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Manufacturing Bits: June 22


5G metasurface antennas At the recent 2021 IEEE 71st Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC), the Institute of Microelectronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) presented a paper on a low-profile broadband metasurface antenna for 5G antenna-in-package applications. The National Center for Advanced Packaging and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences also contri... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: June 15


Next-gen RF signal processors Sandia National Laboratories has taken steps to realize the development of acoustic wave amplifiers, a technology that could one day pave the way towards long-awaited tiny RF signal processors. Researchers have developed piezoelectric acoustic devices using surface acoustic wave (SAW) technology and demonstrated the ability to manufacture these devices. Still i... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: June 7


High-voltage superjunction SiC devices The University of Warwick and Cambridge Microelectronics have presented a paper on the latest effort to develop of a new type silicon carbide (SiC) power device called a SiC superjunction Schottky diode. Researchers have simulated and optimized the development of 4H-SiC superjunction Schottky diodes at a voltage class of 1700 volts, aiming for breakdow... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: June 1


Frozen finFETs The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched the Low Temperature Logic Technology (LTLT) program, an effort to develop finFETs that operate at temperatures close to liquid nitrogen (~77K or minus 321 degrees Fahrenheit). The goal of LTLT is to develop low-temperature finFET transistors at the 14nm node and below by making modifications to the manufacturi... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: May 25


Higher voltage GaN Imec and Aixtron have demonstrated the ability to extend gallium-nitride (GaN) to new voltage levels in the power semiconductor market, enabling the technology to compete in much broader segments. Imec and Aixtron have demonstrated epitaxial growth of GaN buffer layers qualified for 1,200-volt applications on specialized 200mm substrates with a hard breakdown exceeding 1,... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: May 18


Mystery of MXenes Aalto University has studied the surface composition and provided some new insights into MXenes, a promising set of materials used for energy storage and related applications. A class of two-dimensional inorganic compounds, MXenes consist of thin atomic layers. The materials are based on transition metal carbides, nitrides or carbonitrides. These materials have extraord... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: May 10


Synaptic transistors The University of Hong Kong and Northwestern University have developed an organic electrochemical synaptic transistor, a technology that could one day process and store information like the human brain. Researchers have demonstrated that the transistor can mimic the synapses in the human brain. It can build on memories to learn over time, according to researchers. Th... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: May 4


Measuring Moon dust The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and others have developed a new way to study and measure moon dust. Using an X-ray nano computed tomography (XCT) technique, researchers measured the 3D shapes of lunar particles as small as 400nm in length. The goal is to find out how these shapes impact the optical scattering characteristics of lunar dust on the... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: April 27


Next-gen neuromorphic computing The European Union (EU) has launched a new project to develop next-generation devices for neuromorphic computing systems. The project, called MeM-Scales, plans to develop a novel class of algorithms, devices, and circuits that reproduce multi-timescale processing of biological neural systems. The results will be used to build neuromorphic computing systems th... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: April 20


SiC power semi R&D Earth Day, which supports environmental protection, takes place this week on April 22. Technology plays a big role in the environment. Governments, companies, R&D organizations and universities are developing a multitude of environmental-related technologies. In just one example, Swansea University has been awarded £4.8 million from the government of the Unite... » read more

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