Manufacturing Bits: Feb. 17

Swedish nano Sweden’s Lund University plans to build a pilot production facility for startups in the field of nanotechnology. The facility would be used for Swedish companies and researchers to build products. This is for companies who do not have the funds to build their own facilities or buy expensive equipment. The project originates from the successful research into nanowires at Lund ... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: May 13

Telling a FIB The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has built the first low-energy focused ion beam (FIB) microscope that uses a lithium ion source. Still in the R&D stage, the FIB microscope from NIST could be used to examine adjacent materials that are chemically different and identify the elements that make them up. The FIB microscope uses an ion source based on p... » read more

The Next Limiting Factor

It’s an interesting time in the semiconductor industry. Nodes continue to shrink, we’re on the verge of adopting a new type of transistor (finFET), and there’s also a shift away from planar CMOS – to name a few things on the horizon. What’s also extremely interesting is how design automation and semiconductor manufacturing technology continues to keep the pace with it all. However,... » read more