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Applied etches to two atomic layers precision

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Applied Materials has come up with a new etch technology capable of a precision of two atomic layers. The system, called Selectra, is already installed in 10nm process flows at five customers – three of them logic manufacturers and two of them memory manufacturers. It is being used for 3D NAND production. “Selectra has been bought by three of the ...

Viewpoints: How to achieve production improvements in battery manufacturing

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The battery manufacturing industry is continually developing and improving to keep up with the demands of the modern world. Prabhjit Singh, a specialist manufacturer of smart batteries at Accutronics, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the production improvements being made to keep up with demand. What does a typical day in the life of a production manager look like? My job ...

Toshiba to introduce nanoimprimt process for NAND

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Within the next twelve months Toshiba will start introducing nano-imprint lithography (NIL) into its NAND manufacturing process, reports The Nikkei. The introduction of NIL in volume production in FY 2018 should reduce NAND production costs by 10%. NIL uses a stamp technique to form a layer of circuitry on the wafer. Toshiba has been working for some years with Dai ...

UK touch technology firm Zytronic wins big Singapore deal

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Newcastle firm Zytronic designs and manufactures capacitive touch sensors and controllers which are used in some the the toughest touchscreen applications around the world. Zytronic is making a global reputation as a developer and supplier of ruggised capacitive sensors from its facility in Newcastle. UK-based manufacturer of capacitive touch sensors has recently invested £1m to increase its manufacturing capacity for ...

NASA builds James Webb space telescope

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James Webb Space Telescope assembly passed a critical step as NASA hoisted in the instrument package – the cameras and spectrographs that will record light from the huge golden mirror. So critical was this part of construction – the load is heavy, delicate, and had to be lowered into a confined box – that prior to lifting the team trained with ...

GloFo enhances 130nm SiGe RF process

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GloFo has enhanced its 130nm RF SiGe process to deliver 5G performance. The technology is optimized for customers who need improved performance solutions for automotive radar, satellite communications, 5G millimeter-wave base stations and other wireless and wireline communication network applications. GLoFo’s SiGe 8XP technology is the latest extension to the company’s 130nm high-performance SiGe family and enables customers to develop ...

SSTL completes Galileo satellite deliveries

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Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) in Guildford has completed its batch of Galileo satellite deliveries for Europe’s answer to GPS. The 22nd Galileo navigation payload, the last under Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) works orders one and two to OHB System in Bremen, the prime contractor. SSTL made the original GIOVE-A Galileo test satellite. Then it won contracts to work on ...

Anglia offers manufacturers affordable buffer stocking

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Anglia Components has introduced an inventory management service which allows UK-based manufacturers  to receive an agreed level of inventory on their regularly used commodity components which are then held on their site. Called Anglia 80/20, the service is being presented as a cost-effective buffer stocking facility, which traditionally has only be available to large volume users. There is no start-up ...

Manufacturer invests in specialist high voltage production

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AWS Electronics has added a high voltage production capability to its plant in Newcastle Under Lyme. The electronics manufacturing services company, which is investing £30k in the facility, now has a manufacturing space purely for work that requires up to 50kV; high currents of up to 180A can also be accommodated. The most likely customers for the high voltage facility are operating in the ...

The “Hateful Five” of PCB manufacturing


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Design done, PCB laid-out and components are sourced, but the biggest challenge is yet to come getting it manufactured. David Marrakchi describes the pitfalls to avoid You just completed your last design review, got that needed approval signature, and the finish line has never been closer, or so you think. Even after your components are sourced and your board is ...