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  • The Centre of Process Innovation (CPI) recently announced it was part of a UK-based collaboration with University of Cambridge, FlexEnable Ltd., and the National Physical Laboratory. The goal of the partnership was to develop ultra-barrier materials using graphene, to create flexible, transparent electronic-based plastic displays for smartphones, tablets, and wearable electronics. Manufacturers of these products require barriers with a greater...

  • The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors believes that the post-silicon era will begin in about 2028 and Graphene is considered to be the revolutionary, replacement material. The electron mobility of Graphene at room temperature is already more than 10 times that of silicon (15.000 cm2/Vs compared to 1,400 cm2/Vs). Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have now achieved...

  • As well as being super-strong (20 times stronger than diamond and 200 times stronger than steel) and six times lighter, it is also remarkably conductive, both electrically and thermally.Graphene is the strongest, thinnest material known to exist. A form of carbon, it can conduct electricity and heat better than anything else. If that wasn’t enough, it is also almost perfectly transparent,...

  • UV LEDs used in the semiconductor manufacturing industry are undergoing huge changes. A short time ago, scientists used monolayer graphene for transparent conduction in nitride semiconductor manufacturing UV LEDs. Graphene on its own, however, suffered from high sheet resistance. To try to counter this, scientists added indium tin oxide to the graphene, but it lost its transparency as...

  • Graphene is a thin layer of pure carbon atoms, which are tightly packed together in a hexagonal arrangement. The semiconductor industry is excited about graphene, and is currently pouring resources into research and development as graphene could potentially replace semiconductor silicon wafers due to its many advantageous properties: Electricity. Graphene conducts electricity at higher levels than most...

  • Researchers have uncovered a new way to control particle motions on 2D materials such as graphene, separating quasiparticles called plasmons into two streams moving in opposite directions without requiring strong magnetic fields. MIT associate professor of mechanical engineering Nicholas X. Fang, recent PhD graduate Anshuman Kumar, and four other researchers from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Hong Kong Polytechnic University,...

  • With the development of the 450mm silicon semiconductor fab, the industry is focusing on creating a design with more advanced integrated circuits that is also environmentally friendly and cost effective. While the initial 450mm tool guidelines did indicate a greater cost per square foot of cleanroom space as well as heavier structural loads and larger sized tool requirements, the industry is...

  • IBM Research has developed a small 3D printer, called the NanoFrazor, which can produce nanometer-level patterns on a soft polymer that can then be transported to silicon, gallium arsenide or graphene substrates. The 3D printer could function as an alternative to an electron-beam lithography system in printing integrated circuit patterns. The main differences between the 3D NanoFrazor printer and the e-beam...

  • With Moore’s Law, semiconductor manufacturing company chipmakers have long been able to double the transistor count at each node while simultaneously reducing costs by almost 30 percent. This nano technology development has been so successful due to the use of IC scaling, which creates faster chips for devices, such as electronics, at a lower cost. While Moore’s Law has continuously provided...

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