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Comet Opens Cooperative Brainstorming Lab in Silicon Valley


San Jose, CA — Brainstorming has never gone out of style, but it takes on a new urgency as the centerpiece of Comet's new state-of-the-art laboratory in Silicon Valley. The Comet Group, which comprises Comet Plasma Control Technologies (PCT), YXLON and ebeam, has opened Comet Lab ...

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Better Rechargeable Batteries Coming Soon?

Troy/Ithaca, NY — Lithium electrodes coated with indium could be the basis for more powerful, longer-lasting, rechargeable batteries. The coating hinders undesirable side-reactions between the electrode and electrolyte, provides a more uniform deposition of lithium when charging, and augments storage in the ...
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Air-Sensitive Semiconductors in Nanoelectronics

Tomsk, Russia — A research group of scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University, Germany and Venezuela have proven the viability of a two-dimensional semiconductor gallium selenide (GaSe) in air. This discovery will allow the manufacturing of superconducting nanoelectronics based on GaSe, which, reportedly ...
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World's First Molecular Robot

Manchester, UK — Scientists at the University of Manchester claim to have created the world's first "molecular robot" capable of performing basic tasks, including building other molecules.
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Hanwha Techwin Establishes SMT "Basecamp" in California


Cypress, CA — One of the largest conglomerates in South Korea, Hanwha Group has a long history of building everything from security cameras to jet engines and self-propelled howitzers. The company now plans to channel this expertise into the North American SMT market.

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World's First Biocompatible Ion Current Battery

College Park, MD — Engineers at the University of Maryland have invented an entirely new kind of battery. It is biocompatible, because it produces the same kind of electrical energy that the body uses.
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Nanowire Resonators Miniaturize Electronics

Osaka, Japan — Researchers from Osaka University, Italy and the Netherlands have shown that nanowire resonators can be used to further miniaturize energy-efficient electronics. A major path to this miniaturization has been the development of nano-size resonators, which convert small levels of electrical power ...
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Newest Class of Supercarrier Is All-Electric


Newport News, VA — The U.S. Navy's supercarriers are getting even more super. Having just completed sea trials, the first member of a totally new class of carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) has been designed to operate more efficiently and with a smaller crew than the 10 Nimitz ...

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"Spintronics" May Enable Future Hybrid Electronics

Linköping, Sweden — A discovery of how to control and transfer spinning electrons paves the way for novel hybrid devices that could outperform existing semiconductor electronics. In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers at Linköping University in Sweden demonstrate how ...
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Stretchable, Compressible Supercapacitors

Hong Kong — Flexible, wearable electronics require equally flexible, wearable power sources. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, Chinese scientists have introduced an extraordinarily stretchable and compressible polyelectrolyte which, in combination with carbon nanotube composite paper electrodes, forms ...
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ASM and RIT Strengthen R&D Partnership


Rochester, NY — Pushing the conventional boundaries of academia, while building on an almost two-decade-long relationship, ASM Assembly Systems has expanded its partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The company is supplying equipment and a dedicated engineer to ...

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SEMI: Record Fab Spending for 2017 and 2018

Milpitas, CA — The latest update to the World Fab Forecast report, published on May 31, 2017 by SEMI, reveals record spending for fab construction and fab equipment. Korea, Taiwan, and China all see large investments, and spending in Europe will also increase significantly. In 2017, over $49 billion will be ...
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Quasiparticles Could Lead to Faster Circuits

Ames, IA — Zhe Fei points to the bright and dark vertical lines running across his computer screen. This nano-image, he explains, shows the waves associated with a half-light, half-matter quasiparticle moving inside a semiconductor.
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New Prospects for Universal Memory

Moscow, Russia — Researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology's (MIPT) Center of Shared Research Facilities have found a way to control oxygen concentration in tantalum oxide films produced by atomic layer deposition. These thin films could be the basis for creating new forms of nonvolatile memory ...
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Food Color Material Repurposed as Sensors


Atlanta, GA — Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have found a material that has been used for decades to color food items ranging from corn chips to ice cream could potentially have uses far beyond food dyes. In a study published in March, the researchers described how ...

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Making Batteries from Waste Glass Bottles

Riverside, CA — Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid ...
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Graphene Used as "Copy Machine" for Semiconductor Wafers


Cambridge, MA — In 2016, annual global semiconductor sales reached their highest-ever point, at $339 billion worldwide. That same year, the semiconductor industry spent about $7.2 billion worldwide on wafers that serve as the substrates for microelectronics components, which can be turned into ...

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Wacker's Global Growth Prompts Investment in R&D


Munich, Germany — Wacker Chemical grew its worldwide sales by two percent in 2016, in spite of modest growth in GDP around the world, achieving a record 5.4 billion euro (USD $5.8 billion) in sales, representing a worldwide growth of 2 percent. The company's polysilicon group benefitted ...

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Hearing Voices: Low-Power Speech Recognition

Cambridge, MA — The butt of jokes as recently as 10 years ago, automatic speech recognition is now on the verge of becoming a chief means of interacting with computing devices.
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Silk Sensor Could Speed Development of New Materials

Gaithersburg, MD — Consumers want fuel-efficient vehicles and high-performance sporting goods, municipalities want weather-resistant bridges and manufacturers want more efficient ways to make reliable vehicles and aircraft. What is needed are new lightweight, energy-saving composites that will not ...
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