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Semiconductors & ICs

Review the latest advances and technical briefs in Semiconductor and Integrated Circuit Systems (ICS) technologies essential to Design Engineers. Find new products and applications in semiconductors, electronics, electronic components, electronic circuits, integrated circuits, and ICS.

It can be used both in small, portable devices for field inspections and in very large detectors that use arrays of crystals.
Articles: Aerospace
Products of Tomorrow: May 2020
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
Next-generation devices made with a “peel and stack” method could include electronic chips worn on the skin.
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
Xilinx is now applying AI to the in-cabin environment.
A team is exploring new materials for telecommunications and LIDAR applications.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
3D Imaging the Biolocomotion of Fruit Flies

The last thing you probably do when a fly buzzes toward you is marvel at its graceful wing and body kinematics. But that’s exactly what researchers at Cornell University’s Itai Cohen Group...

Special Reports: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Electronics Design & Assembly - May 2020

The latest advances in chip and board-level design and manufacturing are spotlighted in this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology...

A new manufacturing process could produce flexible electronics for things like virtual reality-enabled contact lenses, solar-powered skins that mold to the contours of your car, and...

Wearable tech and electronic cloth may be the way of the future, but to get there the wiring needs to be strong, flexible, and efficient.

Microelectronics like semiconductor devices are at the heart of the technologies we use each day. As we move into an era where we are stretching the limits of Moore’s Law, it is...

Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
Facility Focus: Robotics, Automation & Control
Facility Focus: California Institute of Technology
See some of the world-changing tools and technologies launched by Caltech scientists, from earthquake monitoring to helping the blind see.
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
This imaging technique could impact optical communications and signal processing.
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
Question of the Week: Semiconductors & ICs
Would You Use a CurveBoard?

MIT researchers have invented a way to integrate “breadboards” — flat platforms widely used for electronics prototyping — directly onto physical products.

White Papers: Design
Piezo Technology in Pneumatic Valves

Compared to traditional solenoid valves, piezo valves are lightweight, precise and energy efficient. These advantages make them ideal for many critical applications—from semiconductor manufacturing to...

Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Low-Inductance DC Power Bus
The bus is designed for high-frequency, high-temperature operation in electric drive systems and next-generation power electronics.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Magnetic Shield Using Proximity Coupled, Spatially Varying Superconducting Order Parameters
This magnetic shielding design can be easily incorporated into a wide range of electronic sensing applications.
These materials can be used in aerospace vehicles, automobiles, clothing, helmets, and chemical sensors.
Using 3D components on a standardized 2D microchip manufacturing platform uses up to 100 times less chip space.
This new understanding can help chip manufacturers find ways to better diffuse the heat that leads to device damage and decreased device lifespans.
This system protects workers on lightning and telecommunications towers, and on oil and gas platforms.

A team of engineers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has boosted the performance of its previously developed 3D inductor technology by adding as much as three...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics
Laser Diode Emits Deep UV Light

Nagoya University scientists have succeeded in designing a laser diode that emits deep-ultraviolet light. It emits the world's shortest lasing wavelength, at 271.8 nanometers, under pulsed electric current...

INSIDER: Semiconductors & ICs
New Method Gives Robust Transistors

Scientists at Linköping University (Linköping, Sweden) have described a method to manufacture transistors using gallium nitride and aluminum nitride that have the ability to withstand voltages as...

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