University of Washington materials scientists are working on a field-effect transistor (FET) that uses protons to communicate, rather than electrons.
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.
An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consent order now permits SWeNT to manufacture and distribute multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) for commercial applications.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Marlow Industries launched the EverGen series, thermoelectric-based energy harvesting devices offering low-cost, zero-maintenance power for wireless sensor applications.
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.
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 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.
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.
Precision positioning systems specialist PI (Physik Instrumente) opened a direct office in Singapore to expand its Asia market presence.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -- 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boston Micromachines Corporation will use a NASA contract to develop better microfabrication processes for deformable mirrors, which will be used in exoplanet imaging research.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Wafer supplier IQE released a customizable range of silicon on insulator (SOI) products that IQE reports afford improved thickness and doping control.
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 (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.
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.
The University of Houston College of Optometry is using MEMS-based deformable mirrors, Multi-DM, from Boston Micromachines Corporation (BMC) in glaucoma research.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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.
A highly engineered lanthanum and strontium compound material could form the basis of spintronics devices, report Argonne National Laboratory and NIST researchers.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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, 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).
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 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.
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.
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT, NASDAQ:IDTI) developed and demonstrated commercially available oscillators incorporating piezoelectric micro electro mechanical system (pMEMS) resonators.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Microsystems licensed its Silex Sil-Via through-silicon-via (TSV) packaging platform to Nanoshift for use in early development of complex MEMS products.
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 opened its MEMS division, specializing in the design, prototyping and manufacturing of MEMS devices and wafers based on glass and silicon.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Heterogeneous Technology Alliance in Europe is developing new packaging and test methods for MEMS targeting space missions.
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.
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.
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.
The Ontario Centres of Excellence gave the Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship award, totalling $50,000, to Innovative Processing Technologies Inc.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microelectronics experts at Aurrion Inc. are seeking to develop military microelectronics technology for optoelectronic microsystems, under terms of a $13.9 million DARPA contract.
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.
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.
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.
System Plus Consulting releases MEMS CoSim+ V3.0, a comprehensive simulation tool for the non-standard manufacturing process of MEMS sensors.
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 Corporation has acquired substantially all assets of InterSense, which makes MEMS-based hybrid motion tracking systems.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Corporation (Nasdaq:SANM) will produce a family of optical components based on Kaiam's MEMS hybrid integration technology.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 plc, safety, health, and sensor technology group, acquired Avo Photonics Inc., opto-electronic design, packaging, and manufacturing specialist.
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.
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.
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 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.
The MEMS Executive Congress 2011, November 2-3 in Monterey, CA, keynote speakers include a strategist, financial expert, and technologist.
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.
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 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 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 introduced the LYRA GM focused ion beam and scanning electron microscope (FIB--SEM) workstation, calling the system a multifunctional tool for nanotechnology.
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 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.
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.
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.
The state of Colorado named Synkera (HQ: Longmont, CO) among 50 Colorado Companies to Watch, honoring the second-stage, growing company.
Dongbu HiTek began volume production of high dynamic range (HDR) CMOS image sensor (CIS) chips for BYD Microelectronics.
Sensor manufacturer Sensirion inaugurated a new building in mid-July 2011 in Stäfa, Switzerland, and will move all of its production there.
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 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 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.
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.
Resonetics introduces the RapidX250 laser micromachining system for micro electro mechanical system (MEMS), microfluidics, and medical device fabrication.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
The 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 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).
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.
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.
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.
For 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 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.
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.
To capture part of the fast-growing consumer electronics MEMS market, VTI Technologies will ramp volume production of its CMR3000.
Researchers at Rice University have created a synthetic material that gets stronger from repeated stress, though they cannot yet explain why this happens.
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 (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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Movea 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dolomite 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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nanocarbon -- 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%.
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 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.
Researchers 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 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 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, 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.
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.
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.
Sandia 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Technische 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Researchers 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.
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.
With 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Computer 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.
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.
Nanosys' 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.
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.
Yale'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.
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.
Engineers 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.
Scientists 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Bioengineering and aeronautical researchers have studded a microfluidic device with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to collect cancer cells from blood 8x better than their original design.
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.
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.
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 Inc. launched high-performance DSC21XX I2C and DSC22XX SPI application programmable MEMS oscillators. The products fit into flexible FPGA- and CPLD-based designs.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers 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 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.
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.
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.
Researchers 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.
A 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.
Brigham 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.
TESCAN, 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 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.
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 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.
How 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.
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.
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.
U-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.
Ruby 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 LLC, plasma etch and deposition equipment supplier, secured majority shareholder status of Advanced Vacuum, a vacuum and thin film equipment provider headquartered in Sweden.
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.
The 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.
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.
OPEN ENGINEERING, the Multiphysics branch of the SAMTECH Group, signed a cooperation agreement with the Russian University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO).
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
Stanford 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
University of Nottingham scientists have developed a method to manufacture nanowires using carbon nanotubes (CNT) to host chemical reactions.
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.
The CES, annual consumer electronics show, will feature for the first time a MEMS TechZone and MEMS conference program at CES 2012.
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.
MKS Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) introduced the elite RF Power Generator for RF deposition and etch in a-Si PV, LED, and MEMS manufacturing.
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 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.
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 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'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 awarded QD Vision Inc. $900,000 to advance their quantum-dot-based infrared materials and deliver two prototype devices in the next 12 months.
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 added advanced quality control (QC) and inspection capabilities to its service offerings for micro-electronics, MEMS, micro-fluidics and other projects.
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 Microsystems received a DOE contract to evaluate harsh-environment materials, MEMS, and packaging technologies for Generation IV nuclear reactor use.
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 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.
Rice University researchers created a solid-state, CNT-based supercapacitors, combining aspects of high-energy batteries and fast-charging capacitors with harsh-environment ruggedness.
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.
The Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN) appointed Griffith Kundahl its executive director, chartered with increasing commercialization opportunities for strong technologies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 will install a 200mm Gemini fully automated wafer-bonding system with cleaning module at the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre in Quebec.
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.
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.
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.
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 Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:OVTI) will acquire wafer-level lens production and assembly processes out of its TSMC JV, VisEra.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The solar ink license is worth $2 million upfront for APNT, and allows the company access to Asia's solar manufacturing industry.
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 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.
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 Lithography Inc. will install a EBPG5200 electron beam lithography system at the University of California, San Diego's Nano3 cleanroom facility.
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.
A dragonfly with beating wings and an ultra-sensitive microvalve were top winners at Sandia National Lab's student design contest for MEMS.
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.
As mobile devices -- game consoles, smartphones, tablets -- move to 3D platforms, image sensor demand will rise 130% by 2015, says In-Stat.
Dolomite, microfluidic device maker, designed the Multiflux range of microfluidic connectors and interfaces.
The new Melexis MLX90614ESF-DCH and MLX90614ESF-DCI offer heightened acuracy thanks to a combination of sensors and digital processing technology.
SouthWest NanoTechnologies' single-wall carbon nanotubes demonstrated absorption of indocyanine green, a functional dye with unique photomechanical, photochemical, and photobiological properties
The 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).
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 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.
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.
SPP Process Technology Systems (SPTS) received the investment backing of private equity firm Bridgepoint for a management buyout from parent company SPP.
IP protection must keep up with the fast pace of the nanotechnology industry, says Carla Cher, Patent & Trade Marks Attorney, Watermark.
Peter 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Flashing 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.
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.
MIT 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.
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.
The 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."
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.
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.
The 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, 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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%.
Oregon 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 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.
University 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Slightly 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
SSSM100 is a tiny analog output CMOS MEMS microphone manufactured under standard CMOS process and wafer level packaging (WLP) 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, specializing in the design, simulation, prototyping, and testing of microfluidic devices and micro electromechanical system (MEMS) fabrication, is now certified as COMSOL Multiphysics experts.
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 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.
SolMateS 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.
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.
Crystals 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
The MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is organizing the inaugural "MEMS in the Machine" DemoZone at SEMICON West, sharing compelling examples of MEMS in action.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 Technologies introduced 3D design capabilities to create electromechanical functionality on molded interconnect devices (MID).
Benedetto Vigna, group VP and GM of ST Microelectronics' MEMS, Sensors, and High-Performance Analog Division, will keynote the iNEMI MEMS workshop.
MIT and A*STAR have demonstrated a new technique that could produce 10nm chip features using plastic pillar deposition and predetermined pillar collapses.
poLight will work with SVTC Technologies to optimize its TLens production process for large volumes.
Plastic Logic, plastic electronics technology development company, named Indro Mukerjee as CEO, succeeding 4-year CEO Richard Archuleta.
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'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.
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.
QD Vision Inc. relocated to a new, high-volume production facility in Lexington, MA, gearing up for new product launches in 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 AG (OTCQX:NASRY) is progressing in its planned stake increase in Microlight Sensors, now holding 31% of the optical sensor maker.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A major test house in Asia will install Multitest's InCarrier loader/unloader, InStrip, and InMEMS module for accelerometer MEMS test.
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.
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 acquired Crossbow Technology for its innovative MEMS technology, which will complement Moog's controls products. The purchase price was $32 million.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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."
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.
Japanese 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.
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'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 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 researchers built an integrated circuit (IC) fabricated from wafer-scale graphene on SiC, integrating a graphene transistor with other electronics circuits.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Jay 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 (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."
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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).
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.
Cornell 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.
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.
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.
World 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.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers 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.