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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Earnings and Acquisitions Siemens will acquire Avery Design Systems, a simulation-independent verification IP supplier, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2023. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Siemens executives say the acquisition will “enhance Siemens’ offerings across mainstream verification IP segments, while further extending Siemens verification solutions into area... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive, mobility Siemens Digital Industries Software and climate-tech company sustamize devised a way to add carbon emissions data to Siemens Xcelerator. Siemens created its Teamcenter Carbon Footprint Calculator software to help teams measure, simulate, reduce, and track their product carbon footprint early in the development phase. The calculator uses sustamize’s Product Footprint Engi... » read more

Week In Review, Manufacturing, Test


Post-CHIPS Act Micron is discussing a potential new fab that could employ thousands of workers, following the passage of the Chips and Science Act. Idaho is hoping it will be built near its headquarters facilities in Boise, but Micron hasn’t committed publicly. Rob Beard, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Micron, told the Idaho Statesman the company is consi... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Feb. 15


Strong plastics The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a new material that is stronger than steel but is light as plastic. The new material, which can be made in large quantities, involves a two-dimensional polymer that self-assembles into sheets. The material’s Young modulus—or a measure of how much force it takes to deform a material—is between four and six times gr... » 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. 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

Manufacturing Bits: Nov. 8


Plasma R&D with quantum computing Rigetti Computing, a developer of quantum computers, has been selected to lead a quantum simulation project for the development of fusion energy. The project was awarded by the Department of Energy (DoE). Under the plan, Rigetti will collaborate with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the University of Southern California on a three-year, $3.1 m... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Oct. 19


Solar mini-reactors The University of Amsterdam has developed a standalone solar-powered mini-reactor. The technology could one day serve as an autonomous off-grid photochemistry system for remote locations. The prototype solar reactor measures 0.25 square meters. The system is equipped with a solar cell, which provides the power for the pumps and control system. This solar cell is placed ... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Aug. 31


X-ray nanotomography The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has developed a new method for improving the resolution of hard X-ray nanotomography. In general, tomography involves a system, which takes images or cross sections of a sample using X-rays or ultrasound. The images are then re-created in the form of a 3D model. One common form is called micro-comput... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: July 27


Merchant quantum processors Startup QuantWare has launched the world’s first merchant and off-the-shelf superconducting processor for quantum computers. QuantWare’s quantum processor unit (QPU), called Soprano, is a 5-qubit device. The QPU can be customized for various applications. The device is ideal for research institutions and university labs. Quantum computing is a hot topic. A... » read more

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