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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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2016 Semiconductor Equipment Sales Over $41 Billion

Milpitas, CA — SEMI has reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $41.24 billion in 2016, representing a year-over-year increase of 13 percent. Total equipment bookings for 2016 were 24 percent higher than 2015.
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Energy Storage at the Nanoparticle Scale

Palo Alto, CA — In a lab below the engineering quad of Stanford University, researchers in the Dionne lab camped out with one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to capture an unimaginably small reaction.
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Self-Assembling Particles Brighten the Future of LEDs

Princeton, NJ — Just when lighting aficionados were in a dark place, LEDs came to the rescue. Over the past decade, LED technologies have swept the lighting industry by offering features such as durability, efficiency and long life.
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North American PCB Sales Enjoy Solid Growth

Bannockburn, IL — IPC has released its December 2016 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales growth in December was solid, while the PCB book-to-bill ratio slipped to 0.98.
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Medical Breakthrough: Mind-Controlled Robots

Duluth, MN — Mind control of robots has taken a giant leap forward according to researchers at the University of Minnesota. Scientists there have made a major breakthrough that allows people to control a robotic arm using only their minds. The research has the potential to help millions of people ...
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Unprecedented Alternative To Battery Storage Discovered

Surrey, UK — Ground-breaking research from the University of Surrey and Augmented Optics Ltd., in collaboration with the University of Bristol, has developed potentially transformational technology that could revolutionize the capabilities of appliances that have previously relied on battery power.
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Self-Healing Transistors for Chip-Scale Starships

Daejeon, South Korea — Working with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), NASA is pioneering the development of tiny spacecraft made from a single silicon chip that could slash interstellar exploration times.
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Bumpy Surfaces and Graphene Enhance Heat Sinks

Houston, TX — Bumpy surfaces with graphene between would help dissipate heat in next-generation microelectronic devices, according to Rice University scientists. Their theoretical studies show that enhancing the interface between gallium nitride semiconductors and diamond heat sinks would allow phonons ...
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ASM Munich Named "Factory of the Year"

Munich, Germany — ASM Assembly Systems has been named the overall winner in Produktion magazine's annual "Factory of the Year/Global Excellence in Operations" contest. Sponsored by Produktion and by consultancy A.T. Kearney, the respected award recognizes the exceptional flexibility ...
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Handling Heat with Shrinking Metamaterials

Cambridge, MA — Almost all solid materials, from rubber and glass to granite and steel, inevitably expand when heated. Only in very rare instances do certain materials buck this thermodynamic trend and shrink with heat. For instance, cold water will contract at temperatures between 0 and 4°C (32 ...
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MWA's Megan Wendling Receives SMTA Awards

Naples, FL — Megan Wendling, president of global electronics marketing and assembly consultancy firm MW Associates, has been honored with two awards by SMTA China. She has received the organization's Councilor of the Year award, for the eighth consecutive year, along with the Long Service award. ...
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Carbon Nanotube Transistors May Replace Silicon

Madison, WI — Will Moore's Law continue to dominate semiconductor development, or will silicon finally reach its limits? Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, may have found just the answer that the semiconductor industry has been anticipating for many years. The answer may well be ...
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New Approach to Determining How Atoms Are Arranged

Raleigh, NC — Researchers from North Carolina State University, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a novel approach to materials characterization, using Bayesian statistical methods to gain new insight into the structure of materials ...
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Digital Forensics Rescues Retro Video Games and Software

Palo Alto, CA — Some 25,000 software and video game titles, as well as the original box covers and other period artwork they shipped with have been rescued from oblivion. They represent a collection belonging to a young man named Stephen Cabrinety who filled his home with video games and software ...
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IPC: Final 2015 PCB Market Report

Bannockburn, IL — The North American PCB Market Report, published by IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® reported IPC's final estimates of 2015 market size for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits in North America. Although North American PCB production decreased 4.3 percent in 2015 ...
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Indium Corporation Wins Global Technology Award for Indium10.1HF

Clinton, NY - Indium Corporation was presented with the Global Technology Award for Solder Paste for Indium10.1HF Solder Paste at SMTA International (SMTAI) Conference in Rosemont, Ill. 

Indium10.1HF Solder Paste is a halogen-free, no-clean formula that delivers ultra-low voiding in bottom terminated components (BTCs). The flux is specifically engineered to improve reliability by minimizing voiding while also providing excellent wetting, lower solder beading, and reduced solder balling to meet IPC specifications. Indium10.1HF also minimizes slumping and resists head-in-pillow defects. 

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Wacker Chemie Opens Polysilicon Plant in Tennessee

Charleston, TN — Wacker Chemie AG, in what is the Munich-based company's largest single investment to date, has opened a $2.5 billion production site in Charleston, Tennessee. At full capacity, the plant will produce 20,000 metric tons of pure polysilicon per year. The company expects ...

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