Solid State Technology’s bloggers provide an insider’s point-of-view for electronic manufacturing such as semiconductor wafer fab, micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) manufacturing, and advanced packaging and test product announcements, industry tradeshows, process advances, and technologies.



Small Times' Small Tech Talk Blog places news about MEMS and nanotechnology in context and analyzes trends in Small Tech.

Nanoparticles act as cancer spotters

Wed Jun 22 10:55:00 CDT 2011
A research team led by Brown University has devised a new technique to spot cancerous tumors in the liver as small as 5 millimeters. The technique, using gold nanoparticles, is the first to deploy metal nanoparticles as agents to enhance X-ray scattering of image tumor-like masses. Results are pu... Read More >>

Announcing New Online Seminar: Understanding Nanotechnology Safety

Tue May 04 08:43:00 CDT 2010
Registration is now open for an online seminar on nanotechnology safety. This seminar is of interest to anyone concerned about the potential health hazards of exposure to nanoengineered materials. Hear from world class presenters: Mark Bünger Research Director, Lux Research Walt Trybula D... Read More >>

Promising Nano Spam from Russia

Thu Aug 06 09:46:00 CDT 2009
Every once in a while, I receive an interesting e-mail that reeks with promise. I am overwhelmed with curiousity. Will someone please contact Gannady and report back to me!? "Dear ladies and gentlemen, I offer for purchase made by me 254 inventions in the sphere of nanotechnologies with the hel... Read More >>

Semicon 09: The Show that Was

Thu Jul 30 08:36:00 CDT 2009
Semicon West 2009 was my 28th consecutive Semicon West so I've seen it grow from a pretty small show in 1982 when it was held in May in San Mateo in the Hall of Flowers and a few outbuildings (is Pine Hall still there?) to what it is today. It's been a rough year as everyone knows so many of the ... Read More >>

Spooling Up for Semicon

Tue Jul 07 16:07:00 CDT 2009
First, a tip of the cap to Howard Lovy. I started this blog last year, then Howard – one of the original editors of Small Times -- took it over for awhile. Now, like tag team wrestling, I’m back in the ring. Howard is “pursuing other interests” as they say. He says in his ... Read More >>

MEMS-enabled PUMA: Look at the possibilities

Wed Apr 08 13:00:00 CDT 2009
I feel like it is 1909, rather than 2009, as I hear a derisive chorus of "get a horse" from much of the media mocking the MEMS-enabled PUMA prototype electric vehicle from General Motors and Segway. An automotive correspondent from Newsweek wrote on Twitter that he "thinks the GM Segway vehicle ... Read More >>

MEMS Industry Group Blog


Karen Lightman is managing director of MEMS Industry Group, the trade association advancing MEMS across global markets.

Who's Driving the MEMS Evolution Revolution Now? (Part 3 of 3)

Mon May 13 08:04:00 CDT 2013
Who’s Driving the MEMS Evolution Revolution Now? (Part 3 of 3)It is my pleasure to present the conclusion of the guest blog trilogy on the MEMS Evolution Revolution, written by my colleague, and long-time MEMS industry insider, Howard Wisniowski.  So far in this series, Howard ... Read More >>

Who’s Driving the MEMS Evolution Revolution? (Part 2 of 3)

Mon May 06 08:07:00 CDT 2013
I am pleased to bring you the second part of a three part series on the MEMS Evolution Revolution, written by my colleague, and long-time MEMS industry insider, Howard Wisniowski.  So far in this series, Howard has taken us with him to "visit" member company  Qualtré, and taug... Read More >>

Who's Driving The MEMS Evolution Revolution - Part 1 of 3

Thu Apr 25 13:35:00 CDT 2013
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Karen’s blog from MEMS Executive Congress: Part 2

Wed Mar 27 15:27:00 CDT 2013
I last left you hanging, waiting to hear more about the heated conversations between the panelists and the audience – and I have to tell you, it really started heating up in the audience during the energy panel. Oooh baby, it was jumping.MEMS in energy can mean a lot of things – ... Read More >>

Karen’s blog from MEMS Executive Congress: Part 1

Mon Mar 25 14:28:00 CDT 2013
There were many things that impressed me from hosting the second MEMS Executive Congress Europe – and it wasn’t the cold and snow (though it was chilly!). What struck me the most was how lively, engaged and intelligent the conversations were, not amongst the panelists but between th... Read More >>

MEMS Executive Congress Europe 2013 - Amsterdam is THE place to be for the MEMS industry on 12 March!

Wed Feb 20 12:34:00 CST 2013
By Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group The keynote address at last year’s MEMS Executive Congress Europe stated: "MEMS is only limited by the imagination." MEMS Industry Group (MIG) took that sentiment to heart, and organized a 2013 EU Congress chock full of interesting k... Read More >>



Pete's Posts covers topics germane to the electronics and solar industries, including semiconductor and photovoltaic solar cell manufacturing, advanced packaging, nanotechnology, MEMS and circuit board assembly.

Tackling Design for Yield Questions at DAC

Wed May 22 15:39:00 CDT 2013
Process variations are unavoidable, but how can chip designers plan for them in their designs to obtain optimal yield and device performance? That’s one of the focal points of a pavilion panel at the upcoming Design Automation Conference (DAC), to be held June 2-6 in Austin, TX. Titled "Le... Read More >>

Join The ConFab discussion

Tue Feb 26 11:27:00 CST 2013
The ConFab is Solid State Technology's annual conference and networking event. This year, it will be held June 23-26 at The Encore at The Wynn in Las Vegas. We recently started a LinkedIn group, where we will inform members of new activities, and keep the discussion going on topics related to sem... Read More >>

Questions and answers on FD-SOI

Fri Jan 04 14:56:00 CST 2013
A month or so ago, we implemented (without much fanfare) the ability to comment and rank articles on this site, and more easily use social media tools. I’d like to call your attention to one interesting exchange, and also invite you to start posting comments of your own. In mid-December, we... Read More >>

Present your ideas at The ConFab in 2013

Mon Nov 26 09:04:00 CST 2012
The ConFab is now accepting abstract submissions for our 2013 conference, to be held June 23-26 in Las Vegas. If you’re an executive at a leading semiconductor manufacturer and would like to present at The ConFab and participate in three days of productive meetings and roundtable discussion... Read More >>

The ConFab 2013 countdown begins

Thu Aug 09 16:18:00 CDT 2012
The countdown to The ConFab has officially begun. The dates are set: next year’s event will be held June 23-26, 2013 and we’ll be back at the Encore at The Wynn Las Vegas (an encore at The Encore!). Thanks to everyone who participated last year. We had two great keynotes – John ... Read More >>

The ConFab: Big data is here

Sun Jun 03 19:19:00 CDT 2012
Sponsors and delegates arrived today in sunny Las Vegas, for the 8th annual "The ConFab," our conference and networking event that features planned meetings between conference sessions. Everything is set up and we're ready to go, comfortably ensconced in The Encore at The Wynn. The conference and... Read More >>


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