Semiconductors

Metal nanoclusters can be used as semiconductors: Key properties observed for first time

Tiny nanoclusters of metal atoms – such as gold and silver – have properties which…

Samsung completes 5nm EUV development

Samsung Electronics makes major strides in EUV-based advanced nodes, including 7nm mass production and 6nm customer tape-out Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that its 5-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology is complete in its development and is now ready for customers’ samples. By adding another cutting-edge node to its extreme ultraviolet (EUV)-based process offerings, Samsung is proving once again its leadership in the advanced foundry market. Compared to 7nm, Samsung’s…

MagnaChip launches 28nm OLED DDIC for smartphone displays

MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, announced today that it has launched the 28-nanometer (nm) OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) DDIC (Display Driver IC) for smartphone displays. The 28nm process is the most advanced process used for manufacturing OLED DDICs today.  MagnaChip’s new 28nm OLED DDIC achieves a form factor reduction that is 20 percent smaller than that of the previous 40nm process…

Semiconductor photomask sales reach record high of $4B

Following a record-breaking 2017, worldwide semiconductor photomask sales set a new high of $4.04 billion in 2018 and is forecast to extend its record-setting streak through 2020 with forecast sales of $4.2 billion, SEMI, the industry association representing the global electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, reported today in its 2018 Photomask Characterization Summary. SEMI LogoThe photomask market is expected to grow 3 percent in both 2019 and 2020, with…

NRL develops laser processing method to increase efficiency of optoelectronic devices

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) discovered a new method to passivate defects in next generation optical materials to improve optical quality and enable the miniaturization of light emitting diodes and other optical elements. “From a chemistry standpoint, we have discovered a new photocatalytic reaction using laser light and water molecules, which is new and exciting,” said Saujan Sivaram, Ph.D., lead author of the study. “From a general…

2018 global semiconductor equipment sales jump to record $64.5B

Worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment surged 14 percent from $56.62 billion in 2017 to an all-time high of $64.5 billion in 2018, SEMI, reported. The data is now available in the Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (WWSEMS) Report. For the second consecutive year, Korea claimed the largest market for new semiconductor equipment with $17.71 billion in sales, followed by China, rising to become the second largest equipment market for…

Measurement of semiconductor material quality is now 100,000 times more sensitive

The enhanced power of the new measuring technique to characterize materials at scales much smaller than any current technologies will accelerate the discovery and investigation of 2D, micro- and nanoscale materials. The enhanced power of the new measuring technique to characterize materials at scales much smaller than any current technologies will accelerate the discovery and investigation of 2D, micro- and nanoscale materials. Being able to accurately measure semiconductor properties of…

Semiconductor industry calls for bold federal policies to sustain U.S. leadership in chip technology

As foreign governments take big steps to advance their domestic semiconductor capabilities, new blueprint lays out research, workforce, trade initiatives needed to help keep America on top in chip technology The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today released a set of government policy recommendations for sustaining and strengthening America’s global leadership in semiconductor technology and ensuring the United States wins the race to harness the transformative, semiconductor-enabled technologies of the future,…

Intel announces broadest product portfolio for moving, storing and processing data

Customers turn to Intel for processor performance, advanced AI optimization and breakthrough persistent memory capabilities Intel unveiled a new portfolio of data-centric solutions consisting of 2nd-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Optane DC memory and storage solutions, and software and platform technologies optimized to help its customers extract more value from their data. Intel’s latest data center solutions target a wide range of use cases within cloud computing, network infrastructure…

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