Eficient cost-effective cooling solution for high performance chips

29.05. 2018 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

Imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technology, today announced that it has demonstrated for the first time a low-cost impingement-based solution for cooling chips at package level.  This achievement is an important innovation to tackle the ever-increasing cooling demands of high-performance 3D chips and systems.

Novel organ-on-chip platform for drug screening

23.05. 2018 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

Imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies, presents this week at its technology forum ITF 2018 (Antwerp, May 23-24), a novel organ-on-chip platform for pharmacological studies with unprecedented signal quality. It fuses imec's high-density multi-electrode array (MEA)-chip with a microfluidic well plate, developed in collaboration with Micronit Microtechnologies, in which cells can be cultured, providing an environment that mimics human physiology. Capable of performing multiple tests in parallel, the new device aims to be a game-changer for the pharmaceutical industry, offering high quality data in the drug development process.

Dutch firm ASML perfecting ‘microchip shrink’ for tech giants

13.05. 2018 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

They call it "the shrink"—it's the challenge of how to pack more circuits onto the microchips which power everything from our phones to our computers, even our coffee machines.

Enhanced power devices open the way for high-voltage applications

04.05. 2018 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

Power semiconductors play an important role in power conversion in a wide range of electronic equipment we use in our everyday lives, from smartphones and computers to photovoltaics and electric vehicles. Given the extensive and global use of power semiconductors, scientists have been focusing on making them more energy efficient and cost effective.

Processing power beyond Moore’s Law

20.04. 2018 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

In 1965, businessman and computer scientist Gordon Moore observed that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years, which means a doubling of computer processing power. The prediction was so accurate that this phenomenon was dubbed "Moore's Law."

Milestone for next-gen solid-state batteries to power future long-range electrical vehicles

10.04. 2018 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

Imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics, energy and digital technologies and partner in EnergyVille, has fabricated an innovative type of solid-state Li-ion battery achieving an energy density of 200 Wh/liter at a charging speed of 0.5C (2 hours). This battery is a milestone on our roadmap to surpass wet Li-ion battery performance and reach 1000Wh/L at 2C by 2024. With this clear performance engineering path, imec's battery technology is ready to become a contender to power tomorrow's fast-charging, long-haul vehicles. 

Monocrystalline silicon thin film for cost-cutting solar cells with 10-times faster growth rate fabricated

16.03. 2018 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

A research team from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Waseda University have successfully produced high-quality thin film monocrystalline silicon with a reduced crystal defect density down to the silicon wafer level at a growth rate that is more than 10 times higher than before. In principle, this method can improve the raw material yield to nearly 100 percent. Therefore, it can be expected that this technology will make it possible to drastically reduce manufacturing costs while maintaining the power generation efficiency of monocrystalline silicon solar cells, which are used in most high efficient solar cells.

Phase-transition cubic Gallium Nitride doubles ultraviolet emission efficiency

20.02. 2018 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

Novel photonics materials are becoming pivotal for energy conversion, communications, and sensing, largely because there is a global desire to enhance energy efficiency, and reduce electricity consumption. As Dr. Can Bayram, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, notes, "Who doesn't want to consume less electricity for the same quality of lighting?"

Phase-transition cubic Gallium Nitride doubles ultraviolet emission efficiency

20.02. 2018 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

Novel photonics materials are becoming pivotal for energy conversion, communications, and sensing, largely because there is a global desire to enhance energy efficiency, and reduce electricity consumption. As Dr. Can Bayram, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, notes, "Who doesn't want to consume less electricity for the same quality of lighting?"

High-sensitivity low-power MEMS accelerometer for detecting extremely weak ground and building vibrations

16.02. 2018 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

Hitachi Ltd. today announced the development of a high-sensitivity low-power MEMS accelerometer that can detect extremely weak ground and building vibrations by combining sophisticated MEMS technology with circuit technology. The sensor achieves a comparable sensitivity to that of sensors for oil & gas exploration (noise level 30ng/√Hz) with less than half the power consumption (20mW). Hitachi intends to apply this sensor to various applications including next generation oil & gas exploration, and infrastructure monitoring, to contribute to the realization of a comfortable, safe and secure society.

Identifying structural defects during driving electronic devices

19.01. 2018 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

A research team from Korea has discovered the blocking phenomenon of electrons generated during high-speed driving of oxide semiconductors and proved its causes for the first time in the world. It is expected to be used for the commercialization of next-generation intelligent electronic devices.

Gallium nitride processor—next-generation technology for space exploration

28.12. 2017 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

A material known as gallium nitride (GaN), poised to become the next semiconductor for power electronics, could be also essential for various space applications. Yuji Zhao, an expert in electrical and computer engineering at Arizona State University (ASU), plans to develop the first-ever processor from gallium nitride, which could revolutionize future space exploration missions.

Gallium nitride processor—next-generation technology for space exploration

28.12. 2017 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

A material known as gallium nitride (GaN), poised to become the next semiconductor for power electronics, could be also essential for various space applications. Yuji Zhao, an expert in electrical and computer engineering at Arizona State University (ASU), plans to develop the first-ever processor from gallium nitride, which could revolutionize future space exploration missions.

Samsung now mass-producing industry’s first 2nd-generation, 10-nanometer class DRAM

21.12. 2017 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

Samsung Electronics announced today that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 2nd-generation of 10-nanometer class (1y-nm), 8-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 DRAM. For use in a wide range of next-generation computing systems, the new 8Gb DDR4 features the highest performance and energy efficiency for an 8Gb DRAM chip, as well as the smallest dimensions.

Fully screen-printed monoPoly silicon solar cell technology

14.12. 2017 Semiconductor Technology News - Semiconductor News, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology

The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has reached a new cell efficiency milestone in the development of its low-cost screen-printed bifacial monoPoly silicon solar cell technology, recording an average cell efficiency of 21.5% in pilot-scale production using commercially available large-area Cz-Si wafers.