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Promising results in the race to scale CMOS to 22nm and below

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.

Posted: Jul 14th, 2009

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22nm interconnect technology takes a significant step forward

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.

Posted: Jul 14th, 2009

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New partnerships and pilot line for IMEC's solar cell research program

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.

Posted: Jul 14th, 2009

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IMEC launches dedicated EUV mask cleaning 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.

Posted: Jul 14th, 2009

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Molekularbiologie in 3D-Welten

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.

Posted: Jul 14th, 2009

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Meeting the challenges of nanotechnology

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.

Posted: Jul 14th, 2009

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Scientists discover repulsive side to light force

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.

Posted: Jul 13th, 2009

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