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

11/13/2018  Exagan extends the range of its versatile G-FET and G-DRIVE products for the high-power market's multi-kilowatt applications.

Graphene takes a step towards renewable fuel

11/07/2018  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

Praxair signs long-term supply agreement with Samsung in Hwaseong, South Korea

11/06/2018  This is the fifth plant Praxair will build at this site to help enable Samsung to meet increased global semiconductor demand.

Making steps toward improved data storage

11/06/2018  Kyoto University maps nanoscale changes in memory material.

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

11/05/2018  UC Riverside's Nathaniel Gabor and colleague formulate a vision for the field in a perspective article.

Exploring the structure and properties of new graphene-like polymers

11/02/2018  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.

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

11/01/2018  Scientists say the tiny 'spins' of electrons show potential to one day support next-generation innovations in many fields.

Ultrasensitive toxic gas detector

10/31/2018  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.

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

10/29/2018  Q3 sales are highest on record, 4.1 percent more than previous quarter, 13.8 percent higher than Q3 of last year.

Nanotubes may give the world better batteries

10/26/2018  Rice U. scientists' method quenches lithium metal dendrites in batteries that charge faster, last longer.

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

10/24/2018  Air Liquide holds a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of its new advanced materials production facility in Upper Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania.

Deformation of nanotubes to control conductivity

10/23/2018  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.

GaN semiconductor specialist Exagan forms Taiwan subsidiary

10/18/2018  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.

Exploring new spintronics device functionalities in graphene heterostructures

10/18/2018  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.

Controlling organic semiconductor band gaps by electron-acceptor fluorination

10/17/2018  Researchers from Osaka University develop a fluorinated electron-acceptor unit for high performance organic semiconductors.

Electrical enhancement: Engineers speed up electrons in semiconductors

10/17/2018  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.

Hidden gapless states on the path to semiconductor nanocrystals

10/12/2018  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.

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

10/12/2018  Efficient method for making single-atom-thick, wafer-scale materials opens up opportunities in flexible electronics.

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

10/11/2018  Fundamental research sheds light on new many-particle quantum physics in atomically thin semiconductors.

Study opens route to flexible electronics made from exotic materials

10/10/2018  Cost-effective method produces semiconducting films from materials that outperform silicon.


Environment, Safety & Health

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The semiconductor industry is an acknowledged global leader in promoting environmental sustainability in the design, manufacture, and use of its products, as well as the health and safety of its operations and impacts on workers in semiconductor facilities (fabs). We will examine trends and concerns related to emissions, chemical use, energy consumption and worker safety and health.

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Wafer Processing

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As the industry moves to 10nm and 7nm nodes, advances in wafer processing – etch, deposition, planarization, implant, cleaning, annealing, epitaxy among others – will be required. Manufacturers are looking for new solutions for sustained strain engineering, FinFETs, FDSOI and multi-gate technologies, 3D NAND, and high mobility transistors.

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