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Stanford researchers stack carbon nanotubes

Researchers at Stanford University have made stacked carbon nanotube ICs with an average density of 100 carbon nanotubes per micrometer with a current density of up to 122 microamperes per micrometer…

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Imec, Synopsys target 5nm

Imec and Synopsys are to collaborate on the 5nm node with nanowires and other devices like FinFETs, and Tunnel-FETs…

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ARM describes finfets in the real-world

Finfet technology, with its 3D structure, is seen as the key semiconductor technology for the next generation of deep sub-micron chip design. Leah Schuth describes how physical IP developers will rise to the challenge. The semiconductor industry faces a major change in the way that ICs are made in…

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Finfet alternative touted by flash pioneer

A variant of 3D transistor technology to rival the finfet is being proposed by Professor Fujio Masuoka, the man credited with pioneering flash memory. The technology, called Surrounding-Gate-Transistor (SGT), is not new, but has yet to be presented as a commercial alternative to traditional planar transistor technology that…

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Nanomagnets challenge transistors

Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have demonstrated a new kind of building block for digital integrated circuits which uses 3D arrangements of nano-scale magnets instead of transistors…

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Oxford sells plasma etcher for quantum computing work in China

Oxford Instruments has sold another PlasmaPro 100 plasma etch system to the Center for Micro and Nanoscale Research and Fabrication at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). Anhui-based USTC is an important customer for Oxford’s etch and deposition systems. The plasma etch and deposition systems…

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Europe's big push in graphene research

Europe’s Graphene Flagship research project is doubling in size with the numbers of small companies getting involved increasing. Graphene was made and tested in Europe, leading to the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov from the University of Manchester. The hope is that this…

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Surrey University sets up graphene R&D centre

The University of Surrey is setting up a research centre to focus on graphene, the next generation semiconductor technology, which is also the focus of a €1bn Europe research programme. The graphene centre at Surrey with be part of the university’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and will include manufacturing…

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