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Procedure for carrier profiling in nanowire-based transistors

Imec researchers have developed a methodology to quantitatively map the distribution of active dopants in confined 3D-volumes. This is an important step towards in-depth understanding of transistors based on semiconductor nanowires. The new methodology is based on high-vacuum scanning spreading resistance microscopy (HV-SSRM).

Posted: Jun 16th, 2011

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Improving solar cells with the microelectronics toolbox

To make solar energy generation cost-effective, the PV industry has to reduce its manufacturing costs well below 1 euro/Wp. This holds for all PV technologies. To reach that ambitious goal, the crystalline Si based PV industry will have to increase the solar cell's efficiency while at the same time reducing the amount of high-purity Si that is used.

Posted: Jun 16th, 2011

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Pioneering miniaturized e-nose technology

Imec and Holst Centre are working on a number of gas sensing technologies, relentlessly scaling the sensor, readout electronics and power consumption. The result will be sensors-on-a-chip, used as standalone e-nose (electronic nose), or as nodes in low-power, wireless sensor networks.

Posted: Jun 16th, 2011

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FDA opens dialogue on nanotechnology regulation

The Food and Drug Administration is opening a dialogue on nanotechnology by publishing proposed guidelines on how the agency will identify whether nanomaterials have been used in FDA-regulated products.

Posted: Jun 15th, 2011

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Coming to TV screens of the future: A sense of smell

Today's television programs are designed to trigger your emotions and your mind through your senses of sound and sight. But what if they could trigger a few more? What if you could smell or taste the cheesy slices of pizza being eaten by your favorite characters on TV? Is it possible? Would audiences enjoy the experience? Would advertisers jump on the opportunity to reach consumers in a new way?

Posted: Jun 15th, 2011

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Reinventing rechargeable batteries

University of Leicester researchers are spearheading the development of a novel type of sustainable zinc-based rechargeable battery for electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid EVs.

Posted: Jun 15th, 2011

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IME launches 11th Electronic Packaging Research Consortium

The Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has launched its 11th Electronic Packaging Research Consortium (EPRC11) to address various technology challenges in advanced packaging technology in semiconductor in enabling smaller and smarter devices.

Posted: Jun 15th, 2011

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