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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: 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

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Government policy Hoping to resolve the ongoing worldwide chip shortage situation, the U.S. Department of Commerce late last month launched a “request for information (RFI)” initiative, which involved sending questionnaires to various semiconductor companies. The U.S. government is asking all parts of the supply chain – producers, consumers, and intermediaries – to voluntarily share in... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


OEMs For some time, the automotive industry has suffered due to chip shortages in the market. And the chip shortages are spreading into other markets. In the latest news, GM plans to idle key truck plants amid chip shortages, according to a report from Bloomberg. “GM said eight of its 14 North American assembly plants will experience shutdowns this month because of chip shortages, includi... » 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

Manufacturing Bits: June 29


Speeding up ALD with AI The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has developed various ways to make atomic layer deposition (ALD) more efficient by using artificial intelligence (AI). ALD is a deposition technique that deposits materials one layer at a time on chips. For years, ALD has been used for the production of DRAMs, logic devices and other products. In ... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Packaging and test TrendForce has released its ranking of the top OSATs in terms of sales in the first quarter of 2021. ASE remains in the top spot, followed in order by Amkor, JCET, SPIL and PTI. “Industry leaders ASE and Amkor posted revenues of $1.69 billion and $1.33 billion, which are YoY increases of 24.6% and 15.0%, respectively, in 1Q21,” according to TrendForce. “ASE graduall... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Jan. 19


X-ray imaging with AI The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has demonstrated the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate the process of reconstructing images from coherent X-ray scattering data. Argonne’s technology, called PtychoNN, combines an X-ray imaging technique called ptychography with a neural network. This in turn enables researchers to decode X... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Dec. 15


Ghost imaging quantum microscopes The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has begun building a quantum-enhanced X-ray microscope based on a technology called ghost imaging. Still in R&D, quantum X-ray microscopes promise to provide higher resolution images with less damage to a sample. Using the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), researcher... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Dec. 7


Cybersecurity for manufacturing The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has launched a center to address cybersecurity issues in the U.S. manufacturing sector. The center, called the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII), is a $111 million public-private partnership. As part of the effort, UTSA will enter into a five-year corporative agreement with the U.S. Depart... » read more

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