Latest Electronic Process R&D News

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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Europe's €1bn graphene research grows bigger

Europe’s flagship graphene collaboration research project  is about to get even larger. One of the largest-ever European research initiatives will expand further as result of a €9m competitive call. New industrial and academic partners will be invited to join the of Graphene Flagship consortium, which already has 76…

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FD-SOI is at "tipping point", says Soitec

Soitec says FD-SOI (fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator) has the potential to become an important high volume next-generation semiconductor process technology. The French FD-SOI semiconductor technology supplier was speaking following the announcement of an FD-SOI fab deal between Samsung and STMicroelectronics. It said the supply chain…

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Manchester deal puts graphene on road to commercial market

A company quoted on London’s AIM stock market company has bought major stake in a spin-out company developing graphene semiconductor products based on technology pioneered at the University of Manchester. This is a big step in the commercialisation of the university’s Nobel Prize-winning grapheme research. Versarien…

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