Manufacturing Bits: June 9


Making rare earths Rare earths are chemical elements found in the Earth’s crust. They are used in cars, consumer electronics, computers, communications, clean energy and defense systems. The big market for rare earths is magnets. In semiconductor production, rare earths are used in high-k dielectrics, CMP slurries and other applications. China has a monopoly in rare earths, accounting for... » read more

All Aboard The Silicon Carbide Train…Literally


There were numerous announcements regarding power semiconductors at Techno-Frontier 2014, which was held last month in Tokyo. This year, one of the big stories was power semiconductors—for power and batteries, motors, and thermal designs—and the debate around cost is becoming much more frequent for silicon carbide. One feature article last month on the Kyoto economy in Nihon Keizai Shimb... » read more