold its stereolithography resin and Digitalis MEMS manufacturing machine businesses to 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) for $41 million in cash.


Silex MEMS TSV tech licensed to Nanoshift

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

Silex Microsystems licensed its Silex Sil-Via through-silicon-via (TSV) packaging platform to Nanoshift for use in early development of complex MEMS products.


MEMS alternatives for miniature auto-focus cameras

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

Dr. Giles Humpston, Tessera, presents the free, on-demand webcast Lens Tilt in Small Auto-Focus Cameras. Dr. Humpston covers the dominant auto-focus miniature camera technology today -- VCM -- and an improved technology based on MEMS, which is being commercialized now.


Micronit launches MEMS division

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

Micronit opened its MEMS division, specializing in the design, prototyping and manufacturing of MEMS devices and wafers based on glass and silicon.


BSI image sensors avoid distortion with Ziptronix bonding process

Thu, 11 Nov 2011

Ziptronix ZiBond direct bonding process contribute minimum distortion in backside illuminated (BSI) image sensors because of its low-temperature processing and high bond strength, the company reports.


Sensor fusion opens MEMS supply chain to sensor management players

Fri, 11 Nov 2011

Yole Développement's new report, "Inertial Combo Sensors for Consumer & Automotive" shows that supply chains need to adapt to the "very large market opportunity" for inertial combo sensors.


Sand 9 is halfway to $6M funding goal

Fri, 11 Nov 2011

Sand 9, a MEMS oscillator developer, reports that it has raised $3,095,262 of its 6,190,528 equity funding round, in a recent SEC filing.


Silex, AMFitzgerald accelerate MEMS ramp with DfM

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

MEMS foundry Silex Microsystems and MEMS development firm A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates completed a multi-year collaboration on medical and biotech MEMS development, halving device development time.


Micralyne brings MEMS design, prototyping partner into foundry model

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

MEMS foundry Micralyne Inc. brought Nanoshift LLC, a product development firm specializing in emerging technologies, on board for design, process development, fabrication and packaging partnerships.


TFT-LCD primed for near-term buying spree in Asia

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

Jerry Su and Jimmy Huang, research analysts at Credit Suisse, expect low LCD TV inventory levels in Asia to trigger an LCD panel buying spree in the near term to restock in time for consumer spending at Chinese New Year. Panel makers, as well as backend foundries and driver IC suppliers, will benefit.


Graphene doping doesn't need its own step when done on the edge

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) researchers compared graphene doping techniques for device interconnects and found that edge passivation is 1000x more effective than surface treatment.


MEMS packaging and test project aims for space

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

The Heterogeneous Technology Alliance in Europe is developing new packaging and test methods for MEMS targeting space missions.


Low-cost MEMS sensors drive automotive integration at all levels

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

The automobile industry is a "lucrative" sensor integration market globally, as sensors that enhance comfort, fuel-efficiency, and safety are integrated by vehicle manufacturers. MEMS sensor production costs are set to drop, which will bring automotive sensors into the price/benefit range of every level of automobile, says Global Industry Analysts.


Graphene research grant spurs talk of Swedish graphene research center

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

Chalmers University of Technology received the majority of a new Swedish research grant of SEK40 million to study graphene. The financing comes from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.


Electron beam could assemble nanoscale objects

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

NIST and the University of Virginia have demonstrated that electron microscope beams can be used to move around nanoscale objects, raising the possibility of positioning and assembling nanoelectronics.


Multiple-memory material garners Ontario entrepreneurship award

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

The Ontario Centres of Excellence gave the Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship award, totalling $50,000, to Innovative Processing Technologies Inc.


Measurement Specialties amends credit facility

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

Measurement Specialties Inc. (NASDAQ:MEAS), sensor designer and manufacturer, entered into an amendment to its senior secured credit facility dated June 1, 2010, among JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. and certain other parties.


EVG moves Chinese SOI bonder customer to full automation

Thu, 11 Nov 2011

Shanghai Simgui Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese wafer manufacturer, placed a follow-on order for an EVG850 automated production bonding system for SOI wafer bonding. Simgui is moving from EVG's semi-automated wafer bonder to advance high-volume SOI production.


MicroVision public offering of stock

Fri, 11 Nov 2011

MicroVision Inc. (Nasdaq:MVIS), maker of ultra-miniature laser display technology based on MEMS, intends sell shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering, using the funds for general corporate purposes.


NSF funds MEMS made with cellulose nanocrystals

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

Auburn University chemical engineering researchers William R. Ashurst and Virginia A. Davis were awarded a National Science Foundation grant to investigate cellulose nanocrystals in MEMS.


25% jump in MEMS Executive Congress attendance signals emerging MEMS "mainstream"

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

Micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) are seen in mainstream devices and creating "exciting new ways" of interacting with the world, say MEMS Executive Congress organizers MEMS Industry Group (MIG).


Thin-film ferroelectric sensor challenges microbolometers

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

Optex Systems entered into an MoU with Bridge Semiconductor Corporation to develop and sell thermal systems for a range of military applications. The thin-film ferroelectric technology aims to displace microbolometers for uncooled thermal sensing applications.


US atmospheric plasma tech company joins Precision Mechatronics

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

Precision Mechatronics Pty Ltd acquired Surfx Technologies, which specializes in high-speed atmospheric plasma technology for MEMS, microfluidics, semiconductors, solar cells, medical devices, and other manufacturing.


InvenSense (INVN) prices IPO

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

MEMS maker InvenSense Inc. (NYSE:INVN) priced its initial public offering of 10 million shares of common stock at a price to the public of $7.50 per share.


Northwestern researchers advance Li-ion batteries with graphene-silicon sandwich

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

A team of engineers from Northwestern University has created an electrode for lithium-ion batteries that allows the batteries to hold a charge up to 10 times greater than current technology. Batteries with the new electrode also can charge 10 times faster than current batteries.


DARPA looks to Aurrion for E-PHI program to mix electronic, photonic, and MEMS components on one silicon chip

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

Microelectronics experts at Aurrion Inc. are seeking to develop military microelectronics technology for optoelectronic microsystems, under terms of a $13.9 million DARPA contract.


TowerJazz brings European partner to India and Brazil

Thu, 11 Nov 2011

Specialty foundry TowerJazz signed a non-exclusive memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a European entity to transfer processes and projects to India and Brazil, including semiconductor and MEMS devices.


MVIS closes stock offering

Thu, 11 Nov 2011

MicroVision Inc. (NASDAQ:MVIS) closed its public offering of 17,948,716 shares of its common stock with a draw of approximately $9.8 million after expenses.


Carl Zeiss combines light and electron microscopy divisions

Fri, 11 Nov 2011

Citing a change in the microscope customer market over the past decade, Carl Zeiss launchEd Carl Zeiss Microscopy. 2,500 employees of MicroImaging und Nano Technology Systems now form the new business group in the Carl Zeiss Group.


MEMS costing tool calculates price structure of MEMS designs

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

System Plus Consulting releases MEMS CoSim+ V3.0, a comprehensive simulation tool for the non-standard manufacturing process of MEMS sensors.


Microfabricated piezoelectric creates hyper-active MEMS

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and physicists have integrated highly piezoelectric single-crystal material onto silicon to fabricate a low-voltage MEMS for communications, energy harvesting, sensing, actuators and other applications.


Gentex acquires InterSense for precise motion tracking tech

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

Gentex Corporation has acquired substantially all assets of InterSense, which makes MEMS-based hybrid motion tracking systems.


Multitest launches MEMS microphone tester with European order

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

The InPhone microphone test system can be combined with the Multitest InStrip test handler for highly parallel MEMS test and the calibration of MEMS microphones.


Alphabet Energy raises $12M for Si thermoelectric dev

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

Alphabet Energy Inc. closed its Series A funding round with $12 million, led by TPG Biotech, the venture arm of TPG. Alphabet Energy's prototype device converts waste heat to electricity. The silicon device leverages MEMS/semiconductor manufacturing technologies.


Sensor research benefits planes to prosthetics at TECHCON 2011

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

Sensors have the potential to do everything from monitor airplane fuselages for cracks to improve wrist rotation in prostetic arms. Student researchers describe their sensor development work in video blogs from TECHCON 2011.


Tronics expands MEMS manufacturing, HQ

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

MEMS foundry Tronics upgraded its Grenoble headquarters and manufacturing facilities, making a more than half a million euro investment, along with new equipment capital expenditures.


Nano electronics garner 12 grants totaling $20M from NSF, SRC

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund $20 million for 12 four-year grants on nanoelectronics research, aiming for the "new transistor" from American innovation.


2012 sees automotive sensor market back to healthy growth track

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

IHS iSuppli's Richard Dixon looks at the market for automotive MEMS sensors over the next few years: which technologies and regions are driving growth, who are the top auto MEMS firms today and the up-and-comers, and how China is emerging as a market driver and supplier base.


Sanmina-SCI tapped for Kaiam MEMS-based optical component fab

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq:SANM) will produce a family of optical components based on Kaiam's MEMS hybrid integration technology.


Rice makes graphene without a transfer step

Tue, 9 Sep 2011

Rice University researchers devised a method to grow high-quality bilayer graphene on a functional substrate, circumventing the transfer step from catalyst to insulator substrate.


Ultracapacitors' cost/benefit equation improving for vehicle sector

Tue, 9 Sep 2011

Pike Research senior analyst John Gartner forecasts that ultracapacitors will play a bigger role in the stop/start vehicle sector in the future, though battery-heavy vehicles like hybrids will be a tougher sell on the technology.


MEMS "transition period" toward market maturity evident in mobile boom

Tue, 9 Sep 2011

MEMS vendors comprise MNC and MEMS-centric and small-portfolio companies. The market will grow as tablet/smartphone adoption increases, and MEMS makers co-opt the economies of scale that other semiconductor segments have used to reach maturity, according to ABI Research.


Microfluidics foundry opens under A*STAR in Singapore

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

A*STAR's Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology opened the SIMTech Microfluidics Foundry, offering microfluidics development, customization, and manufacturing. A*STAR's goal is to combine biomedical and engineering expertise to foster a microfluidics industry in Singapore.


MEMS oscillator maker taps Multitest for test handling

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

A MEMS oscillator maker chose the MT9928 xm tri-temp test handler from Multitest for a novel oscillator application. The MEMS device required extremely accurate temperature calibration.


SolRayo nanotechnology improves high-temp lithium batteries

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

SolRayo completed its Phase I STTR work with a successful nano coating that improves lithium battery life by a factor of 3 in high-temperature extreme environments. The company is looking to a Phase II grant and commercial partners.


Halma acquires photonics packaging company Avo Photonics

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

Halma plc, safety, health, and sensor technology group, acquired Avo Photonics Inc., opto-electronic design, packaging, and manufacturing specialist.


Qualtre raises $10m on gyroscope success

Fri, 7 Jul 2011

Qualtré Inc. recently demonstrated its first tri-axial solid-state silicon BAW MEMS gyroscope, prompting investors to supply an additional $10 million in capital to the company for a commercial ramp.


Buckyballs "cook" on ruthenium into uniform quantum dots

Fri, 7 Jul 2011

Scientists from A*STAR and the National University of Singapore heated buckyballs on a ruthenium substrate until the carbon masses fell apart into graphene-based quantum dots. The technique could be tuneable.


Metal-wrapped nanowires slash semiconductor emission lifetimes

Mon, 7 Jul 2011

University of Pennsylvania researchers have applied the amplification concept of Renaissance cathedral "whispering galleries" to semiconducting nanowires, reducing semiconductor emission lifetime for ultrafast photonic devices like LEDs. 


Cambrios and Hitachi Chemical Collaborate on Conductive Film

Mon, 7 Jul 2011

Cambrios Technologies Corporation announced that the company’s ClearOhm silver nanowire coating materials have been combined with Hitachi Chemical’s photosensitive film technology to develop a very highly transparent conductive film that can be transferred to various substrates such as glass, polycarbonate and PET film.  Hitachi Chemical plans to begin production ofthe film later this year with the aim of producing significant volumes by mid 2012.


MEMS Executive Congress keynote line-up

Mon, 7 Jul 2011

The MEMS Executive Congress 2011, November 2-3 in Monterey, CA, keynote speakers include a strategist, financial expert, and technologist.


STM launches MEMS design competitions in Asia

Mon, 7 Jul 2011

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) opened 2 2011 iNEMO Campus Design Contests, in China and Taiwan. The contest encourages students and young engineers to design innovative products based on STM's iNEMO MEMS platform.


NanoMarkets issues latest transparent conductor market report

Mon, 7 Jul 2011

Industry analyst firm NanoMarkets has released its latest report on the transparent conductor market.  It states that the market opportunities for the transparent conducting oxides, polymers and nanomaterials used in display, photovoltaics and other applications  will exceed $6.9 billion in revenues by 2016.


Georgia Tech strain-gated nanowires clear hurdle to NEMS development

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

Georgia Tech researchers have used zinc oxide nanowires to create a new type of piezoelectric resistive switching device, which can be used to build self-powered nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) on a single chip.


Moritex upgrades MEMS inspection system

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

Moritex Corporation upgraded its IRise Macro Micro IR Vision System IR transmission inspection system for MEMS and semiconductors, capable of capturing macro and micro images in a single-shot evaluation of up to 8" wafers at 2.6x faster speeds than the prior model.


TESCAN combines nano-analysis tools in one platform

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

TESCAN introduced the LYRA GM focused ion beam and scanning electron microscope (FIB--SEM) workstation, calling the system a multifunctional tool for nanotechnology.


ICON rolls out 2 roll-to-roll nano imprinting processes

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

The Industrial Consortium On Nanoimprint (ICON), led by A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), will roll out 2 commercial-volume roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing process for creating nano-scale textures on films and other surfaces.


mPhase hints at new auto and marine energy product

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

mPhase Technologies Inc. (OTC.BB: XDSL) completed its 2nd working prototype of a new automotive and marine product, reducing size by 20% and increasing the product's functionality.


Solvay puts up $15M for Plextronics' printed electronics tech

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

Ultrapure GaAs exhibits new states of matter

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

Purdue University researchers have created an ultrapure gallium arsenide (GaAs) semiconductor crystals that capture new states of matter, with potential applications in future high-speed quantum computing.


CNSE adds mask aligner for MEMS fab

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

ClassOne Equipment sold its 150th mask aligner, which will be installed in the Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at UAlbany.


MEMS maker Synkera recognized in CO

Mon, 8 Aug 2011

The state of Colorado named Synkera (HQ: Longmont, CO) among 50 Colorado Companies to Watch, honoring the second-stage, growing company.


BYD CMOS image sensors fabbed at Dongbu HiTek

Mon, 8 Aug 2011

Dongbu HiTek began volume production of high dynamic range (HDR) CMOS image sensor (CIS) chips for BYD Microelectronics.


Sensirion expands CMOS sensor production

Mon, 8 Aug 2011

Sensor manufacturer Sensirion inaugurated a new building in mid-July 2011 in Stäfa, Switzerland, and will move all of its production there.


IBM doubles U of L computing power for advanced research projects

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

The University of Louisville worked with IBM (NYSE:IBM) to double the school's high-performance computing power as part of a $1.8 million investment in its research supercomputing system.


Dolomite intros lab-on-a-chip with integrated electrodes

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

Dolomite has embedded electrodes into microfluidic chips to integrate microfluidics and electrochemistry. Dolomite implemented its thermal bonding process to create complex, leak-free microfluidic structures with electrodes as small as 2μm.


Multitest MEMS tester performs earth magnetic test

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

Multitest added a new application to its MEMS test and calibration portfolio, MT MEMS tester, testing 3D earth magnetic field sensors for mobile applications and GPS-free state-of-the-art navigation applications.


Rice builds energy storage device on a single nanowire

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

The Rice University lab of Professor Pulickel Ajayan has packed an entire lithium ion energy storage device into a single nanowire, as reported this month in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters. The researchers believe their creation is as small as such devices can possibly get, and could be valuable as a rechargeable power source for new generations of nanoelectronics.


Laser micromachining system eliminates lithography in MEMS prototyping

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

Resonetics introduces the RapidX250 laser micromachining system for micro electro mechanical system (MEMS), microfluidics, and medical device fabrication.


COMS 2011 to be held August 28-31

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

MANCEF announce that the Commercialization of Micro-and Nano-Systems (COMS) 2011 conference will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina, August 28th – 31st, 2011, at the Grandover Resort.


Quantitative cathodoluminescence microscope debuts from Attolight

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

Attolight AG is launching a quantitative cathodoluminescence system with nanoscale resolution and picosecond timing for research and product development in semiconductor, ceramics, advanced materials, geological, solar panel, and LED sectors.


Epson uncrates sensor platforms based on QMEMS and semi tech

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

Epson Electronics America (EEA) launched two new series of sensing platforms, based on Epson's QMEMS and semiconductor technologies. The new Epson evaluation tools will help developers create and evaluate consumer applications.


Graphene creates flexible film to rival ITO

Fri, 8 Aug 2011

Rice University researchers combined single-layer graphene with a fine aluminum nanowire mesh to create a transparent, flexible, conductive material to rival the more expensive indium tin oxide (ITO) in LEDs, displays, and solar cells.


Pyrometer survives harsh environments of annealing, crystal growth

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

LumaSense Technologies' new ISR 6 Advanced is a digital-ratio, two-color pyrometer that allows industrial manufacturers to measure extreme temperatures in harsh environments.


FEI uncrates 3D DualBeam, touts flexibility

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

FEI has released a new version of its DualBeam system, offering a highly configurable platform to provide high-resolution, three-dimensional (3D) imaging and analysis on a wide range of sample types in materials research, life sciences, electronics, and geoscience applications.


Electron microscope project SALVE enters Phase 2

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

Carl Zeiss Nano Technology Systems, CEOS GmbH, and the University of Ulm have completed 2 years of evaluation and are starting the second phase of the Sub Angstrom Low Voltage Electron Microscope (SALVE) project.


Report: Mexico MEMS profs hurt in bomb attack

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

Two researchers at Mexico's Monterrey Technological Institute have reportedly been the subjects of a targeted letter-bomb attack by an "anti-technology anarchist group" for their work in nanotechnology including MEMS.


MEMS tracker report shows sensors outpacing semiconductor growth

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

Sensors are experiencing faster growth than the overall semiconductor chip industry, according to the Q3 Sensors and MEMS Market Tracker released by MarketResearch.com. Sensors hit almost $7 billion in 2010, with 6.5 million units shipped.


EVG wins SOI order from Shenyang Silicon Technology

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

EV Group (EVG) received an order from new customer Shenyang Silicon Technology Co. Ltd. (SST). SST will use an EVG850LT automated production bonding system for silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers.


CNSE tech commercialization center wins $75k grant

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

"We are optimistic that the high-tech tenant companies based at CNSE's STC will be expanding in the years to come, and we want to ensure that when those companies are ready, they have the ability and capacity to expand on the STC campus," said Ontario County Economic Developer Mike Manikowski.


Nanoparticles self assemble under laser beam

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

Carbon/gold nanoparticle self-assemblyThe Center for Nanoscale Materials and Argonne Biosciences researchers have fused gold and carbon nanoparticles with a laser beam. The nano-structures remain intact after processing.


Symmetricom MEMS based chip scale atomic clock integrated onto Jackson Labs Technologies GPSDO

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

Symmetricom SA.45s chip-scale atomic clock (CSAC).Symmetricom Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMM) and Jackson Labs Technologies Inc. signed a joint marketing agreement to market and sell Jackson Lab's CSAC GPSDO timing and frequency board with Symmetricom's atomic oscillator, the SA.45s chip-scale atomic clock (CSAC).


CMP selects TowerJazz CMOS image sensor power management processes

Fri, 3 Mar 2011

TowerJazz advanced 0.18µm power management and CMOS image sensor (CIS) technology and sophisticated process design kits are now available for prototyping to companies, universities and research labs through the services provided by CMP.


Single photon counting in short visible wavelengths debuts from Excelitas

Fri, 3 Mar 2011

Excelitas' UV-enhanced SPCM, with peak sensitivity in the 400-500nm range, suits fluorescence detection, confocal microscopy, single molecule detection, and other photon counting applications. It expands Excelitas' photon counting into the short visible wavelength range.


Brukeri DektakXT stylus profiler

Mon, 3 Mar 2011

Bruker DektekXT stylus profiler for metrology applications.DektakXT features a single-arch design with enhanced metrology features, a 64-bit parallel processing software architecture, and a true-color HD camera. Dektak systems are used in 2D profilometry and 3D surface profiling applications to measure nanometer film thicknesses and step heights, 2D and 3D stress and other parameters.


Dolomite launches Small Droplet Chip

Mon, 3 Mar 2011

Small Droplet Chip from DolomiteFor producing and analyzing microemulsions, the Small Droplet Chips allow the user to create micro-droplets from 5 to 30μm in diameter. Microemulsions offer increased stability, a higher interfacial area, and the capacity to solubilize both aqueous and oil-soluble compounds.


Honeywell to develop precision micro sensor gyro for smart munitions and hand held devices

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

miniature gyroscopeHoneywell Aerospace Microelectronics & Precision Sensors is developing miniature rate-integrating gyroscope technology for precision-guided munitions, ships, vehicles, aircraft, and individual combatants under a $5.9 million DARPA contract. The micro-sensor vibrating-structure gyroscope will measure rotation under harsh conditions immune to temperature, vibration, or other influences.


Graphene Nanoribbons: New Technique Produces Structures with Metallic Properties

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

A new “templated growth” technique for fabricating nanoribbons of epitaxial graphene has produced structures just 15 to 40 nanometers wide that conduct current with almost no resistance.  These structures could address the challenge of connecting graphene devices made with conventional architectures – and set the stage for a new generation of devices that take advantage of the quantum properties of electrons.


VTI ramps 3 axis gyro sensor production

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

CMR3000 from VTITo capture part of the fast-growing consumer electronics MEMS market, VTI Technologies will ramp volume production of its CMR3000.


Nanocomposite gains strength from stress

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

Researchers at Rice University have created a synthetic material that gets stronger from repeated stress, though they cannot yet explain why this happens.


Nanotechnology for semiconductors

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

While semiconductor fab has always created nanoscale dimensions, a new class of nanomaterials -- graphene, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), nano-metal alloys, quantum dots -- behave radically differently than current materials. Nanotechnology promises higher-performance memory capacity and transistors in future semiconductors, says Giles Humpston, Tessera.


Vendum Batteries joins nano networking promotion agency

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

Vendum Batteries (OTCBB: VNDB), a US-based battery technology development company, joined the Nano Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), a Government agency leading and supporting the commercialization of nanotechnologies in the UK.


BioNanomatrix secures $23.3 million in Series B financing

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

BioNanomatrix Inc., a developer of nanoscale, single-molecule imaging and analysis platforms designed to reduce the time and cost needed to analyze the genome, has closed a $23.3-million Series B round of equity financing.


Predicting nano structure optical properties

Fri, 3 Mar 2011

University of British Columbia chemists developed a model to predict the optical properties of non-conducting ultra-fine particles. The finding could help inform the design of tailored nano-structures for sensing atmospheric pollution and cosmic dust.


Digital compass manufacturing: With nearly all makers in Japan, will the earthquake affect supply?

Fri, 3 Mar 2011

Global digital compass shipment forecast (Millions of units) SOURCE: IHS iSuppli March 2011.IHS iSuppli research indicates that 97% of all digital compass manufacturing worldwide in 2010 was conducted in Japan. Japan's March 11 earthquake has decimated transportation and utility power in the country. The top digital compass manufacturers in Japan say their operations are "normal."


5B MEMS to ship in 2016 thanks to consumer market

Fri, 3 Mar 2011

MEMS can take the form of (or be incorporated in) accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, altimeters, screens, projectors, and microphones. Often, consumer devices contain more than 1 MEMS component, and that trend is growing.


Graphene transistors cool off at the nano level

Tue, 4 Apr 2011

Image: An atomic force microscope tip scans the surface of a graphene-metal contact to measure temperature with spatial resolution of about 10nm and temperature resolution of about 250 mK.  Color represents temperature data. Alex Jerez, Beckman Institute Imaging Technology Group.University of Illinois researchers found that graphene transistors have a nanoscale thermoelectric cooling effect that can be stronger at graphene contacts than resistive heating, lowering the temperature of the transistor.


Akustica MEMS saves space by turning to semiconductor not MEMS fab

Tue, 4 Apr 2011

Semico chief of technology and blogger Tony Massimini looks at the AKU230 MEMS microphone from Akustica, and finds the tiny device trimmed down by use of semiconductor manufacturing processes rather than traditional MEMS fab.


Nano focus IR light for spectrometers lab on chip biosensors

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

Figure 2. Near-field microscopy image of the tapered transmission line structure, taken at 9.3µm wavelength (30 THz). It shows the infrared field intensity along the transmission line, revealing the tiny infrared hot spot at the taper apex. Courtesy of Martin Schnell, nanoGUNE.Focusing infrared light with tapered transmission lines to nanometer-size dimensions could trigger the development of novel chemical and biological sensing tools, including ultra-small infrared spectrometers and lab-on-a-chip integrated biosensors, say nanoGUNE researchers.


Texas Instruments regains MEMS leadership in 2010, thanks to DLP chips

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

Five years after losing its leadership position in the global market for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), Texas Instruments Inc. reclaimed the top spot in 2010 because of resurgent demand for the company's Digital Light Processing (DLP) chips, new IHS iSuppli research indicates.


BioScale scales up with new MEMS sensor fab cleanrooms, HQ

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

BioScale's new headquarters in Lexington MA include cleanroom space to manufacture MEMSBioScale relocated its corporate headquarters to scale up its commercial, scientific, R&D, and manufacturing functions in a newly renovated 30,000 square foot facility including Biological Level 2 laboratories and a clean room for its MEMS sensor manufacturing and assembly.


Carbon nanotubes green microextraction method

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

Iranian researchers at Mashhad's Ferdowsi University improved the quality of microextraction by incorporating carbon nanotubes. It is possible to use their method for pre-concentration and measurement of trace environmental samples without using toxic organic solvents.


Agilent NanoSuite software improves nano indentation, tensile testing

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

NanoSuite 6.0 promises speed, flexibility, ease of use and new application methods for nanomechanical properties measurements involving polymers, composites, thin film materials, MEMS, surface topology, stiffness mapping, and scratch testing.


STMicro installs Heidelberg litho system for lab on chip development

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

ST Microelectronics has installed a µPG101 from Heidelberg Instruments in the "More Than Moore" Research Labs in Agrate Brianza to develop prototypes of new microfluidics devices for medical diagnostic, and lab-on-chip applications.


Printed, organic, flexible electronics forecast through 2021

Fri, 4 Apr 2011

The "Printed, Organic & Flexible Electronics Forecasts, Players & Opportunities 2011-2021" report from IDTechEX provides detailed ten year forecasts by device type and analysis by territory, printed vs non printed, rigid vs flexible, inorganic vs organic, cost of materials vs process cost and more.


Miniaturized IMU from Movea measures 9 degrees of freedom

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

MotionPod from MoveaMovea created a wireless, miniaturized, inertial measurement unit (IMU) that uses MEMS sensors (partnering an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer) to accurately measure 9 degree-of-freedom (DOF) motion for healthcare through gaming apps.


Researchers synthesize titanium oxide nanotubes

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

A group of Iranian researchers from Isfahan University of Technology, in cooperation with colleagues at Italy's University of Palermo, synthesized titanium oxide nanotubes. The synthesized nanotubes do not stick to the surface of the sub-layer titanium metal through an electrochemical and photo-electrochemical method.


University of Calgary implements nanotechnology education program

Tue, 4 Apr 2011

The University of Calgary's Nanoscience program provides a working knowledge of nanotechnology and exposure to cutting-edge instrumentation used to fabricate nanomaterials. The NanoProfessor Program from NanoProfessor provides instrumentation, curriculum, and hands-on labs.


Top 4 MEMS suppliers rake in 1/3 total MEMS revenues

Tue, 4 Apr 2011

The MEMS industry grew 25% in 2010, and the 4 largest companies grew even faster, increasing their domination of Yole Développement's annual top 30 MEMS company ranking. These giants now account for some $2.9 billion of the sector's $8.6 billion in total sales.


Optical systems capture microfluidic experiment data

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

Optical systems that capture high-quality still and moving images of microfluidic experiments from DolomiteDolomite launched a range of optical systems that capture high-quality still and moving images of microfluidic experiments. Applications include testing various microfluidic chips for droplet generation and particle imaging, etc.


MRAM improvement from graphene's magnetic vacancies

Fri, 4 Apr 2011

Image. Schematic of a graphene transistor showing graphene (red), gold electrodes (yellow), silicon dioxide (clear) and silicon substrate (black). Inset shows the graphene lattice with vacancy defects. Vacancies (missing atoms) are shown surrounded by blue carbon atoms. Graphic by Jianhao Chen and Michael S. Fuhrer, University of Maryland. University of Maryland researchers found the Kondo effect in graphene without magnetic additives. With "defect engineering" of graphene, nanoscale magnetic sensors, magnetic storage, and magnetic random access memory applications could be possible.


Tunable laser replaces monochromatic light beam for thin film metrology

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

Figure 2. Faraday rotation vs wavelength.Magneto-optical (MO) effects can be used for a wide range of applications, from data storage and processing to thin films characterizations or even remote magnetic field sensors. Gabriel Monette, Université de Montréal and Marc Verhaegen, Photon etc., performed measurements of spectral dependence of the Faraday MO effect in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum along with temperature dependence measurements on a semiconductor 2µm epilayer (GaP) grown with embedded metallic ferromagnetic nanoclusters (MnP).


Nano scale gratings stabilize VCSEL polarization

Fri, 4 Apr 2011

Image: The result is a nanostructure -- for example, a polarization grating on a VCSEL (vertical cavity surface emitting laser). These are semiconductor lasers frequently used in optical data transmission.Electron microscopes combined with a gas-injection system were used by Empa and EPFL researchers to write nanometer-wide surface structures, "flat gratings," to improve VCSEL lasers.


STMicro bTendo partner on pico projectors for mobile

Fri, 2 Feb 2011

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) and bTendo Ltd. will jointly develop the world's smallest pico projector for smart phones and other portable consumer-electronics devices, based on bTendo's Scanning Laser Projection engine technology and ST's MEMS, video processing, and semiconductor process technology expertise.


Fluidigm prices FLDM IPO

Mon, 2 Feb 2011

Fluidigm Corporation priced its initial public offering (IPO) under the symbol FLDM. Fluidigm develops, manufactures, and markets microfluidic systems comprising instruments and consumables, including chips and reagents.


Draper Lab USF making microfluidic systems to test malaria drugs

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

A microfluidic device used to create human mimetic tissue models for testing potential malaria drugs.The University of South Florida received $5.45 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create advanced devices that mimic the human liver to better study the life cycle of the malaria parasite, and to develop effective therapies for the disease.


Panasonic Seiko Epson lead MEMS resurgence in Japan

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

Panasonic Corp. and Seiko Epson Corp. are leading Japanese companies' resurgence in the MEMS market. Japanese firms were global leaders back in the 1990s, making such parts as sensors for car airbags. But the 2000s saw major U.S. and European semiconductor companies enter the field, grabbing market share by making massive capital investments and sharply boosting production efficiency.


Smart catheter funded for commercialization at NCSU

Fri, 2 Feb 2011

A North Carolina State University endowment fund established to bridge pure research and product commercialization for entrepreneurs has awarded a $10k grant to a biomedical engineering project that will use MEMS to make catheters flexible, then stiff, for stent delivery.


MEMSCAP thermally actuated variable optical attenuator demonstrates 200 million cycle+ reliability in die level tests

Mon, 2 Feb 2011

MEMSCAP (MEMS) completed die-level reliability testing beyond 200 millions cycles on its Thermally Actuated Variable Optical Attenuators. MEMS-based Variable Optical Attenuators are gaining momentum and market share over competing traditional technologies, according to MEMSCAP.


Nitto Denko plans prototyping center in Singapore for biosensors

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

Current R&D successes with Singapore's A*STAR IMRE prompted Nitto Denko to invest more in Singapore by building a prototyping center there, which will be incubated at local research institute. The prototyping center will focus on an optical waveguide for biosensing applications.


Energy harvesting lets NEC sensor measure power consumption without external power supply

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

NEC announced the development of a compact sensor that measures the power consumption of electronic devices and delivers this information to energy management systems, without needing an external power supply or battery.


CNSE wins 6M in sensor projects for military power gen

Fri, 2 Feb 2011

The Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center at U Albany's CNSE was selected by SPAWAR to build innovative sensor systems for U.S. military intelligence gathering and by EPRI to develop a groundbreaking wireless sensor network to monitor the efficiency of power generation. The two initiatives are valued at $6 million.


Higgs boson and graphene: Shared negative curvature could provide clues to sought after particle

Mon, 2 Feb 2011

Graphene is an atom-thick sheet of carbon that loses symmetry in the transition from a flat shape to a rippled one. Based on the physics of graphene stretching/compression, scientists are searching for clues to the Higgs boson particle, which is currently being sough in the CERN Large Hadron Collider.


Graphene produced with electropolished Cu foil at atmospheric pressure

Fri, 2 Feb 2011

New research from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates a more consistent and cost-effective method for making graphene. Using normal pressures and electropolished copper foil, the researchers achieved single-layer graphene sheets over 95% of the available surface area.


MWCNT extraction from epoxy: Rice University scientists test strength of composite bonds one nanotube at a time

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

Rice University researchers are studying the amount of strength needed to pull a multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) from a bead of epoxy. A spring-loaded, push-pull micromechanical assembly on a silicon chip allows researchers to string a MWCNT to a blanket of epoxy on one side while the other is held firmly in place with a platinum anchor.


Swedish universities study CNT manufacturing fundamentals

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

Scientists at the University of Gothenburg successfully defended a thesis on the subject of carbon nanotube fundamentals, "In Silco Studies of Carbon Nanotubes and Metal Clusters." CNTs can be regarded as thin threads of pure carbon, whose length can be a billion times greater than their thickness.


CNT graphene other nanocarbon production lags capacity for now

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

Share of nanocarbon production value according to types, 2010 and 2015Nanocarbon -- carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, graphene, etc. -- production reached less than 25% of capacity in 2010, according to a new report from iRAP Inc. Capacity utilization is expected to reach 50% in 2015. Prices for these products will drop annually by more than 10%.


Auto consumer resurgence bodes well for global MEMS consumption

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

An uptick in passenger car production, improving consumer demand, and dwindling stockpiles in the supply chain have revived MEMS shipments. Investments in new product development, innovation, and expansion of production capacity bode well for the future of the market.


Aerotech nanopositioners provide lab accuracy at fab

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

ANT95-R and ANT130-R rotary stages Aerotech ANT95-R and ANT130-R direct-drive rotary stages offer in-position stability of 0.005 arc sec and incremental motion of 0.01 arc sec using the company's direct-drive technology. They suit disk-drive and MEMS manufacture and test, fiber-optic device alignment, as well as laboratory R&D applications.


Imec taps into silicon photonics advanced imaging 3D visualization

Mon, 2 Feb 2011

MEMS, imecResearchers at imec -- Danae Delbeke and Francesco Pessolano -- discuss announcements made in conjunction with Photonics West regarding the research consortium's NVISION program (for advanced imaging solutions) and silicon. Imec's silicon photonics platform allows for the miniaturization of complex photonic functions on a single chip.


USHIO brings NIL ashing system to US market

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

USHIO develops and begins marketing nano-imprint VUV ashing system "CHIPs" (Photo: Business Wire)USHIO America will start marketing the nano-imprint vacuum ultra violet (VUV) ashing system "CHIPs (Compact HiPower System)" in the US. Incorporated into nano-imprint lithography (NIL) equipment, the CHIPs allows non-contact and damage-free cleaning, surface improvement, and ashing of templates and workpieces.


Helios Crew SemiLEDs intros LED packaged with MEMS

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

MEMS packaged LED from HCCHelios Crew Corporation (HCC) Taiwan released its LED product S35, a packaged component LED that integrates MEMS with semiconductor processing to produce a unique silicon packaging technology.


Dolomite chip holder allows microfluidic temperature control

Mon, 2 Feb 2011

Dolomite's Hotplate Adaptor - Chip Holder HDolomite, microfluidic designer and manufacturer, expanded its range of temperature control systems with the Hotplate Adaptor - Chip Holder H, which allows control over internal temperatures of microfluidic chips without any disruptions to the fluid flow.


IC MEMS design partnership imec Coventor

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

Coventor and imec formed a strategic partnership to improve and expand the use of advanced design and manufacturing techniques for the development of CMOS-integrated MEMS. The partnership includes strategic alignment on R&D roadmaps and collaboration on advanced research topics.


MEMS foundry combo X FAB grabs 25 share in MFI

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

X-FAB Silicon Foundries and MEMS Foundry Itzehoe will combine their existing MEMS foundry capabilities and resources. MFI's contract MEMS manufacturing experience will broaden X-FAB's foundry capacity in 8" wafers, while MFI will access X-FAB's analog/mixed-signal Si foundry technology.


In Mexico MEMS course brings students in partnership with Sandia National Labs

Mon, 2 Feb 2011

A Mexican student works on MEMS design in a cleanroomSandia National Labs will leverage the traditional electronics manufacturing expertise in Mexico into MEMS design lessons for University of Guadalajara students. It says MEMS R&D can stabilize Mexico's economy while adding to US/Mexico border defense technologies.


SPTS acquires Primaxx etch tech for MEMS manufacturing

Mon, 2 Feb 2011

Primaxx provides residue-free MEMS dry etch release products, and is based in Allentown, PA. The transfer strengthens SPTS' etch technology portfolio that includes deep silicon etch, dielectric etch, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etch, and now hydrogen fluoride (HF) vapor oxide etch.


MEMS venture chip tech companies among semi finalists in Zell Lurie Institute Annual Michigan Business Challenge

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

Update, February 22: MEMStim received $27,000 for best business and presentation, and outstanding team. The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business announced that eight teams have advanced to the semi-finals of this year's Michigan Business Challenge, including MEMStim, an ODM that sells MEMS electrode leads for medical devices.


Sand 9 plans commercial MEMS oscillator production adds director

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

Sand 9, Inc. is planning volume launch of its MEMS oscillator technology for wireless applications. The company appointed Skyworks EVP Greg Waters to their Board of Directors, using his experience in wireless communications to help Sand 9 manage the transition from development to volume production.


DRIE tech transferred from Tegal to SPTS

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

SPTS completed the acquisition of deep reactive ion etch (DRIE) technology and certain related assets from Tegal Corporation. In addition, the deal includes the transfer to SPTS of the capital stock and operations of Tegal France SAS.


STMicro TriQuint make marks on MEMS market says iSuppli

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

Capitalizing on their design wins in Apple Inc.'s iPhone 4 and iPad, semiconductor suppliers STMicroelectronics and TriQuint in 2010 achieved industry-leading growth in the global market for MEMS in consumer electronics and mobile devices, new IHS iSuppli research indicates.


Recession hit semiconductor microscopy hardest but semi nanotech are driving recovery

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

GIA released a comprehensive global report on microscopes markets. Scanning-probe and charged particle microscopes were severely hit by the recession, as the microscopes are largely used in semiconductor industry. Going forward, scanning probe microscopes represents the fastest growing product segment in the global microscopes market.


Nano manufacturing consortium KACST INTEL partners with imec for 3 years

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology signed an agreement with imec to host researchers from KACST-INTEL consortium Center of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications at imec facilities in Belgium starting September 2011, for a period of three years.


Graphene research fellowships available through CEA, GSAS

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

Students are invited to compete for fellowships to implement graphene-related research at CEA in Grenoble beginning in January 2012. Teams participating in the Graphene Fundamentals and Applications Session will receive project mentoring from leading global experts, including a Nobel Prize recipient.


ADA develops electrochemical ultracapacitors based on CNT electrode materials

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

ADA Technologies Inc. received an $70k contract from the U.S. Army to develop advanced electrochemical ultracapacitor systems for use in hybrid electronic vehicles. Low-cost carbon nanotube (CNT) nanocomposite electrode materials will be leveraged for the systems.


Optoelectronics researchers buy DPN 5000 for photonics and nanotechnology studies

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, U.K., purchased a DPN 5000 System from NanoInk's NanoFabrication Systems Division to be used for the fabrication of nanostructured photonic metamaterials, nanophotonics and sensors.


ETH Zurich adds Vistec EBPG5200 to nanotechnology center

Fri, 2 Feb 2011

Vistec Lithography Inc received an order from the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) for one of its Vistec EBPG5200 electron-beam lithography systems. The Vistec EBPG5200 will be installed in the new Nanotechnology Center, which is a public/private partnership between IBM Research - Zurich and ETH Zurich.


NEi Software debuts FEA app

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

NEi Software debuts its free finite element analysis (FEA) mobile application, NEi Stratus, experimenting with how and when finite element analysis solutions can be delivered to engineers. NEi Stratus will be available by the beginning of the second fiscal quarter and will be initially offered at no charge.


CVD Equipment books 9M in Jan orders from LED PV nanotechnology customers

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

CVD Equipment Corporation (Nasdaq: CVV) announced that new orders received during January 2011 totaled approximately $9.3 million dollars. These orders are for both production and research equipment in the fields of solar, LEDs and nanotechnology.


Graphene patent analysis report published by Displaybank

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

graphene patents. Source: Displaybank February 2011.Displaybank's latest report covers graphene technology patents registered in Korea, U.S., Japan, and Europe by August 20, 2010. Valid patents corresponding to graphene manufacturing and applications are culled from 891 items of raw data.


IBM tops 2010 patents list again

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

IBM said that its inventors received a record 5896 US patents in 2010, marking the 18th consecutive year it has topped the list of the world's most inventive companies, and the first time a company has received >5000 patents in one year in the US.


C3Nano CNT tech brings $3.2M in series A funding, JVs planned

Fri, 2 Feb 2011

The funding will enable C3Nano to scale up its hybrid carbon nanotube (CNT) based transparent electrode ink and film for use in devices such as touch screens, OLED devices, PV panels and flexible displays and to collaborate with customers.


Functionalized carbon nanotubes CNTs expand epoxy applications

Mon, 2 Feb 2011

Schematic diagram of carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforced epoxy.Epoxy materials are being transformed into stiffer, lighter, and stronger materials thanks to fullerenes and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Dongsheng Mao, Applied Nanotech, describes a process involving multi-walled carbon nanotubes that have stronger mechanical properties yet remain lightweight and within end-product cost parameters.


MEMS 3D researchers license wet deposition from Alchimer

Mon, 2 Feb 2011

Alchimer announced that the Centre de Collaboration MiQro Innovation/MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI) has licensed its suite of products and its Electrografting (eG) technology to support the center’s 3D MEMS programs.


NASA grant for MEMS deformable mirror fab awarded to Boston Micromachines

Mon, 3 Mar 2011

Boston Micromachines Corporation (BMC) won a $100k contract from NASA to support space-based imaging research. The contract will help develop a micro electromechanical deformable mirror (MEMS-DM) with critical enhancements to reliability and fault-tolerance.


CMOS image sensors overrun CCD for digital cameras

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

Figure. Digital still camera (DSC) image sensor unit shipments by technology (millions of units). SOURCE: IHS iSuppliCMOS image sensors for digital still cameras are set for rapid growth over the next 3 years, allowing shipments to exceed those of CCDs for the first time in 2013, according to IHS iSuppli. CMOS image sensors are winning over Sony, Canon, and other OEMs with better power consumption, lower fab costs, and circuit integration, among other benefits.


Time resolved laser spectroscopy unlocks carbon nanotube electron data for optoelectronics

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

Figure. Carbon nanotubes bridging two gold electrodesTechnische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) physicists developed a time-resolved laser spectroscopy method to directly measure the dynamics of photo-excited electrons in nanoscale photodetectors. This will allow researchers to analyze the optoelectronic dynamics of carbon nanotubes (CNTs).


Nanotubes improve nano robots in Iran

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

Iranian researchers at Kashan University calculated the physical and mechanical properties of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and nitride-Bohr nanotubes in a move to help improve the design of arms for nano-robots.


Ruthenium complexes dissolve nanotubes add functionality say Rice researchers

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

Rice University has developed an efficient method to disperse nanotubes in a way that preserves their unique properties and adds more. The technique allows inorganic metal complexes with different functionalities to remain in close contact with single-walled carbon nanotubes while keeping them separated in a solution.


Nanocarbon output values surging, production catching up

Fri, 2 Feb 2011

Global production value of nanocarbon products -- single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT), multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT), fullerenes, graphene, carbon nanofiber, and nanodiamonds -- will triple over the next four years in value, and by orders-of-magnitude in actual production, according to a recent analyst report.


Stanford sees solar future nanodomes plasmonics

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

Titania within the solar cell is imprinted by the silicon nanodomes like a waffle imprinted by the iron. Image courtesy of Michael McGehee.Inexpensive, thin, lightweight solar panels can be integrated onto everything from windows to clothing. Stanford engineers, in partnership with the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, developed a plasmonic dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) to capture light energy more efficiently in thinner films.


Printed electronics Roadmaps were wrong

Fri, 2 Feb 2011

Raghu Das and Dr Peter Harrop of IDTechEx and Wolfgang Mildner of Organic and Printed Electronics Association discuss major materials, processing, and applications developments in the field of printed electronics. Major development areas include applications in OLEDs and new thin-film solar photovoltaics, and nanotechnologies for printed electronics.


Molybdenum could make better transistor than Si graphene

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

The Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures (LANES) recently demonstrated that single-layer MoS2 can be used to fabricate transistors with extremely low leakage currents (25fA/um).


Tunable nano ribbons form future nanoelectronics spintronics devices UCLA

Mon, 2 Feb 2011

Topological insulators act as both insulators and conductors, with their interior preventing the flow of electrical currents while their edges or surfaces allow the movement of a charge. Surface conduction channels in BiTe topological insulator nano ribbons are tunable, according to new research from UCLA and Australia's U of Queensland.


Molecule orientation varies conductance at nanoscale in ASU research

Mon, 2 Feb 2011

Molecules (gray) and their corresponding pi orbitals (red). Courtesy of Arizona State University.A pentaphenylene molecule sandwiched between two electrodes exhibited significantly different conductance depending on its tilt angle in relation to the electrodes. This research, carried out at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and confirmed with a jiggle test, could influence nanoscale designs of telecommunications, memory, sensors, and other electronics.


NIST controls nanoparticle cluster size for EHS

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

Figure. Transmission electron micrograph of gold nanoparticles clustering in solution. The distance between the two red arrows is approximately 280 nanometers, some 200 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. The individual nanoparticles are approximately 15nm in diameter, about the distance across three side-by-side sodium atoms. Credit: A. Keene, U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationResearchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated for the first time a method for producing nanoparticle clusters in a variety of controlled sizes that are stable over time so that their effects on cells can be studied properly.


New CNT fab method enables flexible electronics

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

Research teams from Japan and Finland have developed a simple and rapid technique to fab carbon nanotube (CNT) thin film transistors on plastic film. The methodology could be extended to R2R manufacturing to enable complex ICs for flexible electronics.


E beam litho etch make identical quantum dots

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

quantum dots. SOURCE: NISTWith electron beam lithography and etching, quantum dot size and position can be controlled and replicated. Tests at the NIST confirm that these etched quantum dots emit single particles of light, boosting prospects for powering new types of devices for quantum communications.


Implantable mm scale computing self referencing antenna U Michigan

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

Photo: Designed for use in an implantable eye-pressure monitor, University of Michigan researchers developed what is believed to be the first complete millimeter-scale computing system. Credit: Greg Chen.A prototype implantable eye pressure monitor for glaucoma patients is believed to contain the first complete millimeter-scale computing system. And a compact radio that needs no tuning to find the right frequency could be a key enabler to organizing millimeter-scale systems into wireless sensor networks.


Leica surface imaging metrology software industrial microscopy

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

Leica MapLeica Microsystems and Digital Surf announced an agreement whereby Leica Map surface imaging and metrology software, based on Digital Surf's Mountains Technology, will be used with the Leica Application Suite (LAS) for Leica industrial microscopes.


Hermetic wafer-level packaging lowers cost with IMT Au-Au bond

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

IMT introduced its hermetic gold-to-gold (Au-Au) thermo compression bonding for wafer-level packaging (WLP). In development for nearly a year, this bond is being actively used in production.


MIG seminar targets MEMS testing

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

A two-day seminar later this month in San Jose will offer insights into testing of MEMS inertial sensors and a "strategic plan" to decrease cost and increase efficiency of MEMS device testing.


MSGI blends nanotechnology, chemical-sensing IP in iPhone lab-on-chip for NASA

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

MSGI lab-on-chip for iPhone, developed with NASAMSGI Technology Solutions provided a science and technology update to its investors on its lab-on-chip chemical sensing technology being developed for NASA. Applications range from blood-less diabetes tests to bio-terrorism detection.


NIST updates materials simulation software

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

OOF materials analysis software from NISTComputer scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have improved software that can take much of the guesswork out of difficult materials development and environmental simulation problems.


Nanotechnology researchers in Greece install Vistec lithography system

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

Vistec Lithography received a major order from Greece's National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR Demokritos) Institute of Microelectronics (IMEL). This will be the first 100kV lithography system in Greece.


Nanotechnology improves Li-ion battery capacity

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

SiNANOde technology status at NanosysNanosys' process-ready silicon composites (SiNANOde, Fig 1.) increase lithium ion (Li-ion) battery cell capacity without compromising cycle life. Yimin Zhu, director, battery & fuel cell, at Nanosys, recently spoke at the IEEE Bay Area Nanotechnology Council lunch forum, and shared insights on nanomaterials and energy storage with ElectroIQ.


Nanowires assemble in an orderly fashion with rubber substrate

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a cheap and easy method for assembling nanowires, controlling their alignment and density. The process, involving a stretched rubber substrate, is cost-effective, easily integrated with other assembly practices, and possibly an application for stretchable electronics.


Novel bulk metallic glasses mold like plastics, perform like metals

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

Yale materials scientist Jan SchroersYale's Jan Schroers and his team are using a new processing technique to fabricate miniature resonators for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) as well as gyroscopes and other resonator applications from bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) twice as strong as steel.


Solid-state Si photomultiplier from Excelitas Technologies hits record results

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

Excelitas Technologies, optoelectronics provider, achieved record, world-class performance results for high photon detection efficiency (PDE) and low dark counts in the development and commercialization of its solid state silicon photomultipliers (SiPM) technology.


Microchannel heat exchanger cuts bonding costs 90

Fri, 4 Apr 2011

Surface-mount adhesives can create microchannels on a wide variety of metals. SOURCE: Oregon State UniversityEngineers at Oregon State University have invented a new way to use surface-mount adhesives (SMAs) in the production of low-temperature, microchannel heat exchangers. University officials are now seeking a commercial partner in private industry to continue development and marketing of the technology.


AFM probe monitor improves nanoscale measurement speed accuracy

Fri, 4 Apr 2011

Image. As an atomic force microscope's tip degrades, the change in tip size and shape affects its resonant frequency. That can be used to accurately measure, in real time, the change in the tip's shape. Credit: Jason Killgore, NISTScientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a way to measure the wear and degradation of the microscopic probes used to study nanoscale structures in situ and as it's happening. NIST materials engineer Jason Killgore measures the resonant frequency of the AFM sensor tip, a natural vibration rate.


Micro sensor enabled smart materials

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

The shape of more-complex surfaces can be acquired using multiple sensor ribbons in a comb structure.CEA-Leti has been developing microsensors capable of precisely measuring their orientation in relation to the Earth's gravitational and magnetic fields. Dominique Vicard and Nathalie Sprynski, CEA-Leti, say they are now beginning to incorporate arrays of these tiny micro sensors into new kinds of instrumented -- or proprioceptive -- materials.


MEMS ferroelectric thin films report

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

Ferroelectric materials were considered exotic semiconductor materials in the past. Thanks to better knowledge and industrialization of these materials, they are increasingly used in many new applications, especially in the MEMS field, says Yole Développement.


Colorful Si nanowires improve image sensors

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

Image. To demonstrate the ease of controlling and positioning colorful nanowires, the researchers created a nanoscale-sized tribute to Harvard, designing a pattern resembling the engineering school's Veritas seal and and spelling out the acronym SEAS. As even small changes in the radius of a wire can alter the color, the Harvard seal turned out to be blue, more suitable for the famous seal of a certain other Ivy League institution.A team of researchers from Harvard University and Zena Technologies, led by Kenneth B. Crozier, demonstrated that individual, vertical silicon nanowires can shine in all colors of the spectrum. The Si nanowires are fabricated via e-beam lithography and inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching.


Nanoco completes quantum dot order

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

Nanoco Group plc (AIM: NANO) batch of red cadmium-free quantum dots (CFQD)Nanoco Group plc (AIM: NANO) produced a 1kg batch of red cadmium-free quantum dots (CFQD) for a major Japanese corporation, which triggers a US$2 million payment to Nanoco by the corporation.


Quantum dots boost solar panel efficiency

Mon, 3 Mar 2011

The size of quantum dots affects their ability to transfer energy to electrons, say Colorado School of Mines researchers. Solar cells made of quantum dots specifically tuned to the solar spectrum would be much more efficient than traditional technologies. This supports the controversial multiple-exciton generation (MEG) theory.


Carbon nanotube MEMS collects cancer cells

Mon, 3 Mar 2011

Carbon nanotubesBioengineering and aeronautical researchers have studded a microfluidic device with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to collect cancer cells from blood 8x better than their original design.


Why and how nanowires form:Researcher points to droplet

Mon, 3 Mar 2011

High-resolution image of the crystal structure of an InAs nanowire photographed with an electron microscope. The smallest distance between the indium and arsenic atoms seen in the picture (illustrated with green and gray), is 15 millionths of a millimeter. The nanowire is grown in the direction of the arrow. During growth the crystal structure of the nanowire changes from being hexagonal (WZ) to cubic (ZB). From the crystal orientation seen in the image, the hexagonal structure is characterized by the direction from the In to As atoms changes from layer to layer, while the direction of the cubic structure is always the same.PhD student Peter Krogstrup from the Nano-Science Center at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, developed a theoretical model to explain why and how nanocrystal wires (nanowires) form, in collaboration with researchers from CINAM-CNRS in Marseille.


High temperature nanomagnets could rely on heavy metals

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

Magnets made of just a few metallic atoms could make it possible to build radically smaller storage devices, and enable spintronics devices. Kasper Steen Pedersen, University of Copenhagen, has demonstrated that molecular magnets using ruthenium and osmium retain their magnetic properties at higher temperatures.


Nanotech in fuel cells: Polymer dipped carbon nanotubes best platinum catalysts

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

Catalysts made of carbon nanotubes (CNT) dipped in a polymer solution equal the energy output and otherwise outperform platinum catalysts in fuel cells, a team of Case Western Reserve University engineers has found.


Discera ships application programmable MEMS oscillators

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

Discera Inc. launched high-performance DSC21XX I2C and DSC22XX SPI application programmable MEMS oscillators. The products fit into flexible FPGA- and CPLD-based designs.


Akustica digital microphone uses smallest fully integrated MEMS

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

The AKU230 is the first Akustica CMOS MEMS microphone manufactured by Bosch. The company claims that the monolithic microphone die is world's smallest at 0.70mm2. The package is industry-standard.


MEMS growth drives Coventor expansion

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

Coventor Inc., software supplier for developing micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), expanded its reach in two key geographies with the opening of a new office in Italy, and a new distribution agreement in China.


NanoBusiness Alliance becomes NanoBusiness Commercialization Association

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

To reflect its goal of driving commercialization of nanotechnologies, the NanoBusiness Alliance changed its name to the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association. The name change is meant to reflect the movement of nanotechnology from an era of R&D to an era of products and product integration.


Spincasting nanoparticles into thin films

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

Spincasting creates thin films of nanoparticles on an underlying substrate. SOURCE: North Carolina State UniversityResearchers from North Carolina State University have investigated the viability of a technique called spincasting for creating thin films of nanoparticles on an underlying substrate, creating materials with a variety of uses, from optics to electronics.


CVD Equipment Graphene Laboratories expand graphene materials line

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

CVD Equipment Corporation (NASDAQ: CVV) and Graphene Laboratories Inc. now offer commercial CVDGraphene research starter materials and customization services for transparent and conductive CVD-grown graphene films, transferred onto substrates such as insulating silicon dioxide, plastic, and glass.


Ge-coated Si nanowires could improve current generation

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

SiGe nanowire (Images: from H. Ming et al. 2011/ETH Zurich) Electrical energy can be generated from a temperature difference in a circuit with suitable materials. In simulations, ETH Zurich scientists show which materials are most likely to succeed in a thermoelectric process.


Graphene's journey from lab to foundry

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

Figure 1. Ball-and-stick model of the arrangement of carbon atoms in graphene, carbon nanotubes and fullerenes. The nanostructures share the same honeycomb lattice configuration, rolled up in different dimensions.Technology, not physics, represents the major hurdle to allow graphene to step out of the lab and pave the way to the future of technology: either alone, or hand-in-hand with silicon. Mirco Cantoro, imec, enumerates graphene’s challenges and potential in microelectronics, high-speed/HF electronics, and flexible/plastic electronics.


Graphene prefers BN substrate to Si

Fri, 3 Mar 2011

Graphene studied at University of ArizonaResearchers in the University of Arizona's physics department, along with collaborators from MIT and the National Materials Science Institute in Japan, found that a graphene layer on boron nitride, instead of the commonly used silicon oxide found in microchips, could significantly improve its electronic properties.


Single atom lithography in graphene

Fri, 3 Mar 2011

Lithography on graphene, thanks to zinc sputtering. Credit: Rice UniversityA little zinc can do a lot of damage to graphene. Rice University researchers have taken advantage of that to create single-atomic-layer lithography. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour sputtered zinc onto multilayered graphene, enabling the team to remove a single layer at a time without disturbing the layers beneath.


Micro machines grow from carbon nanotubes in BYU lab

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

carbon nanotubes (CNT) grown at BYUBrigham Young University (BYU) researchers have created micro-machines by seeding carbon nanotubes (CNT) in a pattern, growing them, then coating them to stabilize the structure.


MIT adds TESCAN SEM for nano MEMS microfluidics studies

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

TESCAN's VEGA 3 SEMTESCAN, scanning electron microscope and focused ion beam workstation maker, delivered a VEGA 3 scanning electron microscope (SEM) to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Micro and Nano Engineering lab.


Coventor updates SEMulator3D software for semiconductor and MEMS processes

Mon, 3 Mar 2011

Coventor Inc. announced availability of SEMulator3D 2011, the latest version of its virtual fabrication software for semiconductor and MEMS process development organizations. It includes the debut of SEMulator3D Reader.


TAPPI creates nanotechnology division

Fri, 3 Mar 2011

Paper association TAPPI's International Nanotechnology Division will focus on nanotechnology for renewable materials, including the advancement of R&D for nanocellulose and applications such as coatings, plastics, digital displays, military body armors, and medical implants.


Oxford Nanopore licences Harvard graphene DNA sequencing tech

Fri, 3 Mar 2011

Oxford Nanopore Technologies signed an exclusive agreement with Harvard University's Office of Technology Development for the development of graphene for DNA sequencing. Oxford Nanopore has exclusive rights to develop and commercialize methods for the use of graphene for the analysis of DNA and RNA, developed in Harvard labs.


Biomedical chip technology: Small but powerful tools for our health

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

Figure. General concept of a biosensor to detect a target in blood. SOURCE: imecHow will nanotechnology contribute to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases? Nanoelectronics are evolving increasingly toward cell dimensions, even molecules, say Kris Verstreken, MD, PhD and Hanne Degans, PhD, Imec, noting that the interaction of electronic and biological functions can bring about new fields for biomedical electronics.


Single wall carbon nanotubes aid biomedical cancer therapies

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

SouthWest NanoTechnologies' (SWeNT) single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) exhibit promising potential for use in biomedical treatments such as cancer photo thermal therapies, new research reveals. The key is the CNT's ability to enter the cytoplasm without toxic effects, then cause apoptosis when radiated with a 980nm laser.


Study conducting thin films, metal cylinders, and more with Asylum Research AFM Electrochemistry Cell

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

The EC Cell, shown with heater, provides heating from ambient to 60°C.  The heater allows, for example, studies of electrolytes that are not liquids at room temperature.Asylum Research launched the Electrochemistry Cell (EC Cell) for its MFP-3D AFMs. The EC Cell is a versatile platform for electrochemical experiments combined with AFM imaging, accommodating metal cylinders, flat conducting samples, and even conducting thin films on insulating substrates.


Better memory chip storage with ferroelectrics

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

Figure. At the atomic scale, University of Michigan researchers have for the first time mapped the polarization of a cutting-edge material for memory chips. Credit: Chris Nelson and Xiaoqing PanU-M researchers, with several collaborators, developed a method to spontaneously form nanoscale spirals of electric polarization at controllable intervals in ferroelectric memory. This natural "budding" reduces the power needed to flip each bit.


Nanolithography patterning of cellular microenvironments

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

3T3 cells selectively adhered to and aligned along the direction of the polymer topography created by Dip Pen Nanolithography using NanoInk's NPL 2000Ruby T.S. Lam et al, NanoInk, describe nanolithography as a substitute for microcontact printing in engineered cell microenvironments. They demonstrate nanolithography's capacity to construct topographical and biochemical features at subcellular scales, and show the cellular response to these features.


Plasma Therm acquires majority share of Advanced Vacuum

Mon, 3 Mar 2011

Plasma-Therm LLC, plasma etch and deposition equipment supplier, secured majority shareholder status of Advanced Vacuum, a vacuum and thin film equipment provider headquartered in Sweden.


MEMS Japan earthquake updates

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

In light of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northwestern Japan, and led to power outages and transport disurptions across the nation, we provide here a list of MEMS companies that have issued updates on their facilities and staff.


European MEMS top dogs led the pack in 2010, says IHS iSuppli

Wed, 3 Mar 2011

Top MEMS manufacturers in Europe. SOURCE: IHS iSuppliThe top European MEMS manufacturers -- Bosch, STMicroelectronics and VTI -- beat out the overall MEMS segment in 2010 growth. Growth came from automotive and consumer markets, with new product launches laying the groundwork for a strong 2011 as well.


Panasonic plans medical MEMS launch

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

To enter the MEMS for medical apps market, Panasonic could scale up MEMS operations in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, reports Nikkei. Panasonic, which already produces MEMS for consumer electronics, could enter the medical MEMS sector as early as 2011.


Russian university adopts MEMS/MOEMS CAE software from Open Engineering

Fri, 4 Apr 2011

OPEN ENGINEERING, the Multiphysics branch of the SAMTECH Group, signed a cooperation agreement with the Russian University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO).


Yamaguchi U installs Agilent THz vector network analysis measurement system

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

Agilent Technologies 1.1-THz network analysis measurement solution.Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) delivered a fully integrated 1.1-THz network analysis measurement solution to Japan's Yamaguchi University. The solution will play a critical role in enabling the university to study metamaterials at THz frequencies.


Display tech commercialization, student collaboration goals of MicroVision global R&D center in Singapore

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

MicroVision (Nasdaq: MVIS), ultra-miniature display technology provider, opened a research and development center at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. MicroVision plans to staff the new R&D facility with up to 25 engineers by 2012.


Plasmonic resonances discovered in quantum dots

Tue, 4 Apr 2011

Berkeley Lab researchers have shown that plasmonic properties can be achieved in the semiconductor nanocrystals known as quantum dots. These doped semiconductor quantum dots could enable light harvesting, nonlinear optics, and quantum information processing.


New MEMS flex muscle in 2011

Tue, 4 Apr 2011

New MEMS, a 4-yr old segment of the MEMS market specifically for consumer electronics (CE) and mobile handsets, will grow by 157.4% in 2011, powering the expansion of the overall MEMS industry, according to new IHS iSuppli research.


Electronic + photonic + MEMS chip: DAPRA requests proposals

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

Microelectronics scientists at DARPA are reaching out to industry to find new ways of blending electronic, photonic, and MEMS components on one silicon IC using today's semiconductor manufacturing technologies.


SmartKem wins investments for flex printed electronics development

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

SmartKem Limited, developer of novel, printable organic semiconductor materials and ink formulations for flexible electronics, received investment funding from the Porton Capital Group and Finance Wales Investments Limited.


Biosensor microchip could hold >100000 magnetically sensitive nanosensors

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

Image 1. A microchip with an array of 64 nanosensors. The nanosensors appear as small dark dots in an 8 x 8 grid in the center of the illuminated part of the backlit microchip. Courtesy of Sebastian OsterfeldStanford researchers have developed a new biosensor microchip that could significantly speed up the process of drug development. The microchips, packed with highly sensitive "nanosensors," analyze how proteins bind to one another, a critical step for evaluating the effectiveness and possible side effects of a potential medication.


Atomic scale transistor targets quantum processing, super dense memory chips

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

A team from Pitt, UW-Madison, and HP Labs has developed a 1.5nm single-electron transistor that could lead to long-lasting, ultradense computer memories, quantum computers, and advanced electronics.


MEMS microphone providers see big market opps, big competition

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

Yole released a new report, MEMS Microphone, presenting MEMS microphones technologies, the related supply chain and its key players. The mobile phone market is still the largest consumer of MEMS microphones, and Knowles is still the dominant market player, though other companies are finding space in the sector.


Novel nanomaterials search funded by Army Research Lab

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

A University of Arkansas physicist has received the largest award granted to an individual researcher from the Army Research Laboratory to search for a novel class of nanomaterials with rationally designed properties.


Imec CNT research: IITC preview

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

after barrier deposition and Cu fillImec researchers will present "Carbon nanotube interconnects: electrical characterization of 150nm CNT contacts with Cu damascene top contact" at IITC 2011. Dr. Marleen van der Veen, senior research scientist at imec discussed the research results and their significance.


Self compensating oscillator tech beats quartz and SiMEMS, says SWS

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

Si-Ware Systems (SWS) announced a novel Self Compensating Oscillator (SCO) technology, which produces an all-silicon oscillator that can achieve an overall frequency stability better than 100ppm over a temperature range of -20 to +70ºC.


Air Science ductless fume hoods boast energy efficiency

Tue, 4 Apr 2011

Purair ECO energy-saving ductless fume hoodAir Science introduced its Purair ECO line of energy-saving ductless fume hoods designed for chemical and particulate protection over a range of laboratory and industrial applications. The ductless containment cabinets minimize stress on facility HVAC systems.


Carbon nanotubes host nano-ribbon creation

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

University of Nottingham scientists have developed a method to manufacture nanowires using carbon nanotubes (CNT) to host chemical reactions.


Asylum Research installs first Cypher AFM in China

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

Asylum Research installed the first Cypher AFM system in China at the South China Normal University in Guangzhou. Professor Xingsen Gao at the SCNU Institute for Advanced Materials will use the Cypher for piezoelectric, ferroelectric, and multiferroic research.


CES adds MEMS program for 2012

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

The CES, annual consumer electronics show, will feature for the first time a MEMS TechZone and MEMS conference program at CES 2012.


FEI intros S/TEM with Sandia Labs order

Fri, 8 Aug 2011

FEI Company (NASDAQ:FEIC) released the Titan G2 80-200 scanning/transmission electron microscope (S/TEM) with ChemiSTEM Technology and accelerating voltage range of 200-80kV.


RF power generator suits various silicon fab steps

Mon, 8 Aug 2011

MKS Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) introduced the elite RF Power Generator for RF deposition and etch in a-Si PV, LED, and MEMS manufacturing.


Cold atoms + gold nanowires + lasers = computer

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

University of Tübingen researchers are making surface plasmons interact with cold atoms by illuminating gold nanowires with lasers. The laser light concentrates the light field at the surface of the wires, generating surface plasmons.


Stanford adds 3 dry etch systems from Plasma-Therm

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

Stanford University will install 3 Plasma-Therm dry etch systems in its research facility for nanotechnology and photonics, joining 2 Plasma-Therm deposition systems the university requisitioned during a facility upgrade in February 2010.


MEMS watch motor brings 3-phase motor onto Si

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

At the Swiss EPFL Integrated Actuactors Laboratory, researchers have constructed an electromagnetic three-phase motor on silicon that could make watches 3x more efficient and add other applications to time keeping.


FLIR public offering could fund acquisitions, subsidiary expansions

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

FLIR Systems priced a public offering of $250 million aggregate principal amount, planning to fund general corporate needs, such as working capital, investments in or extensions of credit to FLIR subsidiaries, capital expenditures, stock repurchases, and acquisitions.


MicroGen hones piezoelectric MEMS energy harvester at Cornell

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

MicroGen's BOLT 060 MEMS-based piezoelectric vibrational energy harvester micro-power generator was demonstrated at this year's Sensors Expo and Tradeshow. The company was recently featured in the Cornell Chronicle, where it predicts needing a 40-person workforce in a few years.


DARPA funds quantum dot prototype devices from QD Vision

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

DARPA awarded QD Vision Inc. $900,000 to advance their quantum-dot-based infrared materials and deliver two prototype devices in the next 12 months.


STM MEMS exec keynotes International Microtech/MEMS Conference in Korea

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

Benedetto Vigna, group VP and GM of ST Microelectronics MEMS, Sensors, and High-Performance Analog Division, will keynote the International Microtech/MEMS Conference with "The Future of MEMS and Challenges to Success."


Potomac Photonics adds QC, inspection to micro-machine services

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

Potomac Photonics added advanced quality control (QC) and inspection capabilities to its service offerings for micro-electronics, MEMS, micro-fluidics and other projects.


IBM builds cognitive chips at Fishkill fab

Fri, 8 Aug 2011

IBM researchers have fabbed 2 prototype cognitive chips (SOI-CMOS, 45nm) that contain no biological elements but act like a brain: learning from experiences and making decisions based on past outcomes.


Sporian sensors in development for Gen IV nuclear use

Fri, 8 Aug 2011

Sporian Microsystems received a DOE contract to evaluate harsh-environment materials, MEMS, and packaging technologies for Generation IV nuclear reactor use.


GaN nanowires grow straight in sapphire grooves

Mon, 8 Aug 2011

Nanowires tend to grow in unruly tangles, but a new structured substrate from the Weizmann Institute of Science is producing long, straight, aligned semiconductor nanowires for LEDs, photovoltaics, lasers, transistors, storage media, and other applications.


Imec, Holst MEMS readout chip eschews customization

Mon, 8 Aug 2011

Imec and Holst Centre showcase research on an ASIC architecture that provides readout functions for accelerometers and strain sensors without draining device power. The chip could be used for various sensors in a continuous monitoring application, as for seismic activity.


CNT supercapacitors enable harsh-environment energy storage

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

Rice University researchers created a solid-state, CNT-based supercapacitors, combining aspects of high-energy batteries and fast-charging capacitors with harsh-environment ruggedness.


Automotive MEMS sensors recalculating for growth after 2010-2011 disruptions

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

The automotive MEMS sensor market will rise starting in 2012, according to IHS. Revenues will increase 16% to $2.31 billion, thanks to vehicle production ramp-up as Japan recovers from the earthquake/tsunami and various countries implement safety regulations.


Nano-biotech center names Kundahl executive director

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

The Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN) appointed Griffith Kundahl its executive director, chartered with increasing commercialization opportunities for strong technologies.


Nickel nanoparticles "exploit" cancer pathways

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

Research by an interdisciplinary team of scientists at Brown University found that nickel nanoparticles activate a cellular pathway that contributes to cancer in human lung cells.


Embedded pico projectors steal the show through 2017

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

Pico projectors, projector modules that can be integrated into cell phones and other electronics, are just gaining market adoption. However, expect pico projectors to exceed 97.5 million units, with revenues hitting $10 billion, by 2017, says Global Industry Analysts Inc.


Nano silicon gains plasticity: Researchers discover nanoscale confinement parameter

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

A new nanoscale parameter discovered by Aalto University shows that silicon nanoparticles can be compressed to half their size without breaking. This deviation from bulk silicon properties could lead to new nanoscale device designs.


MEMS bring magnetic sensors growth in mobile applications

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

Magnetic sensors will exceed $3.2 billion in sales by 2017 driven largely by "E-compassing" applications, according to Global Industry Analysts. Unique end-use applications, along with technology innovations, interoperability with devices and competitive pricing, will fuel "robust" magnetic sensors growth.


OLED materials patents grew 200% in 2 years

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

Cintelliq research shows the fastest growth in OLED patents 2008-2010 came from the materials sector. During the 2-year period, the total number of OLED patents published grew by 56% from 1,767 to 2,760, with no signs of slowing. The largest group of OLED patents went to traditional lighting companies.


CEA-Leti Annual Review: Applying nanotech to medicine

Tue, 6 Jun 2011

At CEA-Leti's Annual Review, Clinatec director Francois Berger noted the tremendous opportunities in applying micro- and nanotechnologies to brain-related diseases and disabilities.


EVG installs MEMS bonder at Quebec research center

Tue, 6 Jun 2011

EVG will install a 200mm Gemini fully automated wafer-bonding system with cleaning module at the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre in Quebec.


See the MEMS tech showcase at SEMICON West

Tue, 6 Jun 2011

The MEMS DemoZone Display, presented by the MEMS Industry Group, will display MEMS products and suppliers at SEMICON West, showcasing the diversity, enabling capabilities, and nuances of MEMS technology.


Parylene protects MEMS assemblies

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

The latest developments in parylene have produced new formulations that offer even smaller molecular structures and superior thermal, UV and dielectric protection. Parylene conformal coating protects MEMS without damaging the fragile, nano-sized components. Alan Hardy, Specialty Coating Systems, explains the benefits.


Brewer Science updates Cee spin coaters, developers, and hot plates

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

Cee upgrades include stand-alone PC controller with 7” full-color touch screen interface, a PTFE Teflon spin bowl for chemical compatibility, programmable hot plate lift pins, and virtually unlimited onboard process programs.


ASU installs OLED process tool from Sunic Systems

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

The Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University (ASU) added a Sunic Systems GEN-II OLED SUNICEL Plus 400 vacuum evaporation and encapsulation process tool.


OmniVision brings wafer-level lens fab in-house, for $45 million

Thu, 6 Jun 2011

OmniVision Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:OVTI) will acquire wafer-level lens production and assembly processes out of its TSMC JV, VisEra.


Silicon Sensor International expands auto sensor fab deal

Fri, 7 Jul 2011

Silicon Sensor International's subsidiary Microelectronic Packaging Dresden will extend its sensor fab contract for an auto maker, doubling production of a steering angle detection sensor. The contract could be worth EUR50M.


3 graphene fab methods: Researchers claim cheap, easy, high yielding processes

Fri, 7 Jul 2011

MIT, U Penn, and NIU have published promising results on manufacturing graphene, a nanomaterial that could offer new electrical and thermal properties to electronic devices. These vastly improve upon the original method of pulling graphene off a block of highly purified graphite with tape.


Micropelt opens thin-film thermoelectric chip fab in Germany

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

Micropelt opened its automated, high-volume Halle/Saale, Germany thermoelectric chip manufacturing facility, with customized clean room and production tech for thermoelectric thin films on 6" silicon wafers, processing them into micro coolers, sensors and thermogenerators.


MEMS foundry rankings show STM's dominance, pure-play foundry growth

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

Frontrunner STMicroelectronics is winning by a distance in the MEMS foundry race: outpacing mixed-model and pure-play MEMS makers alike by at least 5x. While mixed-model players earned more than pure-play foundries in 2010, the pure foundries are where growth is happening, says IHS iSuppli.


Imprint process used to mass-produce tiny antennas

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

Engineering researchers at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) have found a way to mass-produce antennas so small that they approach the fundamental minimum size limit for their bandwidth. This could lead to new generations of wireless consumer electronics and mobile devices that are either smaller or can perform more functions.


Quadcopters take top prize in STM MEMS iNEMO contest

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

A quadcopter designed by "Team McGill," students at McGill University, won the iNEMO Design Contest, hosted by STMicroelectronics and Digi-Key. Team McGill used the iNEMO evaluation board and 9 embedded degrees of freedom for their winning quad-copter design.


poLight raises $18.5 million for MEMS-based auto-focus lenses

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

poLight AS, reflowable autofocus actuated cameraphone lenses maker, closed its Series B financing round with NOK100 million (USD 18.5 million), led by Norway's Investinor.


tMt joins MEMS research at IME, growing foundry presence

Fri, 7 Jul 2011

tMt will help refine areas in IME's three-party collaboration model for MEMS prototyping and mass production for medical, consumer, and other applications.


Nordson ASYMTEK film-frame packaging workcell improves MEMS, wafer dicing

Mon, 7 Jul 2011

Nordson ASYMTEK introduced the MH-910W automated workcell for film-frame wafer-level packaging applications, such as capping MEMS die and coating wafers prior to laser dicing.


A.M. Fitzgerald and Micralyne partner to bring MEMS concepts to HVM

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

Pure-play MEMS foundry Micralyne Inc. and A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates (AMFitzgerald), a MEMS product development firm, partnered to fast-track product commercialization.


CEA-Leti improves MEMS reliability with new packaging, ruthenium

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

CEA-Leti has revamped its RF MEMS manufacturing for higher reliability and performance, using thin-film packaging and replacing gold with ruthenium for the contacts. The design also prevents contact between the electrodes when the bridge is down.


MIT builds LED underwater

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

MIT researchers used hydrothermal synthesis -- a liquid-based method to grow submicroscopic wires -- to fab a functional light-emitting diode (LED) array made of zinc oxide nanowires in a microfluidic channel.


ALD tool from Lesker suits MEMS, nano fab

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

Kurt J. Lesker's new Atomic Layer Deposition system, the ALD 150LX, can operate as a stand-alone or fully integrated cluster tool system for nano, microelectronics, optics, MEMS, semiconductor, photovoltaics, photonics, catalysis & fuel cells, and OLED manufacturing.


Fraunhofer MEMS enable Vuzix video glasses goal

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

Fraunhofer and Vuzix have partnered on R&D, with the goal being a MEMS device that integrates the display and optics into a monolithic display engine, aiming for "sunglass-styled" video glasses.


MEMS testing units bolster Rasco product line with high parallelism

Fri, 7 Jul 2011

Rasco GmbH, a Cohu Inc. (NASDAQ: COHU) subsidiary, added the Pressure Test Unit (PTU) and the Acoustic Test Unit (ATU) to its line of testers for MEMS ICs.


Graphene: semimetal, not semiconductor, insulator, or metal

Fri, 7 Jul 2011

Berkeley Lab researchers have used the Lab's Advanced Light Source (ALS) to determine that graphene is a special kind of semimetal, exhibiting electron behavoir outside of Landau's Fermi-liquid theory.


MXIM buys SensorDynamics, builds MEMS portfolio

Mon, 7 Jul 2011

Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM) acquired SensorDynamics, an Austrian semiconductor company that develops proprietary sensor and microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices, for $130 million plus about $34 million of debt.


NEMS/MEMS built by heated AFM, nanolithography patterning at Georgia Tech

Mon, 7 Jul 2011

Georgia Tech researchers and international collaborators have developed a thermochemical nanolithography process, using a heated AFM tip to fabricate ferroelectric structures on flexible, plastic substrates. New NEMS and MEMS can be constructed on more fragile substrate materials.


Round microchannels prove better than rectangular channels

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

MuSES Laboratory researchers at Michigan Tech have characterized the output flow power of round and square/rectangular microfluidic channels, revealing distinct improvements with round geometries.


MEMS Workshop aims to fill ecosystem gaps

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

iNEMI and the MEMS Industry Group will host MEMS Needs and Opportunities, a workshop running September 15-16, with the goal of identifying gaps in technologies, processes, and test methodologies and forming collaborations to tackle them.


Applied Nanotech licenses solar ink to YHCC

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

The solar ink license is worth $2 million upfront for APNT, and allows the company access to Asia's solar manufacturing industry.


MEMS manufacturing on retuned CMOS lines

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

Tony McKie, GM of MEMSSTAR, tackles the question of how to make MEMS truly manufacturable. "Nobody builds a MEMS manufacturing line anymore," says McKie.


TI's single-chip IR MEMS thermometer targets mobile devices with small form factor and low power consumption

Mon, 6 Jun 2011

Texas Instrument's (TI) TMP006 MEMSTI developed a single-chip passive IR MEMS temperature sensor for contactless temperature measurement in portable consumer electronics. The TMP006 integrates an on-chip MEMS thermopile sensor, signal conditioning, a 16-bit ADC, local temperature sensor and voltage references on a single 1.6mm2 chip.


SRC and SEMATECH remove toxic nano contaminant from CNTs

Mon, 6 Jun 2011

SEMATECH, SRC, and UT Dallas have identified and removed a toxic contaminant in one type of single-walled carbon nanotube (CNT). The process could easily be moved into semiconductor fabs.


Vistec brings nano-fab e-beam litho tool to UC San Diego

Mon, 6 Jun 2011

Vistec Lithography Inc. will install a EBPG5200 electron beam lithography system at the University of California, San Diego's Nano3 cleanroom facility.


Benchtop vacuum degassing chamber aids slurry, epoxy, etc research

Tue, 6 Jun 2011

MV Products’ Portable Degassing Chamber is a compact degas vessel and vacuum foreline trap combination for degassing and deaeration of epoxies, gels, resins, slurries, and urethanes.


Sandia MEMS design student contest winners

Tue, 6 Jun 2011

A dragonfly with beating wings and an ultra-sensitive microvalve were top winners at Sandia National Lab's student design contest for MEMS.


GigOptix acquires Endwave Corp

Tue, 6 Jun 2011

GigOptix will relocate headquarters to Endwave's San Jose, CA, location, and add Endwave's CEO to its Board, as part of a company-wide reorganization.


Image sensors will gain most from 3D media, says In-Stat

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

As mobile devices -- game consoles, smartphones, tablets -- move to 3D platforms, image sensor demand will rise 130% by 2015, says In-Stat.


Dolomite debuts microfluidics connector line

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

Dolomite, microfluidic device maker, designed the Multiflux range of microfluidic connectors and interfaces.


Freescale adds MEMS pressure sensor to Xtrinsic line

Thu, 6 Jun 2011
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) debuted a high-precision MEMS pressure sensor, Xtrinsic MPL3115A2, for altitude detection.

Melexis contactless MEMS IR temp sensors avoid temp-induced errors

Thu, 6 Jun 2011

The new Melexis MLX90614ESF-DCH and MLX90614ESF-DCI offer heightened acuracy thanks to a combination of sensors and digital processing technology.


SWeNT CNT packs visible-light cancer therapy punch

Fri, 6 Jun 2011

SouthWest NanoTechnologies' single-wall carbon nanotubes demonstrated absorption of indocyanine green, a functional dye with unique photomechanical, photochemical, and photobiological properties


Graphene market skyrocketing through 2020

Thu, 6 Jun 2011

Figure. Global market for graphene-based products, 2009-2020 ($ millions). SOURCE: BCC ResearchThe global graphene-based product market value will grow to $67 million in 2015, and $675.1 million in 2020, according to BCC Research's new report, "Graphene: Technologies, Applications, and Markets" (Report ID: AVM075A).


Measurement Specialties' China operation wins gov funding for R&D

Fri, 6 Jun 2011

Sensor maker Measurement Specialties Inc. (MEAS) was awarded the R&D Technology Certification along with RMB3 million funding from the Shenzhen government.


Nanotechnology company RMTS relocates to work with CNSE

Mon, 6 Jun 2011

Nanotechnology company RMTS relocated from CO to NY to launch an R&D partnership with CNSE at the University at Albany, developing nano-polarization technologies for displays and windows.


ALD tool applies self-assembled monolayers for MEMS/NEMS, says Cambridge NanoTech

Mon, 6 Jun 2011

Cambridge NanoTech added a Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAMs) capability in its line of Savannah Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) systems, for use on MEMS, NEMS, electronics, and other devices.


SPTS management buyout wins Bridgepoint investment backing

Sun, 7 Jul 2011

SPP Process Technology Systems (SPTS) received the investment backing of private equity firm Bridgepoint for a management buyout from parent company SPP.


Nano tech be nimble, be quick (to protect IP)

Mon, 6 Jun 2011

IP protection must keep up with the fast pace of the nanotechnology industry, says Carla Cher, Patent & Trade Marks Attorney, Watermark.


Nano and advanced materials R&D at Clarkson U

Mon, 5 May 2011

Clarkson researchers videosPeter Singer recently toured the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) at Clarkson University. The following video interviews with researchers and professors cover nanotechnology in aerospace technology, cleanrooms, illumination, and energy technologies, among other topics.


MEMS post-earthquake: Japan's MEMS industry dodges disaster

Tue, 5 May 2011

For the MEMS industry in general and for Japan's MEMS sector in particular, the damage from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami was not as severe as initially feared due to a fortuitous accident of geography. Only three of the 22 most important MEMS and compass fabrication plants in Japan suffered direct damage, IHS iSuppli research shows.


Graphene nanoribbons form from H-unzipped CNT

Wed, 5 May 2011

Researchers unzipped single-walled carbon nanotubes by using a reaction with molecular hydrogen.An international research team, led by Umeå University's Alexandr Talyzin, has discovered a method to unzip carbon nanotubes with hydrogen, creating graphene nanoribbons and graphane. Nanoribbons produced by the new method will have hydrogen on the edges, which can be an advantage for some applications.


Quantum dots + fullerenes enable nanoscale photovoltaics

Wed, 5 May 2011

Figure. Left: Photoinduced electron transfer occurring in quantum dot-bridge-fullerene hererodimers and observed with single molecule microscopy. Right: Control of electron transfer (ET) rate by variation of interparticle distance (R, upper panel) and quantum dot size (D, lower panel).Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have assembled nanoscale pairings of fullerenes and quantum dots, controlling particle size and arrangement precisely so as to better understand how these two-particle systems convert light to electricity.


Knowles MEMS microphones using ADI IP banned from US by ITC

Wed, 5 May 2011

The International Trade Commission ruled in Analog Devices' favor and found that Knowles Electronics infringed ADI's Wafer Anti-Stiction Application (WASA) patent. The ITC also issued an exclusion order prohibiting further importation into the US of Knowles' infringing "MEMS [microphone] devices and products containing the same."


CMOS image sensors see growth beyond cellphones

Wed, 5 May 2011

Figure. CMOS vs CCD image sensor dollar volumes. Source: IC Insights May 2011.CMOS image sensors did not see the same strong rebound in 2010 that the semiconductor industry at large experienced. New momentum, driven by new system applications outside of camera phones and digital still cameras, could focus CMOS image sensors on growth from 2011 on, says IC Insights.


CNT-based thin-film structures create new MEMS/NEMS

Thu, 5 May 2011

Using lithography-compatible nano self-assembly, plasma etching, and sacrificial etch release, University of Minnesota researchers created carbon nanotube (CNT) based thin film MEMS/NEMS structures.


JEOL debuts Cold FEG flashing in a few seconds on TEM

Thu, 5 May 2011

JEOL's JEM-ARM200FFlashing is a routine procedure conducted with any TEM featuring a Cold field emission gun (FEG) source, and it can take 30 minutes. JEOL debuted a flashing process "Flash & Go," that takes a few seconds to complete the task.


McGill, STMicro co-create sensor course

Thu, 5 May 2011

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) and McGill University collaborated on an undergraduate course that teaches the integration of multiple state-of-the-art sensors into embedded computer systems, via lab exercises and projects based around STM's iNEMO platform. Some 35 students have already completed the course, with final projects in gaming, aerospace electronics, and more.


Transistor phenomenon could revive clock speed advancement

Fri, 5 May 2011

A sample of the lanthanum aluminate-strontium titanate composite, which looks like a slab of thick glass, with thin electrodes deposited on top of it. SOURCE: MITMIT and University of Augsburg researchers discovered that layered insulators lanthanum aluminate and strontium titanate create a capacitance -- at room temperature -- that cannot be explained by existing physics. The discovery could create entirely new transistors that do not rely on silicon semiconductors.


3D materials structure mapping TEM technique developed by international team

Mon, 5 May 2011

Figure. 3D mapping of nanometal aluminium film. SOURCE: Riso DTU.A 3D mapping technique achieves nanometer resolution on TEMs, allowing nanomaterials researchers to investigate the crystal structure of their materials. The technique brings 3D mapping resolution from 100nm to 1nm resolution.


Silicon nano-ribbons = flexible, stretchable ICs, says ConFab presenter David Icke

Thu, 5 May 2011

Silicon nano-ribbons manufactured by mc10The holy grail of flexible electronics would combine the performance of ICs with a form factor that could be stretched, twisted, and conformed to unconventional shapes. David Icke, CEO, MC10 Inc. spoke about flexible electronics in his ConFab Emerging Technologies talk, "Electronics Anywhere: Conformal, Stretchable Electronics Technology & Applications."


DARPA commissions MEMS from Northrop Grumman, GA Tech: New fab process underway

Wed, 5 May 2011

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Georgia Tech are developing a new type of MEMS gyroscope based on a new MEMS fabrication process that should allow smaller size, lighter weight, and lower power consumption with same performance to current silicon MEMS devices.


SiTime's new MEMS oscillators offer jitter, stability improvements for telecom, networking, storage and wireless

Mon, 5 May 2011

SiTime SiT820X The SiTime SiT820X family consists of the SiT8208 and SiT8209 programmable oscillators that operate from 1 to 80MHz and 80 to 220MHz respectively. These devices achieve 2x better stability over the industrial temperature range than quartz-based solutions, the company reports.


Nanowire-based charge-trapping memory optimized by NIST, GMU

Mon, 5 May 2011

TEM of a Si nanowire is shown surrounded by a stack of thin dielectric layers. SOURCE: NISTThe National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) George Mason University (GMU) researchers are studying the optimal characteristics of silicon nanowires and dielectric stacks for charge-trapping memory.


NanoProfessor joins ISTEC for STEM promotion

Tue, 4 Apr 2011

NanoProfessor, a division of NanoInk Inc. focused on nanotechnology education, has joined the Ibero-American Science & Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC) Inc. to help promote collaboration in science, technology and education among academia, government, industry and society.


ULIS IR imaging sensor has military, surveillance apps

Tue, 4 Apr 2011

ULIS launched Pico640E, a video graphics array (VGA) 640 x 480 17µm IR imaging sensor that offers new advantages in size, performance and factor of merit.


Silicon magnetically actuated MEMS micromirror from Lemoptix replaces galvanometer and rotating mirrors

Tue, 4 Apr 2011

MEMS mirror chip.To significantly reduce size and power consumption and increase performance of micromirror devices, Lemoptix used semiconductor-like equipment to build micromirrors with actuation based on magnetic and heat-dissipating principles instead of gearings.


MEMS IDMs grab consumer, auto biz; top 20 MEMS foundries lag market

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

MEMS foundries shared unequally in the MEMS market's 25% growth in 2010. Total combined revenues of the top 20 MEMS foundries climbed only 10%, as companies doing internal production instead grabbed most of the big growth in consumer and automotive markets. Not to worry though, specialized foundry work yielded higher margins than the volume stuff.


C2MI's 3D MEMS fab adds Akrion Systems' advanced wet stations

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

The MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI) will purchase three Akrion Systems GAMA automated wet process systems for the development and manufacture of advanced devices at C2MI's state-of-the-art MEMS facility in Quebec.


MEMS + smart phones: Better together, says Semico

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

Smart phones are a booming market. MEMS and sensors are a booming market. Semico estimates that the total available market for MEMS and sensors in the smartphone market will reach $3.0 billion in 2011, an annual growth of 52.7%.


Nano bead could revolutionize sensor technology

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

Immunoassay based sensor: Oregon State UniversityOregon State University scientists tap into the capability of ferromagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles to detect chemicals with sensitivity and selectivity. These ferromagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles can be incorporated into a system of ICs to instantly display the findings.


Samsung Apple Nintendo buy most consumer/mobile MEMS sensors in 2010

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

Top consumer and mobile MEMS purchasers (millions of USD). IHS iSuppliSamsung Electronics in 2010 recaptured the top spot from Nintendo as the largest buyer of MEMS sensors for mobile phones and other consumer electronics, while Apple Inc. grabbed second place to move within striking distance of number 1, according to new research from Jérémie Bouchaud of IHS iSuppli.


Energy harvesting beyond the lab thanks to silicon micromachining

Fri, 4 Apr 2011

Photo. A new energy harvester developed by University of Michigan researchers can harness energy from vibrations and convert it to electricity with five to ten times greater efficiency and power than other devices in its class. Credit: Erkan AktakkaUniversity of Michigan engineers have developed a vibration energy harvester with high-quality piezoelectrics built using silicon micro-machining processes that would allow high-volume production. The harvester could operate wireless sensor networks in factories for 20+ years without maintenance.


NIST finds graphene layers create band gap "pools"

Fri, 4 Apr 2011

Figure. NIST measurements show that interactions of the graphene layers with the insulating substrate material causes electrons (red, down arrow) and electron holes (blue, up arrow) to collect in "puddles". The differing charge densities creates the random pattern of alternating dipoles and electon band gaps that vary across the layers. Credit: NISTNIST researchers have shown that the electronic properties of two layers of graphene vary on the nanometer scale. The difference in the strength of the electric charges between the two layers varies across the layers. They also actually reverse in sign to create randomly distributed puddles of alternating positive and negative charges.


e Beam lithography crafts nano eggs with spin RAM potential at NIST

Fri, 4 Apr 2011

Collage of NIST "nano-eggs" -- simulated magnetic patterns in NIST's egg-shaped nanoscale magnets. Credit: Talbott/NIST.NIST researchers used electron-beam lithography to make thousands of nickel-iron magnets, each about 200nm in diameter and shaped like an ellipse. Even small distortions in magnet shape can lead to significant changes in magnetic properties.


Nano-surface wetting research at VCU answers fundamental questions

Sat, 4 Apr 2011

Image. Experiments in silico uncover molecular mechanisms of surface wetting: nanodroplet geometry used in calculation of water contact angle on flattened melittin, a natural nanopatterned surface. Image courtesy of Alenka Luzar, Ph.D.,/VCU.Sathya Achia Abraham, VCU Communications and Public Relations.Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have identified the molecular mechanisms at play for the non-additive wetting free energies at chemically heterogeneous surfaces. These findings could be used to predict and understand the energy cost to wet a surface for nanochemistry, materials science and biophysics.


Nanoplasmonic "chips" slow broadband light waves

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

University at Buffalo and Lehigh University researchers have slowed red-to-green light wavelengths using nanoplasmonic structures. The nanoplasmonic chips were fabricated by making nanoscale grooves in metallic surfaces at different depths, which alters the materials' optical properties.


Optoelectronics, sensors and discretes sight another record year

Tue, 4 Apr 2011

Figure. Sales changes in the economic downturn and recovery. SOURCE: IC InsightsSlightly above average growth rates in 2011 will lift sales of optoelectronics, sensors and actuators, and discrete semiconductors to new record-high levels again this year, thanks to growth in MEMS and LED markets, says IC Insights.


Solar cell constructed with ZnSe-coated ZnO nanowires

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

A new type of solar cell using an inorganic core/shell nanowire structure has been fabricated and tested by scientists at Xiamen University and the University of North Carolina. Fabricated using CVD, it could be a lower-cost cell structure than silicon and GaAs.


Brookhaven studies FET's superconductor transition

Mon, 5 May 2011

Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers used molecular beam epitaxy to fabricate FET-like devices that yield insights into superconductivity at a relatively high temperature. Findings, such as paired electrons in the insulating state, could lead to resistance-free electronics.


Cypher AFM achieves point defect atomic resolution in liquids

Mon, 5 May 2011

Figure. Successive AC mode topography images of the cleavage plane of a calcite crystal in water. The repeated point defects demonstrate the true atomic resolution capabilities of the Cypher AFM.  Arrows indicate scan direction.  Scan size 20nm; Z scale 3.2Å; Cantilever Amplitude 4Å; Cantilever Frequency 454 kHz.Asylum Research’s Cypher atomic force microscope (AFM) is routinely achieving resolution of atomic-scale point defects in liquid.  While scanning tunneling microscopes have demonstrated point defect resolution since their invention, it has been more elusive in AFM. 


Bosch deploys Cadence for custom/analog flow

Mon, 5 May 2011

Robert Bosch GmbH (Bosch), one of the top 4 MEMS suppliers, has standardized on an enhanced custom/analog flow based on Virtuoso v6.1 technology from Cadence Design Systems Inc.


CMOS image sensor IDM orders multiple Camtek AOI systems

Tue, 5 May 2011

Camtek received a follow-on order for its new Gannet automatic optical inspection (AOI) system from a leading Asian integrated device manufacturer (IDM) for the application of CMOS image sensor inspection.


Wafer-level MEMS mic debuts from 3S

Tue, 5 May 2011

SSSM100 is a tiny analog output CMOS MEMS microphone manufactured under standard CMOS process and wafer level packaging (WLP) technology.


FEI enables cross-periodic-table EDX spectroscopy

Tue, 5 May 2011

Figures. Atomic-level EDX spectroscopy of the material Strontium Titanate; the individual atomic positions of the crystal structure can be easily distinguished by their chemical signal (red is Strontium, green is Titanium). These images are based on raw data, with no signal post-processing, and the individual atomic column positions in the structure are visible and clearly distinguished from their neighbors with very high contrast and signal-to-noise quality. The sampling of these atomic-level chemical maps is 0.075 Angstroms per pixel, the highest sampling density obtained so far by any atomic spectroscopy technique using scanning/transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM). These chemical maps were acquired in just minutes on a Titan G2 60-300 S/TEM with ChemiSTEM(tm) Technology.FEI Company (Nasdaq:FEIC) is extending its ChemiSTEM Technology to enable atomic-level energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy across the periodic table. The technology will be applied to study interfaces in semiconductors, solar cell materials, LEDs and ceramic materials in shorter time with higher resolution.


SB Microsystems named COMSOL Certified Consultant

Tue, 5 May 2011

SB Microsystems, specializing in the design, simulation, prototyping, and testing of microfluidic devices and micro electromechanical system (MEMS) fabrication, is now certified as COMSOL Multiphysics experts.


Phase change conductivity control could lead to "automatic" fuses

Wed, 5 May 2011

Image. An artistic rendering of the suspension as it freezes shows graphite flakes clumping together to form a connected network (dark spiky shapes at center), as they are pushed into place by the crystals that form as the liquid hexadecane surrounding them begins to freeze. SOURCE: Jonathan Tong.A team of researchers at MIT has found a way to manipulate both the thermal and electrical conductivity of materials by changing the external conditions. The technique can change electrical conductivity by factors of well over 100, and heat conductivity by more than threefold.


DelfMEMS RF MEMS delivered to NTT DOCOMO

Wed, 5 May 2011

DelfMEMS has delivered custom RF MEMS samples to telecom operator NTT DOCOMO. DelfMEMS provided arrays of custom MEMS ohmic switches to enable tunability into RF FEM for mobile applications. Voltage, size, losses, isolation, ultra-fast switching time and power handling will be evaluated by NTT DOCOMO.


Piezoelectric deposition tech wins $3M investment, SolMateS plans MEMS fab equip penetration

Thu, 5 May 2011

SolMateS PiezoFlare 1200SolMateS received investments for the final development of the PiezoFlare 1200 piezoelectric thin film deposition machine. PiezoFlare 1200 is an automated deposition system for PZT thin films on 6" or 8" wafers, based on pulsed laser deposition.


10-year graphene research initiative launched in EU

Thu, 5 May 2011

The European Commission will fund a 10-year, EUR1B research initiative on graphene and related 2D materials. Cambridge University's Andrea Ferrari will lead the science and technology roadmap development.


MEMS unaffected, crystals disrupted by Japan earthquake

Thu, 5 May 2011

MEMS fabs in Japan after earthquakeCrystals and MEMS are used in electronic components as the basis of oscillators. Both are popular in consumer electronics devices like smartphones. Crystal growth was significantly interupted by the major March 11 earthquake off the coast of Sendai, Japan. MEMS, on the other hand, seem to have escaped the disaster largely unscathed, show 2 new reports from IHS iSuppli.


Samsung licenses quantum dot LED IP from Evident Technologies

Fri, 5 May 2011

This agreement grants Samsung worldwide access to Evident's patent portfolio for all products related to quantum dot LEDs from manufacture of the quantum dot nanomaterials to final LED production.


STM sensing hardware uses 3 MEMS for 10 DoF

Fri, 5 May 2011

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) launched a complete hardware solution for advanced sensing applications with 10 degrees of freedom. A set of 3 thin, high-performance MEMS sensors provides accurate and comprehensive information on linear, angular, and magnetic motion together with altitude readings.


Optics Balzers offers optical patterning processes

Fri, 5 May 2011

Optics Balzers is offering a portfolio of patterning technologies for producing high-grade optical components. Depending on the application, patterning techniques such as photolithography, laser ablation, or masked coatings are available.


Dolomite, Sphere Fluidics collaborate on microfluidics

Mon, 5 May 2011

Dolomite and Sphere Fluidics established a collaboration, wherein Dolomite will help bring Sphere Fluidics microdroplet technologies to market faster. Dolomite expects to gain new capabilities via the partnership.


Pyrograf CNT production ISO 9001 certified

Mon, 5 May 2011

Pyrograf Products Inc.'s quality management system has been ISO 9001:2008 certified. In the growing field of carbon nanotube (CNT) manufacturers, ISO certification provides essential customer confidence and company credibility, states Pyrograf Products.


EFM identifies graphene thickness on SiC wafers in ambient conditions

Mon, 5 May 2011

Figure. The left hand image is the topography; the middle the topography error image; and right the electrostatic force microscopy image where the tip bias has been switched half way through the image.The UK National Physical Laboratories (NPL) scientists, in collaboration with Linköping University, discovered that electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) more accurately measures epitaxially grown graphene thickness on SiC wafers than traditional optical microscopy.


IBM, ETH Zurich nanotechnology research center opens -- custom-built for nanoscience research

Wed, 5 May 2011

The Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center opened at IBM (NYSE: IBM) Research - Zurich. The building represents an investment of $60 million in infrastructure costs and an additional $30 million for tooling and equipment. Six noise-free labs shield extremely sensitive experiments from external disturbances.


MEMS showcase at SEMICON West proves MEMS role in mainstream electronics

Mon, 5 May 2011

The MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is organizing the inaugural "MEMS in the Machine" DemoZone at SEMICON West, sharing compelling examples of MEMS in action.


Microfluidics consortium eyes standards in chip interconnect

Thu, 5 May 2011

The MF3 Microfluidics Consortium, which includes Philips, STMicroelectronics (STM) and others, recognizes a need for standards in how microfluidic chips are connected to systems. Since microfluidics perform diverse tasks, three main interconnect types were identified.


Study materials' response to rapid heating/cooling with METTLER TOLEDO flash differential scanning calorimeter

Thu, 5 May 2011

METTLER TOLEDO Flash Differential Scanning Calorimeter (FDSC)Scientists can use the Flash Differential Scanning Calorimeter (FDSC) to evaluate crystallization and reorganization processes of materials, for example, how materials respond to rapid cooling in modern high-speed production processes.


Analog Devices iMEMS accelerometers bypass temperature compensation circuitry

Tue, 5 May 2011

Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) released the ADXL206 high precision, low power, dual-axis iMEMS accelerometer with signal conditioned analog voltage outputs. Instead of using additional temperature compensation circuitry, ADI's design techniques ensure that high performance is built in.


MEMS wafers characterized by Zebraoptical integrated metrology tool

Tue, 5 May 2011

Zebraoptical Integrated Metrology Tool (ZIMT)Sunrise Optical LLC debuted the Zebraoptical low coherence fiber optic interferometer with microscope attachment. The Zebraoptical Integrated Metrology Tool (ZIMT) provides metrology readings on micro electromechanical system (MEMS) wafers.


Newport laser microfabrication station optimized for MEMS research

Wed, 5 May 2011

Laser µFAB from Newport CorporationNewport Corporation, lasers and photonics technology provider, introduced the Laser µFAB tabletop laser microfabrication workstation for researchers. Equipped with submicron resolution and a large stage, the tool can perform polymerization and ablation for MEMS, microelectronics, and other applications.


STM ramps MEMS production to 3 million a day

Wed, 5 May 2011

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) will bump up its MEMS production capacity to more than 3 million sensors a day by year's end. The capacity ramp is being supported by a "beefed-up manufacturing machine," said Benedetto Vigna, group VP and GM of ST's MEMS, Sensors and High Performance Analog Division


Virginia schools launch nanotech center, coin "Oxide Hills" moniker

Wed, 5 May 2011

The University of Virginia, in partnership with the College of William & Mary and Old Dominion University, has launched the Virginia Nanoelectronics Center (ViNC) for nano-electronics research


MEMS + CMOS aim of IME, Towerjazz partnership

Wed, 5 May 2011

Specialty foundry TowerJazz will collaborate as a manufacturing partner with Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) on MEMS, packaging and ASICs. This marks another notch in TowerJazz's Asia expansion, which includes new China offices and a potential fab buy in Japan.


Sensors worth $91.5B in 2016; Bio/chemical sensing tops growth

Thu, 5 May 2011

Figure. Global sensors market, 2009-2016 in $ millions. Source: BCC Research May 2011.The sensors industry will be worth $91.5 billion in five years, according to BCC Research. While the largest segment -- image, flow and level sensors -- will see 8.5% CAGR, biosensors and chemical sensors will see the fastest market growth at 9.6% CAGR.


Imec ITF: A world of opportunities for nanoelectronics

Thu, 5 May 2011

Nanoelectronics is not only about smaller transistors and more complex chips, it's about a whole new world of opportunities and solutions to major societal challenges, underlined imec president/CEO Luc Van de hove, in his opening keynote at imec's annual International Technology Forum this week in Brussels.


Imec ITF: Electronics in healthcare -- new possibilities, more efficiency

Thu, 5 May 2011

In an SST-exclusive series of blogs, imec reports from its International Technology Forum this week in Brussels. Eric Dye from imec talked about opportunities for advanced electronics in healthcare to improve efficiencies and costs, as well as new disruptive research and treatments.


Wafer bonding: Many options for many devices

Tue, 5 May 2011

Wafer bonding. SOURCE: Yole May 2011. Wafer bonding is a complex process, used on 2" to 12" wafers for MEMS, image sensors, advanced packaging, LEDs, and other chips. Yole Développement published a technology study and market research report, "Permanent wafer bonding," to derive trends in the market and technology through 2016.


Graphene, CNT NEMS resonators exhibit nonlinear damping

Tue, 5 May 2011

A depiction of the nanoscale mechanical resonators constructed with graphene and CNTs.Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology Professor Adrian Bachtold and his research group created resonators from nanoscale graphene and carbon nanotubes (CNT) that exhibit nonlinear damping. This result could lead to supersensitive detectors of force or mass.


Fraunhofer ISIT joins MEMS Industry Group

Fri, 8 Aug 2011

The MEMS Industry Group welcomed Frauhofer Institute for Silicon Technology to its membership. The research facility focuses on microelectronics and microsystems technology. Siconnex, which builds diverse MEMS fab equipment, also joined the association.


CNT leader keynotes Nanomanufacturing Summit

Fri, 8 Aug 2011

Attend the Nanomanufacturing Summit 2011 to hear Dave Arthur, CEO of SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT), discuss carbon nanotube commercialization, as well as the roles of nano inks and coatings in broad applications.


Nano research center opens at University of Rochester

Mon, 8 Aug 2011

The University of Rochester opened the Integrated Nanosystems Center (URnano) on campus. The center will be used for physics, optics, chemistry, biomedicine and bioengineering research on commercialization of fuel cells, biosensors and other high-tech devices.


NASA deploys MicroStrain wireless sensor network for noise safety

Mon, 8 Aug 2011

MicroStrain provided NASA Kennedy Space Center with wireless sensor technology to remotely monitor lift-off acoustics and vibration generated during the launch of both Endeavour and Atlantis space shuttles.


Large organic semiconductors developed at Wake Forest

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

Wake Forest University and international partner researchers developed an extremely large organic semiconductor molecule that is stable and possesses excellent electrical properties at a low cost.


Ryerson students gain MEMS internships

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

Ryerson University students and recent graduates can access up to 150 internships with businesses in southern Ontario, thanks to government funding. Options include a MEMS-based alcohol interlock maker; LED developers; and more.


Record MEMS revenues from tablet, smartphone adoption

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

Consumer and mobile MEMS devices will see record revenue growth in 2011, thanks to higher MEMS content in smartphones and tablets, as well as increased smartphone/tablet adoption. New MEMS devices coming on the scene promise continued growth.


CellGuide chooses Baolab MEMS-based compass for GPS

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

CellGuide selected Baolab's 3D NanoCompass IC technology as a companion to its location and positioning products, fully integrating GPS and compass functionalities in the CLIOX-C. The nanoscale MEMS manufacturing technique used for the NanoCompass supports high-volume, space-constrained applications.


MIT opens graphene research center

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created the MIT/MTL Center for Graphene Devices and Systems (MIT-CG) to advance research on graphene beyond fundamentals.


SelectConnect creates 3D electromechanical molded interconnect devices

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

SelectConnect Technologies introduced 3D design capabilities to create electromechanical functionality on molded interconnect devices (MID).


STM exec keynotes MEMS workshop from iNEMI

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

Benedetto Vigna, group VP and GM of ST Microelectronics' MEMS, Sensors, and High-Performance Analog Division, will keynote the iNEMI MEMS workshop.


Nano pillar collapse enables 10nm e-beam lithography patterns

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

MIT and A*STAR have demonstrated a new technique that could produce 10nm chip features using plastic pillar deposition and predetermined pillar collapses.


poLight taps SVTC for optical MEMS commercialization ramp

Tue, 9 Sep 2011

poLight will work with SVTC Technologies to optimize its TLens production process for large volumes.


Plastic Logic changes CEO

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

Plastic Logic, plastic electronics technology development company, named Indro Mukerjee as CEO, succeeding 4-year CEO Richard Archuleta. 


Asian MEMS foundry installs SPTS DRIE tool

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

SPTS Technologies received an order for an Omega deep reactive ion etch (DRIE) process module from an Asian MEMS foundry. This marks SPTS' 900th DRIE tool sold.


NanoInk sells nanofabrication tool to West Virginia University

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

NanoInk's NanoFabrication Systems Division will deliver an NLP 2000 nanofabrication system to West Virginia University's Multifunctional and Energy Ceramics Laboratory for research on developing micro-sensors based on complex nanomaterials and nanocomposites.


Smartphone/tablet motion sensor MEMS: What's next?

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

Jérémie Bouchaud, IHS, reports on motion sensing MEMS growth through 2015, including new motion sensors to be integrated into smartphones and tablets. These devices are driving a sales boom for MEMS sensors.


Quantum dot maker QD Vision relocates for volume launch

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

QD Vision Inc. relocated to a new, high-volume production facility in Lexington, MA, gearing up for new product launches in 2012.


Oak Ridge discovers lithium-ion battery booster

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers created a titanium dioxide compound material that increases surface area and features a fast charge-discharge capability for lithium ion batteries. The compound's manufacturing process, however, is complex.


Microsystem commercialization center breaks ground in OH

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

The Entrepreneurship Innovation Center at Lorain County Community College in Ohio hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today for its Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems.


Magnetic nanocontacts propagate spin waves, prove magnonics researchers

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

University of Gothenburg and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) researchers demonstrated that spin waves propagated from magnetic nanocontacts, observing the dynamic properties via an advanced spin wave microscope. Magnonics potentially replaces microwave technology in many applications.


Goodrich MEMS IMU ordered for Turkish missiles

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

Turkey's Roketsan Missiles Industries Inc. ordered Goodrich (NYSE:GR) SiIMU02 inertial measurement units (IMU) for precision guidance tasks on Roketsan's new CIRIT 70mm laser-guided missile for attack helicopters.


Silicon magnetic sensors follow the right course through 2015

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

Silicon magnetic sensors are riding an upswing in automotive production and the expansion in tablet/smartphone adoption to 23.7% revenue growth in 2011, according to IHS iSuppli. This amounts to $1.46 billion in revenue.


Bruker adds nano-indenting, tribology with CETR buy

Tue, 9 Sep 2011

Bruker Corporation will acquire Center for Tribology Inc. (CETR) for an undisclosed sum. CETR will become a separate Tribology and Indenting business in the Bruker Nano Surfaces division, joining the atomic force microscope (AFM) and stylus and optical metrology (SOM) businesses.


Nanostart's Microlight Sensors stake increases

Tue, 9 Sep 2011

Nanostart AG (OTCQX:NASRY) is progressing in its planned stake increase in Microlight Sensors, now holding 31% of the optical sensor maker.


Ener1 announces financial adjustments with Notes, shareholder credit

Tue, 9 Sep 2011

Ener1 Inc. (NASDAQ:HEV) will restructure its 8.25% Senior Amortizing Notes with Goldman Sachs Asset Management L.P. and other Note holders. Ener1’s primary shareholder, BzinFin S.A., has extended the maturity of its $15-million line of credit from November 2011 to July 2013.


Quantum dots manufactured in continuous flow process

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

Using a microreactor and control software, Quantum Materials Corporation (QMC) and the Access2Flow Consortium of the Netherlands achieved a continuous flow process to mass produce quantum dots.


MicroVision may sell Azimuth $35M in common stock

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

MicroVision Inc. (Nasdaq: MVIS) secured a committed equity financing facility, wherein it can sell Azimuth Opportunity Ltd. up to $35 million of its shares of common stock over a 24-month period.


MIT redesigns MEMS for better energy harvester

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

MIT researchers have constructed a piezo-MEMS energy harvester using a bridge design rather than a cantilever. The bridge allows a wider frequency range to generate electricity, and keeps the piezoelectric material to a single layer.


Does boron nitride let graphene be itself? Berkeley researchers investigate

Tue, 5 May 2011

Graphene (top layer) is a hexagonal "chicken wire" arrangement of carbon atoms. Hexagonal boron nitride is a similar arrangement of boron and nitrogen atoms; its lattice constant is just 1.7% larger than graphene's. The US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley, are working on substrates that best preserve graphene's intrinsic nano properties. So far, the groups led by Michael Crommie and Alex Zettl, Materials Sciences Division, Berkeley Lab and UC-Berkeley physics professors researched graphene's interaction with a boron nitride substrate.


Imec ITF: Intelligent nodes for the networked body

Fri, 5 May 2011

In an SST-exclusive series of blogs, imec reports from its International Technology Forum this week in Brussels. Harmke de Groot, imec program director for ultralow-power technologies, closed the technical sessions with a discussion about automated body monitoring and how it could impact future healthcare.


Microcantilevers sense interactions between nanomaterials and living cells

Tue, 5 May 2011

Micro-cantilevers can measure lipid bilayers interactions with surfactants with a new level of sensitivity, say Rice University researcher Sibani Lisa Biswal and Kai-Wei Liu, a graduate student. Applications range from better detergents to buckyball/cell interaction research, to investigations of how viruses penetrate cells.


Microfluidics module handles single- and multi-phase flow simulation

Fri, 5 May 2011

Based on COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software, the new COMSOL Inc. Microfluidics Module enables users to study microfluidic devices and rarefied gas flows. The module is designed for microfluidics and vacuum researchers and engineers.


Middle Tennessee State U selects TESCAN LYRA 3 FIB-SEM workstation

Tue, 5 May 2011

"The LYRA 3 FIB-SEM workstation will not only allow very small structures to be accurately machined, but with specialized, integrated detectors, it can also be used to analyze the structure and chemical composition of a host of sample types, from cross-sections of solar cells to biological specimens," explained Dr. Nathanael Smith, MTSU assistant professor in the physics and astronomy department.


NIST collaborates on MEMS roadmaps: ITRS, iNEMI

Mon, 5 May 2011

As smartphones usher in a host of new high-volume MEMS applications, semiconductor and electronics roadmaps are paying serious attention to the manufacturing and costs gaps in MEMS production. NIST's Michael Gaitan and the MEMS Industry Group are helping shape iNEMI, ITRS roadmaps with MEMS in the spotlight.


TI, dye-sensitized solar cell maker team up on self-powered devices

Fri, 5 May 2011

G24 Innovations (G24i), dye sensitized solar cell technology (DSSC) provider, and Texas Instruments (TI, NY:TXN) will combine G24i's solar cell technology with TI's nano-powered energy converter under a new strategic development agreement.


The future of MEMS: Rethinking business strategies and manufacturing technology for volume systems markets

Tue, 6 Jun 2011

SEMICON West preview: Rapid growth in mainstream consumer markets is changing the structure of the MEMS industry from an artisanal to a volume manufacturing business -- creating a new set of challenges and opportunities to companies to find better ways to speed the production ramp, find better ways to integrate multiple die and software, and to find the right business models.


Peptides, electrodes work together on bio-circuit at U Penn

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

University of Pennsylvania researchers formed biological molecules connected to electrodes, paving the way for direct biological integration into electronic circuits. The team also developed a new microscope technique to measure the electrical properties of these constructs.


Deep silicon etch from Oxford Instruments offers process flexibility

Mon, 6 Jun 2011

PlasmaPro Estrelas100 deep silicon etch technology from Oxford Instruments.Oxford Instruments debuted the PlasmaPro Estrelas100 deep silicon etch technology for the MEMS R&D and fabrication market. The tool is designed to be flexible, accomodating multiple processes without changing chamber hardware, and multiple wafer sizes for R&D-to-production ramp.


Asia package test house selects Multitest equip for MEMS test

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

Multitest InFlipA major test house in Asia will install Multitest's InCarrier loader/unloader, InStrip, and InMEMS module for accelerometer MEMS test.


Knowles patents upheld against MemsTech

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed that MemsTech's importation and sale of certain MEMS microphone packages infringes Knowles Electronics LLC's US Patents 7,242,089 and 6,781,231.


NASA grants BMC Phase II space imaging contract

Thu, 6 Jun 2011

Boston Micromachines Corporation (BMC) will use a $1.2M NASA award to expand on an existing NASA project to develop fault-tolerant microelectromechanical deformable mirror (MEMS-DM) arrays and smaller, lower-power drive electronics.


Moog buys MEMS device maker Crossbow Technology for $32M

Mon, 6 Jun 2011

Moog acquired Crossbow Technology for its innovative MEMS technology, which will complement Moog's controls products. The purchase price was $32 million.


OLED process dev aim of Moser Baer's DOE $2.9M grant

Fri, 6 Jun 2011

The US DOE is giving Moser Baer $2.9 million to reduce the cost of manufacturing high-efficiency OLED lighting panels via improved processing steps.


Omron shares MEMS dev at Sensors Expo

Thu, 6 Jun 2011

Omron's Micro Device Division (MDD) will release numerous MEMS products in the coming year, notably an absolute pressure sensor for high-accuracy navigation and a thermal IR sensing array for smart buildings and appliances.


More MEMS-per-device coming to automotive safety systems

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

 In 2016, about 150 million systems will be installed in vehicles, containing over 830 million MEMS chips, says ABI Research. The growth is thanks to more MEMS in each safety or performance device, as well as government and consumer demand for new cars with integrated safety features.


Gas-based etch enables MEMS materials flexibility, commercial reliability at Fraunhofer

Fri, 6 Jun 2011

A researcher operates Fraunhofer's MEMS production tools. Copyright Fraunhofer IMS.Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS developed a gas-based etch step that allow MEMS designers to use a wider range of materials for the functional layer, while preventing device damage during etch.


NEMS sensor improves AFM

Fri, 6 Jun 2011

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) has improved atomic force microscopy (AFM) by replacing the microscope's optical instrumentation with a nanomechanical cantilever probe and nanophotonic interferometer on a chip.


Industrial MEMS market headed for consolidation, says Frankfurt Partners

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

A major consolidation is coming to the industrial MEMS market in the next 12-18 months, predicts Frankfurt Partners. The industrial MEMS market is both highly attractive and highly fragmented.


Levelling tech from NanoInk enables better nano-printed arrays

Tue, 6 Jun 2011

NanoInk's NanoFabrication Systems Division is launching a force sensor and levelling devices at the Nanotech Conference and Expo, part of TechConnect World. NanoInk will also be presenting on Dip Pen Nanolithography (DPN) advances.


Graphene start-up attracts POSCO partnership

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

Korean steel maker POSCO will invest in Michigan-based start-up XG Science to manufacture graphene and collaborate on graphene product development for energy storage and electronics.


Kaiam MEMS-based optical ICs attract investors

Thu, 6 Jun 2011

Kaiam closed its Series B investment round with over $5 million. TriplePoint Capital, which led the round, cited Kaiam's MEMS-based optical integration as "applicable as much for high-end high-capacity data transport as for low cost FTTH applications."


ITRI installs EVG bonders to ramp 200mm MEMS

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) will install more EV Group (EVG) wafer bonding tools to research and develop advanced manufacturing processes for next-generation micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) devices, especially on 200mm wafers.


Oriented CNTs enable better strain sensors

Fri, 6 Jun 2011

Carbon nanotube (CNT) strain sensorJapanese researchers have developed a strain sensor with oriented single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) films bonded to a stretchable polymer substrate. The sensor can measure strains by detecting changes in the films' electrical resistance.


Projected 23% CAGR in MEMS microphone market attracts crowd of entrants

Thu, 6 Jun 2011

SEMICON West preview: Companies are scrambling for a piece of the growing market of MEMS microphones for mobile phones, where applications are widening and demands are getting more sophisticated.


FEI plasma FIB tool suits MEMS, 3D packaging

Mon, 6 Jun 2011

High-speed sectioning of TSVs with plasma FIB. The device was located, cross-sectioned, polished, and imaged with PFIB. SOURCE: FEI FEI's new Vion plasma focused ion beam (PFIB) system based on inductively-coupled plasma (ICP) source technology using a xenon ion beam generates more than a micro-amp of beam current and can remove material faster than liquid metal ion sources, says product marketing manager Peter Carleson.


Optomec enhances printing module for high-volume printed electronics fab

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

Optomec launched the Aerosol Jet Marathon Series for high-volume printed electronics manufacturing. Optomec conducted extensive pilot testing with numerous customer sites: fine-line printing of 3D interconnects, printing of dielectrics, and deposition of wide-area coatings.


IBM builds IC with graphene transistor

Mon, 6 Jun 2011

IBM researchers built an integrated circuit (IC) fabricated from wafer-scale graphene on SiC, integrating a graphene transistor with other electronics circuits.


STM branches MEMS tech out into touchscreen displays

Mon, 6 Jun 2011

STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) debuted "FingerTip" technology, which enables a single-chip solution for capacitive touchscreens up to 10" diameter with multi-touch capability. FingerTip shares STM's MEMS sensors methodology: a sensing element connected to a high-performance capacitance-sensing circuit.


X-FAB MEMS accelerometer design IP blocks shorten dev time

Thu, 6 Jun 2011

X-FAB Silicon Foundries released ready-to-use design IP blocks for MEMS accelerometers, as part of its MEMS foundry service offerings. The IP blocks can be used in gyroscopes and accelerometers spec'd up to 100 G-force, shortening NPI and HVM ramp.


Quantum dot laser grown on silicon substrate, suits telecom

Tue, 6 Jun 2011

Silicon photonics laser on Si substrate. SOURCE: UCL (UK)UCL and the London Centre for Nanotechnology researchers have demonstrated an electrically driven, quantum dot laser grown directly on a silicon (Si) substrate, with a 1300nm wavelength suitable for telecommunications electronics.


Plures, MEMS and spintronics foundry, merges with CMSF Corporation

Fri, 6 Jun 2011

CMSF Corporation (OTCBB:CMSF) will merge with Plures, which, through its 95%-owned subsidiary, Advanced MicroSensors Corporation, is a semiconductor foundry developing and fabricating high-quality, high-margin MEMS and spintronics products.


SEMICON West Lesson #5: Interests outside CMOS

Mon, 7 Jul 2010

Wrap-up of what we heard and saw at SEMICON West 2010. Lesson 5: Interest was overflowing for high-growth areas outside traditional CMOS: MEMS, LEDs, solar. And the industry really can reach everywhere around us.


Stanford buys Plasma-Therm CVD systems for nanofabrication

Tue, 7 Jul 2010

Stanford University placed an order for two Plasma-Therm deposition systems: a VERSALINE HDPCVD system and a Shuttlelock PECVD system. The tools will be installed at Stanford’s Nanofabrication Facility.


Introduction to MEMS gyroscopes

Mon, 11 Nov 2010

MEMS gyroscope introductionJay Esfandyari, Roberto De Nuccio, Gang Xu, STMicroelectronics, introduce how MEMS gyroscopes work and their applications, the main parameters of a MEMS gyroscope with analog or digital outputs, practical MEMS gyroscope calibration techniques, and how to test the MEMS gyroscope performance in terms of angular displacement.


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

Thu, 11 Nov 2010

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


Photonic-sensors-for-defense-security: Join the European Business Roundtable

Thu, 11 Nov 2010

A group of European defense integrators and photonics clusters has today launched a Business Round Table for Photonics Sensors for Defense and Security. The mission of this Round Table is to create business relationships between photonics small/medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and technology integrators.


Automotive-MEMS-sensor-market-on-a-roll

Tue, 11 Nov 2010

Driven by the rapid recovery in automotive production and inventory rebuilding among sensor component suppliers, the market for automotive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors will expand to record size in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli, now part of IHS.


Faster inspection of MEMS possible with microinterferometer arrays

Mon, 11 Nov 2010

Scientists involved in the European Union's "Smart inspection systems for high-speed and multifunctional testing of MEMS and MOEMS" (SMARTHIEHS) project are developing a new test concept based on parallel inspection of devices at wafer level.


WaferGen-SmartChip-molecular-profiling-tech-wins-federal-grant

Thu, 11 Nov 2010

WaferGen Biosystems Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: WGBS) has been awarded a $244,500 grant under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project program established under Section 48D of the Internal Revenue Code.


InvenSense-integrates-3-axis-gyroscope-3-axis-accelerometer-on-single-silicon-die

Wed, 11 Nov 2010

InvenSense released its MPU-6000 product family. The MPU-6000 MEMS motion sensing technology integrates a 3-axis gyroscope and a 3-axis accelerometer on the same silicon die together with an onboard Digital Motion Processor (DMP) capable of processing complex 9-axis sensor fusion algorithms.


Kionix-extends-reach-in-inertial-MEMS-sensors-debuts-gyros-accelerometers

Tue, 11 Nov 2010

Kionix Inc. announced a portfolio of MEMS inertial sensors featuring 3 new accelerometers that set company benchmarks for low power, performance over temperature, and user programmability. Kionix also released its first two gyros for mass-market consumer applications.


Silicon-etch-for-microelectronics-research-at-university-Texas-at-Austin

Tue, 11 Nov 2010

The Microelectronics Research Center of the University of Texas at Austin increased its facility capabilities by installing a Plasma-Therm VERSALINE DSE system. The addition of leading deep silicon etch technology enables process advances in MRC’s micro, nano and opto-electronics research. 


Automotive MEMS market witnessing a record 2010

Wed, 12 Dec 2010

iSuppli MEMS analyst Richard Dixon takes a closer look at what's driving the market for MEMS sensors in automotive applications (hint: safety and China), new applications and market shifts, and the long-awaited arrival of consumer-oriented suppliers.


IBM Racetrack Memory discovery moves data on nanowires

Mon, 12 Dec 2010

IBM (NYSE: IBM) Research is the first to measure the movement and processing of digital data as a magnetic pattern on nanowires 1,000 times finer than a human hair. Racetrack Memory uses the spin of electrons to move data at hundreds of miles per hour to atomically precise positions along the nanowire "racetrack."


MEMS packaging conference planned for 2011

Tue, 12 Dec 2010

The University of Michigan College of Engineering will present Packaging for MEMS March 31 to April 1, 2011, in Boston, MA. MEMS packaging is a significant part of product cost. This program highlights what to consider in developing application-specific packaging that will meet your goals for product performance, durability, and total cost.


ActaCell-wins-$3M-from-NIST-for-nanocomposite-Li-ion-battery-material

Thu, 12 Dec 2010

ActaCell Inc. was awarded up to $3 million over a 3-year period in funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST. The funding will focus on production scale up of nanocomposite alloy anode materials for lithium-ion batteries to be used in electric vehicles and other demanding applications.


Quiet revolution: MEMS thrives on application diversity

Thu, 12 Dec 2010

iSuppli MEMS analyst Richard Dixon analyzes one of the fastest-growing MEMS sectors today: "high-value" technologies specifically built for use in industry, medical, energy, and wired telecommunications.


Lab-on-chip system could provide fast detection of single nucleotide variations in DNA: IEDM news

Thu, 12 Dec 2010

At IEDM, Panasonic and imec discussed components of their lab-on-chip collaboration: miniaturized pump for on-chip generation of high pressures, a micropillar filter optimized for DNA separation achieving record resolution, and a SNP detector allowing on-chip detection using very small sample volumes.


Printed everything: PE/PV show highlights flexible 3D interconnects, biosensors, memory, PV cell hybrids

Thu, 12 Dec 2010

Techcet's Michael A. Fury continues his report from IDTechEx's combined Printed Electronics/ PV USA events, with talks about 3D stacked interconnects made from printed inks, printed biosensors for textiles, a disposable explosives-detecting wipe, silicon-organic PV cells, printed rewritable permanent memory devices, and more.


Quantum-computing-focus-of-MEMS-mirrors

Mon, 12 Dec 2010

A new laser-beam steering system that aims and focuses bursts of light onto single atoms for use in quantum computers has been demonstrated by collaborating researchers from Duke University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Reduced-gravity-NASA-funded-rHEALTH-microfluidics-sensor-test

Thu, 12 Dec 2010

NASA testing of a lab-on-chip microfluidics sensorThe DNA Medicine Institute (DMI) successfully completed reduced-gravity experiments on its rHEALTH sensor for the 2010 Facilitated Access to the Space Environment for Technology (FAST) program, at NASA in Houston.


iPhone-4-MEMS-microphone-technology-boon

Fri, 12 Dec 2010

Highlighted by their adoption in Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4, microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphones are set to achieve a more than 50% increase in shipments in 2010 and a fourfold rise by 2014, according to the market research firm iSuppli, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).


Automotive MEMS market witnessing a record 2010

Wed, 12 Dec 2010

iSuppli MEMS analyst Richard Dixon takes a closer look at what's driving the market for MEMS sensors in automotive applications (hint: safety and China), new applications and market shifts, and the long-awaited arrival of consumer-oriented suppliers.


Microvisk raises third funding round for MEMS based blood clot monitor

Thu, 1 Jan 2011

Microvisk Technologies, developer of a system to monitor the blood clotting status of patients taking Warfarin, raised £6 million through a rights issue to existing investors in an oversubscribed round. Microvisk has developed a medical diagnostic strip based on MEMS technology.


Graphene grains make atom thick patchwork quilts say Cornell scientists

Thu, 1 Jan 2011

A false-color microscopy image overlay depicting the shapes and lattice orientations of several grains in graphene. Source: CornellCornell University researchers have unveiled striking, atomic-resolution details of what graphene "quilts" look like at the boundaries between patches, and have uncovered key insights into graphene’s electrical and mechanical properties.


Potential opportunities for nanotechnology in electronics manufacturing

Sat, 1 Jan 2011
At this point, the NRI program has not yet identified any single, most-promising candidate for a beyond CMOS nanotechnology, but there may eventually be several, spanning and extending the wide range of applications that CMOS FETs currently continue to address very well. Robert Doering, Texas Instruments, Dallas, Texas, USA

Thermal nano tape for semiconductor packaging

Mon, 1 Jan 2011

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


European competitiveness in miniaturized smart systems

Mon, 1 Jan 2011

In converging and integrating technologies, smart systems make possible to predict, decide and interact with the environment. With the launch of the COWIN initiative, the European Research community has engaged in a new step towards value creation in miniaturized smart systems.


Nanotechnologies cut renewables costs says ABI Research

Mon, 1 Jan 2011

Nanotech in renewable energyWorld investment in renewable energy will top $2 trillion on a cumulative basis from 2010 through 2015. Were the companies building these generating plants to utilize existing, commercially available nanotechnologies, ABI Research estimates, over the same five-year period renewable power producers could save nearly $300 billion in capital expenditure.


Nano Breakthrough Could Lead to Electronic Textiles with Energy Storage

Mon, 1 Jan 2011

UT Dallas nanotechnologists have invented a groundbreaking new technology for producing weavable, knittable, sewable and knottable yarns containing giant amounts of otherwise unspinnable powders. The reseaerchers see applications for the technology in energy storage, energy conversion and energy harvesting.


Light sensitive self assembling polymer organic PV material

Tue, 1 Jan 2011

Figure. The light-responsive film is made up of polymer brushes (right) that have self-assembled into a two-layer, three-dimensional array (left). Reproduced, with permission, from Ref. 1, 2011 American Association for the Advancement of Science.A new form of self-assembling polymer film that bends and stretches when hit by light is pointing the way to a new family of functional materials. This flexing film is the first material to have been made by coaxing complex molecules to form large-scale, highly ordered three dimensional arrays.


Polymer_dynamics research on nanotubes

Thu, 1 Jan 2011

Researchers from Rice U., Vrije U., U of Bordeaux, and CNRS proved that stiff nanotubes can navigate crowded environments with just a small ability to bend. The research may bring about new ways to influence the motion of tiny filaments by tailoring their stiffness for a given environment.


Nanocomposites in nature fuel OPV flex electronics

Thu, 1 Jan 2011

Chiton teeth. Source: Northwestern UniversityResearchers at Northwestern University are using an atomic-scale imaging tool to study organic/inorganic interfaces. Understanding how composites like the Eastern beaded chiton's teeth are designed can help scientists intelligently construct new materials.


Konarka chairman elected to energy board

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Oxonica extends Envirox into Asia-Pacific markets

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

Analysts advise option pricing for nano platform plays

Wed, 1 Jan 2005
As nanotechnology companies move into public markets, early stage companies may lack the revenue visibility usually accompanying startups in more established industries. It is arguable that a platform technology-based nanotechnology company deserves a premium valuation: one that exceeds the value of its visible product line.

Fund manager advises balancing risk, even in a micro-nano portfolio

Fri, 1 Jan 2005
For an investor searching for the most likely beneficiaries of micro- and nanotechnology development, choosing companies is difficult. Should the investor focus on material suppliers, process enablers, manufacturing companies, IP powerhouses or the producers of “micro- and nano-refined” end products?

Nanotech sector needs sturdy business models

Thu, 1 Jan 2005
The fundamental objective of most businesses is to create wealth for their shareholders. When management’s sole focus is on the development of technology at the exclusion of other business activities that can generate revenue, at some point cash reserves will dwindle and the company will be at risk of a meltdown.

Foresight eyes AIM floats for three tech investments

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

Alexza Molecular Delivery raises $52 million second round

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

Nano adviser to receive Japan prize

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

Measurement Specialties buys MWS Sensorik

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

Less funding and new faces signal changes in D.C.

Wed, 1 Jan 2005
Lawmakers signaled at the close of the 108th Congress that science and technology will not be spared as they look for ways to trim spending to deal with the growing budget deficit and pay for other priorities. Even though the National Science Foundation (NSF) enjoys widespread support on Capitol Hill, the agency found itself on the receiving end of congressional scissors.

Israel, Hong Kong groups ink agreement

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

Rochester touts optics proficiency

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

Hansen Gray to acquire iCurie Lab Holdings

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

Plasso raises $2.8 million

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

Plastic Logic raises $8 million

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

IMT raises $17 million

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

OpGen closes on $5 million

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Zyvex releases sales data

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Cepheid announces postal orders

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

ApNano raises $5 million

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

pSivida to trade in U.S.

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

New rules to help patent office settle inventors' disputes

Thu, 1 Jan 2005
Nanotechnology innovators may avoid getting bogged down in legal disputes over who was the first to invent something with the recent reissuing of rules by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The rules are intended to speed up the process used to resolve instances where two parties apply for a patent covering the same invention.

Companies sign dendrimer IP deal

Wed, 1 Jan 2005
Dendritic NanoTechnologies Inc. of Mount Pleasant, Mich., The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) of Midland, Mich., and Starpharma (ASX: SPL) of Melbourne, Australia, announced yesterday they reached an agreement that provides Dendritic and Starpharma with access to what the companies say is the world's broadest patent portfolio in the field of dendrimers.

Microfabrica and MOSIS launch MEMS fab service

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

Micro toolmaker sells to Irish university

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

PI announces new nanopositioning stage

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

JPSA announces micromachining for medical device manufacture

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

Rite Track announces Tokyo Electron agreement

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

Symyx, GE cut licensing agreement

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

NanoInk announces distribution network

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

Akrion GAMA systems to ship to Singapore fab

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Wyden, Allen urge full nano funding prior to presidential address

Wed, 2 Feb 2005

Dust sweeps up $22 million and a pair of new partners

Thu, 2 Feb 2005

Oxonica announces $4.9 million financing

Mon, 2 Feb 2005

BinOptics raises $10 million

Thu, 2 Feb 2005

Texas, Japan ally on alloys

Thu, 2 Feb 2005

Atlas Mining posts NanoDynamics order

Fri, 2 Feb 2005

U.S. budget likely to give nano
a trim but shave off ATP

Mon, 2 Feb 2005
The NanoBusiness Alliance released its 2005 agenda last week and pledged to push for full funding of federal nanotech programs. While this is expected to be difficult, the group may face an even bigger task in achieving one of its other top priorities - obtaining funding to aid commercialization. The group says more focus needs to be put on funding the gap between the research stage and venture capital firms.

Lumera extends government grant

Tue, 2 Feb 2005

Microbridge raises $5.5 million

Wed, 2 Feb 2005

DALSA to acquire Coreco

Fri, 2 Feb 2005

Evident receives OSD grant

Wed, 2 Feb 2005

Symyx to acquire Synthematix

Thu, 2 Feb 2005

Nano startups consolidate IP positions

Thu, 2 Feb 2005
Lawyers have been saying for years that there's going to be a big battle over nanotech intellectual property. In the past month at least two more opening salvos were fired. Yesterday, Carbon Nanotechnologies announced its patent portfolio now numbers 30 and declared it has broad patent protection. A few weeks earlier, Dendritic NanoTechnologies consolidated the IP portfolio for dendrimer technology.

Imago appoints new finance VP

Tue, 2 Feb 2005

Rite Track to ship deep UV track system

Wed, 2 Feb 2005

Coventor names new VP of marketing, biz dev

Wed, 2 Feb 2005

Tool maker, research center launch development project

Mon, 2 Feb 2005

Kionix ships tiny tri-axis accelerometer

Tue, 2 Feb 2005

MEMS Industry Group releases '05 report

Wed, 2 Feb 2005

Tegal sells etch system to storage firm

Thu, 2 Feb 2005

Companies launch fab owner's association

Thu, 2 Feb 2005

Wafer shipments up for the year

Fri, 2 Feb 2005

Pyrograf, Electrovac sign carbon nanofiber agreement

Mon, 2 Feb 2005

Zyvex and Arkema announce strategic partnership

Fri, 2 Feb 2005

Accent launches new tool

Mon, 2 Feb 2005

Sematech names Alex Oscilowski vice president of strategy

Thu, 2 Feb 2005

Dalsa, Primaxx partner on MEMS

Fri, 2 Feb 2005

Molecular Imprints launches new nanoimprint tool

Mon, 2 Feb 2005

U.S.-Israeli outfit greases wheels of nano commercialization

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
Back in 1992 a team of researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel was looking for a technology to convert solar energy into electricity. What they found instead was a substance that was an excellent lubricant, had great shock absorbing powers, and was an efficient semiconductor. Today, a U.S.-Israeli startup, ApNano Materials, is commercializing that serendipitous discovery.

A Mason finds his muse
in nano’s building blocks

Fri, 2 Feb 2005
Jack Mason has written about nanotechnology for Technology Review, Salon.com, and the publication you are now reading. But mere words from the small world weren't enough for him. The veteran journalist broadened his palette through an online eBay store called Nanotechno Fine Arts. The Web boutique shows and sells his images based on molecular engineering.

From the 2004 archives: Michigan researchers, companies continue to engineer growth

Fri, 2 Feb 2005
Each year, Small Times ranks the U.S. states for their research, development and commercialization proficiency in the areas of nanotechnology, MEMS and microsystems. Last year, Michigan ranked eighth. Its 2004 report card follows.

Hymite announces new silicon MEMS package

Thu, 12 Dec 2005

Tegal announces etch tool orders

Fri, 12 Dec 2005

SUSS nets Chinese MEMS order

Mon, 12 Dec 2005

Synopsys says NEC to use its technology

Tue, 12 Dec 2005

Foresight appoints new president

Mon, 12 Dec 2005
The Foresight Nanotech Institute announced on Friday the appointment of Marc Lurie as president. Lurie succeeds Scott Mize, who will return to the for-profit sector.

Wilson Center unveils health and safety inventory

Thu, 12 Dec 2005

Nano Chemical announces product test

Tue, 12 Dec 2005

Veeco appoints new Asia Pacific general manager

Thu, 12 Dec 2005

FEI introduces new cryo sample prep tool for organic samples

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
FEI Co. of Hillsboro, Ore., announced it has introduced its next-generation Vitrobot, an automated vitrification device for plunge-freezing of aqueous samples.

Veeco introduces BioScope II AFM

Mon, 12 Dec 2005
Veeco Instruments Inc., a supplier of instrumentation to the nanoscience community, introduced the BioScope II, an atomic force microscope (AFM) designed to facilitate advanced bioscience research.

Zyvex confirms pair of nanotube suppliers

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

Honda leases fuel cell car to regional Japanese government

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

Caliper licenses IP to Predicant

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

Elan and Roche expand NanoCrystal technology license

Fri, 1 Jan 2005

Survey: Europeans see nano impacting industry, everyday life

Fri, 1 Jan 2005

Nanotech expands breast cancer treatment options

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

Biophan to buy AMRIS

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Sensant to put MEMS into ultrasound

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

BioDelivery Sciences licenses to Sigma-Tau

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

Copernicus raises $1m for cystic fibrosis work

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

MEMS enable smart golf clubs

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

Dai Nippon develops new screens for MEMS-based TVs

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Report: uncoordinated nano research at risk of waste

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

Kopin to start production on military display

Fri, 1 Jan 2005

A VC's perspective on valuation

Mon, 1 Jan 2005
We at Harris & Harris Group are more confident than ever that nanotechnology will spawn some great new companies. But we and other venture capitalists are not paying – and should not pay – premium valuations for nanotechnology-enabled companies.

2005 may be a momentous year for MEMS, or maybe just a momentum-building year

Fri, 1 Jan 2005
As a new year begins, it seems to be a good time to ask: What will 2005 bring? Within the MEMS industry, there’s always something interesting afoot, so let’s answer that question by exploring 2004’s accomplishments and developments that could shape 2005. Accelerometers got their foot in the door with cell phones in 2004 – a huge accomplishment. But, will the use of accelerometers for peripheral applications, such as pedometers and game controllers, really catch on?

Metconnex appoints Peter Becke CEO

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

Nano-Proprietary partners with KRI on fuel cells

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

Down to the wire: AmericanSuper boosts carrying capacity

Wed, 1 Jan 2005
Perched in the suburban Boston town of Westborough, American Superconductor in the 1990s rolled out its first product: high-temperature superconducting wire. As ceramic filaments interlaced through silver, the wire could carry far more electricity than copper wire and promised to revolutionize everything from power generation to ship propulsion. The problem? It cost so much more than copper.

Ener1 to buy Giner Electrochemical

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Plug Power to install hydrogen generators under grant program

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

mPhase's next phase: nanobatteries

Mon, 1 Jan 2005
In more ways than one, it's a delicate balancing act that mPhase Technologies Inc. wants to execute. First is the company's technology: making a nanobattery by placing droplets of water on filaments of silicon. A jolt of electricity then bursts the droplet, it soaks the silicon, and pent-up energy is released. Then there is the company itself. Eight years old, mPhase was founded to sell telecommunications components. Leveraging that business in nanotech is quite a jump.

NanoOpto names new manufacturing VP

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Imago appoints new manufacturing VP

Fri, 1 Jan 2005

EV installs IQ aligner at Promerus

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

MEMS Industry Group to provide cost assessment tool

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Veeco introduces new optical profiler

Fri, 1 Jan 2005

TRONIC'S to open U.S. MEMS office

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Zyvex introduces nanotube epoxy concentrates

Wed, 1 Jan 2005
Zyvex, a Richardson, Texas-based provider of nanotools and materials, today announced it has expanded its NanoSolve product line with nine new product offerings.

Atlas Mining and NanoDynamics to collaborate on nano project

Wed, 1 Jan 2005
Atlas Mining Co. and NanoDynamics Inc. announced they have established a strategic relationship to develop high value applications for the hollow microtubules currently being produced at the Dragon Mine in Juab county, Utah.

Dow Corning CTO: Nano can expand market opportunities

Mon, 1 Jan 2005
In many markets, you have to win the technology battle first to win the market competition. With its ability to catalyze innovation across markets and solve a broad array of problems, nanotech can help a company win this first battle. We see opportunities in lithography, photonic crystal technology and sensors.

Micronics licenses technology to Honeywell

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

Microvision signs pair of deals

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

New York to see $2.7 billion in private semi, nanotech investment

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Regional recap: states fund, flaunt nano competitiveness

Mon, 1 Jan 2005
Nanotech appears to be on lawmakers’ minds as state governors and legislators set their agendas for 2005. A little over a week into the year, officials in New York, Texas and Colorado have either announced new nanotechnology-related investments and initiatives or demanded them of their governments as the race to be a nanotech powerhouse continues.

Semi groups announce nanoelectronics study

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

Nanomix issued hydrogen storage patent

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

Nanosys, Sharp to collaborate on fuel cells

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

Ohio's 2004 performance in Small Times' rankings: diversity, practicality pay off

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Cleveland stakes claim as nanomedicine powerhouse

Thu, 1 Jan 2005
Cleveland tipped its hand last year in October when its medical institutions scheduled a cancer nanotechnology symposium that coincided with a nanomedicine summit and a weeklong event to showcase nanotechnology in the area. The symposium provided a platform for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to discuss a $144.3 million, five-year initiative to develop nano-based approaches for diagnosing and treating cancer.

Kronos and U Washington collaborating on chip cooling

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Companies announce nano patents

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

JMAR assembles x-ray micro science advisory board

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

Semi co's ink 45nm development agreement

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

Accelrys announces nano advisory board

Thu, 1 Jan 2005

Washington nanobusiness meeting slated for February

Fri, 1 Jan 2005

SEMI expands nano emphasis, names nano director

Fri, 1 Jan 2005

Veeco introduces new AFM

Tue, 1 Jan 2005
Veeco, a Woodbury, N.Y.-based developer of solutions for nanoscale applications in the worldwide data storage, LED/wireless, semiconductor and scientific research markets, announced the release of its new NanoMan II atomic force microscope.

CNI announces double wall nanotubes

Wed, 2 Feb 2005

Side-impact regulations could drive more demand for MEMS sensors

Wed, 2 Feb 2005
The airbag accelerometer is generally regarded as one of the best examples of a MEMS sensor giving automakers a simultaneous price and performance advantage. The same may one day be said of MEMS-based tire pressure monitors, now being integrated in mainstream models in response to safety legislation. Now there’s another area where MEMS is poised to make inroads in automotive – side-impact crash protection.

Alexza names August Moretti as senior VP and CFO

Thu, 2 Feb 2005

Clemson University researchers weave fabric of the future

Thu, 2 Feb 2005
What do you get when you put together a physical chemist, two polymer scientists and a self-proclaimed "fiber guy" (that is, a textile chemist)? A self-cleaning suit, of course. At least that's among the goals of an interdisciplinary research team at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. "It was about two years ago," recalled Phil Brown. "Igor (Luzinov) said, 'What do you think about developing a lotus fiber?'"

Oxonica to supply sunscreen additive to Boots Group

Wed, 2 Feb 2005

NTERA announces display availability

Wed, 2 Feb 2005

Afternoon sessions touch on energy, telecom applications

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
Two of Thursday's afternoon sessions at NanoCon 2006 featured lively discussions on nanotechnology as it is currently being applied to and thought of in the areas of energy and telecommunications.

Best of Small Tech Awards 2006 Photo Gallery

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
The 2006 Best of Small Tech Awards were presented Sept. 22, 2006 at NanoCon International in Las Vegas.

Small Times NanoCon International Photo Gallery 2

Mon, 9 Sep 2006
The photos included here are from Friday, Sept. 22, the final day of Small Times NanoCon International. Legendary biotech financier Steven Burrill delivered the morning's keynote address, which explored lessons that people in the nanotech industry could learn from the history of the biotech sector.

NanoCon wraps up with talks on biotech, funding

Mon, 9 Sep 2006
Small Times NanoCon International in Las Vegas came to a close on Friday with a keynote address by a veteran of the biotech industry and a second keynote on how the Sarbanes-Oxley act affects nanotech, as well as a trio of panels that covered the life sciences, what it takes to go public, and how to get early stage funding for a nanotech startup.

Nanophase co-sponsors NanoCon International

Tue, 9 Sep 2006
Nanophase Technologies , a technology leader in nanomaterials and advanced nanoengineered products, announced that the Company is a Gold Sponsor for NanoCon International 2006 conference and exhibition in Las Vegas September 20-22.

NanoInk awarded NIH grant to develop biomolecule nanoarray fabrication methods and platform

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
NanoInk, Inc., an emerging growth technology company specializing in nanometer-scale manufacturing and applications development in the life sciences and semiconductor industries, announced today that it has been awarded a $735,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant

NanoInk appoints Robert Janosky president and chief operating officer

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
NanoInk, Inc. announced today the appointment of Robert J. Janosky, as the Company's president and chief operating officer. Mr. Janosky will be responsible for guiding NanoInk's operations and will report to Cedric Loiret-Bernal, M.D., the Company's chief executive officer.

STS announces development of 300mm DRIE plasma source for high volume IC manufacturing

Tue, 9 Sep 2006
Surface Technology Systems plc (STS), a developer of plasma process technologies required in the manufacturing and packaging of MEMS and advanced electronic devices, announced the development of a new Deep Reactive Ion Etch plasma source which is compatible with 300mm silicon wafers.

FEI announces order from Japanese steel firm

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
FEI of Hillsboro, Ore., announced that Japan's JFE Steel Corp. has ordered a Titan 80-300 for its research center in Kawasaki. JFE Steel, a leading global supplier of steel products, is the first Japanese customer to order the Titan S/TEM.

Imago installs LEAP upgrade at U. North Texas

Tue, 9 Sep 2006
Imago Scientific Instrument Corp., a provider of atom probe tomographic (APT) microscopes, announced the sale and installation of its Laser Pulse Module upgrade at the University of North Texas' Materials Science and Engineering Group.

NanoInk ships 25th DPN system

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
NanoInk Inc., a company specializing in nanometer-scale manufacturing and applications development for the life science and semiconductor industries, has shipped its 25th NSCRIPTOR Dip Pen Nanolithography system.

Cascade Microtech announces partnership with Philips, Agilent

Mon, 9 Sep 2006
Cascade Microtech, a maker of tools and systems for precise electrical measurements on small structures, announced a partnership agreement with Philips' MiPlaza research center and Agilent Technologies to create a new world class Electronic Measurement Laboratory on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Agilent supporting single-molecule research

Thu, 9 Sep 2006
Agilent Technologies and The Institute for Biophysics at the University of Linz announced the annual Linz Winter Workshop where more than 25 invited speakers will present recent advances in single-molecule research in biology and nanoscience.

FEI, Malvern partner on nanoparticle analysis

Thu, 9 Sep 2006
FEI Co. of Hillsboro, Ore., and Malvern Instruments Ltd. of Malvern, UK, announced they have entered into a joint development and marketing program for advanced nanoparticle analysis utilizing Malvern's particle image analysis software on FEI's line of Quanta scanning electron microscopes (SEMs).

NIL Technology launches new nanoimprint stamps

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
NIL Technology, a Denmark-based provider of stamps for nanoimprint lithography and nanoimprint services, announced the launch of nanoimprint stamps with standard nanostructure down to 100 nm at a price of 1,950 Euros, or a little under $2,500.

Cascade Microtech announces improved wafer probes

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
Cascade Microtech, a Beaverton, Ore., maker of wafer-level measurement products, announced it has made significant technological advancements to its line of Infinity probes, offering finer pitches (down to 50 um), smaller contact area and higher frequency operation (up to 220 GHz).

FEI launches top-of-the-line research DualBeam at M&M

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
The next generation of combined focused ion beam and scanning electron microscope technology for research will be unveiled today when FEI Company releases its all-new Helios NanoLab DualBeam at Microscopy and Microanalysis 2006 in Chicago.

FEI's Titan S/TEM achieves low kV milestone

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
FEI Company today announced that scientists at its NanoPort in Europe have broken another image resolution barrier with the world's most advanced commercially-available microscope, the Titan 80-300 corrected S/TEM. For the first time ever, directly interpretable TEM images with atomic resolution better than 1.4 Angstrom were obtained at the very low operating voltage of 80kV.

NanoLogix names new board member

Tue, 4 Apr 2006

pSivida enters eval agreement

Thu, 4 Apr 2006

Polyfuel inks agreement with Johnson Matthey

Fri, 4 Apr 2006

American Pharma, American Bioscence complete merger

Wed, 4 Apr 2006

Lumera names new members of scientific advisory board

Tue, 4 Apr 2006

Abraxis to acquire manufacturing complex from Pfizer

Wed, 4 Apr 2006

Pharma boosts pill power with nanoparticles

Thu, 4 Apr 2006
Researchers are busily ferreting out new agents that make drugs more effective. For drug developers, it's a new avenue to explore in the quest to take a limited amount of vaccine and spread it among large populations fighting a potential pandemic.

Korean team claims new nanotube process

Fri, 6 Jun 2005

Scientists demonstrate nanotube interconnects

Fri, 6 Jun 2005

Honda secures Japanese fuel cell vehicle certification

Mon, 6 Jun 2005
Honda Motor Co. Ltd. of Japan announced last week that its FCX fuel cell vehicle has received motor vehicle type certification from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

Affymetrix to buy ParAllele BioScience

Wed, 6 Jun 2005

BioDelivery Sciences raises $2.5 million

Fri, 6 Jun 2005

Nanostream announces new microfluidic product

Mon, 6 Jun 2005

Arrowhead licenses, funds Stanford work

Mon, 6 Jun 2005

Caliper added to Russell 2000 Index

Mon, 6 Jun 2005

Cambrios hires VP of research and development

Tue, 6 Jun 2005

Nanomix delivers second sensor product

Thu, 6 Jun 2005
Nanomix Inc., an Emeryville, Calif., company commercializing a line of nanoelectronic detection devices for industrial and biomedical applications, announced the release of a second detection device based on its Sensation technology platform.

Crossbow unveils uNAV sensor pack

Tue, 6 Jun 2005

BEI to supply MEMS to Thales Aerospace

Mon, 6 Jun 2005

Lockheed, U Texas bid to run Los Alamos lab

Fri, 6 Jun 2005

Creative businesses can rebound from loss of VC funding

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
Translume was launched in 2001 with the goal of making optical components for the telecommunications market. It had only venture capital funding, unlike any of the other companies that I co-started. It was relatively easy money at the time, but that was not the main reason for that type of funding. It just was a time when the common way to start a company was to go with VC funding.

Changing mindsets is key to success

Fri, 6 Jun 2005
The Washington Technology Center's (WTC) Microfabrication Laboratory is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Like any entrepreneurial venture, we experienced successes and challenges in achieving this milestone.

Nano indexes fail as benchmarks but excel as marketing tools

Tue, 6 Jun 2005
You have to make news to be in the news, or so goes the mantra of a PR professional. There are lots of ways to generate news these days, from labeling sales as "strategic partnerships" to announcing scientific breakthroughs and product releases.

Opinion: Nanotech should learn from other industries' experiences

Thu, 6 Jun 2005
The nanotechnology community should not dismiss protests. What began for the nano industry as a handful of protestors at NanoCommerce 2004 could gain momentum quickly.

Konarka, Solaris partner on solar work

Tue, 6 Jun 2005

Konarka enters into partnership with manufacturer KURZ

Mon, 6 Jun 2005

Companies collaborate on energy monitoring

Wed, 6 Jun 2005

Hygrometrix releases MEMS-based humidity sensor

Tue, 6 Jun 2005
Hygrometrix made its HMX2000-HT humidity-temperature sensor, the Hygrotron, commercially available Monday.

American Sensor acquires Macro Sensors

Fri, 6 Jun 2005

Nanosolar to announce $20 million second round

Fri, 6 Jun 2005
Mohr Davidow Ventures led the round. New investors Mitsui & Co. of Japan and Onpoint Technologies also participated, along with existing investors Benchmark Capital and others.

Polyfuel aiming for London stock offering

Mon, 6 Jun 2005
Polyfuel Inc., a Mountain View, Calif., company that makes fuel cell membranes, plans to list on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange sometime this month.

Biz plan competition open for submissions

Fri, 6 Jun 2005

Swiss institute mixes training, languages

Mon, 6 Jun 2005
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne may be located on the idyllic banks of Lake Leman, but the institute has its feet solidly on the ground. Its programs combine technical training with something rarely emphasized in science and engineering: linguistic dexterity. Its leaders believe that mix will make the institute more attractive to students and to the businesses that eventually hire them.

Globalization alters manufacturers' rules
Are nano, micro as vulnerable as anything else?

Mon, 6 Jun 2005
As globalization continues its relentless onslaught, the question inevitably arises: Precisely who benefits from this scenario? Certainly shareholders stand to benefit from innovation and the industrial development that follows. The employees of new firms benefit, too. And then there are the local economies in which such industries develop. They benefit from the creation of new jobs, the expansion of the local service sector, and from the reinvigorated tax base that results.

Nano-Tex announces new fabric enhancements

Fri, 2 Feb 2005

Konarka developing photovoltaic fabrics

Fri, 2 Feb 2005

Applied NanoWorks announces optically transparent zinc oxide

Thu, 2 Feb 2005

Venture capitalist says investors must separate hype from substance

Fri, 2 Feb 2005
Small tech is emerging as the next great technology revolution. Over the next few decades, it will fundamentally change the way we work and live, transforming our day-to-day lives. Over the next few years there will be a wave of microtechnology-based products that will have significant impact.

Risk management includes worker issues

Wed, 2 Feb 2005
The National Science Foundation (NSF) estimates 40,000 scientists in the United States have the skills to work in nanotechnology. However, assuming that nanotechnology grows into a $1 trillion industry as the NSF estimates, 800,000 highly skilled nanotechnology workers will be needed in the country by 2015. The European Union and Asia also will require hundreds of thousands of specially trained nano workers. Risk management – which includes asset protection – also includes people.

Moving from nanotech lab to company quarters requires careful planning and execution

Mon, 2 Feb 2005
As nanotechnology companies mature from pure research to commercialization of a product, many will face the challenge of finding appropriate facilities to conduct research, manage businesses, and in some cases, manufacture products. University labs or other government-funded laboratory facilities will no longer be sufficient.

Book Review: Handbook gives business pioneers survival skills needed to tame nanotech’s frontier

Wed, 2 Feb 2005
At $125 a pop, "The Handbook of Nanotechnology" stands out as one of the most expensive nanotech non-textbooks on the market today. But is it worth it? If you are an entrepreneur or investor who is considering rolling your dice in the sub-100 nanometer zone, or a scientist or engineer with no foundation in business but a hankering to found a company, then it may be a bargain.

Enough nanotalk: Materials and knowing how and when to use them speak volumes

Mon, 2 Feb 2005
In his novel "Cat's Cradle," Kurt Vonnegut created three new words suitable for nanotechnology. Vonnegut defines the words in his collection of essays, "Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons": "A wampeter is an object around which the lives of many otherwise unrelated people may revolve. The Holy Grail would be a case in point.

Nano-Proprietary, U Texas sign memory agreement

Mon, 2 Feb 2005

Cambrios names biz dev VP

Thu, 2 Feb 2005

Nextreme Thermal raises $8 million

Thu, 2 Feb 2005

European firms collaborate on nano-enhanced displays

Fri, 2 Feb 2005

Konarka names manufacturing VP

Thu, 2 Feb 2005

President’s advisers to consider export controls on nanotech

Thu, 2 Feb 2005
A panel that advises President Bush on export issues will explore whether nanotechnology needs regulating. The committee, which will be assembled early this year, is expected to review other nations' nanotechnology capabilities, their competitiveness and nanotechnology's impact on national security. Lawyers who specialize in export law recommend nanotechnology companies follow developments to ensure they comply.

Oxonica's deal with bus fleet puts company on right road

Mon, 2 Feb 2005
It's been an arduous 12-month journey and a lot of buses for Oxonica Ltd. and its subsidiary Cerulean International. But they reached their destination in December when the transportation company Stagecoach Group announced it would put Cerulean's nanotechnology-based fuel additive in its entire fleet of 7,000 buses. "From Stagecoach's view, it's pretty straightforward," said Stuart Anderson, Cerulean's business director.

Micralyne, Sensicore expand partnership

Wed, 2 Feb 2005

Channeling nano's funding future: Startups will plot multiple courses to public markets this year

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
Two river routes lead to Wall Street in lower Manhattan. Sailing down the Hudson provides a wide, smooth ride, not to mention breathtaking views of the wooded cliffs of New Jersey – in short, a classy way to sail downtown. The East River, by contrast, is a narrow, bumpy ride. The water is dark and oily from barge traffic. The stretch past LaGuardia airport is deafeningly noisy.

'04 nano funding report: less money but record number of rounds

Wed, 2 Feb 2005
The amount of money invested by venture capitalists in U.S. companies commercializing nanotechnology fell a precipitous 35 percent last year, according to data released today by Small Times. However, the number of companies receiving funding increased 32 percent, to the highest level Small Times has tracked in data going back to 1995.

Cambrios closes on $9m financing

Wed, 2 Feb 2005

FormFactor announces first delivery from new factory

Thu, 6 Jun 2005

New nano method for memory chips

Tue, 6 Jun 2005

Sematech, Novellus partner to develop film technology

Wed, 6 Jun 2005

HP announces new nanoelectronics technique

Thu, 6 Jun 2005

Semi group expects 20 new fabs in China

Fri, 6 Jun 2005
Although China currently accounts for a relatively small share of the world semiconductor total, 20 new fabs are expected to be built between 2005 and 2008.

Intel invests in sub-90nm software firm

Fri, 6 Jun 2005

MFIC ships improved microfluidizer

Mon, 6 Jun 2005

IMT partners with MEMTronics on RF MEMS

Tue, 6 Jun 2005

Ultratech nets Asian orders

Wed, 6 Jun 2005

Trikon sells to Zetex

Thu, 6 Jun 2005

Molecular Imprints sells to major research centers

Tue, 6 Jun 2005

SEMI publishes new standards

Fri, 6 Jun 2005

August Technology, Nanometrics end merger agreement

Tue, 6 Jun 2005

Liquidia, UNC announce new nanoparticle process

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
Liquidia Technologies Inc. of Research Triangle Park, N.C., and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced a new process to create nanoparticles for delivering drugs and biological materials into the human body.

Simpler Networks launches MEMS-based telecom distribution frame

Tue, 6 Jun 2005
Simpler Networks, a Montreal-based telecommunications equipment manufacturer, announced the launch of its EZ-MDF solution and upcoming customer trials.

Taking nano to the needy: A Small Times Q&A with Fabio Salamanca-Buentello

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
Mexican native Fabio Salamanca-Buentello co-authored a report listing 10 nanotechnology applications that third world experts said would have the most impact on developing nations.

EU outlines broad nano plans

Tue, 6 Jun 2005
The European Commission issued a release detailing the steps it sees necessary to "keep Europe at the forefront of the fast-moving field of nanotechnology in a safe and responsible way."

Gateway founder gives $250k to Foresight; Institute developing nano roadmap

Tue, 6 Jun 2005
The Foresight Nanotech Institute, a Palo Alto, Calif. think tank, and Battelle, a Columbus, Ohio manager of labs and technology commercialization, announced today that they have launched the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems.

JMAR installs test microscope in Vermont

Thu, 6 Jun 2005

Freescale to participate in European Commission project

Mon, 6 Jun 2005

Hearing to assess U.S. nano program

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
Four members of the nanotechnology business community are scheduled to testify before Congress today. A House subcommittee scheduled the hearing to examine a recent assessment of the government's nanotechnology program.

U.S. company, university establish research program with India

Thu, 6 Jun 2005
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and NEI Corp. announced they established a cooperative research program in nanotechnology with an Indian government R&D center.

NanoDynamics, Nanocyl ink agreement

Mon, 3 Mar 2005

Evident introduces new quantum dots

Mon, 3 Mar 2005

Dendritic names Dow's Pirc to board

Mon, 3 Mar 2005

Akrion names senior VP for sales

Thu, 3 Mar 2005

Veeco names new senior VP

Wed, 3 Mar 2005

Tegal receives PVD cluster tool order

Thu, 3 Mar 2005

Trikon appoints acting CFO

Thu, 3 Mar 2005

Fuel cell demos work but it’s a long road to your driveway

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
Try to get Bob Sinuc to pontificate on the future of fuel cell technology and you won’t get far. Instead, the vice president of engineering for fuel cell developer Plug Power will politely remind you that, “we’re a reality-based company.” So it’s no surprise to see Plug Power announce the operation of its second-generation experimental home energy station without much accompanying hype. No flowing descriptions of how the device will enable the hydrogen economy.

Fabrinet to supply BEI division

Fri, 3 Mar 2005

Apogee begins testing MEMS medical device

Fri, 3 Mar 2005

Quantum Dot Corp. launches new assay system

Mon, 3 Mar 2005

Evident launches 2nd generation quantum dot labels

Thu, 3 Mar 2005

CAPE building officially opens

Fri, 4 Apr 2006

SUSS expands wafer bonder line

Thu, 4 Apr 2006
SUSS MicroTec, a supplier of precision manufacturing and test equipment for the semiconductor and emerging markets, announced it is extending its existing wafer bonder range to include a new platform designed specifically for research, development and other low volume bonding applications. Currently the bonder carries the project name of "Elan".

Cascade introduces new measurement platform

Tue, 4 Apr 2006
Cascade Microtech of Beaverton, Ore., announced the introduction of a 150mm device measurement platform for measuring anything from semiconductor wafers, ICs, printed circuit boards and MEMS to bioscience devices.

IMT forms biosensor division

Mon, 12 Dec 2005

Chinese auto sensor companies move into India

Tue, 12 Dec 2005
China Automotive Systems Inc., a Wuhan, Hubei, China, power steering components and systems supplier and Sensor System Solutions Inc., an Irvine, Calif., manufacturer of MEMS sensors, interface electronics and control systems, announced a new project for its joint venture to manufacture and distribute manifold absolute pressure (MAP) and temperature and manifold air pressure (TMAP) sensors in India, as well as provide technical and commercial support to an unnamed Indian automobile manufacturer.

Acusphere promotes Walovitch to senior VP, clinical research

Wed, 12 Dec 2005

U.S. Genomics names Canepa CEO

Fri, 12 Dec 2005

Nanogen and Spectral announce cardiac test agreement

Wed, 12 Dec 2005

Oxonica, Croda form cosmetics partnership

Thu, 12 Dec 2005

PolyFuel claims increase in fuel cell membrane performance

Thu, 12 Dec 2005

Agilent acquires Molecular Imaging, moves into AFM market

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A), the Hewlett-Packard spinout that recently reoriented itself to focus on test and measurement applications, moved into the atomic force microscope market this week when it announced the acquisition of Molecular Imaging Corp. of Tempe, Ariz.

Measurement Specialties acquires MEMS sensor company

Fri, 12 Dec 2005

Aviza Technology and Trikon Technologies announce merger

Fri, 12 Dec 2005

NaturalNano completes merger with public company

Mon, 12 Dec 2005

Semi industry association announces nanoelectronics research grants

Fri, 12 Dec 2005
The grants will fund the creation of two new university-based nanoelectronics research centers -- one in California and the other centered in New York -- as well as support additional research at five National Science Foundation nanoscience centers and at a research group in Texas.

Advance Nano finances epi-CNT project

Tue, 12 Dec 2005

Measurement Specialties sells consumer division

Tue, 12 Dec 2005

Oxonica acquiring Nanoplex Technologies

Wed, 12 Dec 2005
Combining the two companies is intended to spur the development of new detection technologies and the creation of new diagnostic tools for a variety of purposes, the companies said.

NUCRYST Pharma prices IPO

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
NUCRYST Pharmaceuticals Corp., a Wakefield, Mass., maker of medical products that fight infection and inflammation based on nanocrystalline silver technology, announced an initial public offering of 4.5 million common shares at $10 per share.

Arrowhead announces IP company

Fri, 12 Dec 2005
Arrowhead Research Corp, a developer of nanotechnology research and companies, announced that it has created a wholly owned subsidiary NanoPolaris Inc. in order to assemble a portfolio of intellectual property in the area of carbon nanotubes. The intent, according to a company release, is to facilitate and enable the manufacture of nanotube-based products.

Lumera secures wideband optical modulator contract

Tue, 12 Dec 2005

Veeco introduces new Dimension AFP

Wed, 12 Dec 2005

ASML demos litho advancements

Thu, 12 Dec 2005

Tour, Pasquali to lead Rice nano lab

Mon, 12 Dec 2005

Akrion sells to new Taiwan customer

Thu, 12 Dec 2005

Semitool delivers third Raider to CEA Leti

Thu, 12 Dec 2005

BEHR Paints unveils nano-enabled products

Thu, 4 Apr 2006
BEHR Paints of Santa Ana, Calif., introduced its new Premium Plus Interior Sateen Kitchen and Bath Enamel, paints that use nanomaterials for better physical and aesthetic qualities. The paint doubles as a safeguard against mildew and stains in kitchens and bathrooms.

Nanophase announces new application order

Mon, 4 Apr 2006
Nanophase Technologies Inc., a developer of nanomaterials and advanced nanoengineered products, announced the initial order for a new application for industrial UV and antimicrobial protection for the transportation and marine markets.

Owlstone Nanotech hires security screening veteran

Tue, 4 Apr 2006
Owlstone Nanotech Inc., a developer of nanotechnology-based chemical detection products, announced that it has appointed Bret Bader to the position of chief executive officer. As CEO of Owlstone, Bader will be responsible for developing and executing the strategic direction of the company.

Applied sells memory production tool

Mon, 4 Apr 2006

SiTime announces sampling of MEMS oscillators

Mon, 4 Apr 2006
By his own admission, MEMS industry veteran Kurt Petersen didn't think MEMS resonators were a viable commercial product. For starters, moisture would eventually creep into the packaging, undermining performance. And to make matters worse, the packaging itself would make it difficult if not impossible to compete in a price-driven market.

Richardson to distribute TeraVicta RF MEMS

Thu, 4 Apr 2006

Konarka names Brabec CTO

Tue, 4 Apr 2006
Konarka Technologies Inc., a developer of power plastic that converts light to energy, announced that Christoph Brabec has been appointed as the company's chief technology officer. Previously Konarka's director of polymer photovoltaics, Brabec will guide scientific research efforts as CTO, while working with the company's technology developments to develop relevant applications.

Amtech announces solar order

Fri, 4 Apr 2006
Amtech Systems Inc., a supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies to the semiconductor, solar cell and silicon wafer industries, announced that a major U.S. manufacturer of solar energy products awarded the company an order for its Bruce Technologies horizontal BDF 200 diffusion furnace.

Magic Nano shows industry
need for standard terminology

Fri, 4 Apr 2006
"Magic Nano," a protective glass and bathroom sealant that was recalled March 28 in Germany after causing sometimes severe breathing problems in consumers, may not be much of a nano product after all. At least the "nano liquid" used in the sealant does not contain nanoparticles, said Ralf Juergens, a scientist at nanopool GmbH, the company that produces the liquid for the product's distributor, Kleinmann GmbH.

Air Products acquires technology from Nanogate joint venture

Wed, 4 Apr 2006

Advance Nanotech names new chairman

Fri, 4 Apr 2006

Veeco to join solid state lighting group

Mon, 4 Apr 2006

Nano toolmaker's CEO steps down

Tue, 4 Apr 2006
FEI Co., a Hillsboro, Ore., maker of focused ion- and electron-beam tools for nanoscale characterization and research, announced late Monday that Vahe Sarkissian has stepped down as the company's chairman, president and chief executive officer and will be leaving the company. Sarkissian, who joined the company in 1998, would also resign as a director prior to the company's annual shareholder meeting on May 11.

SUSS sells to MiPlaza

Tue, 4 Apr 2006

Tokyo Electron delivers new MEMS tester

Wed, 4 Apr 2006

Colorado company opens inkjet facility

Wed, 4 Apr 2006

NanoInk names quartet of new execs

Tue, 4 Apr 2006

Singapore co. opens nano facility

Thu, 4 Apr 2006

Olympus, Movaz launch joint venture

Fri, 4 Apr 2006

Unaxis unveils 45nm photomask tool

Fri, 4 Apr 2006

Research foundry installs industrial nanoimprint tool

Mon, 4 Apr 2006

UMass receives $16 million from NSF for nanomanufacturing center

Mon, 4 Apr 2006

SiGen announces new silicon substrate process

Tue, 4 Apr 2006

sp3 unveils diamond deposition system

Tue, 4 Apr 2006

DiMatix ink jets adhesives

Thu, 4 Apr 2006

Lumera announces opto order

Mon, 4 Apr 2006
Lumera Corp., a nanotechnology company, announced that it had received an order from Optoelectronics Industry Development Association.

Atom probe maker acquires competitor

Wed, 4 Apr 2006
Imago Scientific Instruments Corp., a Madison, Wis., maker of atom probe tomography tools, announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Oxford nanoScience Ltd., a UK-based competitor, from Polaron plc. The deal, which was for a total of $4.35 million, includes $2.25 million in cash and the issue of $2.1 million in preferred stock.

JMAR names new president, CEO

Thu, 4 Apr 2006

Novaled, Ciba to collaborate on OLEDs

Fri, 4 Apr 2006

McMaster University orders two FEI Titan S/TEMs

Thu, 4 Apr 2006

Nano Chemical announces lubricant

Fri, 4 Apr 2006

Advance Nano appoints John Robertson to board

Fri, 4 Apr 2006

New Texas nano training program launched

Tue, 4 Apr 2006

Virginia Tech uses nano products to protect athletes

Wed, 5 May 2006
Virginia Tech is utilizing a nanotech product to protect athletes utilizing its synthetic turf fields, sports medicine training room, locker rooms, whirlpools and wrestling rooms.

Owlstone to ship chemical detection product

Wed, 5 May 2006
Owlstone Nanotech announced that its chemical detection device, the Owlstone Tourist, is now available. The device is based on the company's micro-machined gas sensor and utilizes technology that the company says is smaller and less expensive than existing technology.

Raymor subsidiary receives order from Boeing

Fri, 5 May 2006
Raymor Industries announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, AP&C Advanced Powders and Coatings has received an order from Boeing (NYSE: BA) for the purchase of spherical nitinol powder for use in its next generation of composite aerospace applications.

DALSA establishes new business unit

Tue, 5 May 2006

SEMATECH names director of lithography division

Thu, 5 May 2006

RPI announces new supercomputing center

Thu, 5 May 2006

PARC and Uni-Pixel collaborate on new display technology

Fri, 5 May 2006
Uni-Pixel Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) to collaborate on the development and commercialization of Uni-Pixel's TMOS display technology.

Applied Materials to create new company with Dainippon Screen

Mon, 5 May 2006
Applied Materials Inc. announced that it has signed an agreement to create a joint venture company with Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co. Ltd. to deliver track solutions for customers' critical semiconductor manufacturing requirements.

Altair Nanotechnologies achieves milestone in nano-powered battery development

Wed, 5 May 2006
Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. announced it has completed a safety testing cycle for lithium ion battery products that it says is a step forward in the effort to develop lithium ion batteries that are safe enough to be used in electric-powered automobiles.

Study shows no nano in Magic Nano, the German product recalled for causing breathing problems

Fri, 5 May 2006
'Magic Nano,' the protective glass and bathroom sealant that was recalled in late March in Germany after causing severe breathing problems for some consumers, did not contain any nanoparticles. That¿s according to Rene Zimmer of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin.

Harris & Harris Group invests in Innovalight

Tue, 5 May 2006
Harris & Harris Group Inc. announced that it led a $7.5 million Series B round of financing of privately held Innovalight, Inc., of Santa Clara, California. The Series B financing included Apax Partners, ARCH Venture Partners, Sevin Rosen Funds and Triton Ventures.

Applied Materials acquires Applied Films

Thu, 5 May 2006
Applied Materials Inc. and Applied Films Corporation announced that they have signed agreement for Applied Materials to acquire Applied Films.

Nanosphere closes $57 million in funding

Tue, 5 May 2006
Nanosphere announced that it has closed $57 million in a Series D financing round.

Harris & Harris Group invests in D-Wave Systems

Tue, 5 May 2006
Harris Group announced that it led a $14 million second round financing in D-Wave Systems. of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. The second round financing included investments from existing investors, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, BDC Venture Capital, Growthworks Capital Ltd. and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation.

Publicly-traded nano VC firm rings NASDAQ closing bell

Tue, 5 May 2006
Saying that its listing on the NASDAQ has played a big role in Harris & Harris (NASDAQ: TINY) becoming one of the venture capital firms with the most investments in nanotechnology, company Chairman and CEO, Charles Harris, rang the closing bell.

BASF and Engelhard reach agreement

Wed, 5 May 2006
BASF and Engelhard jointly announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for BASF to acquire all the outstanding shares of Engelhard for $39 per share in cash.

Reaction is mixed to petition asking FDA to recall sunscreens that use nanotechnology

Tue, 5 May 2006
Reaction is mixed to a petition filed by consumer, health and environmental groups that asked the Food and Drug Administration to recall sunscreens that contain nanoparticles unless they are proven safe.

Cabot launches new aerogel products

Mon, 5 May 2006
Cabot launches three aerogel products

Veeco announces new orders for vapor deposition system

Tue, 5 May 2006

FEI cuts loss as reorg begins paying off

Thu, 5 May 2006
FEI Co. turned a corner on Wednesday. The Hillsboro, Ore., maker of tools for nanoscale characterization and research announced it had cut its first quarter loss to $5.2 million, compared with a $30.7 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Owlstone names new exec VP

Mon, 5 May 2006

ALIO Industries appoints new president

Fri, 5 May 2006

Heidelberg Instruments announces sale of lithography system

Fri, 5 May 2006

KLA-Tencor unveils magnetic metrology system

Fri, 5 May 2006

MEMSIC opens design center

Tue, 5 May 2006

Sumika Electronics purchases Veeco system

Mon, 5 May 2006

Aviza Technology ships wafer system to China semiconductor foundry

Mon, 5 May 2006

Freescale orders production wafer bonding system from SUSS MicroTec

Wed, 5 May 2006

Aviza Technology ships single wafer ALD System to Taiwan company

Thu, 5 May 2006

Company starts shipping nano-enabled batteries

Mon, 5 May 2006
Advanced Battery Technologies Inc., a developer and manufacturer of rechargeable polymer-lithium-ion (PLI) batteries, announced that it has shipped its first batch of finished new nano-lithium-ion (NLI) batteries to a U.S. customer.

IBM researchers demonstrate new method for rapid molecule sorting and delivery

Tue, 5 May 2006

Senate to hold nano hearing

Wed, 5 May 2006

Senate subcommittee looks to nano for economic boost

Mon, 5 May 2006
Two themes emerging from a Capitol Hill hearing last week on nanotechnology were the need to meet global competition from Europe and Asia, and the opportunities offered by nanotechnology development for smaller states and areas in economic transition.

Oregon State University hires nanotech fellow

Tue, 5 May 2006

FEI sells tool to BASF

Fri, 3 Mar 2006

Molecular Foundry to open today

Fri, 3 Mar 2006

INEX completes facilities upgrade

Fri, 3 Mar 2006

IMEC installs SUSS systems

Wed, 3 Mar 2006

Surface Technology nets MEMS order

Thu, 3 Mar 2006

Lightconnect announces new VOA with polarization maintaining fiber

Thu, 3 Mar 2006
Lightconnect, a supplier of MEMS optical components, announced a new variable optical attenuator with polarization maintaining fiber for power control and receiver protection in next generation optical networks.

NeoPhotonics announces integrated PLC triplexer

Fri, 3 Mar 2006
NeoPhotonics announced a planar lightwave circuit (PLC) triplexer module in a standard 2 x 2-inch package. Triplexer transceiver modules, located in customer equipment known as optical network terminals, are components of "fiber-to-the-home" networks.

JDSU introduces new MEMS optical product

Mon, 3 Mar 2006
JDSU introduced three new optical communications products under its Agile Optical Network (AON) strategy, which is intended to address the need for more agile, dynamically reconfigurable networks for consumer and business services.

Xponent begins production at IMT

Thu, 3 Mar 2006
Xponent Photonics, a maker of optical components, announced that it has begun production volumes of silicon planar lightwave circuits (PLCs) at Innovative Micro Technology.

Stanford gets 8th cancer nanotech center

Wed, 3 Mar 2006
Stanford University School of Medicine will host one of the National Cancer Institute’s Centers for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence.

Wilson Center unveils nano product list

Fri, 3 Mar 2006
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars today launched a nanotechnology consumer products inventory.

Lumera names new bio, electro-optics chiefs

Tue, 3 Mar 2006

Center issues nano commercialization report

Tue, 3 Mar 2006

Polychromix launches new spectrometer

Wed, 3 Mar 2006

Nanometrics acquires Soluris

Thu, 3 Mar 2006

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

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

Commerce secretary launches nano center

Tue, 3 Mar 2006

Altair, Sulzer Metco ink agreement

Fri, 3 Mar 2006

Veeco unveils new scanning probe scopes

Tue, 3 Mar 2006
Veeco, a supplier of instrumentation to the research and nanoscience community, announced the launch of two new scanning probe microscope (SPM) products, the MultiMode V SPM and the Dimension V SPM for both research and industrial applications.

New nanotech product launched for automotive repair

Tue, 5 May 2006
CRC Industries announced it has launched a nanotechnology product for head gasket and block repair.

AMSOIL introduces new air induction filters using nanofibers

Tue, 5 May 2006

Altair Nanotechnologies signs agreement with Lilly

Wed, 5 May 2006

SmartShirt System launched to monitor human vital signs remotely

Wed, 5 May 2006

CombiMatrix to collaborate on bird flu early detection system

Thu, 5 May 2006

Lumera receives order from Harvard Medical School

Fri, 5 May 2006

CombiMatrix launches CustomArray 90K products

Tue, 5 May 2006

Apogee forms medical advisory board

Fri, 5 May 2006

Lumera receives order from Baylor Research Institute

Mon, 5 May 2006

Nanogen announces diabetes research collaboration

Mon, 5 May 2006

Cepheid launches in vitro diagnostic test

Mon, 5 May 2006

Combimatrix technology to be used in bird flu screening program

Wed, 5 May 2006

Flush with funding, Nanosphere aims for diagnostics market

Mon, 5 May 2006
Molecular diagnostic tests are the essential tools needed to closely match a more careful diagnosis at an early stage with new drugs that are designed to precisely target disease in carefully identified patient groups. That kind of personalized medicine is expected to greatly increase the response rate that patients have to a drug, which today is often a hit-and-miss approach, and advance the response time to treating disease.

Battelle Ventures leads $4 million Series A financing of BioVigilant Systems

Tue, 5 May 2006

PSivida appoints Boston-based Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel

Wed, 5 May 2006

CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics adds scientific advisory board member

Wed, 5 May 2006

Nucryst Pharmaceuticals appoints director

Wed, 5 May 2006

Nintendo sources tri-axis accelerometer to Analog, ST Micro

Wed, 5 May 2006
Analog Devices Inc. and ST Microelectronics announced on Tuesday that they would be supplying tri-axis MEMS accelerometers for use in Nintendo's new home video game console, the Wii. The accelerometers will be used to provide a motion-activated user interface for the gaming machine.

NanoDynamics adds former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce to board of advisors

Fri, 5 May 2006
NanoDynamics Inc. announced the addition of Phillip Bond to the nanomaterials company's business and scientific board of advisors. Bond will be lending his expertise in government relations and public policy to the fast-growing nanomaterials manufacturing and technology firm.

PowerMetal Technologies names advisory board member

Tue, 5 May 2006
PowerMetal Technologies announced that golf industry veteran Charles Yash has been named to the company's advisory board.

Altair begins manufacturing li-ion battery cell

Fri, 2 Feb 2006

Ener1 appoints Marshall Cogan to board

Tue, 2 Feb 2006

mPhase names nano researcher chief scientist

Wed, 2 Feb 2006

EnerFuel relocates headquarters

Thu, 2 Feb 2006

Applied Nanotech develops metal oxide sensor

Tue, 2 Feb 2006
Texas-based Nano-Proprietary Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Applied Nanotech Inc., has developed a "gated" metal oxide sensor for carbon monoxide detection and measurement. The gated approach allows the sensor to operate without heating, as compared with most sensors which require heating the sensor to greater than 250 degrees Celsius.

BioForce Nanosciences plans merger

Mon, 2 Feb 2006

Nano financiers aim to reinvent seed funding

Wed, 2 Feb 2006
Private funding works a certain way. Entrepreneurs bootstrap their moonlight tinkerings into small startups. They raise early financing from friends, family and angel investors. They go to venture capitalists. But a couple of companies actively funding nanotech are not so certain that's the best way after all.

Luna Innovations files for IPO

Mon, 2 Feb 2006

Molecular Nanosystems announces funding, new exec

Tue, 2 Feb 2006

KLA-Tencor to acquire ADE Corp.

Fri, 2 Feb 2006

China earmarks $4.73 million for academy

Tue, 2 Feb 2006

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Wed, 2 Feb 2006
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Tegal announces repeat order from wireless supplier

Thu, 2 Feb 2006

Integral Vision announces new orders

Fri, 2 Feb 2006

IBM announces path for extending chip technique

Mon, 2 Feb 2006

Applied ships 500th 300mm CMP system

Wed, 2 Feb 2006

IMT installs new SUSS wafer bonder

Wed, 2 Feb 2006

Tegal appoints new North American sales VP

Fri, 2 Feb 2006

Amkor to commence wafer bumping in Singapore

Mon, 2 Feb 2006

Nanophase announces NanoTek products for electronic and optical use

Tue, 2 Feb 2006

India's president supports collaboration with Singapore

Wed, 2 Feb 2006

NaturalNano announces scientific advisory board

Wed, 2 Feb 2006

Nano policy tour kicks off in D.C.

Thu, 2 Feb 2006
The NanoBusiness Alliance, a U.S.-based nanotechnology trade association, announced that two days of meetings between members of the nanotechnology business community and government officials commenced this morning.

Pitt receives $5 million gift for nano institute

Tue, 2 Feb 2006

PCAST gets 14 new members

Tue, 2 Feb 2006

Sensor System Solutions signs agreement with X-Labs Global

Tue, 3 Mar 2006
Sensor System Solutions Inc., a manufacturer of MEMS sensors, intelligent sensor interface electronics and intelligent embedded control systems, announced it has signed an agreement with X-Labs Global, a technology advisory and consulting firm based in Los Angeles.

Companies partner on automotive sensor development

Thu, 3 Mar 2006
Methode Electronics International GmbH, a division of Methode Electronics Inc., a global developer and manufacturer of electronic component and subsystem devices, and SensorDynamics AG, a development company manufacturing intricate microchip and micro-sensor systems, announced that they have signed a long-term collaboration agreement.

Lumera appoints Gambhir to board

Thu, 3 Mar 2006

Veeco sells bioscope to French institute

Thu, 3 Mar 2006

Hygrometrix launches new humidity transmitter

Tue, 3 Mar 2006

Another reverse merger: BioForce Nanosciences goes public

Wed, 3 Mar 2006
The company became publicly traded following its recently announced acquisition by Silver River Ventures Inc., now known as BioForce Nanosciences Holdings Inc.

Nanophase to supply Roche Diagnostics

Wed, 3 Mar 2006

Researchers use Dimatix tool to ink jet yeast, bacteria

Thu, 3 Mar 2006

FEI, Sidec to collaborate on protein tomography

Thu, 3 Mar 2006

Companies to co-develop microarrays

Mon, 3 Mar 2006

JMAR, Portaqua to collaborate on water testing

Tue, 3 Mar 2006

Insert Therapeutics receives OK for clinical trial

Wed, 3 Mar 2006

Nanomix, UC Berkeley to make nano nose

Fri, 3 Mar 2006

GenISys announces Layout LAB simulation software for MEMS

Tue, 12 Dec 2006
Developers of MEMS and flat panel displays now have a powerful new development and productivity tool from GenISys GmbH, a leading-edge provider of software solutions for efficient processing optimization of microstructure fabrication.

SmalTec launches advanced micro-EDM, nano-grinding equipment

Wed, 12 Dec 2006
SmalTec International LLC, a Naperville, Ill., microtechnology solutions provider, announced the launch of its most advanced micro-EDM / nano-grinding equipment.

EV Group, Sonix collaborating

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
EV Group (EVG), a St. Florian, Austria, supplier of wafer-bonding and lithography equipment for the advanced packaging, MEMS and semiconductor markets, and Sonix Inc., a supplier of advanced acoustic NDT solutions for bonded wafers & MEMS, announced they are joining forces as Sonix selects EVG as their exclusive worldwide reseller/distributor of selected Sonix products.

FEI to introduce NanoLab 400/400S

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
FEI Co. of Hillsboro, Ore., announced it will expand its Helios NanoLab family of DualBeams when it introduces the Helios NanoLab 400 and 400S systems next week at SEMICON Japan.

JPSA intros new rotary stage

Mon, 12 Dec 2006
J. P. Sercel Associates (JPSA) announced a new integrated Z-theta motorized stage that it says offers high precision operation for wafer processing and positioning.

SemiSurplus revamps site

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
SemiSurplus Inc. of West Chester, Ohio, launched a new web site for sales of semiconductor, MEMS, and nanotechnology equipment.

Nanoscience Instruments announces Nanosurf Nanite AFM

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
Nanoscience Instruments of Phoenix announced the release of the Nanosurf Nanite automated AFM, a new easy to use AFM designed to provide true walk away time.

Tegal receives order for 6500 advanced etch system from Skyworks Solutions

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
Tegal Corp., a San Jose, Calif., designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems, announced that it had received an order for an 6500 Advanced Etch cluster tool from Skyworks Solutions Inc.

NanoInk awarded grant to develop biomolecule nanoarray fabrication methods and platform

Thu, 8 Aug 2006
NanoInk Inc., a company specializing in nanometer-scale manufacturing and applications development in the life sciences and semiconductor industries, announced that it has been awarded a $735,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health.

Nanogen, Fisher Scientific expand R&D collaboration

Fri, 8 Aug 2006
Nanogen Inc., a San Diego developer of advanced diagnostic products, and Fisher Scientific International Inc. of Hampton, N.H., announced that the companies have expanded their relationship to include a research and development collaboration in molecular diagnostics. The companies said the collaboration agreement complements Fisher's equity investment in Nanogen announced in March 2006.

Accelrys releases life science software

Thu, 8 Aug 2006
The company announced the shipment of Discovery Studio 1.6, the most recent version of its suite of life science modeling and simulation tools for lead discovery and optimization.

Micell Technologies, PNNL expand research collaboration

Thu, 8 Aug 2006
Micell Technologies announced an expansion of its license agreement for using supercritical fluids for creating medical device surface modifications with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory, managed by Battelle.

MIT expert lends hand on nanobio initiative

Fri, 8 Aug 2006
Accelrys is bringing in some high-powered scientific help to lend a hand on a new initiative designed to sharpen its software development expertise to work as a tool in the hands of nanobiology researchers.

Nano-Tex expands into home textiles

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
Nano-Tex, the Emeryville, Calif., maker of nanotechnology-based textile enhancements, announced plans to move into the home textiles market beginning with an expansive roll out of wrinkle-free performance sheets made with Nano-Tex's Coolest Comfort fabric to JCPenney stores.

SMI developing nanolayer process for improved lighting

Wed, 8 Aug 2006
Structured Materials Industries Inc. (SMI) reported that it has received funding to enhance high intensity lamp performance by developing a metal organic chemical vapor deposition process.

Small Times NanoCon International 2006 selects EventMingle as their official online collaboration application for upcoming conference

Thu, 8 Aug 2006
EventMingle today announced it has been selected as the official online social networking application for the Small Times NanoCon International 2006 conference which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, September 20-22, 2006.

Companies partner on MEMS communication devices

Wed, 8 Aug 2006
Advanced Diamond Technologies Inc. announced that the company and its collaborators received a $1.4 million Phase II program award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to advance next-generation broadband communication devices based on Advanced Diamond's Ultrananocrystalline Diamond (UNCD).

Siargo announces low power MEMS fuel cell sensors

Wed, 8 Aug 2006
Siargo Ltd. of Santa Clara, Calif., announced the release of its low power MEMS sensors for fuel cell systems, including a gas mass flow sensor for solid oxide fuel cells and a methanol concentration sensor for direct methanol fuel cells.

Oxonica to supply nanocatalyst to Turkish national oil co.

Wed, 8 Aug 2006
Nanomaterials maker Oxonica announced it has reached an agreement with Petrol Ofisi A.S., Turkey's leading national oil company, to supply its Envirox fuel borne nanocatalyst for use in diesel fuel across Petrol Ofisi's nationwide distribution network.

Pennsylvania governor announces new state nano investments

Fri, 8 Aug 2006
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell said the commonwealth will invest $11.1 million to support Pennsylvania's scientists and researchers in nanotechnology and engineering research.

Synopsys acquires SIGMA-C Software AG

Wed, 8 Aug 2006
Synopsys Inc., a maker of semiconductor design software, announced that it has completed the acquisition of SIGMA-C Software AG, a Munich-based company providing simulation software that allows semiconductor manufacturers and their suppliers to develop and optimize process sequences for optical lithography, e-beam lithography and next-generation lithography technologies.

Mr. Scott Schroeder appointed as vice president finance and CFO at Nanomix

Mon, 8 Aug 2006
Nanomix Inc., a leading nanoelectronic detection company commercializing high-value diagnostic and monitoring applications, today announced the appointment of Scott Schroeder as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer to lead the company's financial and administrative activities.

NanoSensors enters into license agreement with Michigan State

Thu, 8 Aug 2006
NanoSensors Inc. a Santa Clara, Calif., nanotechnology development company that develops instruments and sensors to detect explosives, chemical and biological agents, announced that it has entered into a technology license agreement with Michigan State University for exclusive patent-pending rights to nanoporous silicon-based electrochemical DNA biosensors.

Soitec breaks ground on Singapore fab

Mon, 8 Aug 2006
The manufacturer of SOI wafers and other engineered substrates announced it has broken ground on its new 300 mm wafer fab in Singapore. Designated Fab 3, the facility is expected to start supplying the group's customer base with SOI wafers in mid-2008.

Rogue Valley Microdevices to install RASIRC steam machines

Wed, 8 Aug 2006
RASIRC, a steam purification company, announced that Rogue Valley Microdevices has purchased four RASIRC Intaeger UHP systems to install in its facility in Medford, Oregon. The systems will be used to generate the ultra high purity water vapor used for wet oxide growth. The Intaeger UHP is the first commercial technology that can purify steam from de-ionized water.

MEMSIC opens new Asia offices

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
MEMSIC Inc., a provider of CMOS-based MEMS accelerometers/motion sensors, announced it has opened branch offices in Tokyo, Japan and in Taipei, Taiwan. The company said it will open additional offices in Shanghai and in Shenzhen, mainland China for local customer support in Asia.

JMAR advances x-ray mask development work

Wed, 8 Aug 2006
JMAR Technologies Inc. announced it received a $3.1 million award by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). This is the latest increment to be added to JMAR's current contract, valued at $17.5 million, to continue development of sub-100nm feature x-ray masks and next generation nanolithography.

China Nanotech opens new factory

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
China Nanotech Inc., formerly Zeolite Exploration Co., a nano precipitated calcium carbonate (NPCC) and coal-based chemical products manufacturer in the People's Republic of China, announced the opening of its new NPCC factory in Xianyang City, Shaanxi province.

IMT receives ISO 9001 certification

Thu, 8 Aug 2006
Innovative Micro Technology (IMT), a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based contract manufacturer for MEMS, announced that it received ISO 9001:2000 certification from Det Norske Veritas (DNV).

Nano-Proprietary and Mitsui & Co. form strategic alliance

Thu, 5 May 2006

MPhase Technologies and Bell Labs extend joint development agreements

Wed, 5 May 2006

Applied NanoWorks adds operations manager

Wed, 5 May 2006

NanoGram develops new polymer nanocomposites

Thu, 5 May 2006

ON Semiconductor and Nantero to develop carbon nanotube technology jointly

Thu, 5 May 2006

Mercury sponge technology goes from lab to market

Fri, 5 May 2006

Virginia Tech materials researchers selected to improve military armor

Tue, 5 May 2006

Cascade Microtech provides software for Agilent's network analyzers

Mon, 5 May 2006
Cascade Microtech announced it will be providing Agilent Technologies Inc. with WinCal 2006 high frequency measurement calibration software. The software will be used to support to Agilent's ENA Series Network Analyzers.

FEI's Titan microscope installed in French microelectronics center

Tue, 5 May 2006
The Laboratoire d'Electronique de Technologie de l'Information (LETI) in France is one of the first European sites to install and begin using the FEI Titan 80-300. This scanning transmission electron (S/TEM) microscope yields atomic scale imaging and analysis capabilities. It is installed in LETI's new Center for Innovation in Micro and Nanotechology (MINATEC).

BIOIDENT unveils printed lab-on-a-chip prototype

Thu, 12 Dec 2006
BIOIDENT Technologies Inc., a Menlo Park, Calif., company developing printed opto-electronic solutions for life sciences, announced a lab-on-a-chip prototype with a fully integrated opto-electronic readout system.

Nanogen wins CDC contract to develop avian flu diagnostic

Tue, 12 Dec 2006
Nanogen Inc., a San Diego developer of advanced diagnostic products, announced it has been awarded a $4.5 million contract from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a unique multi-analyte Point-Of-Care (POC) diagnostic assay for influenza in support of the U.S. Government's efforts to strengthen its readiness for a potential influenza pandemic.

NanoSensors initiates first prototype production of product to detect e. Coli

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
NanoSensors Inc., a Santa Clara, Calif., nanotechnology development company that develops instruments and sensors to detect explosives, chemical and biological agents, announced that it has engaged a third-party contractor to manufacture units of a test version of its biosensor product that will be used for third party field testing.

Discera names Japanese distributors

Mon, 12 Dec 2006
Discera Inc., a San Jose, Calif.-based company developing MEMS resonator technology and provider of MEMS-based timing solutions, announced a pair of partnerships to distribute Discera's MEMS resonator-based timing products.

Firm releases nano safety framework

Mon, 12 Dec 2006
Dec. 4, 2006 -- ICF International of Fairfax, Va., released an analysis of the U.S. Federal Government's efforts to research the human health and environmental consequences of nanotechnology.

Standards body releases first nanotech nomenclature standard

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
Dec. 8, 2006 -- ASTM International, an open forum for the development of international standards, announced its first nanotech related standard. The standard was developed by a committee, E56, which was formed in 2005.

Altairnano completes initial round of nanomaterial workplace testing with NIOSH

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc., a provider of advanced nanomaterials for use in alternate energy, life sciences and industrial applications, announced that it has completed the first phase of a research project on workplace nanomaterial exposure characterization in conjunction with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Five Star Technologies announces $7.1 million funding

Tue, 12 Dec 2006
Five Star Technologies of Cleveland has closed an investment round of $7.1 million dollars led by Morgenthaler Ventures. Other investors include CTTV Investments (ChevronTexaco), Early Stage Partners, Industrial Technology Ventures, and Reservoir Venture Partners.

ITOCHU invests in solar company NorSun

Mon, 12 Dec 2006
ITOCHU Corp. of Japan announced it will invest $8.5 million in solar energy company NorSun AS of Oslo, Norway, which is planning to produce monocrystalline silicon wafers for solar cells.

Altair Nanotechnologies raises $23 million from offering

Tue, 12 Dec 2006
Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI) has closed its "registered direct" offering resulting in net proceeds of around $23.15 million.

Philips to sell its remaining FEI shares

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
Dec. 1, 2006 -- Philips Business Electronics is selling off its remaining shares of FEI Company. The shares are being offered by Philips Business Electronics International B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.

XCOM Wireless selects IMT to make RF relays

Mon, 12 Dec 2006
Dec. 4, 2006 -- XCOM Wireless Inc., a Signal Hill, Calif., developer of radio frequency products, announced it selected Innovative Micro Technology, a Santa Barbara, Calif., MEMS contract manufacturer, to manufacture die for its RF MEMS relay product.

SiTime names new operations VP

Wed, 12 Dec 2006
SiTime Corp., a Sunnyvale, Calif., start-up commercializing silicon MEMS resonators, announced the appointment of Regina Rekhtman as vice president of operations.

WiSpry names new management team members

Mon, 12 Dec 2006
WiSpry Inc., an Irvine, Calif., company developing RF MEMS tunable components and devices for the wireless industry, announced the appointment of Scott Feltenberg and Collin Baker to its executive team. Feltenberg joins WiSpry as vice president of finance and Baker joins WiSpry as vice president of customer engineering.

Entrepix selected by defense contractor to provide CMP for infrared sensor production

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
Entrepix Inc., a Tempe, Ariz., provider of CMP foundry and equipment services, announced the signing of a CMP FastForward volume pricing agreement with a leading aerospace defense contractor.

austriamicrosystems announces 50V high-voltage CMOS process with embedded flash

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
austriamicrosystems' foundry business unit announced a 50V High-Voltage CMOS process with embedded Flash. The company says this is the consequent next step in extending austriamicrosystems' position in High-Voltage CMOS technology.

EV Group, Sawatec extend agreement

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
EV Group (EVG), a St. Florian, Austria supplier of wafer-bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets and Sawatec, a manufacturer of advanced components and manual loaded instruments for photolithography, have signed a reseller agreement.

The Nov/Dec issue

Wed, 12 Dec 2006
Read our predictions for the year ahead, a review of the aerospace market, the 2006 MEMS industry report card and more. Plus a report on how 2-year colleges are training the nano workforce of the future, MEMS-based energy monitoring, and how microfluidics solved the spinach scare.

Bock resigns from Nanosys board

Mon, 12 Dec 2006
Larry Bock has resigned as executive chairman of the board of directors of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Nanosys Inc., a nanotechnology platform and product development company working in a variety of industries, including developing military-related applications using nanomaterials for use in biosensors, solar cells and memory devices.

Nano-Now interviews Small Times Editor

Sat, 12 Dec 2006
Nano-Now, which airs on Fox 23 News in Albany, N.Y., interviewed Small Times Editor David Forman for its Dec. 17 television broadcast. View the streaming video here.

The Small Times staff will be on a nano (or micro, depending on your point of view) break starting Dec. 23 and will return Jan. 2

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Agilent unveils new AFM/SPM

Fri, 12 Dec 2006
Dec. 1, 2006 -- Agilent Technologies announced the introduced of the Agilent 5400 AFM/SPM system, a high-precision instrument offering atomic resolution for a variety of research, industry and teaching applications.

Acusphere files financial results

Tue, 3 Mar 2006

Fluidigm, In-Q-Tel reach second agreement

Tue, 3 Mar 2006

BioForce closes $6 million private placement

Tue, 3 Mar 2006

BioLok gets FDA approval for nano product

Wed, 3 Mar 2006

Liposome researchers seek to stop bird flu before it takes flight

Mon, 3 Mar 2006
A small band of researchers scattered around the country from East Tennessee State University to Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital are about to test a new, nanotech approach to heading off a potential bird flu pandemic. The scientists are developing liposomes, fatty globules used as a tiny drug delivery device, which contain a mix of antioxidants and anti-viral drugs.

Ablynx names new CEO

Mon, 3 Mar 2006

Ensemble Discovery appoints chief business officer

Thu, 3 Mar 2006

Buyer beware: Product list highlights both nanotech and nano-marketing

Thu, 3 Mar 2006
For now, consumers are likely to experience nanotech in pedestrian ways – perhaps by chewing chocolate-flavored gum or buying diamonds cultured in labs, not mined from the Earth. Those are among hundreds of available consumer products being spawned as companies manipulate matter at the atomic level.

Air mouse threatens to replace TV remotes

Wed, 3 Mar 2006
As MEMS-based products make their way into the consumer electronics market, one promising application is a device a reviewer dubbed the "remote control bagel."

Acacia acquires micromirror portfolio

Wed, 3 Mar 2006

Adidas to use Nano-Tex fabric enhancements

Thu, 3 Mar 2006

Wake Forest shares defense grant

Mon, 3 Mar 2006
Wake Forest University Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials has been selected to receive a $5 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program grant from the Department of Defense to develop new negative index of refraction materials that have potential for a range of uses in military and civilian life.

IBM researchers build IC along length of single nanotube

Fri, 3 Mar 2006
The circuit was built using standard types of semiconductor processes, according to IBM. It uses a single carbon nanotube molecule as the base for the other components in the circuit.

MTI Micro names COO

Wed, 3 Mar 2006
MTI MicroFuel Cells Inc., a developer of micro fuel cell technology for handheld electronic devices, announced today the appointment of Russel Marvin to chief operating officer. Marvin, who has served as vice president of engineering since April of 2005, will focus his efforts on driving technology and product development into the industrial, consumer and military markets.

Altair, Electro Energy partner on batteries

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

Oregon event plants seeds
for greener nanotech

Fri, 3 Mar 2006
The Safer Nano 2006 symposium held in Beaverton, Ore., on Monday and Tuesday looked at best practices and regulatory activities being developed to ensure "Nano for a Safer World."

Particle size matters: Studies fail to include basics for assessing toxicity

Fri, 3 Mar 2006
Vicki Colvin has a question for colleagues who study nanoparticles and how they may affect people and the environment. "Exactly what do you mean by size?"

Global conference explores strategies for risk governance

Tue, 3 Mar 2006
This July, delegates to an international conference will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, to consider recommendations aimed at improving the risk governance of nanotechnology.

Company launches nano hedge fund

Wed, 3 Mar 2006

BioTrove raises $7 million

Wed, 3 Mar 2006

Albany gets almost $2 million from state

Tue, 3 Mar 2006

Legal corner: how to minimize risk of losing patent rights

Thu, 3 Mar 2006
Often a patent attorney will advise that a patent application be filed before the invention is publicized, used in public, or offered for sale.

Dalsa receives new CCD contracts

Thu, 3 Mar 2006

FDA nano meeting scheduled for Tuesday

Mon, 10 Oct 2006
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be holding a public meeting on nanotechnology as it relates to FDA-regulated products on Tuesday in Bethesda, Md.

Cosmetic Industry releases white paper on nanoparticles in personal care

Wed, 10 Oct 2006
The Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA) released a white paper on the application of nanotechnology in personal care products, including cosmetics and certain over-the-counter (OTC) drug products, specifically sunscreens.

Energy firm to receive $1 million from 2007 Defense bill

Wed, 10 Oct 2006
DayStar Technologies Inc., a Halfmoon, N.Y., developer and manufacturer of CIGS Photovoltaic Foil products, announced it was named a recipient of a $1 million development award in the fiscal year 2007 Department of Defense Appropriations Act for the Advanced Photovoltaic Module Development for Lighter Than Air Vehicles. The award was part of the United States Air Force Research, Development, Test & Evaluation, Advanced Spacecraft Technology Program.

Cascade Microtech reports record quarterly revenue

Thu, 10 Oct 2006
Cascade Microtech, the Portland, Ore.-based maker of tools and technology for the precise electrical measurement and test of integrated circuits and other small structures, reported record quarterly revenue of $23 million for the third quarter.

Omron to buy Seiko Epson subsidiary's semi assets

Mon, 10 Oct 2006
OMRON Corp., a developer of automation, sensing and control technologies, announced that it has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire the semiconductor business assets of Seiko Epson's consolidated subsidiary, Yasu Semiconductor Corp.

Starpharma to acquire Dendritic Nanotechnologies

Wed, 10 Oct 2006
Starpharma Holdings Limited of Melbourne, Australia, announced the signing of an agreement to acquire U.S.-based Dendritic Nanotechnologies Inc. (DNT) for $6.97 million payable through the issue of Starpharma shares.

Consortium to focus on cost-effective 3D thru-silicon-via interconnects

Wed, 10 Oct 2006
A new consortium, EMC-3D, has been created to address the technical and cost issues of creating 3D interconnects using Thru-Silicon-Via technology for chip stacking and MEMS/sensors packaging.

EV Group and Datacon extend cooperation on advanced-chip-to-wafer technology

Mon, 10 Oct 2006
EV Group, a St. Florian, Austria, supplier of wafer-bonding and lithography equipment for the advanced packaging, MEMS and semiconductor markets and Datacon Technology GmbH, a leading supplier of flip-chip and die bonding equipment, announced the installation of an EVG540C2W System at Datacon.

Integral Vision announces additional SharpEye order

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
Integral Vision Inc. of Wixom, Mich., announced that it has received an additional order for its SharpEye inspection system from a MEMS display manufacturer. This customer currently uses several SharpEye systems in the manufacture of displays. Integral Vision's products provide for detection of display defects to assure quality in the manufacturing process.

UMC and IME to partner on advanced noise modeling for nanometer technologies

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
UMC, a leading global semiconductor foundry, and Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), have sealed a partnership to jointly develop Radio Frequency modeling solutions for 90nm technologies. The cooperation is intended to result in the development of new methodologies that are applicable for advanced technologies at 90nm and beyond.

Block MEMS nets funds to develop gas sensor

Thu, 10 Oct 2006
Block MEMS LLC of Marlborough, Mass., announced it was recently awarded a $4.5 million contract by the U. S. Army Research Office.

Ultratech president and COO resigns

Fri, 10 Oct 2006
John E. Denzel has resigned as president and chief operating officer of Ultratech Inc. Arthur W. Zafiropoulo, the firm's chairman and chief executive officer, has assumed the responsibilities previously performed by Denzel.

Alcatel receives DRIE systems order from CMOS image sensors foundry Xintec

Mon, 10 Oct 2006
Alcatel Micro Machining Systems, an Annecy, France, supplier of deep silicon etching equipment (DRIE) for MEMS and 3D Semiconductors, announced that it has received a multi-million dollar order from Xintec Inc. in Taiwan for its new AMS 200 "I-Productivity" production tool for advanced Wafer Level Chip Size Packaging (WLCSP) technology.

X-FAB rolls out RF-CMOS program for deep sub-micron communications technologies

Thu, 10 Oct 2006
X-FAB Silicon Foundries, an Erfurt, Germany, analog/mixed-signal semiconductor foundry, announced it has expanded its technology expertise in the communications arena with a new RF-CMOS program. The company says the additions to the current baseline processes will significantly reduce time to market for RF products.

Hitachi expanding in Czech Republic

Fri, 10 Oct 2006
The Japanese company Hitachi Ltd. has begun construction of a plant for the production of flat-panel displays in the Triangle industrial zone, which is approximately 80 km northwest of Prague in the Usti region of the Czech Republic.

SMI moves into high volume with 6-inch MEMS fab

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
Silicon Microstructures Inc. (SMI) of Milpitas, Calif., announced production levels of more than 40,000 pressure sensors per day on its recently installed six-inch wafer MEMS manufacturing line.

IMEC demonstrates feasibility of double patterning immersion litho for 32nm node

Thu, 10 Oct 2006
IMEC, the Leuven, Belgium, independent research center for micro and nanotech, showed in collaboration with ASML the potential of double patterning 193nm immersion lithography at 1.2NA for 32nm node Flash and logic.

Hymite expands North American effort

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
Hymite A/S, a manufacturer of silicon-based packaging products for electronic devices, announced the expansion of its North American sales operations with the addition of a worldwide sales director and new offices in Rockwall, Texas. The expansion is designed to answer the growing market need for wafer-scale packages for consumer and industrial, medical and automotive components, including LEDs.

Tegal to sell tools in Japan through Noah

Thu, 10 Oct 2006
Tegal Corp., a San Jose, Calif., designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, announced that it has signed a distributor agreement with Noah Corp. of Japan.

Nanometrics, ASML to cross license advanced overlay, control systems

Thu, 10 Oct 2006
Nanometrics Inc., a Milpitas, Calif., supplier of advanced integrated and standalone metrology equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced it has entered into a cross-licensing agreement with ASML, the provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry based in Veldhoven, the Netherlands.

Intelligent Micro Patterning offers new rotational stage assembly

Fri, 10 Oct 2006
Intelligent Micro Patterning LLC of St. Petersburg, Florida, announced its SF-100 Rotational Stage Assembly, a new enhancement to the SF-100 maskless micropatterning system.

Virtus expanding MEMS development program

Mon, 10 Oct 2006
Virtus Advanced Sensors, a developer of MEMS multi-axis inertial sensors, announced plans to expand its program for accelerometers, gyroscopes and integrated motion sensors.

MEMS fab nets automotive ISO certification

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
Silicon Microstructures Inc. (SMI), a Milpitas, Calif., silicon sensor designer and manufacturer, announced it has achieved ISO/TS 16949:2002 certification for its new six-inch MEMS production line.

Braggone announces new optical nanostructures for display applications

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
Optoelectronic materials supplier Braggone of Oulu, Finland, announced a new product line intended to enable end-user manufacturers of flat panel displays to cost effectively tune their newest product models to significantly better levels of quality and performance.

Researchers harness DNA to direct gold nanoparticle assembly

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
The speed of nanoparticle assembly can be accelerated with the assistance of DNA, a team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y., recently found.

Researchers developing self-cleaning PV arrays, non-stick MEMS

Wed, 10 Oct 2006
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are mimicking one of Nature's best non-stick surfaces to help create more reliable electric transmission systems, photovoltaic arrays that retain their efficiency, MEMS structures unaffected by water and improved biocompatible surfaces able to prevent cells from adhering to implanted medical devices.

Nano-Proprietary and Shimane Masuda working on carbon nanotube lighting device

Thu, 10 Oct 2006
Nano-Proprietary Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Applied Nanotech Inc., has entered into a license agreement with Shimane Masuda Electronics Co. Ltd. The license agreement resulted from successful completion of the joint pilot line project between the two companies.

Atomistix unveils open software platform for nanotech modeling

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
Danish company Atomistix announced an open software platform for nanotechnology modeling, Atomistix Tool Kit (ATK) 2.1.

Intematix sells to LEDTECH

Wed, 10 Oct 2006
Solid state lighting phosphor provider Intematix Corp. of Fremont, Calif., announced that it has added LEDTECH Electronics Corp. of Taiwan to its list of strategic customer wins.

NovaCentrix announces photonic curing system

Thu, 10 Oct 2006
NovaCentrix, an Austin, Texas, nanotechnology products company with a focus on printable electronics, life sciences and energetics, announced the availability of a novel rapid curing technique called Photonic Curing.

Epion announces development program with semi manufacturer

Tue, 9 Sep 2006
Gas Cluster Ion Beam (GCIB) developer Epion Corp. announced that it has entered into a formal joint development program with one of the world's leading semiconductor system solutions providers for the mobile, automotive and PC/AV markets and world's number one supplier of microcontrollers. The development program will utilize Epion's GCIB technology to develop advanced processes for CMOS logic structures for 45nm and smaller devices.

ULCOAT chosen as potential mold supplier for SUSS C4NP

Tue, 9 Sep 2006
SUSS MicroTec announced that the first potential commercial source for C4NP glass molds has been selected. SUSS explained that the Glass MEMS Division of ULVAC COATING CORPORATION (ULCOAT) of Saitama, Japan has successfully demonstrated trial production of the reusable glass molds needed to bump wafers using IBM's C4NP process.

NanoWorld selects SUSS wafer bonding system

Mon, 9 Sep 2006
SUSS MicroTec, a Munich, Germany, supplier of precision manufacturing and test equipment for the semiconductor and emerging markets, announced an order for its ELAN CB6L wafer bonding system to NanoWorld Services.

Nikon and Synopsys collaborating on sub-45nm DFM litho

Mon, 9 Sep 2006
Synopsys, Inc., a maker of semiconductor design software, and Nikon Corp., a supplier of lithography equipment for microelectronics manufacturing announced that they are collaborating on the development and delivery of advanced lithography software models and DFM enabled lithography manufacturing solutions for 45 nm and below.

Endo cultivates catalytic growth -- of nanotubes and nano industry

Thu, 9 Sep 2006
You could say Morinobu Endo is one of the fathers of the carbon nanotube. Even though he didn't call his intellectual offspring by that name, he began working with nanotubes and related materials in the mid-1970s, back when the "micro"-scale was still the latest thing. He published a seminal paper in 1976 that explained how to make them.

Raymor announces order from top U.S.-based firm

Thu, 9 Sep 2006
Raymor Industries Inc., a Montreal, Quebec, developer and producer of single-walled carbon nanotubes, nanomaterials and advanced materials, announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Raymor Nanotech Inc., has received an initial order for the supply of single-walled carbon nanotubes from a major US firm who is one of the 30 companies that form part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Dr. Michael D. Cable appointed as vice president, platform development at Nanomix

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
Nanomix Inc., a leading nanoelectronic detection company commercializing high-value diagnostic and monitoring applications, today announced the appointment of Dr. Michael D. Cable as Vice President, Platform Development

Nanophase announces new order for textile application

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
Nanophase Technologies , a technology leader in nanomaterials and advanced nanoengineered products, announced the initial order for a new textile application that is being introduced to the industry on a global basis. Details of the customer and application remain confidential at this time.

Nanophase announces new nanomaterial availability

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
Nanophase Technologies, a technology leader in nanomaterials and advanced nanoengineered products, announces the commercial availability of nanocrystalline tin oxide produced by the Company's patented NanoArc Synthesis process using the most recent advances in finite particle size control. NanoArc Tin Oxide consists of non-porous, dense, discrete particles with an average size of approximately 20 nanometers.

Shimadzu announces new spectrophotometer

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments announced its UV-3600 UV-VIS-NIR, a three detector spectrophotometer.

NanoCon Newswire 2006 -- coverage of the show

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
Sept. 25, 2006 (NanoCon Update) -- Biotech financier Steven Burrill headlined the final day of NanoCon International in Las Vegas on Friday. He spoke about what the nascent nanotech sector could learn from the history of biotech.

Small Times announces upgrade to publication Web site

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
Small Times today announced the re-launch of its web site -- SmallTimes.com. The premier online destination covering commercial micro and nanotechnology, SmallTimes.com has been enhanced with an upgrade to its Web platform. The announcement was made at Small Times NanoCon International in Las Vegas.

Small Times Magazine announces Best of Small Tech Awards at leading nanotech business event

Thu, 9 Sep 2006
Small Times (TM) Magazine presented its highly respected Best of Small Tech Awards at the Small Times NanoCon International conference and trade show today in Las Vegas. This is the fifth annual Small Times (TM) Magazine Best of Small Tech Awards, which spotlight the top leaders and the biggest successes in nanotechnology, MEMS, and microsystems during the past year.

Morning keynotes describe a nano-enabled future

Thu, 9 Sep 2006
David Soane only has to look in the mirror to see how central nanotech has become in his life. Soane, a self-proclaimed "serial entrepreneur" who has founded companies such as Aclara, Nano-Tex, Innovative Construction and Building Materials and Cosmetica, addressed NanoCon 2006 in Las Vegas on Wednesday with a personal anecdote about his graying hair and the development of a new nano-based commercial hair coloring system he is developing.

Afternoon sessions cover funding, policy, transpo, materials

Thu, 9 Sep 2006
The afternoon conference sessions at NanoCon 2006 in Las Vegas on Wednesday addressed current U.S. funding levels for nanotech, American and international nanotech policy considerations, the use of nanotech in the transportation industry and the development of nanomaterials.

NanoCon 2006 exhibit floor features novel products and applications

Thu, 9 Sep 2006
Concurrent with the educational sessions of NanoCon 2006 in Las Vegas, several companies and organizations are displaying their wares and demonstrating new products and technology.

NanoCon all about production and applications

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
If Wednesday's opening day of NanoCon 2006 was primarily about the overall picture for nanotechnology in the near-term future, Thursday turned greater attention to specific instances of nanotech applications and developments today.

CVD nanotube tools going into Los Alamos lab

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
CVD Equipment Corp. of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., announced it has been selected by CNT Technologies to supply an EasyTube 3000 Carbon Nanotube System for use by Los Alamos National Laboratory to further develop the commercialization of carbon nanotube fibers.

Dow Corning introduces surface engineering platform

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
Dow Corning Corp.'s Plasma Solutions Business introduced its PlasmaStream platform, which the company says can be used to coat virtually any surface to improve such characteristics as adhesion, waterproofing, low-friction slickness, or anti- microbial properties.

Nanophase announces textile application order

Thu, 8 Aug 2006
Nanophase Technologies, a Romeoville, Ill., maker of nanomaterials and advanced nanoengineered products, announced the initial order for a new textile application. Details of the customer and application were not disclosed.

Silecs introduces new products for CMOS image sensor manufacturing

Wed, 8 Aug 2006
Silecs Inc. introduced its SC series of products for use as advanced optical coatings in CMOS image sensor production.

Carbon nanotubes printed on paper

Thu, 8 Aug 2006
U.S. scientists using an off-the-shelf inkjet printer have developed a technique for printing patterns of carbon nanotubes on paper and plastic surfaces.

Nanocantilevers exhibit surprising behavior

Wed, 8 Aug 2006
U.S. scientists say the behavior of tiny structures called nanocantilevers can be crucial in designing sensors for detecting viruses and bacteria.

ASML ships first extreme ultraviolet litho tool

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
ASML Holding NV announced that it shipped two extreme ultraviolet (EUV) alpha demo tools to customers. Both the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the State University of New York at Albany, N.Y., and the nanoelectronics research institute IMEC in Leuven, Belgium, have received full field EUV systems.

Ambios releases Isochamber

Wed, 8 Aug 2006
Ambios Technology, a Santa Cruz, Calif.-based maker of high performance, low cost bench top metrology and measurement equipment, announced its Isochamber, an environmental isolation system designed to optimize the performance of AFMs and other surface imaging tools.

NanoSight launches nanoparticle characterization system

Mon, 8 Aug 2006
Nanosight Ltd., a Salisbury, U.K., maker of instruments for the optical detection and real time analysis of sub-micron particles, announced the launch of its Firefly LM10, a low cost nanoparticle characterization system that enables visualization of individual nanoscale particles in suspension.

Applied Microstructures ships MVD150 series

Thu, 8 Aug 2006
Applied MicroStructures, a San Jose, Calif., provider of molecular vapor deposition equipment and contract deposition services, announced it has delivered its first MVD150 automated production system to a leading global manufacturer of MEMS devices for use in the deposition of anti-stiction layers.

Incoatec and Bruker AXS announce IuS, a user-friendly high-brilliance X-ray microsource

Mon, 8 Aug 2006
At the ECM 23 (European Crystallographic Meeting), Incoatec GmbH from Hamburg, Germany, a manufacturer of X-ray optics, and Bruker AXS Inc., a provider of advanced X-ray solutions for life and advanced materials sciences, launched their IuS X-ray microsource. The companies are calling it the brightest sealed-tube X-ray generator ever.

Tegal nets repeat orders for 900 series etcher

Mon, 8 Aug 2006
Tegal Corp., a designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, announced that two leading Japanese companies had placed repeat orders for Tegal 900 series plasma etch systems.

PI announces new translation stage

Fri, 8 Aug 2006
PI of Auburn, Mass., announced its P-652 piezoelectric linear-motor driven translation stage.

Spire receives FDA clearance to market catheters

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
Spire Corp. announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market silver coated hemodialysis catheters.

Phoenix S&T announces SureSpray technology

Tue, 9 Sep 2006
Phoenix S&T Inc., a developer of high-performance molded devices for analytical analysis, announced the availability of its SureSpray technology. It is intended to transform the mass spectrometry analysis of proteins and metabolites from a challenging and often variable process into a robust, dependable operation.

Magforce Nanotechnologies signs declaration of intent with Siemens Medical Solutions

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
MagForce Nanotechnologies AG and Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG are to bundle together their competences in the fight against cancer, as revealed by a declaration of intent signed by both companies. The central point of the strategic cooperation is the joint development of the MagForce therapy systems

Pliant, NovaCentrix forge alliance for packaging

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
Pliant Corp., a provider of value added films and packaging solutions, and NovaCentrix, a nanotechnology products company with focus on printable electronics, energetics and life sciences, announced a strategic alliance to create and commercialize solutions for performance and packaging needs.

Motorola, Arizona State advance carbon nanotube sensing capabilities

Thu, 9 Sep 2006
Motorola Labs, the applied research arm of Motorola Inc., and Arizona State University announce a key advancement in the use of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs) in field effect transistors (FETs) to sense biological and chemical agents.

Nano-Proprietary Inc. nets homeland security contract for cargo sensor

Mon, 9 Sep 2006
Nano-Proprietary Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Applied Nanotech Inc., has been awarded an SBIR Phase I contract for the development of a "Dual Sensor Module for Human Detection" from the Homeland Security Advanced Research Project Agency (HSARPA).

Collaborating on aero and defense can be like shooting for the moon

Tue, 9 Sep 2006
The French city of Toulouse is an aerospace town. The headquarters of Airbus and the French National Center for Space Studies are nearby, as is Aerospace Valley, a French cluster of hundreds of companies and state bodies focused on space.

QD Vision demos quantum dot printing technology

Tue, 9 Sep 2006
QD Vision Inc. of Watertown, Mass., announced it has been quietly developing and refining a proprietary and scalable printing technique for the manufacture of quantum dot (QD) displays and has begun discussions with commercialization partners.

Companies demo nano-enabled electric car

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
UQM Technologies Inc, a developer of alternative energy technologies, announced that its propulsion system is powering an electric SUV.

Center to release poll on public perception

Mon, 9 Sep 2006
The Woodrow Wilson Center Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies will release the results of a nationwide poll about the American public's perception of nanotechnology on Tuesday.

Survey says Americans fear what they don't know -- but they are learning fast

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
The percentage of Americans who know at least something about nanotechnology has doubled in the past two years, according to a national poll released on Tuesday by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Nanochemonics announces growth financing

Tue, 9 Sep 2006
Nanochemonics Inc., a Pulaski, Va., producer of a broad range of iron oxide nanoparticles, announced that Spotswood Capital LLC, a Greensboro, N.C .based investment firm, has agreed to provide growth capital to fuel the commercialization of the company's portfolio of iron oxide based nanoparticles.

NanoSight raises second tranche of fundraising

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
NanoSight Ltd, a provider of instruments for the optical detection and real time analysis of sub-micron particles, announced it has secured investment to support its current sales drive and develop new capabilities in nanoparticle analysis in the sub-500 nm region.

Synova secures order for water jet-guided laser fom Vishay

Tue, 9 Sep 2006
Synova, a developer of water jet-guided laser technology, announced it has received a follow-on order from Vishay Intertechnology, one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive components, for its Laser Dicing System (LDS) 200.

NanoGram, Nagase form relationship for Japanese market penetration

Thu, 10 Oct 2006
NanoGram Corp., a Milpitas, Calif., developer and licensor of core process technology for the manufacture of unique nanostructured materials for optical, electronic and energy applications, announced today that it has entered an agreement with Nagase & Co. Ltd.

Industrial Nanotech distributor signs agreement in Turkey

Mon, 10 Oct 2006
Industrial Nanotech Inc. of Naples, Fla., announced that Kolorgen Ltd., an international distributor, has reached an agreement with one of the largest dyehouses in Turkey for the application of the company's Nansulate coatings on all extreme temperature equipment.

NeoPhotonics introduces portfolio of next generation GPON transceivers

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
NeoPhotonics Corp. of San Jose, Calif., announced it is introducing its next-generation line of GPON transceivers, compliant with the ITU-T G.984.2 Class B+ standard, to augment its portfolio of FTTx Biplexer and Triplexer modules.

QD Vision develops green quantum-dot light emitting device

Fri, 10 Oct 2006
QD Vision Inc. of Watertown, Mass., announced it has developed a green quantum-dot light-emitting device.

Bifano to lead BU Photonics Center

Mon, 10 Oct 2006
Boston University announced that Thomas Bifano, a professor in its College of Engineering, has been named director of the Boston University Photonics Center. Bifano has served as the center's interim director since January, when founding director Donald Fraser retired.

DOE selects Sandia as National Laboratory Center for Solid-State Lighting Research and Development

Mon, 10 Oct 2006
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman announced that Sandia National Laboratories is the new home of the National Laboratory Center for Solid-State Lighting Research and Development.

Oak Ridge tech park nets first tenant

Mon, 10 Oct 2006
The Pellissippi Research Center, a new 45-acre park in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley region, announced that its first tenant will be Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network (MPLN). The Maryville- based molecular diagnostic company will build a new 70,000-square-foot, state- of-the-art laboratory on a promontory in the new park.

Benchmark, Holographix to provide fab service for nano-imprint template replication

Mon, 10 Oct 2006
Benchmark Technologies of Lynnfield, Mass., and Holographix LLC of Hudson, Mass., announced they have entered into an exclusive manufacture and resale agreement for the fabrication and distribution of custom nano-imprint templates.

Georgia Tech and NanoInk announce exclusive license for thermal nanolithography system

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
NanoInk Inc., an emerging growth technology company specializing in nanometer-scale manufacturing and applications development for the life science and semiconductor industries, announced it has entered into an exclusive license from Georgia Tech Research Corporation for the thermal control of deposition of ink in NanoInk's NSCRIPTOR Dip Pen Nanolithography (DPN) system.

Asylum Research opens east coast sales, support office

Mon, 10 Oct 2006
Asylum Research, a Santa Barbara, Calif., manufacturer of scanning probe/atomic force microscopes, announced the opening of its East Coast sales, applications and support office at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Centennial Campus.

Imperial College London unveils an FEI Titan

Thu, 10 Oct 2006
Imperial College London announced it has installed an FEI Titan 80-300 S/TEM.

Toronto Institute installs Nano eNabler

Fri, 10 Oct 2006
BioForce Nanosciences Inc, a nanotechnology tools and applications company and a wholly owned subsidiary of BioForce Nanosciences Holdings Inc (OTC Bulletin Board: BFNH.OB), reported that it has completed the first Canadian installation under the pilot placement program of the Nano eNabler system, at the Institute for Optical Sciences in Toronto.

BudgetSensors selling through NanoWin in Korea

Thu, 10 Oct 2006
BudgetSensors, a Sofia, Bulgari, manufacturer of probes and accessories for atomic force microscopes, named NanoWin Corp. as its sole distributor in Korea.

University of Ulster opens FEI center for advanced imaging

Mon, 10 Oct 2006
University of Ulster announced it has opened the FEI Center for Advanced Imaging in Northern Ireland.

Bell Helicopter chooses Honeywell MEMS system

Tue, 2 Feb 2006
Bell Helicopter selected Honeywell to provide five key avionic products for the new Bell 429 helicopter, Honeywell announced this week. The centerpiece of the avionics is the new KSG-7200 Air Data Attitude Heading Reference System (ADAHRS).

Nanotherapeutics names CEO

Wed, 2 Feb 2006

Novavax appoints VP of vaccine research

Thu, 2 Feb 2006

Fluidigm's fab anchors Singapore's biotech hub

Mon, 2 Feb 2006
Gajus Worthington knew three years ago that he needed to find a manufacturing site for Fluidigm Corp. The San Francisco Bay-area company had already released its first generation microfluidic biochip for analyzing proteins and was poised to ramp up production.

Nucryst announces European approval for Acticoat

Tue, 2 Feb 2006

NanoBio names new CFO

Fri, 2 Feb 2006

Getting FDA's OK to go inside the body

Mon, 2 Feb 2006
Developing a new product -- matching design and functionality with a real market need -- is difficult enough. But when it comes to working inside the human body, it's doubly so. Two recent success stories, one a MEMS company and the other a nanotech company, highlight some of the best practices companies use to navigate the trials process.

BioForce to collaborate with Iowa State University

Mon, 2 Feb 2006

Acrongenomics announces execs, negotiation

Wed, 2 Feb 2006

Nanosphere works on Alzheimer's test

Wed, 2 Feb 2006

Cepheid launches new products in Europe

Thu, 2 Feb 2006

New Balance, Nano-Tex team up

Wed, 2 Feb 2006

Alien names CFO, controller

Wed, 2 Feb 2006

Intematix announces key customer win

Tue, 2 Feb 2006

CombiMatrix begins work on $2.1 million defense contract

Mon, 2 Feb 2006
Acacia Research Corp. announced Monday that its CombiMatrix group has begun work on a one year, $2.1 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Funding for this contract was previously announced as part of the DoD budget.

Beleaguered Philips places its chips on nanowires

Wed, 2 Feb 2006
Despite changes afoot at their troubled semiconductor division, researchers at Dutch multinational Philips Electronics continue to develop technology that will enable the next generation of chips. They are among a handful of companies using nanoscale components to make transistors ever smaller. "Historically the semiconductor roadmap has always been about more Moore," said Ronald Wolf, group leader at Philips Research.

NEC, Sony, Toshiba to collaborate on 45-nm chip

Wed, 2 Feb 2006

Akustica launches single-chip microphone

Tue, 2 Feb 2006

EVG, Brewer Science claim wafer 'milestone'

Wed, 12 Dec 2007
EV Group, which supplies wafer-bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS and nanotech markets, and Brewer Science Inc., have claimed a "milestone" in handling and processing of ultrathin wafers.

NIL Technology releases new standard stamps for affordable nanoimprint lithography

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
Following its release last year of a nickel standard stamp for cost-efficient nanoimprint lithography, NIL Technology has introduced stamps in quartz (fused silica) and silicon with features as small as 50 nm.

XCOM, IMT process makes RF relays more economical

Thu, 12 Dec 2007
XCOM Wireless Inc., a developer of radio frequency products, and Innovative Micro Technology, a MEMS contract manufacturer, say they have reached a "critical milestone" in producing a joint RF MEMS relay product.

Sensors strip off packaging with VTI chip-on-MEMS

Thu, 12 Dec 2007
VTI Technologies has developed manufacturing concepts that it says offer better ways of combining MEMS and ASIC technologies.

First Nano Lab will assist product commercialization starting Q1 08

Wed, 12 Dec 2007
CVD Equipment Corp. has signed a contract to purchase a 13,300 square foot facility in Ronkonkoma, NY for expansion of its First Nano Laboratory in Q1, 2008. The larger facility will enable First Nano, a division of CVD, to work with multiple startup and established companies in the nano, solar, energy and semiconductor fields for commercialization of their intellectual property.

Nanophase introduces nanoengineered products for water-based coatings

Fri, 12 Dec 2007
Nanophase Technologies Corp. has announced a new line of nanoengineered dispersions optimized for water-based coatings aimed at increasing scratch resistance and gloss retention for paint and coating manufacturers.

'BayTubes' nanotubes have distribution agreement

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
Bayer MaterialScience AG (BMS) has entered a distribution agreement for its carbon nanotubes, BayTubes, with Brenntag Schweizerhall AG.

Saudi Arabia announces plans for nanotech institute

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has approved a proposal to create a nanotechnology institute, which will be named after him, at a facility in Riyadh.

Finland and China intensify nanotech collaboration

Wed, 12 Dec 2007
A cooperation agreement between the Finnish national nanotechnology initiative (FinNano) and the China International Nanotech Innovation Cluster (CINIC) was inaugurated Dec. 1 in the Chinese city of Shuzou.

Unidym founder recognized by World Economic Forum

Fri, 12 Dec 2007
George Gruner, founder of Unidym Inc., has been selected as a visionary Technology Pioneer for 2008 by the World Economic Forum and has been invited to speak at the upcoming WEF Technology Pioneers Conference in Davos, Switzerland, this January.

Brookhaven researchers discover unexpected fuel cell catalyst activity

Tue, 12 Dec 2007
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have unveiled important details about a class of catalysts that could help improve the performance of fuel cells. The researchers established that a small amount of ceria or titanium makes gold extremely active.

UTHouston nano pioneer test-launching multistage drug delivery system

Wed, 12 Dec 2007
Nanomedicine pioneer Mauro Ferrari and colleagues at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have developed a new way to get intravenous agents for cancer and other diseases to the parts of the body where they're needed most and to reduce the amount that goes to other areas where unintended injury can occur.

Explosives-on-a-chip improve military detonators

Thu, 12 Dec 2007
Developed by a team of scientists from the Georgia Tech Research Institute, tiny copper structures with pores at both the nanometer and micron size scales could play a key role in the next generation of detonators used to improve the reliability, reduce the size and lower the cost of certain military munitions.

NanoFocus, Digital Surf announce new surface analysis software

Fri, 12 Dec 2007
Surface analysis software, based on a new version of Digital Surf's Mountains technology, has been integrated into NanoFocus's micronsurf 3D topometers and micronscan profilometers.

Microfluidics device forms tumor for better drug discovery

Thu, 12 Dec 2007
Small, spherical conglomerations of tumor cells are superior to individual cells for predicting the response of malignant cells to a variety of anticancer treatments. To trap a reproducible number of cells in an environment that causes the cells to adhere to one another in discrete structures (the tumor spheroid), a Berkeley researcher has designed a microfluidics device that uses the properties of fluid flow at the nanoscale to capture cells within a U-shaped structure.

Filigree develops nanosilver for better batteries

Thu, 12 Dec 2007
Filigree Nanotech Inc., a startup company focusing on nanomaterials for batteries, has received about $3,000 from the Chambers Family Fund for Entrepreneurship.

Foresight Institute posts Productive Nanosystems documents

Thu, 12 Dec 2007
According to the Foresight Nanotech Institute, an official announcement of the first version of the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems will be made in early January 2008. But for the time being, the organization has made available two documents, each weighing in at around 200 pages.

Carl Zeiss's new CENTRA 100 TEM offers high-resolution and high-contrast modes

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
The new CENTRA 100 transmission electron microscope (TEM) offers resolution to 0.2 nm and is designed for biomedical or clinical laboratory environments. It promises ease of use, fast specimen exchange, and the choice between two imaging modes: high resolution and high contrast.

Agilent, Multiprobe get together for Asia sales

Tue, 12 Dec 2007
The tool suppliers will collaborate to sell Multiprobe's Multiscan Atomic Force Prober (AFP) in Japan and the rest of Asia.

New JEOL SEM/FIB enables simultaneous micro milling and hi-res imaging

Thu, 12 Dec 2007
JEOL USA's new high-throughput MultiBeam SEM/FIB combines focused ion beam micro milling with the high-resolution imaging of the JEOL LaB6 electron column. The MultiBeam was designed as a high-productivity tool for IC defect analysis, circuit modification, TEM thin film sample preparation, and mask repair.

Xidex to make carbon nanotube sources for DOE

Fri, 12 Dec 2007
Xidex Corp.'s project for the Department of Energy aims to significantly improve the imaging resolution, SNR, and processing speed of SEMs and TEMs. "This project will have a huge impact on all areas of electron microscopy," for materials science, nanotech, and other applications, the company says.

Carl Zeiss's ASSAYbuilder adds high-content analysis to microscopes

Wed, 12 Dec 2007
Carl Zeiss Microimaging Inc. has launched ASSAYbuilder, a suite of next-generation high content analysis (HCA) tools that can be added to any microscope with a digital imaging package. Leveraging research microscopy for HCA promises to enable precise assay development and hit qualification with reduced access cost.

NIST imaging system maps nanomechanical properties

Thu, 12 Dec 2007
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed an imaging system to quickly map the mechanical properties of materials -- how stiff or stretchy they are, for example -- at billionths of a meter. The new tool offers a cost-effective way to design and characterize mixed nanoscale materials.

Caliper's new Zephyr SPE workstation streamlines mass spectrometer analysis

Fri, 12 Dec 2007
Caliper Life Sciences Inc. has announced the Zephyr SPE, a benchtop tool designed to automate solid phase extraction (SPE). It features a 96-well plate format, an SPE-specific software interface designed for ease of use, and streamlined sample prep.

Agilent's new Pico Image software enhances AFM performance

Fri, 12 Dec 2007
Designed for ease of use, Agilent Technologies' Pico Image is a modular software package that analyzes atomic force microscope (AFM) image data and generates dynamic, highly detailed surface analysis reports. The software has been integrated into the platform for Agilent's complete line of AFMs.

Steinmeyer's new XY stage is compact

Wed, 12 Dec 2007
Steinmeyer, Inc. has announced a new high precision XY linear stage model KT 310 - 210 - DC. Manufactured from high strength anodized aluminum, the standard table promises travel of 200 mm in both axes with positioning accuracy of 5 µm (micrometer), straightness/flatness of 3 µm and repeatability of +/- 1µm.

PI's XYZ nanopositioning stage scans promises speed, accuracy

Fri, 8 Aug 2007
PI's (Physik Instrumente) new high-resolution, 3-axis nanopositioning / scanning stage features parallel-kinematics design for fast operation. It is designed for nanomanipulation, imaging, and materials research.

Thermo's UltraDry helps electron microscopes detect low-energy X-rays

Tue, 8 Aug 2007
Thermo Scientific's large-area silicon drift detector now enables electron microscopes to sense very low energy X-rays down to Beryllium -- and produces clear peak separations for more confident analysis.

Delong's LVEM5 is "world's only benchtop TEM"

Thu, 8 Aug 2007
Delong Instruments says its LVEM5 is the only benchtop transmission electron microscope -- and the smallest multi-mode desktop electron microscope -- on the market today. It can accommodate up to 4 imaging modes (TEM, STEM, SEM, and electron diffraction) and promises effortless transitioning among them.

Microfluidics's new M-110P promises efficient nanomaterials production

Thu, 8 Aug 2007
Microfluidics' newest Microfluidizer processor is a benchtop machine that requires no compressed air or cooling water. It promises efficient production of nano-formulations and a higher flow rate than any comparable, competitive product. Results are guaranteed scaleable to pilot/production volumes.

Veeco's new offerings to enable CIGS thin film solar production

Tue, 8 Aug 2007
Veeco Instruments has introduced a line of production-scale PV-Series Thermal Deposition Sources, which promise to help copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film solar manufacturers more quickly transition from pilot to full-scale solar-cell production.

Rigaku's compact X-ray diffractometer promises speed, flexibility

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
Rigaku's new Ultima IV general-purpose X-ray diffraction (XRD) instrument targets materials science, semiconductor, and nanotechnology R&D as well as manufacturing quality assurance. It promises 100X faster measurements and unrivaled application flexibility.

ISE releases five-recipe controller for MEMS production

Thu, 8 Aug 2007
ISE has released a five-recipe temperature timer controller (TTC) is designed for use with virtually all process etch, strip, and develop wet-process baths.

Omniprobe acquires assets of Ascend Instruments

Mon, 8 Aug 2007
Omniprobe Inc., supplier of nano-scale failure analysis and process control solutions, has acquired the assets of Oregon-based Ascend Instruments LLC. Ascend provides sample-preparation and -manipulation hardware and software for focused ion beam (FIB) microscopes.

Nanometrics names former Imago chief Stultz as CEO

Tue, 8 Aug 2007
Nanometrics Inc., supplier of advanced metrology equipment to the semiconductor industry, says that Timothy J. Stultz, Ph.D. will join the company as its president and chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding Bruce C. Rhine, who will become chairman of the Board of Directors.

Bruker intros X-ray source-detector combo

Thu, 8 Aug 2007
Bruker AXS Inc., global developer and provider of life science, materials research, and industrial X-ray analysis tools, has teamed with Incoatec GmbH, a developer of X-ray optical components, to introduce a new Super Speed X-ray source-detector combination to enhance Bruker instruments, including the popular D8 Discover with GADDS and the Nanostar.

MEMSConcepts.com launches idea-exchange platform

Thu, 8 Aug 2007
MEMSConcepts.com has officially launched its membership-based network to join innovators and idea seekers.

FEI, Scripps provide open source code for TEM auto-control

Fri, 8 Aug 2007
The Scripps Institute, which developed Leginon software for automated control and image acquisition from TEMs, and FEI Company, which has marketed the product since 2003, say they will make the software available as open source code.

Ametek acquires Cameca to strengthen nano analysis

Tue, 8 Aug 2007
Ametek Inc. has acquired Cameca SAS, a manufacturer of high-end elemental analysis systems used in advanced laboratory research, semiconductor, and nanotechnology applications.

Tegal sells plasma etch system to Japanese sensor and control maker

Mon, 8 Aug 2007
Tegal Corp., designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits, MEMS, and nanotechnology devices, has received an order for a Tegal 915 batch etch system from a leading Japanese sensor and control system maker.

Lam Research ships first 300 mm system for 3-D IC through-silicon via etch

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
Lam Research Corp. has shipped its first 300 mm 2300 Syndion etch system, designed for 3-D IC through-silicon via (TSV) etch applications.

GE Inspection adds nanoscale capabilities with phoenix|x-ray acquisition

Tue, 8 Aug 2007
GE Inspection Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire phoenix|x-ray, developer of high-resolution computed tomography (CT) / X-ray technology used in non-destructive testing (NDT) applications.

Indian nanotech students report no real classes

Thu, 12 Dec 2007
More than a year after the fanfare-filled launch of the National Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of Madras in India, its first 11 students are still waiting to receive a nanotech education, according to a report in the Indian newspaper The Hindu.

Coventor software used in MEMS design contest

Wed, 12 Dec 2007
Coventor Inc.'s 3D MEMS Designer and Analyzer software has been selected by Hong Kong University and Kyoto University as the platform for a MEMS design contest.

Mazda's "single nanotechnology" catalyst reduces need for precious metals 70 - 90%

Tue, 12 Dec 2007
Mazda Motor Corp. has developed what it is calling a "world's first" catalyst for cars. The company uses "single nanotechnology" to substantially reduce the need for precious metals such as platinum and palladium.

Nanostellar, World Gold pan for success in automotive catalysts

Tue, 12 Dec 2007
World Gold Council (WGC), the organization responsible for driving global demand for gold, and Nanostellar Inc., a developer of emission control technologies including NS Gold, have formed a partnership to introduce gold into the auto catalyst market.

Microvision has deal with Tier 1 auto supplier

Fri, 12 Dec 2007
Microvision Inc., a U.S. developer of light scanning technologies for display and imaging products, has signed a development agreement with an unnamed European supplier of automotive and industrial technologies.

OGT's new database enables faster, less expensive custom microarrays

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
Oxford Gene Technology (OGT) has launched the Oligome, a comprehensive database of more than 10 million oligonucleotide probes designed to the latest release of the human genome. The database makes it possible to provide custom-designed oligonucleotide arrays for array-based comparative genomic hybridisation (aCGH) on request, more quickly and at a lower cost than would normally be expected for a custom array, the company says.

Prognosys/Febit partnership produces genome-to-array service

Tue, 12 Dec 2007
A partnership between Prognosys Biosciences Inc. of La Jolla, Calif., and the German biotech company Febit Biomed GmbH is offering a new genome-to-array service.

Almac's Cancer DSA microarrays win recognition

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
Almac Diagnostics' Cancer DSA platform has won an award for the Best New Technology at the Tech Idol Showcase event held at the 2007 "Discovery 2 Diagnostics" conference in Pennsylvania, the company announced.

Asuragen announces new microarray services

Wed, 12 Dec 2007
Asuragen Services has announced a collection of new services to profile microRNAs (miRNAs).

Tong Hsing predicts MEMS will help drive 2008 sales

Fri, 12 Dec 2007
Tong Hsing Electronic Industries, based in Taiwan, said that it plans to extend its foothold into niche markets in 2008 and predicted that LED substrates and MEMS devices for projectors and the automotive sector will drive annual sales growth by more than 20 percent.

Omron's MEMS air flow sensor available from TTI

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
Omron's new MEMS-based air flow sensor, suitable for flow rate monitoring and dumper control in HVAC/VAV (variable air volume) applications, is now available through TTI. The D6F-P delivers uni- or bi-directional sensing; a key feature is its integrated, patent-pending dust-segregation system.

MEMSIC prices IPO

Tue, 12 Dec 2007
MEMSIC Inc. has filed a statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission setting its planned initial public offering at 6 million shares, with an estimated price range of $11 to $13 a share.

Micron-precision machine maker Atometric wins $450K Series A funding

Wed, 12 Dec 2007
Stateline Angels has invested nearly $450,000 in Atometric Inc., which develops and produces production-ready, micron-precision machines that can operate in both laboratories and factories to produce parts as small as the head of a pin.

Altairnano wins $40 million private placement

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
Altair Nanotechnologies Inc., a provider of advanced nanomaterial-based products and technology used in energy for transportation and stationary power, industrial and life science applications, has completed a $40 million private placement of its common stock to Al Yousuf LLC.

MEMSIC IPO raises $60 million

Thu, 12 Dec 2007
MEMSIC Inc., an Andover, Mass., company that develops MEMS technology for sensors and accelerometers, has raised $60 million in its recent IPO in a transaction that values the firm at $226 million.

Affymetrix acquires USB Corp. to commercialize genetic analysis

Fri, 12 Dec 2007
Affymetrix Inc., developer of microarray technology, has agreed to acquire USB Corp., which develops, manufactures and markets molecular biology and biochemical reagent products. Affymetrix expects the acquisition to accelerate its development and commercialization of new genetic analysis products.

Octillion reports breakthrough in "NanoPower Windows" for electricity generation

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
Octillion Corp. says that in early models of its photovoltaic NanoPower Windows product, scientists have successfully engineered and assembled a mechanically stable, visually transparent prototype that achieves optically active down-conversion and displays good electrical properties with no electrical shorts. This marks a significant breakthrough in development of a working prototype capable of generating electricity from sunlight without losing significant transparency.

June 30 deadline for Feynman nano Prize nominations

Wed, 6 Jun 2007
Nominations for this year's Foresight Nanotech Institute Feynman Prizes for Nanotechnology -- as well as related Communications and Student prizes -- are being accepted now until June 30.

NASA nanosensor test successful in orbit

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
NASA nanosensor test successful in orbit

PI's new motion controller enables picometer positioning

Wed, 6 Jun 2007
Physik Instrumente, manufacturer of nanopositioning and piezo-based precision motion-control equipment for bionanotechnology, photonics, and semiconductor applications, says its new Nexline motion controller provides picometer-level resolution.

Aerotech's hi-res stage provides 360-degree continuous travel

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
Aerotech's new ABRT rotary air-bearing stage series is designed to meet the exacting requirements of MEMS/nanotechnology device fabrication, wafer inspection, and high-precision metrology.

FEI's DualBeam with STEM targets nanoelectronics

Tue, 6 Jun 2007
FEI Company's next-generation DualBeam product, the Expida 1255S, integrates wafer-level STEM (scanning/transmission electron microscopy) sample preparation with ultra-high-resolution imaging and analysis.

J microTechnology offers low-cost inspection probe

Mon, 6 Jun 2007
J microTechnology has introduced the NAT-31 42X-540X Microscope Inspection System with USB 2.0 camera for $7000. It works with J microTechnology's probe station to resolve features of <1 micron.

Veeco boasts price breakthrough on high-performance Innova SPM

Wed, 6 Jun 2007
Veeco Instruments has released its new Innova Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) for physical, materials, and life science applications. The unit promises atomic resolution equal to that of systems costing many thousands more, and offers a range of modes.

FEI launches "world's smallest commercially available" SEM

Mon, 6 Jun 2007
Following FEI's earlier unveiling of Phenom-Ed for education, the company has now officially launched the commercial version of its SEM that measures about the size of a tower PC and provides magnification 20 times greater than advanced optical microscopes. Yet its pricing is competitive with high-end optical systems.

IMEC to test nanodevice manufacturing processes with Akrion Velocity

Wed, 6 Jun 2007
IMEC, the independent nanoelectronics research center in Leuven, Belgium, has ordered Akrion Inc.'s 300mm single-wafer surface preparation system, Velocity. IMEC will use the 4-chamber Velocity to develop and test new back- and front-end-of-line process recipes for IC device manufacturing at the 32 nm technology cycle.

ASM service to facilitate successful MEMS packaging

Thu, 6 Jun 2007
Recognizing that packaging and manufacturing are among the most crucial challenges facing MEMS engineers, ASM International has announced its MEMS Materials Database: Packaging Module to facilitate materials selection for MEMS packages.

Fraunhofer center uses Vistec tool for nano chip innovations

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
Fraunhofer Center Nanoelectronic Technologies uses Vistec tool for nano chip innovations

Nanoethics Group's anthology covers near- and long-term societal impacts of nanotech

Fri, 8 Aug 2007
Nanoethics Group's anthology covers near- and long-term societal impacts of nanotech

Nanosphere files for IPO to commercialize medical diagnostics system

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
Nanosphere, which uses nanotechnology for early diagnosis and treatment of disease, has filed with the SEC for an initial public stock offering. The company hopes to raise up to $100 million, of which about 90% would go to manufacturing development and marketing of testing systems now awaiting regulatory approval.

Zyvex Labs spins out NanoMed

Thu, 8 Aug 2007
Zyvex Labs' first company spinout, NanoMed Inc., is focused on nanotechnology for life sciences, and will pursue application of nanoparticle technologies for the development of research grade reagents and cutting-edge therapeutics.

NCS licenses Unidym's carbon nanotubes for cardiovascular disease treatment

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
Arrowhead Research Corp.'s majority-owned subsidiary, Unidym Inc., has signed an exclusive license agreement with Paragon's majority-owned subsidiary, Nanotech Catheter Solutions, LLC (NCS). NCS will use Unidym's carbon nanotube technology in the development of medical devices for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Nanotherapeutics and National Cancer Institute to develop oral HIV vaccine

Mon, 8 Aug 2007
Nanotherapeutics and National Cancer Institute to develop oral HIV vaccine

Apogee developing MEMS-based monitoring for elderly

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
Apogee Technology Inc. has initiated the development of IntellaPAL, a monitoring system designed to improve the security, independence, and quality of life for elderly persons and their families. The company believes that its Intelligent Personal Assist Link (IntellaPAL) will surpass existing emergency response systems, which require the user to initiate alerts and do not monitor health characteristics. The company expects to ship product within a year.

FDA declines to require nano labeling

Mon, 8 Aug 2007
In the first major report of its Nanotechnology Task Force, the Food and Drug Administration has declined to require that labels inform consumers of the presence of nano-sized material in food, drug and cosmetic products. Small Times' Richard Acello reports.

Owlstone launches Lonestar chemical detector

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
Owlstone Nanotech has launched a new product line, Lonestar. According to the company, Lonestar provides a powerful and adaptable chemical monitor in a self-contained, compact, portable unit that can be easily integrated into industrial settings. Incorporating Owlstone's proprietary Field Asymmetric Ion Mobility Spectrometry (FAIMS) technology, the instrument can provide rapid alerts and detailed sample analysis.

Phiar uses nano to enable multi-gigabit wireless

Tue, 8 Aug 2007
Phiar Corp. has filed for a U.S. patent for a monolithically integrated analog front end and antenna structure that promises enable multi-gigabit data transmission for consumer electronics. The company has also won a DARPA award for using nanotech to solve speed and power limitations.

Micropelt boosts delta T in ultra-small coolers

Fri, 8 Aug 2007
Micropelt GmbH claims a significant technology advancement in its ultra-small, microchip thermoelectric coolers (TECs). The new MPC-D303 supports a temperature difference (delta T) of more than 60 Kelvin to support laser and photonic sensor applications.

Microbridge's new "rejustor" promises >10X accuracy improvement

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
Microbridge Technologies Inc., provider of analog calibration products, has introduced the MBT-303-A rejustor (re-adjustable resistor), which it calls "the world's first passive electronic temperature compensation (eTC) divider."

SiTime surpasses MEMS production milestone of 100,000/week

Fri, 8 Aug 2007
SiTime Corp., developer of MEMS-based timing solutions, says that its SiT8002 and SiT1 oscillator families are shipping at a production rate of more than 100,000 units per week. This, the company says, makes these products the top-selling MEMS-based oscillators worldwide.

New AlwaysReady CEO Fred Allen to lead MEMS/nano commercialization

Tue, 8 Aug 2007
AlwaysReady, Inc. has named Dr. Fred Allen as Chief Executive Officer. AlwaysReady, Inc. was created in April 2007 to create shareholder value in mPhase's leading-edge nanotechnology battery and MEMS based products.

ISSYS wins patent for MEMS-based fuel cell sensor

Fri, 8 Aug 2007
The U.S. Patent Office has granted Integrated Sensing Systems Inc. (ISSYS) a utility patent titled "Fluid sensing device with integrated bypass and process therefor." A major hurdle in commercializing microfluidic devices has been their limiting low flow rates, the company says. This patent describes a new method and design which allow microfluidic sensors to monitor and test relatively high flow rates of fluids.

Consortium will develop nanosensors for oil and gas exploration

Mon, 8 Aug 2007
A group of petroleum-producing and oil field service companies have proposed to join with the University of Texas at Austin to engage in joint R&D concerning the application of nanotechnology to the exploration and production of oil and gas.

Colorado Nano seminar recommends proactive approach to EH&S

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
Speakers recommend a careful, "back to basics" tack for nano risk assessment. A report from the Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance's environmental health and safety seminar by Small Times' Pam Roth O'Mara.

HP makes first nanotech license deal

Thu, 5 May 2007
Hewlett-Packard has licensed its nanoimprint lithography process to Nanolithosolutions, which hopes to enable manufacture of more powerful semiconductors inexpensively. This is the first deal related to the nanotechnology work done at HP's Quantum Science Research group over the past 12 years.

Midatech Group claims world's first cGMP nanoparticle facility for pharma-volume production

Mon, 5 May 2007
Midatech Group Ltd. claims the world's first state-of-the-art facility for design and manufacture of nanoparticles. Its new specialist facility in Bilbao, Spain promises cGMP-grade nanoparticle production at a scale commensurate with pharmaceutical applications.

SVTC-TSMC partnership bridges MEMS development-production gap

Wed, 5 May 2007
Process development foundry SVTC Technologies has unveiled a technology incubation program with TSMC, the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry. The deal aims to streamline the transfer of designs to high-volume manufacturing. Small Times' Barbara Goode puts the announcement in context.

NSTI panel examines challenges, advances in nanomanufacturing

Thu, 5 May 2007
Small Times' Tom Cheyney reports on a particularly compelling discussion among panelists from industry and academia at the recent NSTI Nanotech 2007 conference. The panel examined technical barriers to -- and recent advancements in -- nanomanufacturing.

Yole's new MEMS foundry ranking reveals dramatic growth, key differences

Thu, 5 May 2007
In a just-released update to its MEMS Foundry Ranking, Yole Developpement reports that global MEMS foundry and contract manufacturing grew at a rate of 35% in 2006. The firm predicts similar growth for the next three years.

Australian Nano Business Forum applauds government effort

Wed, 5 May 2007
The Australian government has released what the Australian Nano Business Forum (ANBF) calls a "$1.4 billion industry statement," which recognizes the imperative of Australian industry to adopt nanotechnologies.

SEMATECH reports wafer cleaning at 45 nm and beyond

Mon, 5 May 2007
Potential solutions are starting to emerge for preparing wafers for manufacturing at and beyond the 45 nm technology generation, technologists indicated at a recent industry meeting organized by

SVTC debuts commercialization services, name change

Tue, 5 May 2007
SVTC Technologies, which recently became an independent development foundry, has introduced a full suite of commercialization services, called FastXfer services. Simultaneously the company is announcing its name change, from Silicon Valley Technology Center to SVTC Technologies.

Nanocomp claims first ready-to-use nanotube textile

Mon, 5 May 2007
Nanocomp Technologies says it has produced a new textile material based on its extremely long (hundreds of microns to millimeters) nanotubes. Company CEO Peter Antoinette says, "we have a product platform with vast real-world functionality and . . . we aim to determine just how broad the benefits can extend."

Nano-Terra and 3M partner on advanced materials and devices

Thu, 5 May 2007
Nano-Terra Inc. has announced a multi-year development and licensing agreement with 3M. The partners plan to use Nano-Terra's nanoscale fabrication methods in 3M products.

SOCMA's new coalition represents SME nano developers to government

Fri, 5 May 2007
The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) has formed a new coalition for small and medium enterprises (SME) producing nanoscale materials. The coalition will provide SME perspective to government agencies regarding the health, safety, and environmental aspects of nanotechnology.

NaturalNano and Cascade Engineering to co-develop nanocomposite applications

Fri, 5 May 2007
NaturalNano, Inc., a materials science company, has entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) with Cascade Engineering, a developer and manufacturer of plastics products. This is the second JDA that NaturalNano has announced in the second quarter of 2007.

Nanocyl signs Velox to distribute nanotubes and nano-based products throughout Europe

Tue, 5 May 2007
The partnership covers Nanocyl's industrial grade multi-wall carbon nanotubes powder and thermoplastic concentrates.

Nanophase registers shares for anticipated growth

Wed, 5 May 2007
Nanophase registers shares for anticipated growth

Ecology Coatings merges with OCIS

Thu, 5 May 2007
Ecology Coatings, a privately held developer of nanoengineered industrial coatings for manufacturing, has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with publicly held OCIS Corporation as part of an alternative public offering (APO) transaction.

NANOIDENT claims world's largest printed semiconductor photodetector array

Tue, 5 May 2007
NANOIDENT Technologies AG says it has delivered the world's largest printed semiconductor-based photodetector array on a flexible PET foil substrate. The company says the array eliminates the need for costly optical filters.

Micralyne and Polychromix partner for manufacturing

Mon, 5 May 2007
Micralyne Inc., an independent MEMS fabrication company, has announced a partnership with Polychromix, developer of inspection and analysis tools, to manufacture MEMS near-infrared (NIR) devices for the Polychromix's Phazir product line.

SEMI offers nanoelectronics-nanoenergy tracking tool

Tue, 5 May 2007
SEMI, the global semiconductor industry association, has been keeping a spreadsheet of who's doing what in nanotechnology that will impact the electronics and energy industries specifically.

Carl Zeiss SMT appoints new president, celebrates nano center with Seiko subsidiary

Fri, 5 May 2007
Carl Zeiss SMT appoints president, celebrates nano center with Seiko

SEMATECH will locate HQ at UAlbany NanoCollege

Tue, 5 May 2007
International SEMATECH, the consortium of nanoelectronics manufacturers, will expand its existing R&D program at the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology at the University at Albany in New York. The expansion is the largest in the history of the consortium.

NIST's new nano center accepting research proposals

Thu, 5 May 2007
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland says its newly established Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is accepting proposals for nanotechnology related research projects.

Boston Micromachines' MEMS advance multiphoton microscopy

Wed, 5 May 2007
Boston Micromachines Corp. says its MEMS-based deformable mirror products have helped realize achievements in multi photon microscopy, an advanced optical technique that increases the imaging depth in living tissue. Boston University's Biomedical Engineering Biomicroscopy Lab has recently demonstrated high resolution images of biological tissue using BMC's deformable mirrors in its multiphoton microscopy research.

MEMS enhance Microvision's PicoP display engine

Fri, 5 May 2007
Microvision Inc., developer of ultra-miniature projection display and image capture products for mobile applications, has announced new advancements to its PicoP display system.

NanoLogix files patents to enable commercialization

Tue, 5 May 2007
NanoLogix, Inc. has filed a total of five patents (two U.S., two provisional U.S. and one international) for its BioNanoChannel technology for rapid bacterial detection and identification. This approach allows for the identification of bacteria strains in minutes to hours instead of one or more days for conventional methods.

SUSS targets MEMS production with double-sided alignment tool

Wed, 5 May 2007
SUSS MicroTec's new DSM200 is an automated metrology system for double-sided (front-to-back) alignment and exposure applications. The tool serves applications in the manufacture of MEMS devices, power semiconductors, and optoelectronics.

VI releases major upgrade to test-data sharing/collaboration tool

Tue, 5 May 2007
VI Technology, Inc. has released Arendar 2007 enterprise test software, which it says will help electronics, semiconductors, and medical device/equipment manufacturers optimize product performance, quality, and time to market. The company says Arendar 2007 brings proven business intelligence technologies to design, characterization, and validation testing.

SUSS launches next-gen wafer bonding with ELAN CB8 tool

Wed, 5 May 2007
SUSS MicroTec has launched what it calls "next generation, groundbreaking wafer-bonding technology" in the form of ELAN CB8. The tool is based on an entirely new design platform and promises to enable best-in-class production across a wide range of performance parameters.

Oxford Instruments to equip new UK lab

Thu, 12 Dec 2007
Oxford Instruments has received an order for nine process tool systems worth more than £2.5m ($5m) to equip a new cleanroom facility at the University of Southampton in the UK, the company announced in a news release.

Delp Mixer promises to minimize worker exposure to nanoparticles

Wed, 12 Dec 2007
It is widely believed that potential risk associated with nanomaterials development requires a higher level of user and environmental protection. But possible hazards can be reduced through the use of good laboratory practices and engineering controls designed to minimize worker and environmental exposure, says Delp & Associates.

Micromanipulator's motorized probing station features next-gen controller

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
The Micromanipulator Company has introduced a new motorized, joystick-controlled probing station that features other major redesigns to enhance precision.

Melexis and UMC to deliver chips for automobile applications

Fri, 7 Jul 2007
After several years of collaboration, Melexis and UMC have delivered chips to market for diversified automotive applications, using UMC's 0.18um eFlash process and eFlash micro.

Nanogen begins shipment of congestive heart failure product

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
Nanogen's congestive heart failure diagnostic product, StatusFirst, enables emergency room personnel to quickly identify a key cardiac stress biomarker using a low-cost reader.

ISSYS wins patent for wireless, batteryless, implantable sensors

Mon, 7 Jul 2007
The U.S. Patent Office has granted to MEMS producer Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc. (ISSYS) a patent titled "System for monitoring conduit obstruction." The patent covers design and manufacture of a wireless implantable sensing system for non-invasive monitoring of pressure and/or pressure gradients in a cardiac conduit.

IQ Micro to acquire micro/nano diabetes-monitoring technology

Wed, 7 Jul 2007
IQ Micro Inc., exclusive licensor of patented electro-osmotic membranes and micro-pumps for the microfluidic technology sector, has entered an agreement in principle with its parent company, Osmolife AS, to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Lifecare AS. A private Norwegian company, Lifecare is developing advanced micro and nanotechnology for the diabetes monitoring market.

ALine demonstrates particle sorting with custom flowcell

Mon, 7 Jul 2007
To assist the development of a miniaturized dielectrophoresis-based system for particle and cell sorting, CFD Research Corp. is using a custom flowcell devised by ALine. CFD is developing the system under a Phase 1 SBIR contract for biodefense and homeland security applications requiring intelligent discrimination of target particles from a complex liquid matrix.

Nantero, HP join to explore flex-electronics apps

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
Nantero, Inc. says it is working with HP to explore the use of HP inkjet technology and Nantero's carbon nanotube formulation to create flexible electronics products and develop low-cost printable memory applications.

BSE and MEMS Tech to develop silicon microphones

Mon, 7 Jul 2007
MEMS Technology Bhd plans to partner with South Korea's BSE Co. Ltd. to further expand its market for silicon microphones and develop a new range of products.

Unidym establishes technical advisory board

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
Internationally recognized leaders will counsel top nanotechnology company as it furthers its technology platform and pursues joint development and partnership agreements.

Grandis awarded NSF grant for electron-spin memory

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
Grandis, Inc. has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and commercialize spin-transfer torque random-access memory (STT-RAM). STT-RAM is a next-generation non-volatile technology designed to enable excellent scalability and unlimited endurance with low power and fast read/write capability.

InterCrossIP partners for thin film deposition commercialization

Fri, 7 Jul 2007
Licensing and commercialization firm InterCrossIP Management LLC, which specializes in enabling materials for electronics, solar, MEMS, bioMEMS, and medical applications, has signed agreements with two organizations for commercialization of a thin film deposition technology that promises unique benefits.

ADT introduces diamond coated wafers for MEMS and electronic devices

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
Advanced Diamond Technologies' diamond coated wafers for MEMS promise to brings diamond MEMS devices one step closer to volume production.

Ormecon's solderable Nanofinish targets PCB manufacture

Wed, 7 Jul 2007
Ormecon has released its new Organic Metal Nanofinish, a new solderable surface finish for printed circuit boards. Just 50 nanometres thick, Nanofinish consists of less than 10% silver and more than 90% Ormecon's proprietary organic nanometal.

QuantumSphere, OM Group leverage nanomaterials for clean tech

Fri, 7 Jul 2007
QuantumSphere, OM Group leverage nanomaterials for clean tech

Applied Materials acquires solar-wafer systems manufacturer

Mon, 7 Jul 2007
Applied Materials' purchase of HCT Shaping Systems, a precision wafering system manufacturer, will further the company's effort to drive down the cost-per-watt of solar power for c-Si and thin film applications.

Solar-cell fab supply chain shines at Semicon West

Wed, 7 Jul 2007
A growing number of semiconductor equipment, subsystems, and materials suppliers marketed their expertise in the burgeoning solar-cell/photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing sector at this year's Semicon West trade show. Small Times' Tom Cheyney reports.

ICx launches "industry first" low-power MEMS CO2 sensor

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
ICx Photonics has launched its SensorChip CO2 4P, which it calls "a revolutionary technology" for carbon dioxide detection. ICx reduced power consumption from the original design of 132 mW down to 99 mW, and says it has produced the lowest power sensor of this type.

EPA releases Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program drafts for comment

Fri, 7 Jul 2007
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has just released several documents relating to its Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program, and is inviting public comment on them. Tune in by attending a meeting on August 2, or signing on to the effort's email list.

Catilin secures $3 million in financing for nanotech biodiesel production facility and research

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
Catilin raised $3 million in Series A financing through MDV-Mohr to build a production facility and continue research into its nanotechnology-based biodiesel production process, which promises to lower production costs and reduce water consumption and contaminants.

Semefab to offer U.K.'s first MEMS open access facility

Fri, 7 Jul 2007
Scotland semiconductor technology company, Semefab, is set to become the U.K.'s primary center for the design and development of MEMS and nano-systems, helping to drive advances in medicine, drug discovery, communications, and manufacturing in the U.K.

NanoOpto's fall no indictment of NIL

Mon, 7 Jul 2007
Once regarded as a golden child in the nanotechnology field, optical components firm NanoOpto announced on July 23 that it has sold its assets. NanoOpto was started in 2000 to commercialize inexpensive nano-imprint lithography (NIL) methods. But the company's fall is no reflection on NIL, as Small Times' Charles Choi reports.

Three Silicon Valley semiconductor service labs merge

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
Berkeley Consulting Services Inc., FIB International Inc., and Nano Measurements Inc. merge to form complete solution, from chip design through production.

Xidex wins NSF contract for carbon nanotube device manufacturing

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
Xidex Corp. has been awarded a new contract from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop Selective Nanotube Etching, a process designed for manufacturing carbon nanotube (CNT) devices.

Advanced Diamond introduces wafer varieties for MEMS and electronics

Wed, 7 Jul 2007
Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. (ADT), known for developing and applying diamond films for industrial, electronic, and mechanical applications, has unveiled new varieties in its product line of diamond coated wafers for accelerating the development of MEMS and electronic devices.

Brewer Science commercializes "industry first" microelectronics-grade carbon nanotube coating

Mon, 7 Jul 2007
During the Semicon West trade show (July 16 - 19), Brewer Science and Nantero Inc. announced the availability of "the first microelectronics-grade carbon nanotube (CNT) coating."

Netzsch mills wet-grind 10-20 nm particles

Thu, 5 May 2007
Netzsch Fine Particle Technology, LLC has introduced its MicroSeries line of agitator bead mills for wet grinding of small batches with particles of 10 to 20 nanometers. Designed for laboratory and sample grinding, each mill is to different applications.

JPSA intros inspection and short deletion system

Mon, 5 May 2007
Developed for the repair of flat panel displays, micro circuits, and wafers, the new IX-70 ChromAblate on-target inspection and short deletion system from J.P. Sercel Associates promises precision and power in a small package.

Agilent's new controller extends AFM capabilities

Tue, 5 May 2007
Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced the Magnetic AC Mode III (MAC Mode III) controller, which it says greatly enhances the utility of Agilent's nanotechnology measurement instruments and better enables researchers to customize their experiments.

Hyphenated Systems and KARMA release hybrid AFM for semiconductor manufacturing

Wed, 5 May 2007
Hyphenated Systems has announced a new advanced confocal/atomic force microscope (ACM/AFM), developed jointly with KARMA Technology, that is geared for 3D metrology applications in semiconductor manufacturing and lab environments.

Cascade claims to solve power-device probing challenges

Wed, 5 May 2007
Cascade Microtech says its new Tesla power-device characterization system is unlike any other in that it "solves the on-wafer probing challenges for engineers and test technicians" and thus speeds development.

NanoInk signs distributor for China and Taiwan

Tue, 5 May 2007
NanoInk, Inc. has reached a distribution agreement with Schmidt Scientific of Taiwan and China, to become the exclusive distributor for NanoInk's NSCRIPTOR Dip Pen Nanolithography (DPN) System in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao.

FEI reports record sales and earnings for Q1 2007

Thu, 5 May 2007
FEI Company, provider of instruments for nanoscale imaging, analysis and prototyping, reported increases in revenue, earnings and cash for Q1 2007. Net sales and earnings were the highest for any quarter in the company's history, and quarterly bookings were the second-highest and the largest first-quarter total ever.

Amtech partners with DSG on vertical microwave for sub-50nm semicon processing

Thu, 5 May 2007
Amtech Systems, Inc., supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of semiconductors, solar cells and wafers, has entered into a manufacturing agreement with DSG Technologies to manufacture a vertical microwave system, combining Amtech's vertical furnace platform with DSG's Micro-Mode Microwave (M3) heating technology.

New Veeco surface profiler aids solar cell manufacturer

Fri, 5 May 2007
Veeco Instruments Inc., supplier of instrumentation for nanoscience, has sold its new Dektak 150 Surface Profiler to PrimeStar Solar, an emerging manufacturer of cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) modules for the solar energy market.

Microfluidics' nanoparticle systems target pharma/ biotech

Wed, 5 May 2007
Microfluidics releases pharma/biotech versions of nanoparticle production/materials processing systems.

Tegal professorship to honor micro/nano pioneer Clarke

Wed, 6 Jun 2007
Tegal professorship at CSNI to honor Peter Clarke's micro/nano achievements

Luna, Virginia Commonwealth U claim first "nanoimmunology" demo

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
Researchers from Luna Innovations Inc. and Virginia Commonwealth University say they are the first to show that carbon nanospheres ("buckyballs") can block allergic response in human cell culture experiments and mice.

Alpha Szenszor will use Nantero's nanotube technology in OTC HIV detectors

Tue, 6 Jun 2007
Nantero Inc. has agreed to license its carbon nanotube IP to a startup, Alpha Szenszor Inc., whose co-founders Steve Lerner and renowned nanobio expert Charles Lieber are using to create portable detectors for infectious diseases. The company plans to distribute through local pharmacies and to "allow anyone to test themselves with total privacy and at a low cost."

ViRexx collaborates with Canada's NINT and DRDC Suffield

Mon, 6 Jun 2007
ViRexx Medical Corp., a company focused on immunotherapy treatments for certain cancers, chronic hepatitis B & C and embolotherapy treatments for tumors, has signed collaboration agreements with the National Research Council (NRC) Canada's National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) and Defence Research and Development Canada Suffield (DRDC Suffield) with networking and financial contribution from NRC-Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).

Tego BioSciences plans studies with National Cancer Institute

Mon, 6 Jun 2007
Arrowhead subsidiary Tego BioSciences plans preclinical studies with National Cancer Institute

New InvenSense gyroscope improves position accuracy

Thu, 6 Jun 2007
InvenSense, Inc. has released what it calls "the world's smallest and lowest cost dual-axis gyroscope"-- which also enables dead reckoning for GPS portable navigation devices.

Arandar wins patent for MEMS sensor, seeks commercialization partner

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
Arandar wins patent for MEMS sensor, seeks commercialization partner

Ecoprogress designs nano-based flushable diaper

Tue, 6 Jun 2007
Consolidated Ecoprogress Technology Inc. of Vancouver, B.C., reports the creation of a new diaper design using a combination of reusable and flushable components. The design incorporates the company's Flushaway nanotechnology-based pads.

Nanotech bites into dental market, though dentists not always aware

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
Millennium Research Group (MRG) says, in its US Markets for Dental Implants 2007 report, that prominent dental implant manufacturers are incorporating nanotechnology into their dental implant surface designs because the technology is purported to cut healing time in half and improve osseointegration.

DoD report finds need for nanomanufacturing investment

Mon, 6 Jun 2007
The U.S. Department of Defense's 2007 annual report on the National Nanotechnology Initiative includes three major findings.

Knowles and Akustica agree to cross-license MEMS microphones

Tue, 6 Jun 2007
Immediately following product announcements by both Knowles Acoustics and Akustica, Inc., the two MEMS microphone suppliers now announce a cross-licensing arrangement that hopes to reinforce the partners' respective patent portfolios.

NemeriX/Bosch collaboration promises "revolutionary" vertical accuracy in MEMS GPS

Wed, 6 Jun 2007
NemeriX and Bosch Sensortec say they have successfully integrated their technologies to deliver a multi-sensing GPS solution that promises significantly enhanced results for navigating urban stacked road systems and multi-level bridges and tunnels.

MicroStrain's energy-harvesting node succeeds in flight test

Thu, 6 Jun 2007
MicroStrain, Inc. says its ESG-LINK energy-harvesting nodes operated successfully in the first-ever flight test of wireless strain sensors for damage tracking of rotating helicopter parts and other critical dynamic components.

Nano enables sensitivity in Loadstar's iLoad digital sensors

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
The iLoad series of digital load/force sensors from Loadstar Sensors incorporates patented capacitive sensing technology enabled by nanomaterial for super sensitivity and ruggedness.

Solvay and Thin Film Electronics partner on printed memory materials

Tue, 6 Jun 2007
Solvay Solexis and Thin Film Electronics ASA have agreed to jointly develop materials for printed electronics. The partners hope to optimize ferroelectric polymer materials to enhance the manufacture and performance of Thinfilm's memory technology; and to formulate appropriate inks.

Flexible displays tap markets, volume production imminent

Thu, 6 Jun 2007
Although the commercialization of products enabled by flexible electronics continues to gain momentum, the market won't reach the multibillion-dollar mark for several years. That's the word from speakers at Flexible Displays and Electronics 2007, as Small Times' Tom Cheyney reports.

Revell to help Rogue DNA's nano-based anti-counterfeiting go global

Mon, 7 Jul 2007
Rogue DNA Inc., a Canadian company focused on advanced document security technology, has partnered with Revell Group International (RGI) -- a global network of former senior FBI, law enforcement, security service, intelligence, diplomatic and military officials -- which will promote Rogue DNA's document authentication products throughout the world.

Nano-Proprietary, Mitsui extend relationship for carbon nanotube lighting

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
Nano-Proprietary and Mitsui extend relationship for carbon nanotube lighting

API Nanotronics acquires NanoOpto's assets

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
API Nanotronics Corp. has acquired all assets of NanoOpto Corp., a nanotechnology pioneer specializing in processes for optical components. In 2006, Lux Research named NanoOpto as the #1 nanotech company for partnership value.

ATDF and UMC to jointly evaluate and commercialize new technologies

Mon, 7 Jul 2007
ATDF, a global R&D foundry for nanoelectronics, and the Taiwanese global semiconductor foundry and SoC solution provider UMC, have agreed to extend their existing collaboration to evaluate emerging technology products and bring to market those that are most promising.

NanoGrowth tool will help ITA research nanocomposites and mechanical sensors

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
Surrey NanoSystems has won a major order for its carbon nanotube growth tool from ITA, the advanced technologies research institute in Trapani, Sicily.

Amkor, IMEC collaborate on 3D wafer-level packaging

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
Amkor, IMEC collaborate on 3D wafer-level packaging

CEA/Leti-Minatec and Alcatel to co-develop 3D interconnect processes

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
CEA/Leti-Minatec, a European R&D institute specializing in advanced microelectronics, and Alcatel Micro Machining Systems, manufacturer of deep reactive ion etch (DRIE) equipment for the MEMS and semiconductor industries, will collaborate to develop industrial process capability in DRIE and LTPECVD for 3D interconnect applications.

Quantum effect found in silicon nanocrystals

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), collaborating with Innovalight, Inc., say they have shown that a new and important effect called Multiple Exciton Generation (MEG) occurs efficiently in silicon nanocrystals. MEG results in the formation of more than one electron per absorbed photon.

Keithley partners with CEA Leti for nanotech and materials research

Fri, 7 Jul 2007
Keithley partners with CEA Leti for nanotech and materials research

Sumitomo Precision Products acquires MEMS etch technology firm

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
Sumitomo Precision Products' acquisition of MEMS etch company will complement its deep silicon etch technology.

Sonoscan updates "gold standard" acoustic microscope with expanded scan area

Mon, 7 Jul 2007
Sonoscan's new D-9500 acoustic microscope targets failure analysis, product development, material characterization, and low-volume production. It promises the greatest accuracy, sensitivity, and throughput available.

Piezosystem jena GmbH debuts nanopositioner

Wed, 7 Jul 2007
The German firm piezosystem jena has introduced nanoMIPOS400 CAP, which complements the company's MIPOS 500 lens positioning system for microscopes. It provides nano-scale positioning and targets biology, medicine, and laser technology.

JEOL's new direct write e-beam tool targets middle ground

Wed, 7 Jul 2007
JEOL USA's new hi-res e-beam lithography system writes patterns at a minimum line width of 10nm. It aims to fill a void between the two most common direct write tools: SEMs with e-beam attachments and dedicated e-beam systems.

FEI's next-gen cryo sample prep tool designed for ease of use

Mon, 7 Jul 2007
FEI's high-throughput Vitrobot Mark IV is designed for applications where colloidal structures need to be characterized and analyzed. It enables fixation of structures within ultra-thin vitrified ice layers so that samples can withstand the high voltages of TEMs for imaging.

First Nano intros system for producing semi-conducting nanowires

Wed, 7 Jul 2007
First Nano, a division of CVD Equipment Corp., has announced the release of its ET2000-SS and ET3000-SS solid source deposition systems designed for producing semi-conducting nanowires.

SUSS releases 300mm SOI bonding system

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
SUSS MicroTec has launched its new 300mm SOI wafer bonder, ELAN CBC300SOI. The system boasts significant throughput and cost-of-ownership improvements over other options.

Concentris's "industry first" kits enable use of nano-cantilever sensors

Fri, 7 Jul 2007
New kits from Concentris GmbH enable researchers entering into the field of nanomechanical-cantilever sensors to start work based on thoroughly described functionalization protocols and measurement procedures.

New Carl Zeiss stereo microscope claims greatest FOV, zoom, resolution

Fri, 7 Jul 2007
Carl Zeiss MicroImaging's SteREO Discovery.V20 microscope is designed for R&D, QA, and other applications, and claims the industry's greatest field of view, zoom range, and resolution. It allows visualization of large specimens and their fine details without changing objectives or eyepieces.

SUSS launches iVista hi-res digital microscope

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
SUSS MicroTec AG's new iVista follows rapid changes to device design driven by economics and technology advances. It promises sharpness comparable to a 16-megapixel CCD, and a significant productivity boost for operators and engineers.

Coventor's Architect now enables 3D simulation

Fri, 7 Jul 2007
Coventor has updated its schematic-based MEMS design and simulation software with a 3D visualization tool. The update is geared to provide insight into complex dynamic behavior of MEMS devices as never before seen.

Advanced Energy unveils Paramount RF power-delivery system

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
Advanced Energy's breakthrough RF technology promises to keep pace, in real time, with the most abrupt plasma-impedance changes, enabling faster transitions, shorter process steps, and reduced process times.

Zyvex restructures molecular nanotech business and hires general manager for Zyvex Instruments

Fri, 7 Jul 2007
After splitting into four separate companies to leverage its market position, Zyvex hires Randy Schussler as general manager of Zyvex Instruments.

Accelrys Nanotechnology Consortium updates nanodesign software

Wed, 7 Jul 2007
Accelrys, maker of computer aided nanodesign (CAN) products, has released a new version of its multi-scale QMERA software, which enables users to include quantum mechanical and molecular mechanic methods (QMMM) simultaneously through a hybrid simulation approach.

MEMS in space: Draper inertial stellar compass fully operational

Mon, 1 Jan 2007
Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass., announced that its Inertial Stellar Compass (ISC) is now fully operational on board the TacSat-2 spacecraft, representing the first use of a MEMS gy