Mastering the electrical properties of polymer semiconductors

February 3, 2017

UC Santa Barbara materials researchers have discovered a simple yet effective method for mastering the electrical properties of polymer semiconductors. The elegant technique allows for the efficient design and manufacture of organic circuitry (the type found in flexible displays and solar cells, for instance) of varying complexity while using the same semiconductor material throughout. “It’s a different strategy by which you can take a material and change its properties,” said…


Atomic-level sensors enable measurements of electric field

February 2, 2017

The proper functioning of semiconductor devices relies on their internally generated electric fields. Being able to measure these fields on the nanoscale is crucial for the development of next gen electronics, but present techniques have been restricted to measurements of the electric field at a semiconductor’s surface. A group of Takayuki Iwasaki, Mutsuko Hatano and colleagues at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and…


Nanoscale semiconductor raises solar cell energy conversion rate

January 19, 2017

Solar cells do not convert all light to power equally, which has inspired a joint industry-academia effort to develop a potentially game-changing solution. “Current solar cells are not good at converting visible light to electrical power. The best efficiency is only around 20%,” explains Kyoto University’s Takashi Asano, who uses optical technologies to improve energy production. Higher temperatures emit light at shorter wavelengths, which is why the flame of a…


The first colorless and bendable semiconducting material

January 16, 2017

A “sweet spot” for organic electronics may have been found by researchers by fabricating a new 2D semiconducting polymer-blended nanonetwork material that simultaneously achieves excellent charge mobility, high flexibility, and nearly 100% optical transparency—a combination of properties that has so far been elusive for semiconducting materials. According to the researchers, the nanonetwork is the first truly colorless, bendable semiconducting material, as demonstrated by the fabrication of field-effect transistors with integrated…


Hybrid SSRs distributed through New Yorker Electronics

January 6, 2017

New Yorker Electronics is now distributing the Vishay Semiconductor Hybrid Solid-State Relays (SSRs) in the VOR1121A6, VOR1121B6, VOR2121A8 and VOR2121B8 relay models. Vishay’s newest additions to its VOR family of hybrid SSRs are designed to deliver superior electrical characteristics for telecommunications, industrial, security system and metering applications. Compared to similar solutions, the new Vishay Semiconductors 1 Form A VORs provide faster operation with TON 0.20ms and TOFF 0.03ms, a wide…


75 billion units with embedded SuperFlash technology shipped

Microchip Technology has enabled the shipment of more than 75 billion semiconductor devices with embedded SuperFlash technology.  Through SST’s strong ecosystem of foundry, fabless and Integrated Device Manufacturer (IDM) partners, SuperFlash memory has become an important source of innovation and has helped original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) differentiate their automotive, consumer, industrial and medical products throughout the past three decades. “As the semiconductor industry has gone fabless, more and more semiconductor…

December 20, 2016

Designers can create vision systems with fewer cables

December 13, 2016

A semiconductor company focusing on high speed serial interfaces, THine Electronics,  has announced an AEC-Q100 (Grade 2) compliant single chip solution (THCV241-Q) that integrates the MIPI CSI-2 interface with THine’s well established V-by-One HS product family. The new THCV241-Q is optimized for advanced camera requirements including: – High definition support (e.g., 1080p60, 4K2K) – Uncompressed real-time, zero latency video transmission – 50x increase in maximum transmission distance – from 30cm…


Automation technology brings reduction in compute costs

Synopsys has announced 2nd gen technology that enables semiconductor design teams to adopt a smarter, more efficient hierarchical approach to Static Timing Analysis (STA) for timing closure and signoff across all design sizes and levels of complexity. Built on proven PrimeTime HyperScale hierarchical STA technology and included in the 2016.12 release of the PrimeTime static timing analysis tool, this new capability automates partitioning and distribution of full-chip analysis across a company’s…

December 13, 2016

Richardson Electronics and United Silicon Carbide sign agreement

Richardson Electronics has announced a distribution agreement with United Silicon Carbide, a manufacturer for SiC devices located in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. This global agreement supports the expansion of USCi’s products to new customers. United Silicon Carbide is a semiconductor company specializing in the development of high efficiency Silicon Carbide (SiC) devices and customized products with process expertise in Schottky Barrier Diodes and SiC switches. USCi technology and products enable…

November 22, 2016

New capabilities accelerate time to automotive test goals

Automotive semiconductor suppliers are deploying the latest IC test solution from Synopsys for higher levels of quality, reliability and functional safety. The Synopsys test solution is enabling semiconductor suppliers, including Elmos Semiconductor, MegaChips, Micronas, Renesas Electronics, Toshiba and others to meet automotive test goals in less time and at lower cost for millions of shipped ICs. Furthermore, many of these companies are successfully certifying their ICs according to the ISO 26262…

November 15, 2016