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Wide Band Gap technologies: An opportunity to increase power devices performance

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
When people think about Wide Band Gap (WBG) materials for power electronics applications, they usually think of GaN or SiC. However, there are materials with an even larger band gap which can further increase power device performance.

New device uses carbon nanotubes to snag molecules

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
Engineers at MIT have devised a new technique for trapping hard-to-detect molecules, using forests of carbon nanotubes.

Advanced semiconductor packaging drives materials consumption through 2019

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
The $18 billion semiconductor packaging materials will undergo steady single-digit unit volume growth for many material segments through 2019, including laminate substrates, IC leadframes, underfill, and copper wire.

Future flexible electronics based on carbon nanotubes

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
Study in Applied Physics Letters show how to improve nanotube transistor and circuit performance with fluoropolymers

Silicon shipment levels decline in third quarter 2015

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments decreased during the third quarter 2015 when compared to second quarter area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

SEMI announces continued annual growth for silicon shipment volumes

Thu, 10 Oct 2015
Total wafer shipments this year are expected to exceed the market high set in 2014 and are forecast to continue shipping at record levels in 2016 and 2017.

It's all about packaging - in this material world, who is your partner?

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
With the emergence of the IoT (Internet of Things), advanced packaging is clearly the enabling technology providing solutions for mobile applications and for semiconductor devices fabricated at 16 nm and below process nodes.

Semiconductor plastic packaging materials market to approach $21B by 2017

Wed, 1 Jan 2014
The market for semiconductor packaging materials, including thermal interface materials, is expected to maintain its $20 billion value through 2017, despite shifts away from the use of precious metals such as gold in wire bonding.

Dow Corning introduces next-generation thermal interface material

Tue, 5 May 2015
Dow Corning, a developer of silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, today unveiled new Dow Corning TC-3040 Thermally Conductive Gel, a next-generation thermal interface material.

Worldwide semiconductor revenue declined 1.9% in 2015, Gartner reports

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $333.7 billion in 2015, a 1.9 percent decrease from 2014 revenue of $340.3 billion, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.

Switchable material could enable new memory chips

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
Two MIT researchers have developed a thin-film material whose phase and electrical properties can be switched between metallic and semiconducting simply by applying a small voltage.

A new approach to chip fabrication

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
MIT researchers and their colleagues report the first chip-fabrication technique that enables significantly different materials to be deposited in the same layer.

The iron stepping stones to better wearable tech without semiconductors

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
The road to more versatile wearable technology is dotted with iron. Specifically, quantum dots of iron arranged on boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs).

Engineering material magic

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
University of Utah engineers have discovered a new kind of 2D semiconducting material for electronics that opens the door for much speedier computers and smartphones that also consume a lot less power.

New technique for turning sunlight into hydrogen

Tue, 2 Feb 2016
A team of Korean researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently pioneered in developing a new type of multilayered (Au NPs/TiO2/Au) photoelectrode that boosts the ability of solar water-splitting to produce hydrogen.

NREL collaboration boosts potential for CdTe solar cells

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
A critical milestone has been reached in cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell technology, helping pave the way for solar energy to directly compete with electricity generated by conventional energy sources.

Building a better mouse trap, from the atoms up

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
For most of human history, the discovery of new materials has been a crapshoot. But now, UConn researchers have systematized the search with machine learning that can scan millions of theoretical compounds for qualities that would make better solar cells, fibers, and computer chips. The search for new materials may never be the same.

FUJIFILM Electronic Materials receives Intel's Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
FUJIFILM Electronic Materials has been recognized as one of eight companies receiving Intel Corporation's prestigious Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award for their performance in 2015.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES broadens SiGe power amplifier portfolio

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced new advanced radio-frequency (RF) silicon solutions, further expanding the portfolio of Silicon Germanium (SiGe) power amplifier (PA) technologies designed to enable performance-optimized cellular and Wi-Fi solutions in increasingly sophisticated mobile devices and hardware.

Pumping up energy storage with metal oxides

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
Material scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have found certain metal oxides increase capacity and improve cycling performance in lithium-ion batteries.

IEEE Photonics Society's Issues Call for Papers for 13th International Group IV Photonics Conference

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
The 2016 International Group IV Photonics Conference, sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society, has announced the Call for Papers seeking original research on the Novel Materials & Nanophotonics; Photonic Devices; and Silicon Photonics Applications & Systems.

TowerJazz announces its SiGe Terabit Platform

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry, today announced its SiGe Terabit Platform targeting high-speed wireline communications for the terabit age.

Packaging materials: Strong growth rates for small form factors

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
While much of the recent attention has been focused on the growth of wafer level packages (WLPs), specifically fan-out WLPs, this is not the only segment forecast to undergo strong unit growth.

Global semiconductor sales increase slightly in March

Fri, 5 May 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26.1 billion for the month of March 2016, a slight increase of 0.3 percent compared to the previous month's total of $26.0 billion.

Researchers integrate diamond/boron nitride crystalline layers for high-power devices

Tue, 5 May 2016
Materials researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technique to deposit diamond on the surface of cubic boron nitride (c-BN), integrating the two materials into a single crystalline structure.

Novel functionalized nanomaterials for CO2 capture

Tue, 5 May 2016
Climate change due to excessive CO2 levels is one of the most serious problems mankind has ever faced. CO2 emissions need to be reduced urgently to avoid potentially dangerous and irreversible effects of climate change. To mitigate such emissions, CO2 capture is one of the best solutions. Scientists at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, have developed novel functionalized nanomaterials that can capture CO2 with superior capture capacity and stability over conventional sorbents.

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

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

First quarter 2016 silicon wafer shipments increase quarter-over-quarter

Tue, 5 May 2016
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter 2016 when compared to fourth quarter 2015 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Imec expands its silicon platform for quantum computing applications

Wed, 5 May 2016
At the Quantum Europe conference, taking place in Amsterdam, Belgian's nanoelectronincs research center imec announced today that it is ramping-up its R&D activities focused on quantum computing.

Exagan signs partnership agreement to establish GaN's reliability for use in power electronics

Wed, 5 May 2016
Exagan announced a strategic partnership to develop and commercialize GaN-on-silicon products with HIREX Engineering.

New type of graphene-based transistor will increase the clock speed of processors

Wed, 5 May 2016
Scientists have developed a new type of graphene-based transistor and using modeling they have demonstrated that it has ultralow power consumption compared with other similar transistor devices.

Graphene: A quantum of current

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

Light can 'heal' defects in new solar cell materials

Wed, 5 May 2016
Defects in some new electronic materials can be removed by making ions move under illumination.

'Weak' materials offer strong possibilities for electronics

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
New fundamental research by UT Dallas physicists may accelerate the drive toward more advanced electronics and more powerful computers.

Using solid-state materials with gold nanoantennas for more durable solar cells

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
Hokkaido University scientists are testing the development of solar cells made of solid materials to improve their ability to function under harsh environmental conditions.

Will conductive inks help wearables go truly wearable?

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
The first generation of wearable devices are constructed using mature, rigid technologies put inside a new box that can be worn. These are often bulky devices that are not truly wearable in the sense that our clothes are. This is, however, beginning to change, albeit slowly.

A switch for light wave electronics

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
Physicists from the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics have already found out that it is possible to manipulate the electronic properties of matter at optical frequencies. In a follow-up experiment the researchers, in a manner similar to their previous approach, shot extremely strong, femtosecond-laser pulses (one femtosecond is a millionth of a billionth of a second) onto silicon dioxide glass.

Nanotubes' 'stuffing' as is

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
A scientist from the Lomonosov Moscow State University studied the types of carbon nanotubes' 'stuffing'.

Tiny diamonds could enable huge advances in nanotechnology

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
UMD researchers develop a new method for pairing nanoscale diamonds with other nano materials.

Perovskite solar cells surpass 20 percent efficiency

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
EPFL researchers are pushing the limits of perovskite solar cell performance by exploring the best way to grow these crystals.

The sapphire industry: What’s next?

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
Almost two years after GTAT’s bankruptcy, the sapphire industry is still there. Its decor and characters have, of course, changed but the story is still unfolding.

New nanomaterial offers promise in bendable, wearable electronic devices

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

Semiconductor Industry Association applauds passage of chemicals legislation

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) commended congressional approval of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Accelerate and de-risk materials decisions for semiconductor R&D with IMI Labs from Intermolecular

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
Intermolecular, Inc. today announced IMI Labs for Semiconductor, a materials innovation service to help semiconductor companies explore, discover and characterize new materials.

AI Technology, Inc. introduces temporary bonding adhesive for thin wafer handling

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
For fan-out wafer-level packaging and 3D packaging, thin wafer handling is critical; the wafer must not warp, bend or shift during any wafer-processing steps.

HITRS roadmap aims to integrate photonic devices in SiP

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
A new roadmap, the Heterogeneous Integration Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (HITRS), aims to integrate fast optical communication made possible with photonic devices.

Electronic gases market undergoing major shifts

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

AMICRA to provide precision die attach system to Fabrinet in Silicon Valley

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
AMICRA Microtechnologies, a German-based vendor of advanced back-end assembly processing equipment for advanced packaging applications, has received an order for the AFC Plus System from Fabrinet West.

Imec and Synopsys collaborate on interconnect resistivity model

Mon, 7 Jul 2016
Synopsys' Process Explorer and Raphael accurately simulate parasitic resistance of alternative metals and liner-barrier materials at the 7nm node and beyond.

Graphene photodetectors: Thinking outside the 2-D box

Mon, 7 Jul 2016
The efficient detection of low-energy photons constitutes one of the main challenges faced by future optoelectronics. Finding new ways of sensing and harvesting these photons is crucial for the development of technologies such as silicon photonics, pollution sensing and next-generation solar.

Quantum drag

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
University of Iowa physicist says current in one iron magnetic sheet can create quantized spin waves in another, separate sheet.

Evolving flip-chip technology boosting markets

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

Utah and Minnesota engineers discover highly conductive materials for more efficient electronics

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
Engineers from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota have discovered that interfacing two particular oxide-based materials makes them highly conductive, a boon for future electronics that could result in much more power-efficient laptops, electric cars and home appliances that also don't need cumbersome power supplies.

New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2-D nanomaterials

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen.

Carbon nanotube 'stitches' make stronger, lighter composites

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
Method to reinforce these materials could help make airplane frames lighter, more damage-resistant.

Smarter self-assembly opens new pathways for nanotechnology

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
To continue advancing, next-generation electronic devices must fully exploit the nanoscale, where materials span just billionths of a meter. But balancing complexity, precision, and manufacturing scalability on such fantastically small scales is inevitably difficult.

Transmitting energy in soft materials

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

Extending tungsten metallization for next-generation devices

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
Recent breakthroughs in materials engineering of low-resistance W barriers/liners and bulk fill are making it possible to extend W use to next-generation devices.

Hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors enable cost-effective detection of neutron signals

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Texas Tech University researchers demonstrate hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors as a cost-effective alternative for inspecting overseas cargo containers entering US ports.

UCF team tricks solid into acting as liquid

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
Two scientists at the University of Central Florida have discovered how to get a solid material to act like a liquid without actually turning it into liquid, potentially opening a new world of possibilities for the electronic, optics and computing industries.

Iowa State engineers treat printed graphene with lasers to enable paper electronics

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
Iowa State engineers have led development of a laser-treatment process that allows them to use printed graphene for electric circuits and electrodes -- even on paper and other fragile surfaces. The technology could lead to many real-world, low-cost applications for printed graphene electronics, including sensors, fuel cells and medical devices.

For first time, carbon nanotube transistors outperform silicon

Tue, 9 Sep 2016
For the first time, University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers have created carbon nanotube transistors that outperform state-of-the-art silicon transistors.

Silicon nanoparticles instead of expensive semiconductors

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
Within an international collaboration, physicists of the Moscow State University replace expensive semiconductors with affordable silicon nanoparticles for display production.

Semiconducting inorganic double helix

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

Tuning materials and devices to adapt to their environment

Tue, 9 Sep 2016
University of California, Santa Barbara researchers pursue future radio-frequency materials and devices.

iPhone 7 materials costs higher than previous versions

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 7 equipped with 32 gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory carries $219.80 in bill of materials costs, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

Solid State Technology announces expanded conference for The ConFab 2017

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
The conference and networking event, will be held at the iconic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego on May 14-17, 2017.

Brewer Science celebrates 35 years

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
Founded in 1981 by Dr. Terry Brewer, the company is a manufacturer of leading-edge materials and processes used in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry.

Oxford Instruments develops SiC via etch for RF device manufacture

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
As a provider of process solutions for a broad range of applications, Oxford Instruments announced the development and launch of the SiC via plasma etch process using its high performance PlasmaPro100Polaris etch system.

Electrons in graphene behave like light, only better

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers discover that electrons mimic light in graphene, confirming a 2007 prediction -- their finding may enable new low power electronics and lead to new experimental probes.

New cost-effective silicon carbide high voltage switch created

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a high voltage and high frequency silicon carbide (SiC) power switch that could cost much less than similarly rated SiC power switches.

Researchers use novel materials to build smallest transistor

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
In the quest for faster and more powerful computers and consumer electronics, big advances come in small packages.

One-pot synthesis towards sulfur-based organic semiconductors

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
A short and simple synthetic route for thiophene-fused aromatic compounds.

Metamaterial uses light to control its motion

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers have designed a device that uses light to manipulate its mechanical properties. The device, which was fabricated using a plasmomechanical metamaterial, operates through a unique mechanism that couples its optical and mechanical resonances, enabling it to oscillate indefinitely using energy absorbed from light.

A novel battery design for making dual-ion batteries efficient

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
Dual-ion batteries (DIBs) are a new type of battery developed in recent years, typically using graphite as both the cathode and anode material.

Cicada wings inspire antireflective surfaces

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
A team of Shanghai Jiao Tong University researchers in China has developed antireflective structures capable of suppressing visible light at different angles of incidence -- with potential for solar cells.

Graphene cracks the glass corrosion problem

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers at the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM), within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) have demonstrated graphene coating protects glass from corrosion.

Compact graphene-based plasmon generator developed by physicists from MIPT

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
Russian and Japanese scientists demonstrate that compact coherent plasmon sources based on van der Waals heterostructures can be designed for use in optoelectronics.

Working under pressure: Diamond micro-anvils with huge pressures will create new materials

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
UAB researchers will use pressures greater than those found at the center of the Earth to create as yet unknown new materials.

Researchers find way to tune thermal conductivity of 2-D materials

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers have found an unexpected way to control the thermal conductivity of two-dimensional (2-D) materials, which will allow electronics designers to dissipate heat in electronic devices that use these materials.

New perovskite solar cell design could outperform existing commercial technologies

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
Stanford, Oxford team creates high-efficiency tandem cells.

Making silicon-germanium core fibers a reality

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
Laser recrystallization can create functional materials for faster transistors, optical transmission.

Development of a new thermoelectric material for a sustainable society

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
The first synthesis of bulk CaMgSi with thermoelectric properties

Metamaterial device allows chameleon-like behavior in the infrared

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
An electric current will not only heat a hybrid metamaterial, but will also trigger it to change state and fade into the background like a chameleon in what may be the proof-of-concept of the first controllable metamaterial device, or metadevice, according to a team of engineers.

Researchers surprised at the unexpected hardness of gallium nitride

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
A Lehigh University team discovers that the widely used semiconducting material is almost as wear-resistant as diamonds.

van der Pauw and Hall voltage measurements with a parameter analyzer

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
van der Pauw measurements with a parameter analyzer are examined followed by a look at Hall effects measurements.

Adding hydrogen to graphene

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
Adding hydrogen to graphene could improve its future applicability in the semiconductor industry, when silicon leaves off.

'Pressure-welding' nanotubes creates ultrastrong material

Mon, 11 Nov 2016
Scientists at MIPT apply torsion to multiwall nanotubes to form bonds between them creating durable material.

SunEdison Semiconductor announces regulatory approvals from Taiwan and Austria for proposed acquisition

Mon, 11 Nov 2016
SunEdison Semiconductor Limited announced today that it has received notice that the Investment Committee of the Ministry of the Economic Affairs of the Republic of China has approved the proposed acquisition of SunEdison Semiconductor by GlobalWafers Co., Ltd.

New record for silicon-based multi-junction solar cell

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with the Austrian company EV Group (EVG) have successfully manufactured a silicon-based multi-junction solar cell with two contacts and an efficiency exceeding the theoretical limit of silicon solar cells.

Third quarter 2016 silicon wafer shipments set a new record

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the third quarter 2016 when compared to second quarter 2016 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Semiconductor-free microelectronics are now possible, thanks to metamaterials

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have fabricated the first semiconductor-free, optically-controlled microelectronic device.

Studying structure to understand function within 'material families'

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Researchers are running structural studies using extensive numerical simulations on a supercomputer to study the motion of more than 500 atoms -- in an effort to determine the forces on each atom and the total energy via density functional calculations.

Nano-scale electronics score laboratory victory

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
NYU Tandon researchers pioneer technique to grow monolayer tungsten disulfide for next-generation transistors, wearable electronics, and biomedical devices.

UCR researchers discover new method to dissipate heat in electronic devices

Mon, 11 Nov 2016
By modulating the flow of phonons through semiconductor nanowires, engineers can create smaller and faster devices.

Global carbon nanotubes market to grow at 17.9% CAGR through 2025

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
The global market for nanotubes was valued at $1,250.00 million in 2015 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.9% during the forecast period 2016-2025.

Creating new physical properties in materials

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

Physicists decipher electronic properties of materials in work that may change transistors

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
University of Texas at Dallas physicists have published new findings examining the electrical properties of materials that could be harnessed for next-generation transistors and electronics.

Making graphene using laser-induced phase separation

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
IBS & KAIST researchers clarify how laser annealing technology can lead to production of ultra thin nanomaterials.

3-D solutions to energy savings in silicon power transistors

Mon, 12 Dec 2016
K Tsutsui at Tokyo Institute of Technology and colleagues in Japan have now shown that by scaling down size parameters in all three dimensions their device they can achieve significant energy savings.

Stanford engineers find that a new memory technology may be more energy efficient than previously thought

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
While exploring the atomic-level forces at play in a new type of computer chip, researchers found an energy-saving surprise that could translate into longer battery life for next-generation mobile devices.

Rapid and mass production of graphene, using microwaves

Tue, 12 Dec 2016
Graphene, a material that could usher in the next generation of electronic and energy devices, could be closer than ever to mass production, thanks to microwaves.

Researchers work to improve the lifecycle of materials

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
When most living creatures get hurt, they can self-heal and recover from the injury. But, when damage occurs to inanimate objects, they don't have that same ability and typically either lose functionality or have their useful lifecycle reduced. Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are working to change that.

New material with ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism may lead to better computer memory

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have demonstrated that ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism coexist at room temperature in thin films of bismuth-iron-cobalt oxide. The research could have implications in the next generation of computer memory and sensors.

Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
New research reveals intrinsic instability issues of iodine-containing perovskite solar cells.

A year in review: Top 10 stories of 2016

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
From the ground-breaking research breakthroughs to the shifting supplier landscape, these are the stories the Solid State Technology audience read the most during 2016.

Global semiconductor sales up 7% year-to-year

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $31.0 billion for the month of November 2016, an increase of 7.4 percent compared to the November 2015 total.

Germanium's semiconducting and optical properties probed under pressure

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Germanium may not be a household name like silicon, its group-mate on the periodic table, but it has great potential for use in next-generation electronics and energy technology.

Atomera selects TSI Semiconductors to accelerate semiconductor materials advancements

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
Foundry to provide manufacturing, electrical test and characterization services to shorten Atomera's time to market.

Illinois team advances GaN-on-Silicon for scalable high electron mobility transistors

Mon, 1 Jan 2017
A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has advanced gallium nitride (GaN)-on-silicon transistor technology by optimizing the composition of the semiconductor layers that make up the device

2-D materials enhance a 3-D world

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
2-D layer increases effectiveness of optoelectronics.

Air Products to expand nitrogen capacity in Pyeongtaek City to support demand of semiconductor industry

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
Air Products today announced it will increase nitrogen production to serve the growing demand of its existing customer in Pyeongtaek City, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.

CWRU directly measures how perovskite solar films efficiently convert light to power

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Measurement shows potential for building better solar cells by imaging fundamental properties of the material.

Technavio releases market research report and forecast on gallium arsenide components

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
The global gallium arsenide (GaAs) components market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report.

AGC unveils innovative glass substrates for semiconductor packaging

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
AGC Asahi Glass (AGC), a manufacturer of glass, chemicals and high-tech materials, today announced it has developed a diverse line of glass substrates specifically designed for semiconductor packaging applications and semiconductor manufacturing process support.

SUNY Poly-managed research named a top ten physics breakthrough

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Research paves the way for more efficient 'on-off' switch that could someday replace transistors.

New research helps to meet the challenges of nanotechnology

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
Research helps to make the most of nanoscale catalytic effects for nanotechnology.

New low-cost technique converts bulk alloys to oxide nanowires

Fri, 1 Jan 2017
A simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials could dramatically lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures.

UNIST researchers get green light to commercialize metal-air batteries

Mon, 1 Jan 2017
A team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently announced that they have successfully developed a new way to increase energy efficiency of metal-air batteries which are next-generation energy devices by using a conducting polymer.

Executive viewpoints: 2017 outlook

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Each year, Solid State Technology turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2017.

FlexTech announces contract for battery development with ITN Energy Systems

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
FlexTech, a SEMI strategic association partner, today announced a contract with ITN Energy Systems of Littleton, CO to develop and produce a flexible, solid-state lithium battery reducing packaging bulk by integrating a thin, flexible ceramic substrate.

Thin, flexible, light-absorbent material for energy and stealth applications

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
Transparent window coatings that keep buildings and cars cool on sunny days. Devices that could more than triple solar cell efficiencies. Thin, lightweight shields that block thermal detection. These are potential applications for a thin, flexible, light-absorbing material developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego.

Toward all-solid lithium batteries

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
Researchers investigate mechanics of lithium sulfides, which show promise as solid electrolytes.

Full(erene) potential

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
The addition of specific molecules to 'trap' charge carriers in semiconducting polymers proves to be a powerful method of mastering the materials' electrical properties.

Germanium outperforms silicon in energy efficient transistors with n- und p- conduction

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
A team of scientists from the Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory (NaMLab gGmbH) and the Cluster of Excellence Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at the Dresden University of Technology have demonstrated the world-wide first transistor based on germanium that can be programmed between electron- (n) and hole- (p) conduction.

Towards new IT devices with stable and transformable solitons

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

Annual silicon volume shipments remain at record highs

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

NREL research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
A team of scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) determined that surface recombination limits the performance of polycrystalline perovskite solar cells.

Intel announces $7B investment in next-gen semiconductor fab in Arizona

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
The announcement was made by U.S. President Donald Trump and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the White House.

Penn researchers are among the first to grow a versatile 2-dimensional material

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
University of Pennsylvania researchers are now among the first to produce a single, three-atom-thick layer of a unique two-dimensional material called tungsten ditelluride.

A new platform to study graphene's electronic properties

Mon, 2 Feb 2017
IBS scientists model the electronic structure of graphene.

Turning up the heat for perfect (nano)diamonds

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
Researchers are taking rough, defective diamonds and using high temperatures to perfect them for quantum sensing.

A new spin on electronics

Wed, 2 Feb 2017
Information transport by spin as an alternative to conventional computing technology.

'Lossless' metamaterial could boost efficiency of lasers and other light-based devices

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices.

Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport.

SEMI appoints Ajit Manocha as president and CEO

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
SEMI today announced the appointment of Ajit Manocha as its president and CEO.

Versum Materials names Edward Shober as senior VP of Materials

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
Versum Materials, Inc., a materials supplier to the semiconductor industry, announced today that Edward “Ed” Shober has been appointed to the position of senior vice president of its Materials segment.

Researchers pave the way for ionotronic nanodevices

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
Discovery helps develop a new kind of electrically switchable memories.

Materion Corporation completes Heraeus target materials acquisition

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Materion Corporation announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the target materials business of the Heraeus Group.

Versum Materials expands manufacturing capacity

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Versum Materials, Inc. announced today that it would expand its manufacturing capacity at its Delivery Systems and Service (DS&S) headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Technavio reports top three drivers promoting growth for the carbon nanotube market

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Technavio analysts forecast the global carbon nanotube (CNT) market to grow at a staggering CAGR of almost 22% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

Coffee-ring effect leads to crystallization control

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Varying the thickness of crystallizing materials facilitates control over the patterns and properties of crystals.

Polymer-coated silicon nanosheets as an alternative to graphene

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process.

Sandia National Laboratories creates 3-D metasurfaces with optical possibilities

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
The new Sandia metamaterials can be fabricated in multiple layers to form complex, three-dimensional meta-atoms that reflect more light than shiny gold surfaces, usually considered the ultimate in infrared reflectivity. The III-V materials also emit photons when excited -- something that silicon, which can reflect, transmit and absorb -- can't do.

Entegris partners with China's Spectrum Materials to manufacture Entegris specialty chemicals in China

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Entegris Inc. today announced it has signed an agreement with Spectrum Materials Co., Ltd. to expand its presence in China.

UC researchers use gold coating to control luminescence of nanowires

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
University of Cincinnati physicists manipulate nanowire semiconductors in pursuit of making electronics smaller, faster and cheaper.

Nano-polycrystalline film leads to stronger magnetism compared to single-crystal films

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Oxygen defects like nanopillars enhanced magnetic and magnetooptical response of STF films.

Scientists discover new 'boat' form of promising semiconductor GeSe

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Uncommon form attenuates semiconductor's band gap size.

Researchers discover new type of memory effect in transition metal oxides

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Dr. Amos Sharoni of Bar-Ilan University's Department of Physics, and Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), has now uncovered a new kind of memory effect, unrelated to memory effects previously reported.

Argon is not the 'dope' for metallic hydrogen

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Hydrogen is both the simplest and the most-abundant element in the universe, so studying it can teach scientists about the essence of matter. And yet there are still many hydrogen secrets to unlock, including how best to force it into a superconductive, metallic state with no electrical resistance.

A big leap toward tinier lines

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Self-assembly technique could lead to long-awaited, simple method for making smaller microchip patterns.

Reusable carbon nanotubes could be the water filter of the future, says RIT study

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
A new class of carbon nanotubes could be the next-generation clean-up crew for toxic sludge and contaminated water, say researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Advances make reduced graphene oxide electronics feasible

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a technique for converting positively charged (p-type) reduced graphene oxide (rGO) into negatively charged (n-type) rGO, creating a layered material that can be used to develop rGO-based transistors for use in electronic devices.

Built from the bottom up, nanoribbons pave the way to 'on-off' states for graphene

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
A new way to grow narrow ribbons of graphene, a lightweight and strong structure of single-atom-thick carbon atoms linked into hexagons, may address a shortcoming that has prevented the material from achieving its full potential in electronic applications.

To e-, or not to e-, the question for the exotic 'Si-III' phase of silicon

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
Discovery of semiconducting properties of Si-III might lead to unpredictable technological advancement.

SEMI reports 2016 global semiconductor materials sales of $44.3B

Mon, 4 Apr 2017
SEMI today announced that the global semiconductor materials market increased 2.4 percent in 2016 compared to 2015 while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 1.1 percent.

Carbon nanotubes self-assemble into tiny transistors

Wed, 4 Apr 2017
University of Groningen scientists, together with colleagues from the University of Wuppertal and IBM Zurich, have developed a method to select semiconducting nanotubes from a solution and make them self-assemble on a circuit of gold electrodes.

Flexible processors with atomically thin materials

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

Vital control in fab materials supply-chains

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

Technologies to extend semiconductor scaling

Mon, 2 Feb 2017
An Steegen reveals some of the secrets of semiconductor scaling – a pipeline full of materials, device architectures and advanced techniques that promise to further extend semiconductor scaling.

2D materials may be brittle

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
Molybdenum-diselenide brittle, borophene not.

Detecting fluorocarbons with infrared

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
Detection and measurement of fluorocarbons is key to both process control and safety.

Semiconductor materials: restructuring in the supplier base

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
Earlier this year, the Nikkei Asian Review (and other sources) reported the exit of Sumitomo Metal Mining (SMM) from the leadframe business.

Avantor acquires Puritan Products

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
Avantor Performance Materials, LLC, announced today the acquisition of Puritan Products, Inc., a supplier of cGMP buffers and solutions for Biopharma customers, and high-purity chemistries for Research and Electronic Materials customers.

Conax Technologies announces the acquisition of Arizona-based Quartz Engineering

Mon, 4 Apr 2017
Conax Technologies announced the acquisition of Quartz Engineering, a manufacturer of quartz sheaths for temperature sensors headquartered in Tempe, AZ.

Discovery of new PVD chalcogenide materials for memory applications

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
A case study is presented based on the use of high throughput experimentation (HTE) for the discovery of new memory materials.

'Persistent photoconductivity' offers new tool for bioelectronics

Wed, 5 May 2017
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new approach for manipulating the behavior of cells on semiconductor materials, using light to alter the conductivity of the material itself.

Chemically tailored graphene

Tue, 5 May 2017
Graphene is considered as one of the most promising new materials. However, the systematic insertion of chemically bound atoms and molecules to control its properties is still a major challenge. Now, for the first time, scientists of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, the University of Vienna, the Freie Universität Berlin and the University Yachay Tech in Ecuador succeeded in precisely verifying the spectral fingerprint of such compounds in both theory and experiment.

At last: Beautiful, consistent carbon belts

Thu, 5 May 2017
Synthesis of a carbon nanobelt with potential applications in nanotechnology.

Soitec names new VP of Strategic Business Development in China

Thu, 5 May 2017
Soitec, a designer and manufacturer of semiconductor materials for the electronics industry, has appointed Stephen Lin to the newly created position of vice president of strategic business development in China, a key region for the company's future growth plans.

Hafnia dons a new face

Fri, 5 May 2017
As computer chips become smaller, faster and more powerful, their insulating layers must also be much more robust -- currently a limiting factor for semiconductor technology. A collaborative University of Kentucky-Texas A&M University research team says this new phase of hafnia is an order of magnitude better at withstanding applied fields.

Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign

Mon, 5 May 2017
Researchers have uncovered the exact mechanism that causes new solar cells to break down in air, paving the way for a solution.

Volatility in electronic equipment supply chain

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

New method of characterizing graphene

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

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

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

Artificial intelligence: A new era of the advanced packaging industry

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

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

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

Materials accelerating innovation at SEMI Strategic Materials Conference

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

Umicore inaugurates new production facility in Germany

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

Meniscus-assisted technique produces high efficiency perovskite PV films

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

New materials, new challenges

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

Industry acting to reduce greenhouse gases

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

IC deposition materials market forecast of $1.2B by 2021

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

Taiwan largest semiconductor materials market, as SEMICON Taiwan approaches

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

Researchers find path to discovering new topological materials

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

IBM scientists observe elusive gravitational effect in solid-state physics

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

Chemical route towards electronic devices in graphene

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

Scientists announce the quest for high-index materials

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

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

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

Scientists discover new magnet with nearly massless charge carriers

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

Reality check for 'wonder material'

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

Large wafers, complex IC designs among advanced packaging trends

Tue, 8 Aug 2017
The global semiconductor advanced packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.45% during the period 2017-2021, according to Research and Markets.

Semiconductor industry capital spending forecast to jump 20% in 2017

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

Nagoya-led team flips the switch on ferroelectrics

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

Physicists learn how to create nanopores of specified size in graphene

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

New device could turn heat energy into a viable fuel source

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

ASE K7 receives Green Factory Label

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

Flexible hybrid electronics & sensors impacting the automotive industry

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

A revolution in lithium-ion batteries is becoming more realistic

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

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

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

Quantum sensors decipher magnetic ordering in a new semiconducting material

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

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

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

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

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

New insights into nanocrystal growth in liquid

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

IMAPS 2017 to showcase advances in microelectronics technology

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

Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals

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

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

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

Application of air-sensitive semiconductors in nanoelectronics

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

Laser marking meets diverse challenges in fab and packaging

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

Graphene forged into three-dimensional shapes

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

A sea of spinning electrons

Tue, 10 Oct 2017
Rutgers-led discovery could spawn a wave of new electronic devices.

Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance

Thu, 10 Oct 2017
Crystalline tungsten shows insight and promise in addressing the challenges of electrical interconnects that have high resistivity at the nanoscale.

WIN Semiconductors enhances 0.25µm GaN power process

Mon, 10 Oct 2017
The NP25 technology provides 28-volt operation with superior power density and efficiency for demanding power applications through Ku-band.

Prototype shows how tiny photodetectors can double their efficiency

Mon, 10 Oct 2017
UC Riverside research invokes quantum mechanical processes that occur when two atomically thin materials are stacked together.

Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density

Tue, 10 Oct 2017
Using a simple layer-by-layer coating technique, researchers from the U.S. and Korea have developed a paper-based flexible supercapacitor that could be used to help power wearable devices.

China IC industry outlook

Tue, 10 Oct 2017
With an increasing presence in the global semiconductor manufacturing supply chain, the market opportunities in China are expanding dramatically.

2017 IEDM features rich technical program, focus sessions

Tue, 10 Oct 2017
Each year at the IEDM, the world's best technologists in micro/nano/bioelectronics converge to participate in a technical program consisting of more than 220 presentations, along with other events.

Long nanotubes make strong fibers

Tue, 10 Oct 2017
Rice University researchers advance characterization, purification of nanotube wires and films.

Strong solar and semiconductor demand but still a sizeable oversupply of polysilicon

Wed, 10 Oct 2017
An oversupply of polysilicon will double in 2018 despite strong demand in solar and semiconductor markets, according to a report recently published by The Information Network.

Nanotube fiber antennas as capable as copper

Mon, 10 Oct 2017
Rice University researchers show their flexible fibers work well but weigh much less.

Deep-depletion: A new concept for MOSFETs

Thu, 10 Oct 2017
An international team of researchers has created a proof of concept that uses the deep-depletion regime in bulk-boron-doped diamond MOSFETs to increase hole channel carrier mobility.

NREL research yields significant thermoelectric performance

Wed, 11 Nov 2017
Addition of thin films to fabrics could power portable electronics, sensors.

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever quarterly sales

Wed, 11 Nov 2017
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $107.9 billion for the third quarter of 2017, marking the industry’s highest-ever quarterly sales and an increase of 10.2 percent compared to the previous quarter.

Lightning-fast communications

Mon, 11 Nov 2017
University of Utah researchers develop milestone for ultra-fast communications and computing.

How to solve the BEOL RC delay problem?

Tue, 11 Nov 2017
The RC delay issues started a few nodes ago, and the problems are becoming worse.

Third quarter 2017 silicon wafer shipments hit another quarterly record

Wed, 11 Nov 2017
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the third quarter 2017 when compared to second quarter 2017 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

U.S. semiconductor chemical suppliers lost market share over past decade

Fri, 11 Nov 2017
U.S. semiconductor chemical suppliers lost market share to Japanese and European competitors in every major segment over the past decade, according to a new report from The Information Network.

'Ion billiards' cue novel material synthesis method

Fri, 11 Nov 2017
A team of Hokkaido University researchers has developed a novel material synthesis method called proton-driven ion introduction (PDII) which utilizes a phenomenon similar to "ion billiards." The new method could pave the way for creating numerous new materials, thus drastically advancing materials sciences

A new window into electron behavior

Fri, 11 Nov 2017
Scientists invent technique to map energy and momentum of electrons beneath a material's surface.

A transistor of graphene nanoribbons

Thu, 11 Nov 2017
Empa researchers in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and the University of California at Berkeley have now succeeded in growing ribbons exactly nine atoms wide with a regular armchair edge from precursor molecules.

Thermally activated delayed photoluminescence from semiconductor nanocrystals

Mon, 12 Dec 2017
Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that the transfer of triplet excitons from nanomaterials to molecules also creates a feedback mechanism that returns some energy to the nanocrystal, causing it to photoluminesce on long time scales. The mechanism can be adjusted to control the amount of energy transfer, which could be useful in optoelectronic applications.

Revision to SEMI E142: Specification for substrate mapping

Thu, 12 Dec 2017
The Korea Advanced Back-end Factory Integration Task Force, in response to the industry's demand, has decided to revise SEMI E142-0211 (Reapproved 1016), Specification for Substrate Mapping by adding an assembly and packaging raw materials traceability method.

Understanding the impact of defects on the properties of moS2

Thu, 12 Dec 2017
Researchers at the Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), have shown that defects in monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) exhibit electrical switching, providing new insights into the electrical properties of this material. As MoS2 is one of the most promising 2D semiconductors, it is expected that these results will contribute to its future use in opto-electronics.

Solid-state physics offers insights into dielectric properties of biomaterials

Tue, 1 Jan 2018
In this paper, researchers characterize the behavior of proteins, considered as classical amorphous semiconductors, with the help of the formalism of condensed matter physics. The authors have clearly shown the powerful methodology and instrumentation of condensed matter physics to be effective for fundamental research into the electrodynamics of biological objects. The next step could involve the application to biomaterials research of the wide range of other theories and models that have been effectively used by the physics community for many decades.

X-rays reveal 'handedness' in swirling electric vortices

Thu, 1 Jan 2018
Scientists at Berkeley Lab study exotic material's properties, which could make possible a new form of data storage.

Turbulent times ahead for trade

Thu, 1 Jan 2018
International trade is one of the best tools to spur growth and create high-skill and high-paying jobs. Over 40 million American jobs rely on trade, and this is particularly true in the semiconductor supply chain. Over the past three decades, the semiconductor industry has averaged nearly double-digit growth rates in revenue and, by 2030, the semiconductor supply chain is forecast to reach $1 trillion.

Shape-shifting organic crystals use memory to improve plastic electronics

Fri, 1 Jan 2018
Researchers have identified a mechanism that triggers shape-memory phenomena in organic crystals used in plastic electronics. Shape-shifting structural materials are made with metal alloys, but the new generation of economical printable plastic electronics is poised to benefit from this phenomenon, too. Shape-memory materials science and plastic electronics technology, when merged, could open the door to advancements in low-power electronics, medical electronics devices and multifunctional shape-memory materials.

UA researchers observe electrons zipping around in crystals

Fri, 2 Feb 2018
Scientists have tracked electrons moving through exotic materials that may make up the next generation of computing hardware.

Entegris' strong fourth-quarter caps record year

Wed, 2 Feb 2018
Entegris, Inc. (NasdaqGS: ENTG), a developer of specialty chemicals and advanced materials solutions for the microelectronics industry, today reported its financial results for the Company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2017.

Scientists observe nanowires as they grow

Thu, 2 Feb 2018
X-ray experiments reveal exact details of self-catalyzed growth for the first time.

Graphene on toast, anyone?

Tue, 2 Feb 2018
Rice University scientists create patterned graphene onto food, paper, cloth, cardboard.

Engineers develop smart material that changes stiffness when twisted or bent

Thu, 2 Feb 2018
A new smart and responsive material can stiffen up like a worked-out muscle, say the Iowa State University engineers who developed it.

Phase-transition cubic gallium nitride doubles ultraviolet emission efficiency

Tue, 2 Feb 2018
Novel photonics materials are becoming pivotal for energy conversion, communications, and sensing, largely because there is a global desire to enhance energy efficiency, and reduce electricity consumption.

Experimentally demonstrated a toffoli gate in a semiconductor three-qubit system

Wed, 2 Feb 2018
A new progress in the scaling of semiconductor quantum dot based qubit has been achieved at Key Laboratory of Quantum Information and Synergetic Innovation Center of Quantum Information & Quantum Physics of USTC.

Practical spin wave transistor one step closer

Fri, 3 Mar 2018
University of Groningen physicists have managed to alter the flow of spin waves through a magnet, using only an electrical current.

Mining hardware helps scientists gain insight into silicon nanoparticles

Fri, 3 Mar 2018
Researchers first developed a three-dimensional dynamic model of an interaction between light and nanoparticles.

Executive viewpoints: 2018 outlook

Mon, 3 Mar 2018
Each year, Solid State Technology turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2018.

Materials 'sandwich' breaks barrier for solar cell efficiency

Mon, 3 Mar 2018
NYU Tandon Professor André D. Taylor's research team combines materials and borrows lessons from nature to build a better organic solar cell.

Researchers reshape the energy landscape of phonons in nanocrystals

Wed, 3 Mar 2018
Light and vibrations intertwine inside a nanoscale cavity.

Linde LienHwa announces investment commitment in China and additional new special gas production in Taiwan

Wed, 3 Mar 2018
Linde LienHwa, a key supplier of gases and chemicals to the electronics industry, continues to invest with its customers in Mainland China and Taiwan.

Simulation and experiment help TU Dresden researchers study next-generation semiconductors

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
Theoretical physicists and experimentalists collaborate to identify dopants capable of enabling new designs of semiconducting materials.

Flat gallium joins roster of new 2-D materials

Mon, 3 Mar 2018
Scientists at Rice University and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, have discovered a method to make atomically flat gallium that shows promise for nanoscale electronics.

Si2 approves two IC design simulation standards for fast-growing gallium nitride market

Wed, 3 Mar 2018
The Silicon Integration Initiative's (Si2) Compact Model Coalition (CMC) has approved two integrated circuit design simulation standards that target the fast-growing global market for gallium nitride semiconductors.

Chemists use abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements to synthesize semiconductors

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
Javier Vela of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has worked with two of his graduate students to synthesize a new material for semiconductors. The chemists think the material will work well in solar cells, but without the toxicity, scarcity or costs of other semiconductors. They report their discovery in a paper recently published online by the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

The ConFab 2018 announces conference agenda and speakers

Fri, 3 Mar 2018
Browse this slideshow for a look at this year's speakers, keynotes, panel discussions, and special guests.

A future colorfully lit by mystifying physics of paint-on semiconductors

Mon, 3 Mar 2018
Some novel materials that sound too good to be true turn out to be true and good. An emergent class of semiconductors, which could affordably light up our future with nuanced colors emanating from lasers, lamps, and even window glass, could be the latest example.

'Candy cane' polymer weave could power future functional fabrics and devices

Wed, 3 Mar 2018
If scientists are going to deliver on the promise of implantable artificial organs or clothing that dries itself, they'll first need to solve the problem of inflexible batteries that run out of juice too quickly. Today, researchers report that they've developed a new material by weaving two polymers together in a way that increases charge storage capacity.

High-performance, cost-effective, thin-film solar cell technology provides an attractive source of portable and mobile power

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
Magnolia Optical Technology, Inc. announced that it is working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under the Phase II SBIR Program for Development of High-Performance Thin-Film Solar Cells for Portable Power Applications.

Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
Working up a sweat from carrying a heavy load? That is when the textile works at its best. Swedish researchers have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric power. The greater the load applied to the textile and the wetter it becomes the more electricity it generates.

Improving human-data interaction to speed nanomaterials innovation

Mon, 3 Mar 2018
New application of data analysis, visualization techniques achieves better representation of multidimensional materials data; Work is part of Lehigh University's initiative to accelerate understanding of materials through improved human-data interaction

Exploring the thermoelectric properties of tin selenide nanostructures

Tue, 3 Mar 2018
Researchers discover that nanometer-thick tin selenide crafted in thin films of connected 'nanoflakes' shows promise for thermoelectric energy conversion.

High-speed and on-silicon-chip graphene blackbody emitters

Tue, 4 Apr 2018
Integrated light emitters for optical communications.

U.S. federal government R&D spending for 2018 finalized

Fri, 4 Apr 2018
Although many months past due, Congress on March 23 finalized the federal spending for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2018, only hours before a what would have been the third government shutdown of the year.

Diamond-based circuits can take the heat for advanced applications

Tue, 4 Apr 2018
Researchers at Japan's National Institute for Materials Science developed a hydrogenated diamond circuit operational at 300 degrees Celsius.

Indium Corporation receives ON Semiconductor Award for "Perfect Quality"

Tue, 4 Apr 2018
Indium Corporation, one of more than 3,000 ON Semiconductor production suppliers, was selected for its commitment to ensuring high quality and supply continuity in an evolving semiconductor market.

Mechanism of oxidative unzipping of multiwall carbon nanotubes to graphene nanoribbons

Thu, 4 Apr 2018
While the bottom-up method provides a route to precise edge control, and the lithographic method can afford GNRs with precise placement, the unzipping method has the advantage of mass-production on a large scale.

Cree licenses GaN power patents to Nexperia

Thu, 4 Apr 2018
Cree, Inc. announces that it signed a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-bearing patent license agreement with Nexperia BV, a Dutch company.

Similar charges are attracted to each other

Fri, 4 Apr 2018
NUST MISIS scientists have finally found out why a material that could potentially become the basis for ultra-fast memory in new computers is formed. Professor Petr Karpov and Serguei Brazovskii, both researchers at NUST MISIS, have managed to develop a theory which explains the mechanism of the latent state formation in layered tantalum disulfide, one of the most promising materials for modern microelectronics.

Polymer-graphene nanocarpets to electrify smart fabrics

Tue, 4 Apr 2018
Polymer carpets based on graphene could make any fabrics generate current.

From insulator to conductor in a flash

Tue, 4 Apr 2018
A clever combination of novel technologies enables us to study promising materials for the electronics of tomorrow. Using short laser pulses, a research team led by Misha Ivanov of the Max Born Institute in Berlin together with scientists from the Russian Quantum Center in Moscow have now shed light on the extremely rapid processes taking place within novel materials.

Ultrafast electron oscillation and dephasing monitored by attosecond light source

Wed, 4 Apr 2018
YNU and NTT researchers observed petahertz electron oscillation using chromium doped sapphire solid-state material.

New research could literally squeeze more power out of solar cells

Fri, 4 Apr 2018
Physicists at the University of Warwick have published new research in the journal Science April 19, 2018, (via the Journal's First Release pages) that could literally squeeze more power out of solar cells by physically deforming each of the crystals in the semiconductors used by photovoltaic cells.

Versum Materials celebrates the grand opening of its research and development facility in Hometown, PA

Fri, 4 Apr 2018
Versum Materials, Inc. announced today the grand opening of its new research and development (R&D) facility at its semiconductor materials manufacturing site in Hometown, Pennsylvania.

Graphene sets a new record on squeezing light to one atom

Mon, 4 Apr 2018
In a recent study published in Science, researchers at ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain, along with other members of the Graphene Flagship, reached the ultimate level of light confinement. They have been able to confine light down to a space one atom, the smallest possible. This will pave the way to ultra-small optical switches, detectors and sensors.

SEMI reports 2017 global semiconductor materials sales of $46.9B

Tue, 4 Apr 2018
SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, today announced that in 2017 the global semiconductor materials market grew 9.6 percent while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 21.6 percent from the prior year.

Cheaper and easier way found to make plastic semiconductors

Wed, 4 Apr 2018
Cheap, flexible and sustainable plastic semiconductors will soon be a reality thanks to a breakthrough by chemists at the University of Waterloo.

Cell membrane inspires new ultrathin electronic film

Thu, 4 Apr 2018
Japanese researchers have developed a new method to build large areas of semiconductive material that is just two molecules thick and a total of 4.4 nanometers tall.

Speeding up material discovery

Mon, 4 Apr 2018
Algorithm take months, not years, to find material for improved energy conversion.

One-dimensional material packs a powerful punch for next generation electronics

Wed, 5 May 2018
The new technology has applications in nanometer-scale transistors and circuits.

ALLVIA adds capabilities for through-quartz vias

Wed, 5 May 2018
To meet growing market demand for high-density 2.5D and 3D stacked semiconductor solutions, Silicon Valley-based ALLVIA, Inc. has expanded its in-house capabilities to include the formation of through-quartz vias (TQV) ranging from 15 microns in diameter and 100 microns deep to 50 microns in diameter and 250 microns deep.

Controlling the crystal structure of gallium oxide

Thu, 5 May 2018
A simple method that uses hydrogen chloride can better control the crystal structure of a common semiconductor and shows promise for novel high-powered electronic applications.

Custom silicon microparticles dynamically reconfigure on demand

Thu, 5 May 2018
First demonstration of self-assembling and self-disassembling silicon microparticles could form the basis for designing artificial muscles and reconfigurable computer systems.

2018 CMC Conference highlights materials solutions

Fri, 5 May 2018
The 2018 Critical Materials Council (CMC) Conference -- held April 26-27 at the Hilton Chandler in Arizona -- was a great gathering with presentations from Everspin, Intel, GlobalFoundries, and NXP discussing current fab challenges, and the relationships to near-term materials solutions.

Hematene joins parade of new 2D materials

Mon, 5 May 2018
Hematene joins parade of new 2D materials Rice University-led team extracts 3-atom-thick sheets from common iron oxide.

Air Liquide Advanced Materials, Inc. receives Association for Corporate Growth Award

Wed, 5 May 2018
Air Liquide Advanced Materials, Inc. (ALAM) has been chosen by the New Jersey chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth as an honoree for the 2018 Corporate Growth Awards.

Waterloo chemists create faster and more efficient way to process information

Fri, 5 May 2018
Moore's Law extended with the use of light.

Scientists discover how a pinch of salt can improve battery performance

Mon, 5 May 2018
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London, University of Cambridge and Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research have discovered how a pinch of salt can be used to drastically improve the performance of batteries.

Analysis of causality principle for the conductivity of graphene

Tue, 5 May 2018
A paper by Kazan University and Russian Academy of Sciences appeared in Physical Review D.

Researchers control the properties of graphene transistors using pressure

Wed, 5 May 2018
A Columbia University-led international team of researchers has developed a technique to manipulate the electrical conductivity of graphene with compression, bringing the material one step closer to being a viable semiconductor for use in today's electronic devices.

Global semiconductor glass wafer market to witness growth through 2022 owing to the proliferation of IoT

Fri, 5 May 2018
Technavio projects the global semiconductor glass wafer market to post a CAGR of more than 6% during the forecast period. The emergence of advanced and compact consumer electronic devices is a key driver, which is expected to impact market growth.

Gases: Essential materials for display manufacturing

Mon, 5 May 2018
Technology trends in backplane technology are driving higher gas demand in display manufacturing. Specific gas requirements of process blocks are discussed, and various supply modes are reviewed.

Next generation dopant gas delivery system for ion implant applications

Thu, 5 May 2018
A new class of adsorbent materials offer high capacity storage and safe delivery of dopant gases.

Rare element to provide better material for high-speed electronics

Fri, 5 May 2018
Purdue researchers have discovered a new two-dimensional material, derived from the rare element tellurium, to make transistors that carry a current better throughout a computer chip.

Polymer crystals hold key to record-breaking energy transport

Fri, 5 May 2018
Scientists from the universities of Bristol and Cambridge have found a way to create polymeric semiconductor nanostructures that absorb light and transport its energy further than previously observed.

Building nanomaterials for next-generation computing

Wed, 5 May 2018
Scientists recently developed a blueprint to fabricate new nanoheterostructures using 2-D materials.

Graphene layered with magnetic materials could drive ultrathin spintronics

Wed, 5 May 2018
Measurements at Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry reveal exotic spin properties that could drive new form of data storage.

Imec extends damascene metallization towards the 3nm technology node

Mon, 6 Jun 2018
At this week’s 2018 IEEE International Interconnect Technology Conference (IITC 2018), imec will present 11 papers on advanced interconnects, ranging from extending Cu and Co damascene metallization, all the way to evaluating new alternatives such as Ru and graphene.

MIT researchers devise new way to make light interact with matter

Mon, 6 Jun 2018
Reducing the wavelength of light could allow it to be absorbed or emitted by a semiconductor, study suggests.

Exagan introduces unique intelligent GaN power solution

Tue, 6 Jun 2018
Company showcases G-FET and G-DRIVE products for easy-to-design electrical converters and a small, highly efficient 65-watt USB PD 3.0 charger demonstration.

Physicists devise method to reveal how light affects materials

Tue, 6 Jun 2018
The new method adds to the understanding of the fundamental laws governing the interaction of electrons and light.

Applied Materials breakthrough accelerates chip performance in the big data and AI era

Tue, 6 Jun 2018
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced a breakthrough in materials engineering that accelerates chip performance in the big data and AI era.

Fungi-produced pigment shows promise as semiconductor material

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
Researchers at Oregon State University are looking at a highly durable organic pigment, used by humans in artwork for hundreds of years, as a promising possibility as a semiconductor material.

Entegris announces agreement to acquire SAES Pure Gas business

Thu, 6 Jun 2018
Entegris, Inc., a distributor of specialty chemicals and advanced materials solutions, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the SAES Pure Gas business.

NXP introduces new high power RF products for 5G networks

Tue, 6 Jun 2018
Company expands its Gallium Nitride (GaN) and LDMOS technology portfolios to offer a full range of high power products.

WIN Semiconductors releases new platform integrating high performance 0.1um GaAs pHEMT with monolithic PIN and vertical Schottky diodes

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
WIN Semiconductors Corp, the world's largest pure-play compound semiconductor foundry, has expanded its portfolio of highly integrated GaAs technologies with the release of a new pHEMT technology.

pSemi GaN FET driver delivers fast switching to solid-state LiDAR systems

Thu, 6 Jun 2018
pSemi Corporation (formerly known as Peregrine Semiconductor), a Murata company focused on semiconductor integration, announces the availability of the PE29101 gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistor (FET) driver for solid-state light detection and ranging (LiDAR) systems.

Could this material enable autonomous vehicles to come to market sooner?

Tue, 6 Jun 2018
New material has optical properties that could enable better infrared detection for autonomous vehicles and assist firefighters.

Interaction of paired and lined-up electrons can be manipulated in semiconductors

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
The way that electrons paired as composite particles or arranged in lines interact with each other within a semiconductor provides new design opportunities for electronics, according to recent findings in Nature Communications.

The fingerprints of harmful molecules could be detected noninvasively via black silicon

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
Scientists of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) in cooperation with colleagues from the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Australian and Lithuanian Universities have improved the technique of ultrasensitive nonperturbing spectroscopic identification of molecular fingerprints.

Graphene assembled film shows higher thermal conductivity than graphite film

Thu, 6 Jun 2018
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a graphene assembled film that has over 60 percent higher thermal conductivity than graphite film -- despite the fact that graphite simply consists of many layers of graphene. The graphene film shows great potential as a novel heat spreading material for form-factor driven electronics and other high power-driven systems.

Template to create superatoms, created by VCU researchers, could make for better batteries

Fri, 6 Jun 2018
he superatoms -- combinations of atoms that can mimic the properties of more than one group of elements of the period table -- could be used to improve semiconductors found in computerized devices.

TowerJazz announces RF SOI 65nm ramp in its 300mm fab

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry, today announced a ramp for its radio frequency silicon-on-insulator (RF SOI) 65nm process in its 300mm Uozu, Japan fab.

Entegris acquires Flex Concepts

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
Entegris, Inc., a developer of specialty chemicals and advanced materials solutions for the microelectronics industry, announced today that it acquired Flex Concepts, Inc., a technology company focused on bioprocessing single-use bags, and fluid transfer solutions for the life sciences industry. 

SEMI launches Electronics Materials Group to serve $69B industry

Thu, 6 Jun 2018
SEMI today announced the formation of the SEMI Electronic Materials Group (EMG), a new collaborative technology community that combines the former Chemical & Gas Manufacturers Group (CGMG), the Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) and other SEMI member segments to better serve the interests of the electronics materials industry.

Scientists fine-tune carbon nanotubes for flexible, fingertip-wearable terahertz imagers

Thu, 6 Jun 2018
Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed flexible terahertz imagers based on chemically "tunable" carbon nanotube materials. The findings expand the scope of terahertz applications to include wrap-around, wearable technologies as well as large-area photonic devices.

Linde continues to invest in products, business continuity planning for sub 10nm geometries

Thu, 6 Jun 2018
The Linde Group, a supplier of electronic materials, is investing in the expansion of existing products to improve business continuity planning (BCP), while adding new products with improved purity to meet the growing needs of sub-10nm semiconductor factories and advanced flat panel manufacturers.

The culprit of some GaN defects could be nitrogen

Fri, 6 Jun 2018
Using molecular dynamics, researchers demonstrate the possible role of nitrogen as a major contributor to dislocation-related effects in gallium nitride-based devices.

Materials and subsystem suppliers find solutions to emerging defectivity issues at small geometries

Fri, 6 Jun 2018
New metrology and inspection technologies and new analysis approaches made possible by improving compute technology offer solutions to finding the increasingly subtle variations in materials and subsystems that meet specifications but still cause defects on the wafer. More collaboration across the supply chain is helping too.  SEMICON West programs on materials and subsystems will address these issues.   

Heat-conducting crystals could help computer chips keep their cool

Fri, 7 Jul 2018
Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and their collaborators have created and characterized tiny crystals of boron arsenide.

Void control in die attach joint

Mon, 7 Jul 2018
To eliminate voids, it is important to control the process to minimize moisture absorption and optimize a curing profile for die attach materials.

High gas flow rates create pumping challenge

Tue, 7 Jul 2018
Increasingly complicated 3D structures such finFETs and 3D NAND require very high aspect ratio etches. This, in turn, calls for higher gas flow rates to improve selectivity and profile control. Higher gas flow rates also mean higher etch rates, which help throughput, and  higher rates of removal for etch byproducts.

Standards industry leaders honored at SEMICON West 2018

Wed, 7 Jul 2018
SEMI yesterday honored two industry leaders at SEMICON West 2018 for their outstanding accomplishments in developing Standards for the electronics and related industries.

Intel wins SEMI Award at SEMICON West for process and integration

Wed, 7 Jul 2018
Intel has won SEMI's 2018 Award for the Americas. SEMI honored the celebrated chipmaker for pioneering process and integration breakthroughs that enabled the first high-volume Integrated Silicon Photonics Transceiver. The award was presented yesterday at SEMICON West 2018.

Leti and Soitec launch a new substrate innovation center to develop engineered substrate solutions

Wed, 7 Jul 2018
Industry-inclusive hub promotes early collaboration and learning from substrate to system level.

New regulations coming for nitrous oxide

Thu, 7 Jul 2018
Nitrous oxide (N2O) has a variety of uses in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. It is the oxygen source for chemical vapor deposition of silicon oxy-nitride (doped or undoped) or silicon dioxide, where it is used in conjunction with deposition gases such as silane.

A step closer to quantum computers: NUS researchers show how to directly observe quantum spin effects

Tue, 7 Jul 2018
Scientists at NUS have discovered a new way to closely look at the electronic quantum behaviour of materials, giving a deeper understanding of how they could be used for future quantum computing applications.

Gold nanoparticles to find applications in hydrogen economy

Wed, 7 Jul 2018
The international team of scientist found a way to improve nanocomposite material to use it in hydrogen economy.

UCLA engineers develop world's most efficient semiconductor for thermal management

Thu, 7 Jul 2018
New material draws heat away from hotspots much faster than current materials.

Puzzling results explained: A multiband approach to Coulomb drag and indirect excitons

Thu, 7 Jul 2018
A new theoretical study explains previous mystifying experimental results, in which coupled charged particles moved in exactly the opposite direction to that predicted. This apparently contradictory phenomenon is associated with the bandgap in dual-layer graphene structures, a bandgap which is very much smaller than in conventional semiconductors.

SEMI China Equipment & Materials Committee meeting targets region's semiconductor industry growth

Fri, 7 Jul 2018
Storage and memory chipmaker and SEMI China member Tsinghua Unigroup is gearing up to meet burgeoning product demand with huge investments in its manufacturing plants.

Apple is changing GaAs' future

Mon, 7 Jul 2018
3D sensing in mobile phone as well as LiDAR’s applications are giving a new breath for GaAs substrates suppliers.

Applied Materials team selected by DARPA to develop advanced technology for artificial intelligence

Tue, 7 Jul 2018
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced it has been awarded a contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a new type of electronic switch for artificial intelligence that mimics the way the human brain works to enable dramatic improvements in performance and power efficiency.

Semiconductor Research Corporation releases $26M in new research funds

Thu, 7 Jul 2018
JUMP program funds 24 new research projects to amplify mission of its six innovation centers.

And then there was (more) light: Researchers boost performance quality of perovskites

Thu, 7 Jul 2018
In a paper published online this spring in the journal Nature Photonics, scientists at the University of Washington report that a prototype semiconductor thin-film has performed even better than today's best solar cell materials at emitting light.

Theorists find mechanism behind nearly pure nanotubes from the unusual catalyst

Fri, 7 Jul 2018
Growing a batch of carbon nanotubes that are all the same may not be as simple as researchers had hoped, according to Rice University scientists.

EPFL uses excitons to take electronics into the future

Fri, 7 Jul 2018
EPFL researchers have developed a transistor based on excitons -- a type of particle most people have not heard of -- that is able to function at room temperature.

A colossal breakthrough for topological spintronics

Tue, 7 Jul 2018
BiSb expands the potential of topological insulators for ultra-low-power electronic devices.

Optical secrets of disulfide nanotubes are disclosed by Lomonosov MSU Scientists

Wed, 8 Aug 2018
They have demonstrated a strong light-matter interaction in suspensions and self-assembled films of tungsten disulfide nanotubes.

Leti and CMP announce world's first multi-project wafer service with integrated silicon OxRAM

Thu, 8 Aug 2018
Leti, a research institute at CEA Tech, and CMP, a service organization that provides prototyping and low-volume production of ICs and MEMS, today announced the integrated-circuit industry's first multi-project-wafer (MPW) process for fabricating emerging non-volatile memory OxRAM devices on a 200mm foundry base-wafer platform.

'Strange metals' just got stranger

Fri, 8 Aug 2018
A material already known for its unique behavior is found to carry current in a way never before observed.

Nanotube 'rebar' makes graphene twice as tough

Mon, 8 Aug 2018
Rice University scientists test material that shows promise for flexible electronics.

Tying down electrons with nanoribbons

Wed, 8 Aug 2018
'Topological' graphene nanoribbons trap electrons for new quantum materials

Yale-NUS scientist and collaborators solve open theoretical problem on electron interactions

Fri, 8 Aug 2018
The discovery will help scientists better understand electron interaction in new materials, paving the way for developing advanced electronics such as faster processors.

For UW physicists, the 2-D form of tungsten ditelluride is full of surprises

Fri, 8 Aug 2018
The general public might think of the 21st century as an era of revolutionary technological platforms, such as smartphones or social media. But for many scientists, this century is the era of another type of platform: two-dimensional materials, and their unexpected secrets.

Most wear-resistant metal alloy in the world engineered at Sandia National Laboratories

Thu, 8 Aug 2018
Sandia's materials science team has engineered a platinum-gold alloy believed to be the most wear-resistant metal in the world.

A valley so low: Electrons congregate in ways that could be useful to 'valleytronics'

Mon, 8 Aug 2018
A Princeton-led study has revealed an emergent electronic behavior on the surface of bismuth crystals that could lead to insights on the growing area of technology known as "valleytronics."

TowerJazz to showcase SiGe and silicon photonic process solutions for 100 to 400Gb/s optical data links at ECOC

Tue, 8 Aug 2018
The Company will showcase its advanced SiGe (Silicon Germanium) process, with speeds in excess of 300GHz, and its newest production SiPho (Silicon Photonics) process built into data center high-speed optical data links.

New material could improve efficiency of computer processing and memory

Wed, 8 Aug 2018
Discovery could have major impact on semiconductor industry.

Worldwide semiconductor revenue hit record $120.8B in Q2 2018

Wed, 8 Aug 2018
Samsung Electronics, Intel and SK Hynix continued to lead the semiconductor market in Q2 2018.

All wired up: New molecular wires for single-molecule electronic devices

Tue, 8 Aug 2018
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology designed a new type of molecular wire doped with organometallic ruthenium to achieve unprecedentedly higher conductance than earlier molecular wires.

Watching two-dimensional materials grow

Thu, 8 Aug 2018
Atomically thin crystals will play an ever greater role in future -- but how can their crystallisation process be controlled? A new method is now opening up new possibilities.

Cannibalistic materials feed on themselves to grow new nanostructures

Fri, 8 Aug 2018
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory induced a two-dimensional material to cannibalize itself for atomic "building blocks" from which stable structures formed.

Researchers use silicon nanoparticles for enhancing solar cells efficiency

Thu, 9 Sep 2018
An international research group improved perovskite solar cells efficiency by using materials with better light absorption properties.

SUTD researchers resolve a major mystery in 2D material electronics

Mon, 9 Sep 2018
Researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have made a major step forward in resolving the mysteries surrounding 2D material Schottky diode.

Air Products to expand supply for Samsung Electronics' semiconductor fab in Giheung, South Korea

Mon, 9 Sep 2018
Air Products today announced it has been awarded by Samsung Electronics additional gaseous nitrogen and hydrogen supply to its semiconductor fab in Giheung, South Korea.

Golden sandwich could make the world more sustainable

Tue, 9 Sep 2018
Scientists have developed a photoelectrode that can harvest 85 percent of visible light in a 30 nanometers-thin semiconductor layer between gold layers, converting light energy 11 times more efficiently than previous methods.

Nano-sandwiching improves heat transfer, prevents overheating in nanoelectronics

Wed, 9 Sep 2018
Sandwiching two-dimensional materials used in nanoelectronic devices between their three-dimensional silicon bases and an ultrathin layer of aluminum oxide can significantly reduce the risk of component failure due to overheating, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering.

Probing individual edge states with unprecedented precision

Wed, 9 Sep 2018
A study by the University of Basel presents a new technique to obtain an individual fingerprint of the current-carrying edge states occurring in novel materials.

Mentor's new LightSuite Photonic Compiler automated layout tool speeds integrated photonic design development

Fri, 9 Sep 2018
Mentor, a Siemens business, today announced LightSuite Photonic Compiler -- the industry's first integrated photonic automated layout system.

When 80 microns is enough

Mon, 9 Sep 2018
Moving spins across ever larger (but still small) distances makes for a big advance in spintronics.

How will graphene, the 2D wonder material, change the semiconductor industry?

Wed, 9 Sep 2018
What materials innovation will the future bring?

Two quantum dots are better than one: Using one dot to sense changes in another

Wed, 9 Sep 2018
Osaka University-based collaboration fabricates the first nanoelectronic device that can detect single-electron events in a target quantum dot using a second dot as a sensor.

Commercially relevant bismuth-based thin film processing

Wed, 9 Sep 2018
Researchers from Osaka University demonstrate a photoresponsive film processing technique that balances morphological properties with electronic performance.

Graphene bilayer provides efficient transport and control of spins

Thu, 9 Sep 2018
University of Groningen physicists in collaboration with a theoretical physics group from Universität Regensburg have built an optimized bilayer graphene device which displays both long spin lifetimes and electrically controllable spin-lifetime anisotropy.

STMicroelectronics and Leti develop GaN-on-silicon technology for power conversion applications

Mon, 9 Sep 2018
STMicroelectronics and Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech, today announced their cooperation to industrialize GaN (Gallium Nitride)-on-Silicon technologies for power switching devices.

Rice U. study sheds light on -- and through -- 2D materials

Mon, 9 Sep 2018
High-performance computing helps to survey optical qualities of atom-thick materials for optoelectronics.

Oxygen vs. nanochip

Tue, 9 Sep 2018
Scientists show the vulnerability of a promising two-dimensional semiconductor to air, and discover new catalyst.

UIC chemical engineers first to functionalize boron nitride with other nanosystems

Tue, 9 Sep 2018
Researchers unlock potential for improving composite material.

Study demonstrates new mechanism for developing electronic devices

Wed, 9 Sep 2018
OIST scientists have demonstrated a new mechanism that may help develop electronic devices differently.

Picosun-SINANO collaboration yields excellent TiN process

Wed, 9 Sep 2018
Picosun Group and Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO) report excellent quality titanium nitride (TiN) deposited with Picosun’s plasma-ALD technology.

Transition metal dichalcogenides could increase computer speed, memory by a million times

Wed, 10 Oct 2018
Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) possess optical properties that could be used to make computers run a million times faster and store information a million times more energy-efficiently, according to a study led by Georgia State University.

DRAM market braces for slower growth

Wed, 10 Oct 2018
History suggests that DRAM ASP and market growth will soon trend downward; suppliers cautious and stand ready to adjust capex expansion plans.

Study opens route to flexible electronics made from exotic materials

Wed, 10 Oct 2018
Cost-effective method produces semiconducting films from materials that outperform silicon.

Research on light-matter interaction could improve electronic and optoelectronic devices

Thu, 10 Oct 2018
Fundamental research sheds light on new many-particle quantum physics in atomically thin semiconductors.

Researchers quickly harvest 2-D materials, bringing them closer to commercialization

Fri, 10 Oct 2018
Efficient method for making single-atom-thick, wafer-scale materials opens up opportunities in flexible electronics.

Hidden gapless states on the path to semiconductor nanocrystals

Fri, 10 Oct 2018
When chemists from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw were starting work on yet another material designed for the efficient production of nanocrystalline zinc oxide, they didn't expect any surprises. They were greatly astonished when the electrical properties of the changing material turned out to be extremely exotic.

Electrical enhancement: Engineers speed up electrons in semiconductors

Wed, 10 Oct 2018
Researchers from Graduate School of Bio-Applications and Systems Engineering at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) have sped up the movement of electrons in organic semiconductor films by two to three orders of magnitude. The speedier electronics could lead to improved solar power and transistor use across the world, according to the scientists.

Controlling organic semiconductor band gaps by electron-acceptor fluorination

Wed, 10 Oct 2018
Researchers from Osaka University develop a fluorinated electron-acceptor unit for high performance organic semiconductors.

Exploring new spintronics device functionalities in graphene heterostructures

Thu, 10 Oct 2018
Graphene Flagship researchers have shown in a paper published in Science Advances how heterostructures built from graphene and topological insulators have strong, proximity induced spin-orbit coupling which can form the basis of novel information processing technologies.

GaN semiconductor specialist Exagan forms Taiwan subsidiary

Thu, 10 Oct 2018
Exagan, an innovator of gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor technology enabling smaller and more efficient electrical converters, has established Exagan Taiwan Ltd. with a new sales and applications center in Taiwan.

Deformation of nanotubes to control conductivity

Tue, 10 Oct 2018
Scientists from the NUST MISIS Laboratory of Inorganic Nanomaterials together with their international colleagues have proved it possible to change the structural and conductive properties of nanotubes by stretching them. This can potentially expand nanotubes' application into electronics and high-precision sensors such as microprocessors and high-precision detectors.

Air Liquide inaugurates new advanced materials production facility in U.S.

Wed, 10 Oct 2018
Air Liquide holds a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of its new advanced materials production facility in Upper Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania.

Nanotubes may give the world better batteries

Fri, 10 Oct 2018
Rice U. scientists' method quenches lithium metal dendrites in batteries that charge faster, last longer.

Global semiconductor sales in September up 13.8% year-to-year

Mon, 10 Oct 2018
Q3 sales are highest on record, 4.1 percent more than previous quarter, 13.8 percent higher than Q3 of last year.

Ultrasensitive toxic gas detector

Wed, 10 Oct 2018
In a paper published in NANO, researchers from the School of Microelectronics in Tianjin University have discovered a two-step sputtering and subsequent annealing treatment method to prepare vertically aligned WO3-CuO core-shell nanorod arrays which can detect toxic NH3 gas.

2D magnetism: Atom-thick platforms for energy, information and computing research

Thu, 11 Nov 2018
Scientists say the tiny 'spins' of electrons show potential to one day support next-generation innovations in many fields.

Exploring the structure and properties of new graphene-like polymers

Fri, 11 Nov 2018
A team of scientists from Siberian Federal University (SibFU) together with foreign colleagues described the structural and physical properties of a group of two-dimensional materials based on polycyclic molecules called circulenes.

Physicists name and codify new field in nanotechnology: 'Electron quantum metamaterials'

Mon, 11 Nov 2018
UC Riverside's Nathaniel Gabor and colleague formulate a vision for the field in a perspective article.

Making steps toward improved data storage

Tue, 11 Nov 2018
Kyoto University maps nanoscale changes in memory material.

Graphene takes a step towards renewable fuel

Wed, 11 Nov 2018
Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, are working to develop a method to convert water and carbon dioxide to the renewable energy of the future, using the energy from the sun and graphene applied to the surface of cubic silicon carbide

GaN semiconductor specialist Exagan introduces new high power-conversion solutions for at Electronica Trade Show

Tue, 11 Nov 2018
Exagan extends the range of its versatile G-FET and G-DRIVE products for the high-power market's multi-kilowatt applications.

Scientists shed light on semiconductor degradation mechanism

Tue, 11 Nov 2018
Scientists at Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech) and collaborating universities in Japan have gained new insights into the mechanisms behind degradation of a semiconductor material that is used in electronic devices.

Scientists engineer a functional optical lens out of 2D materials

Wed, 11 Nov 2018
A team from the University of Washington and the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan announced that it has constructed functional metalenses that are one-tenth to one-half the thickness of the wavelengths of light that they focus. Their metalenses, which were constructed out of layered 2D materials, were as thin as 190 nanometers -- less than 1/100,000ths of an inch thick.

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation completes acquisition of KMG Chemicals

Thu, 11 Nov 2018
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (Nasdaq: CCMP), today announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of KMG Chemicals, Inc. 

New Applied Materials R&D center to help customers overcome Moore's Law challenges

Fri, 11 Nov 2018
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced plans for the Materials Engineering Technology Accelerator (META Center), a major expansion of the company's R&D capabilities aimed at creating new ways for Applied and its customers to drive innovation as classic Moore's Law scaling becomes more challenging.

SFU scientists described the course of reactions in two-layer thin metal films

Fri, 11 Nov 2018
A team of researchers from Siberian Federal University (SFU) obtained thin copper/gold and iron/palladium films and studied the reactions that take place in them upon heating. Knowing these processes, scientists will be able to improve the properties of materials currently used in microelectronics.

Computational chemistry supports research on new semiconductor technologies

Mon, 11 Nov 2018
Functionalizing silicon with other compounds could make light-based signaling feasible.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES announces industry's first 300mm SiGe foundry technology to meet growing data center and high-speed wireless demands

Thu, 11 Nov 2018
Industry's most advanced high-speed SiGe technology now available on 300mm manufacturing line for terabit communications and automotive radar applications.

A new light on significantly faster computer memory devices

Tue, 12 Dec 2018
A team of scientists from Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences and Germany have published in Science Advances online today an explanation of how a particular phase-change memory (PCM) material can work one thousand times faster than current flash computer memory, while being significantly more durable with respect to the number of daily read-writes.

Topological matters: Toward a new kind of transistor

Mon, 12 Dec 2018
X-ray experiments at Berkeley Lab provide first demonstration of room temperature switching in ultrathin material that could serve as a 'topological transistor'.

MIT team invents method to shrink objects to the nanoscale

Fri, 12 Dec 2018
MIT researchers have invented a way to fabricate nanoscale 3-D objects of nearly any shape. They can also pattern the objects with a variety of useful materials, including metals, quantum dots, and DNA.

Assessing the promise of gallium oxide as an ultrawide bandgap semiconductor

Tue, 12 Dec 2018
Researchers at the University of Florida, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Korea University provide a detailed perspective on the properties, capabilities, current limitations and future developments for one of the most promising UWB compounds, gallium oxide.

Study on low noise, high-performance transistors may bring innovations in electronics

Wed, 12 Dec 2018
A research study on low noise and high-performance transistors led by Suprem Das, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, in collaboration with researchers at Purdue University, was recently published by Physical Review Applied.

Would Apple change the power GaN world?

Thu, 12 Dec 2018
Today, it is crystal-clear that, from theoretical point of view, GaN offers fantastic technical advantages over traditional Si MOSFETs.

Chemical synthesis of nanotubes

Thu, 1 Jan 2019
Nanometer-sized tubes made from simple benzene molecules.

Next generation photonic memory devices are light-written, ultrafast and energy efficient

Mon, 1 Jan 2019
Researchers of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed a 'hybrid technology' which shows the advantages of both light and magnetic hard drives. Ultra-short (femtosecond) light pulses allows data to be directly written in a magnetic memory in a fast and highly energy-efficient way. This research, published in Nature Communications, promises to revolutionize the process of data storage in future photonic integrated circuits.

Rudolph Technologies receives orders for over $15M from major memory manufacturer

Tue, 1 Jan 2019
Process control systems used for advanced packaging of DRAM products in Korea and China facilities; additional orders expected to meet capacity ramp.

Corning Precision Glass Solutions introduces advanced packaging carriers optimized for fan-out processes

Tue, 1 Jan 2019
Corning Incorporated today introduced its latest breakthrough in glass substrates for the semiconductor industry – Advanced Packaging Carriers.

Agile manufacturing of glass carriers for advanced packaging

Tue, 1 Jan 2019
SEMI met with Jay Zhang, business development director at Corning Incorporated, to discuss recent innovations at Corning that allow fine granularity CTE engineering as well as high Young’s modulus.

Mechanical engineers develop process to 3D print piezoelectric materials

Wed, 1 Jan 2019
New printing technique and materials could be used to develop intelligent materials and self-adaptive infrastructures and transducers.

LPKF offers glass foundry service for advanced IC and MEMS packaging solutions

Fri, 1 Jan 2019
Laser systems specialist LPKF Laser & Electronics, based in Hannover, Germany has added a foundry service for thin glass substrates to its product portfolio.

Researchers at TU Dresden decipher electrical conductivity in doped organic semiconductors

Thu, 1 Jan 2019
Researchers from the Dresden Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonic Materials (IAPP) and the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at TU Dresden, in cooperation with Stanford University (USA) and the Institute for Molecular Science in Okazaki (Japan), have identified the key parameters that influence electrical conductivity in doped organic conductors.

Waterproof graphene electronic circuits

Thu, 1 Jan 2019
Water molecules distort the electrical resistance of graphene, but a team of European researchers has discovered that when this two-dimensional material is integrated with the metal of a circuit, contact resistance is not impaired by humidity. This finding will help to develop new sensors -the interface between circuits and the real world- with a significant cost reduction.

Laser-fabricated crystals in glass are ferroelectric

Fri, 2 Feb 2019
For the first time, a team of researchers has demonstrated that laser-generated crystals confined in glass retain controllable ferroelectric properties, key to creating faster, more efficient optical communication systems.

Mark Majewski named new intelliFLEX CEO

Mon, 2 Feb 2019
Electronics industry veteran succeeds founding CEO Peter Kallai as organization shifts head office from Ottawa to GTA.

Researchers report advances in stretchable semiconductors, integrated electronics

Tue, 2 Feb 2019
Researchers from the University of Houston have reported significant advances in stretchable electronics, moving the field closer to commercialization.

First transport measurements reveal intriguing properties of germanene

Thu, 2 Feb 2019
Germanene is a 2D material that derives from germanium and is related to graphene. As it is not stable outside the vacuum chambers in which is it produced, no real measurements of its electronic properties have been made. Scientists led by Prof. Justin Ye of the University of Groningen have now managed to produce devices with stable germanene.

Next-generation optics in just two minutes of cooking time

Mon, 2 Feb 2019
The EPFL's School of Engineering method produces dielectric glass metasurfaces that can be either rigid or flexible. The results of their research appear in Nature Nanotechnology.

Chemical data mining boosts search for new organic semiconductors

Thu, 2 Feb 2019
Organic semiconductors are lightweight, flexible and easy to manufacture. But they often fail to meet expectations regarding efficiency and stability. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are now deploying data mining approaches to identify promising organic compounds for the electronics of the future.

Spintronics by 'straintronics'

Fri, 2 Feb 2019
Switching superferromagnetism with electric-field induced strain.

The holy grail of nanowire production

Thu, 2 Feb 2019
Researchers from EPFL's Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials, run by Anna Fontcuberta i Morral, together with colleagues from MIT and the IOFFE Institute, have come up with a way of growing nanowire networks in a highly controlled and fully reproducible manner.

Topological defects could be key to future nano-electronics

Mon, 2 Feb 2019
Ferroic and multiferroic topological structures reviewed in Nature Materials.

Graphite offers up new quantum surprise

Mon, 2 Feb 2019
University of Manchester researchers have observed an unusual quantum Hall effect in the old three-dimensional material.

It's all in the twist: Physicists stack 2D materials at angles to trap particles

Tue, 2 Feb 2019
Scientists create a unique platform to study quantum optical physics on the nanoscale.

Hybrid material may outperform graphene in several applications

Thu, 2 Feb 2019
A structure comprising a molybdenum disulfide monolayer on an azobenzene substrate could be used to build a highly compactable and malleable quasi-two-dimensional transistor powered by light.

Organic electronics: Scientists develop a high-performance unipolar n-type thin-film transistor

Fri, 3 Mar 2019
A research team at Tokyo Tech's Department of Materials Science and Engineering including Tsuyoshi Michinobu and Yang Wang report a way of increasing the electron mobility of semiconducting polymers, which have previously proven difficult to optimize.

Hybrid material may outperform graphene in several applications

Fri, 3 Mar 2019
A structure comprising a molybdenum disulfide monolayer on an azobenzene substrate could be used to build a highly compactable and malleable quasi-two-dimensional transistor powered by light.