Manufacturing Bits: Oct. 7

Europe’s TFET project A new European project has revealed more details about its plans to develop a next-generation chip technology called tunnel field-effect transistors (TFETs). EPFL is coordinating this new European research project, dubbed E2SWITCH. The project also includes IBM, Forschungszentrum Jülich, the University of Lund, ETHZ, Imec, CCS, SCIPROM and IUNET. The project has be... » read more

What Comes Next?

The latest manufacturing, materials and production developments for emerging and adjacent markets will be featured at SEMICON West 2014 (, to be held on July 8-10 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. The co-location of emerging and adjacent market focused exhibitors and technical presentations within the framework of SEMICON West maximizes the synergies between sem... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: June 17

PiezoFET debuts The University of Twente MESA+ Research Institute and SolMateS have put a new twist on the finFET. A piezoelectric stressor layer has been deposited around the finFET, thereby enabling what researchers call the PiezoFET. The PiezoFET could enable steep sub-threshold slope devices. In the lab, this device was also able to reduce the leakage by a factor of five. [caption id... » read more

What’s Next For MEMS

By Paula Doe While MEMS sensors and actuators are key to enabling most of the high profile markets of tomorrow, from wearables to smart objects in the Internet of Things, MEMS companies face challenges today in transitioning to those new opportunities as basic MEMS devices increasingly becoming commodities. Large corporations are hiring their own in-house MEMS engineers, as standard platforms ... » read more