Beyond the fundamental limits of electronics: Ferroelectric gate oxides for negative capacitance transistors

By Lisa McDonald / March 1, 2022

Metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistors are integral to modern electronics. As miniaturization reaches its limits to further improve the efficiency of MOSFETs, researchers are looking to replacing certain parts of the device with ferroelectric materials.

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Video: Intel sets sights on Ohio to drastically expand domestic manufacturing with semiconductor mega-site

By Lisa McDonald / January 26, 2022

Semiconductor chip manufacturer Intel announced it is committing $20 billion to build a manufacturing mega-site on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio. Learn about some of the big events that have affected the semiconductor industry in recent years and how Intel’s announcement fits into the narrative.

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Omicron does not stop success of EMA 2022

By Greg Geiger / January 25, 2022

For the second consecutive year, the annual Electronic Materials and Applications Conference was held as a virtual meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pivot to a virtual format did not hamper the exchange of quality technical content, however—nearly 300 attendees from 22 countries logged in to view the more than 300 oral and poster presentations.

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Video: European Commission proposes single standard charger for many electronic devices

By Lisa McDonald / September 29, 2021

Ever since some major phone producers pledged to harmonize chargers for data-enabled mobile phones in 2009, most chargers are now based on USB ports and connectors. Now, the European Commission is proposing legislation that would require USB Type C be the standard port for all smartphones and many other electronic devices.

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Toward next-gen electronics—machine learning framework accelerates exploration of how strain affects semiconductor properties

By Lisa McDonald / July 27, 2021

Elastic strain engineering is an emerging technique for enhancing the performance of functional materials. An international collaboration involving Skoltech, MIT, and Nanyang Technological University developed an expanded machine learning framework to accelerate the exploration of how strain affects semiconductor properties.

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Materials for electronics, plus more inside August 2021 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / July 15, 2021

The August 2021 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring materials for electronics—is now available online. Plus—USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries and PACK Fellowship Program.

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Strategies for designing stretchable electronics with advanced thermal management

By Lisa McDonald / June 18, 2021

The expanded range of motion available to stretchable electronics makes it difficult to maintain stable thermal conductance under large deformation. Two researchers from China describe several aspects of thermal management strategies that must be considered and offer several possible solutions that are worth further investigation.

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Video: Cryptocurrency and the need for more energy-efficient computing

By Lisa McDonald / May 19, 2021

Cryptocurrency is a hot topic among investors this past year, but its environmental impact and role in ransomware is cause for serious discussion about the future of this digital asset. Learn more about cryptocurrency and how new technologies can make mining it more energy efficient.

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Toward a flexible future: A review on droplet-based techniques for fabricating printed electronics

By Lisa McDonald / May 4, 2021

Printed electronics is an emerging branch of electronics manufacturing that offers a way to economically and conveniently produce electronic circuits and devices on flexible substrates. Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark reviewed processing techniques, ink materials, substrates, and sintering methods for printed electronics in their recent paper.

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ACerS virtual meetings start the year strong with Electronic Materials and Applications Conference 2021

By Lisa McDonald / January 29, 2021

The 12th annual Electronic Materials and Applications Conference (EMA 2021) took place virtually on Jan. 19–22, 2021. A record number of registrants tuned in for a week of presentations, networking, panels, and awards.

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