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£10m competition for UK cities to become more connected
15.07.2015 - 15:38

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Innovate UK are encouraging UK cities and businesses to apply for a £10million fund in a competition that will revolutionise the way the Internet of Things (IoT) benefits citizens by offering environmental improvements, economic opportunities, and more efficient and effective delivery of serv...

2Mbit RRAM cell overcomes filament instability, temperature issues
15.07.2015 - 15:35

Imec and Panasonic have fabricated a 2Mbit resistive RAM (RRAM) cell based on TaOx technology on a 40nm process. The approach, said to have precise filament positioning and high thermal stability, is believed to pave the way to realising 28nm embedded applications. RRAM is based on current or voltage induced switching of a resistive element m...

ALD technology develops to support the move to 3D devices
15.07.2015 - 15:32

According to Applied Materials, the move to 3D devices is driving demand for atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment that can enable new patterning films, new conformal materials and lower thermal budgets. Looking to meet these needs, the company has introduced the Olympia system, which is said to bring the flexibility needed to allow low tem...

Chart the next steps in the 'technology revolution'
15.07.2015 - 15:28

Last month, speakers from around the world came to imec's Technology Forum in Brussels to share their views on what was described as our 'collective digital future'. According to Padmasree Warrior, a strategic advisor at Cisco: "We are currently living through what is quite possibly the most exciting time that I have experien...

Transistor created from 'one molecule and small number of atoms'
14.07.2015 - 10:18

A team of physicists from Germany, the US and Japan says it has used a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) to create a transistor consisting of one molecule and a small number of atoms. The team says the device's action is 'markedly different' from that which might be expected and claims this could be important for future such devic...

UK's Digital Economy research given £23m investment
14.07.2015 - 10:15

As part of the Government's Summer Budget, the Chancellor, George Osborne, confirmed funding for six new multidisciplinary research centres, worth a total of £45million, which will drive forward the UK's Digital Economy research, knowledge and skills. The £23m investment will come via The Engineering and Physical Sciences ...

GloFo takes FD-SOI to the 22nm node
14.07.2015 - 10:08

Globalfoundries has unveiled the 22FDX platform, said to deliver FinFET-like performance and energy efficiency at a cost comparable to 28nm planar technologies. It claims the process could provide an optimal solution for IoT, RF connectivity and networking products. The fully depleted silicon on insulator (FD-SOI) process has an operating vol...

Etch system brings 'atomic level precision'
14.07.2015 - 10:06

As process nodes shrink, the problem of feature variations is increasing. Looking to address the issue, Applied Materials has unveiled the Centris Sym3 etch system. The tool is said to feature an entirely new chamber and to enable what the company calls atomic level precision manufacturing. Centris Sym3 uses the company's True Symmetry te...

Renesas, Audi announce strategic relationship
14.07.2015 - 10:02

Renesas Electronics and Audi have established a strategic relationship which not only addresses the traditional automotive control areas powertrain, chassis, body and safety, but also newer applications, including automated drive, connected car and the electrical vehicle. Ricky Hudi, head of electric/electronic development at Audi, said: &quo...

GaN-on-Silicon production gets boost from AMSCI grant
14.07.2015 - 09:57

Plessey Semiconductors has announced that it will be leading a £1.3million government funded project in conjunction with AIXTRON Ltd and Bruker Nano Surfaces Division. Plessey claims this project will accelerate high volume manufacturing of its LEDs created with GaN-on-Silicon technology. The department for Business, Innovation and Skil...

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