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The wireless landscape is becoming far more sophisticated as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and mesh networks such as Zigbee and Thread take hold. When Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur Lucio Lanza was asked what the Next Big Thing is likely to be for the semiconductor industry, he gave exactly the right answer: "connectivity."

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With a successful initial public offering (IPO) now behind it, X-FAB Silicon Foundries is readying a capacity expansion drive for increased MEMS and analog/mixed-signal IC production across the six fabs it operates.

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As devices become smaller and more densely packed, and the complexity of integrated circuits grows, defect reduction becomes more challenging while remaining critical to chipmakers’ competitiveness.

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As streams of data began multiplying over the past decade and the term “big data” became common, concerns mounted about how such large amounts of raw data could be turned into useful information.

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When you put on a virtual reality (VR) headset you are transported to another world, a place where reality is just a whim of the imagination. What’s far from imaginary, though, is the impact VR is having on all of us, whether we personally use VR headsets or not.

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Ion implant tools are essential for semiconductor manufacturing because dopants such as arsenic, boron and phosphorous must be implanted into silicon to fabricate transistor structures such as gates and wells.

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When I set out this spring to interview several Applied Materials engineers for a Nanochip Express article about the company’s annual Engineering Technology (ET) conferences, I didn’t realize I would learn so much about how engineers think—and relate.
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While the MEMS market has matured in recent years, there’s still a lot of healthy growth ahead as new device technologies come to market and segment stalwarts (IMUs, RF MEMS, etc.) see device volumes rise with further adoption in end-user applications.

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Applied Materials will be prominently represented at two of China’s largest annual semiconductor technology conferences from March 13 – 16, in Shanghai.
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Applied Materials will introduce a redesigned 200mm epi chamber. The new Applied Materials Centura Pronto Atmospheric (ATM) Epi chamber is specifically designed to produce the industry’s highest-quality thick silicon films (20-130µm) needed for power, MEMS and other devices used in fast--growing mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
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