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February '14: Old Coils May Hold Key to Fusion Power

Albuquerque, NM — A surprising effect created by a 19th-Century device called a Helmholz coil offers clues about how to achieve controlled nuclear fusion — a discovery made at Sandia National Laboratories, using its powerful "Z" machine.

July '13: City Councilor Journeys from Japan to "The Heart of Darkness"

Albuquerque, NM — When is a nuclear test not a nuclear test? That all depends on your viewpoint. Tests are performed in miniature by Sandia's Z machine — reportedly the most powerful laboratory producer of X-rays on Earth. The large accelerator regularly examines plutonium to study the fissile ...

March '14: End-of-Life Doesn't Have to Kill Mother Earth


Denver, CO — End-of-life management of electronics, or lack thereof, has become a serious part of our overall ecological contamination. It's no longer enough to simply consign junked electronics to landfills — even after shredding. The landfills after all can accommodate only ...

June '13: Robotics Program Prepares Students for Life


Camdenton, MO — American students still lag alarmingly behind students in China and Western Europe, reports several student testing services. While there has been a small improvement in U.S. high school student performance, there's still a great deal of work ahead if the U.S.A. is ...

April '13: DNA Marking Won't Stop the Counterfeits


Washington, DC — The latest twist in the counterfeit war — and make no mistake, it is a war — has been an August 2012, notification posted by DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) DIBBs board that all FSC 5962 product sold directly to DLA would require DNA marking beginning November ...

August '12: Onshoring Momentum Powers Siplace Expansion

Atlanta, GA — The message was loud and clear at a recent ribbon-cutting and seminar in Suwanee, Georgia: manufacturing in the U.S. is having a marked resurgence, and Siplace is going to be a major contributor to this growth with its cutting-edge automated assembly equipment.
 
Siplace had been a Siemens company for many years, but the ownership changed hands in January, 2011 when Siplace was purchased by ASM Pacific Technology, a Hong Kong-based company. At the time, there was concern that a change in ownership would bring nothing but cutbacks and problems.

Sept '12: U.S. Mfg. Market Attracts Trans-Tec and Yamaha

Chandler, AZ — Start with an American businessman setting up shop in Singapore, with his goal to provide the best possible sales and service of electronic manufacturing machinery to OEMs and contract manufacturers in Southeast Asia. Couple his expertise and drive with a partnership with a large Japanese ...

July '14: POET's Breakthrough Leap to End Moore's Law Limits

Toronto, Ont., Canada — An exciting new technology leap in semiconductor chip design based on a combination of optics and GaAs promises to change integrated circuits drastically, making them up to 10X to 100X faster than conventional silicon while reducing power consumption 80% — making the development ...

February '12: Doping Graphene Sheets for Device and Interconnect

Atlanta, GA — Nanotechnology researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have conducted the first direct comparison of two fundamental techniques that could be used for chemically doping sheets of two-dimensional graphene for the fabrication of devices and interconnects.
 
Chemical doping is routinely used in conventional three-dimensional semiconductors to control the density of electron carriers that are essential to the operation of devices such as transistors. But graphene, a semi-metal available in sheets just one atom thick, has properties very different from traditional materials such as silicon — though researchers say doping will still be needed for ...

March '13: Juki Celebrates 75 Years of Global Innovation and Quality


Juki Corporation was founded in December 1938 when approximately 900 machinery manufacturers in Tokyo invested in the corporation and commenced operation under the corporate name: "TOKYO JUKI MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION." Juki focused on sewing machine technology as well as surface ...

Dec '11: Chipping Away at Antimatter Mysteries

Gaithersburg, MD — While they're not quite ready to build a Warp Drive for interstellar space travel, a team of researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has just concluded a 10-year-long study of the fate of neutrons. They're still trying to discover why there   is "stuff" in the universe — more properly, why there is an imbalance between matter and antimatter — one of the long-standing mysteries of cosmology ...

July '12: SMTA China Names Megan Wendling Councilor of the Year

Shanghai, China — Megan Wendling, president of MW Associates, a global all-electronics marketing and electronics assembly consultancy agency, was presented with the Councilor of the Year Award by SMTA China for the sixth consecutive year. The award was received during SMTA China's annual ...

August '13: Closing in on Fuel Cell Autos


San Francisco, CA — Fuel cells are not only alive and well, they're getting closer to general use, according to Juan Contreras, a spokesman for the California Fuel Cell Partnership. Holding forth at a display just outside the entrance to the North Hall at Semicon West, Contreras ...

March '12: Electronic Paper Displays Get Closer


Phoenix, AZ — Which is the best display for our data, entertainment, office work, movies on the go? The three major technologies — LED, backlighted LCD, and plasma all have their pros and cons. Now another player is anxious to get into the mix — electronic paper or electrofluidic  display (EF) — a technology that has some serious advantages, not the least of which is near-zero power operation. The display is like paper — flexible, rollable, foldable, and provides superior optical contrast in direct sunlight. Further, it can offer panel integration with PV power source ...

October '11: Giant Radiation Generators Mark Major Milestones

Albuquerque, NM — Two remarkable pulsed-power machines used to test the nation's defenses against atomic weapons have surpassed milestones at Sandia National Laboratories: 4,000 firings, called "shots," on the Saturn accelerator and 9,000 shots on the HERMES III accelerator.
 Saturn — originally projected to last 5 to 10 years — began operating in 1987. Its major function has been to ...

July '11: Google Partners with SolarCity to Fund Residential Solar Projects

San Mateo and Mountain View, CA — SolarCity and Google have created a new $280 million fund to finance residential solar projects. The Google-backed fund is the first collaboration between the Internet giant and the nation's leading solar power and energy efficiency service provider, and represents Google's largest investment to date in the clean energy sector.

The fund is SolarCity's largest project financing fund and the largest residential solar fund created in the U.S. SolarCity has now created 15 project funds with seven
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June '11: Safely Testing Plutonium at Sandia

Albuquerque, NM — Researchers from Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories have completed their second experiment in the past six months at Sandia's "Z" machine to explore the properties of plutonium materials under extreme pressures and temperatures — according to the National Nuclear Security ...

Oct '12: Sandia Develops Lifelike Cost-Effective Robotic Hand

Albuquerque, NM — Sandia National Laboratories has developed a cost-effective robotic hand that can be used in disarming improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. The Sandia Hand addresses challenges that have prevented widespread adoption of other robotic hands, such as cost, durability, dexterity and modularity. "Current iterations of robotic hands can cost more than $250,000. We need the flexibility and capability of a robotic hand to save human lives, and it needs to be priced for wide distribution to troops," said Sandia senior manager Philip Heermann.
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October '13: Protecting Pilots: Next-Generation Electronic Warfare


Atlanta, GA — When U.S pilots encounter enemy air defenses, onboard electronic warfare (EW) systems protect them by interfering with incoming radar signals — a technique known as electronic attack (EA) or jamming. Conversely, electronic protection (EP) technology prevents hostile ...

February '13: Traceability: All-Important for OEMs


Traceability should be required when an OEM chooses an EMS provider. Without traceability, there is no real way to perform a thorough defect analysis. In some instances a defect may appear to be an assembly issue, but once a date/lot code comparison across all affected serial numbers ...

 
 
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