Traditionally, scientists grow quantities of single-crystalline semiconducting materials by immersing the tip of a pencil-shaped starter crystal in a melt of the same composition.
Orders for semiconductor-manufacturing equipment rose in October 2001, according to data released by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International.
Teams of researchers are working to find a way to use organic polymers as material for microelectronic production.
Redfern Polymer Optics, a developer and manufacturer of polymer planar and fibre components and polymer optical fibers, has just announced its formal launch. The company has raised $7.5 million in seed funding, mainly from Redfern Photonics.
A series of MOS monolithic integrated circuits (MOSMICs) that will allow designers to upgrade the performance of UHF and VHF tuners at no additional cost has been announced by Vishay Intertechnology. Serving as a low-noise RF input stage, the 'X' devices provide improved automatic gain control and cross modulation behaviour compared with previous-generation MOSMICs.
Magnetic materials, built up as multi-layered sandwiches with successive layers only a few atoms thick, are giving computers larger memories. By building up sandwiches of magnetic and non-magnetic materials one layer of atoms at a time, it is possible to manipulate, enhance and control the magnetic properties of such sandwiches with extraordinary precision.
Computer hard drives look set to hold up to 1000 times more data, thanks to research at Griffith University using nanotechnology, the science of miniature machines.
Is has been reported that Hewlett-Packard will buy Compaq for an estimated $47.5 billion. Both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have reported the deal, citing people close to the negotiations, but both companies have declined comment. Compaq Australia said it could not confirm or deny the reports.