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Manufacturing Bits: Jan. 18


Proton/antiproton measurements CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has made a breakthrough in particle physics by conducting the world’s most precise measurements and comparisons between protons and antiprotons. The breakthrough can help scientists gain a better understand of particle physics as well as the origins and the composition of the universe. It can also bring n... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Jan. 10


Finding new materials with inverse design The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) has found a new way to perform general inverse design, a technique that can accelerate the discovery of new materials. The concept of inverse design is simple. Let’s say you want to develop products with select materials. In a computer, you input the desired materials and the propertie... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Jan. 3


Gallium oxide chips Looking to commercialize a promising ultra wide-bandgap technology in the market, Novel Crystal Technology (NCT) has developed a Schottky barrier diode based on a material called gallium oxide. NCT devised an ampere-class 1,200-V diode based on gallium oxide. A diode is a device that passes electricity in one direction and blocks it in the opposite direction. Still in R&... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Dec. 28


Measuring microdroplets The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has found a new way for microscopes to measure the volumes of microdroplets. Using this technique, NIST has measured the volume of individual droplets smaller than 100 trillionths of a liter with an uncertainty of less than 1%. That represents a tenfold improvement compared to previous measurements, according ... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Dec. 21


Tiny electronic fountain pens Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Taiyuan University of Technology have developed what resembles a tiny electronic fountain pen, a technology that can pattern and deposit small structures on surfaces. The system from KIT and Taiyuan University is actually a high-precision tabletop microplotter, which is used to print or deposit materials for printed e... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Dec. 14


3D-SOCs At this week’s IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), a plethora of companies, R&D organizations and universities presented papers on the latest and greatest technologies. One of the themes at IEDM is advanced packaging, a technology enables an IC vendor to boost the performance of a chip. Advanced forms of packaging also enables new 3D-like chip architectures. Fo... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Dec. 6


China’s rare earth power play Rare earth elements (REEs) are back in the news. China, the world’s largest supplier of rare earths, plans to combine three domestic vendors to create a large state-owned company with a nearly 70% share of the REE market, according to reports from Nikkei and others. In 2020, China in total accounted for 85% of global production of refined REEs, accordi... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Nov. 30


Quantum chemistry QunaSys has launched a technology that enables researchers to perform chemical calculations using quantum computers in the cloud. The company has announced the launch of the cloud version of Qamuy, which is supported by Amazon Web Services Japan. Qamuy is a software technology that allows researchers to perform chemical calculations using quantum computers. Developers c... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Nov. 24


Tiny MEMS gyroscope CEA-Leti and Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) have developed the world’s smallest MEMS gyroscope. Based on a nano-resistive sensing technology, the gyroscope enables a navigation-grade performance with a sensor footprint of only 1.3mm2. The tiny gyroscope is targeted for high-volume markets like automotive and others. The technology was reported in a paper, entitled “1... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Nov. 16


New hybrid EUV photoresist The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the winners for a recent entrepreneurial technology competition, including the development of a new EUV hybrid resist and an antibody therapeutics platform. The event, called the National Lab Accelerator Pitch Event, involved a competition among 11 researchers within the DOE’s national labs. Researchers pitched ... » read more

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