Manufacturing Bits: March 4


Shrimp cocktail manufacturing Harvard's Wyss Institute has devised a new degradable bioplastic material, which was isolated from shrimp shells. The shrimp shell-based material could be used in the large-scale manufacturing of cell phones, food containers, toys and many other products. The material is also superior to most bioplastics on the market today. It could be used in place of existing... » read more

The Week In Review: Sept. 23


By Mark LaPedus For some time, Apple’s iPhones have incorporated a separate RF switch and diversity switch from Peregrine Semiconductor (PSMI). The switches are based on a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) variant called silicon-on-sapphire (SOS). Murata takes Peregrine’s RF switches and integrates them into a module. Doug Freedman, an analyst with RBC Capital, said Apple is no longer using PSMI... » read more

The Week In Review: July 8


By Mark LaPedus Fab tool vendors this week will gather at the annual Semicon West trade show in San Francisco. The mood is expected to be both gloomy and upbeat, at least based on one new and mixed forecast. The semiconductor equipment market is projected to fall 7.4% in 2013, but it will grow 27.1% in 2014, according to VLSI Research. The forecast for semis is up 10% in 2013 and 8.3% growth i... » read more

G450C To Align Vendors During 450mm Transition


By David Lammers Innovation and synchronization among multiple companies do not often go hand in hand. But for the 450mm wafer transition to provide its full benefits, chip makers and their suppliers will need to do more than a simple wafer size scale up. That may lead the Global 450 Consortium (G450C) to serve as the proving ground for efforts to more closely match the electrical results o... » read more

CNSE Readying NFX Fab for G450C, EUV Efforts


By David Lammers Two key areas of the semiconductor industry’s future—the 450mm wafer transition and EUV lithography—are the focus of the new NFX (NanoFab Xtension) building now under construction at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany. [caption id="attachment_6322" align="alignright" width="120" caption="Alain Kaloyeros"][/caption] T... » read more

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