IMEC has achieved promising results in the race to scale CMOS to 22nm and below. The breakthroughs from its transistor scaling programs include a successful integration of the laser-anneal technique in a high-K/metal-gate first process and a step forward towards fabricating aggressively scaled germanium-pFET transistors.
J.C. Seamus Davis and John Tranquada, physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, along with Aharon Kapitulnik of Stanford University, have been named the recipients of the 2009 Heike Kamerlingh Onnes Prize for outstanding superconductivity experiments.
IMEC presents innovations in dielectrics and metallization technologies as well as in their integration approaches. Great progress has been obtained in the metallization of 22nm interconnects, in Cu/low-k reliability assessment and in the suppression of low-k integration damage. The results contribute to deliver the interconnect performance and reliability beyond the 32nm node.
IMEC today announced that it has established new partnerships with solar cell material and equipment suppliers. These companies, including MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., Leybold Optics Dresden GmbH, Roth & Rau AG, and Mallinckrodt Baker B.V., have concluded joint-development agreements with IMEC in the frame of IMEC?s newly launched wafer-based silicon photovoltaics industrial affiliation program.
IMEC today announced that it is extending its EUV (extreme ultra-violet) lithography research program with a parallel dedicated EUV mask cleaning research program. The program will build on a new collaboration between IMEC and HamaTech APE GmbH.
Forscher des Geschäftsbereichs Visual Computing von Fraunhofer Austria in Graz haben in einem Projekt der DFG die Software BioBrowser entwickelt. Sie errechnet voll-automatisch aus den Forschungsdaten der Molekularbiologen die 3D-Modelle von kompliziert aufgebauten Proteinen und stellt sie auf Knopfdruck hochqualitativ und interaktiv dar.
Whether in the fields of medicine, sustainable energy supply or environmental protection, without making use of nanotechnology we will not be capable of overcoming the challenges which the future presents. In parallel with these efforts, though, it is essential that we examine the new technology very carefully for potential risks, such as those presented by free nanoparticles. This is the conclusion drawn at the close of Empa's 3rd NanoConvention, held on July 6th in Zurich.
A team of Yale University researchers has discovered a "repulsive" light force that can be used to control components on silicon microchips, meaning future nanodevices could be controlled by light rather than electricity.
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia is opening its 36-million-square meter (8,900-acre) campus on September 23, 2009, welcoming a founding faculty of more than 60 accomplished scientists and engineers from around the world and an equally diverse inaugural class of 345 graduate students to the shores of the Red Sea.
Superconductivity appears to rely on very different mechanisms in two varieties of iron-based superconductors. The insight comes from research groups that are making bold statements about the correct description of superconductivity in iron-based compounds.