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December '16: ASM Munich Named "Factory of the Year"

Munich, Germany — ASM Assembly Systems has been named the overall winner in Produktion magazine's annual "Factory of the Year/Global Excellence in Operations" contest. Sponsored by Produktion and by consultancy A.T. Kearney, the respected award recognizes the exceptional flexibility ...
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October '16: Carbon Nanotube Transistors May Replace Silicon

Madison, WI — Will Moore's Law continue to dominate semiconductor development, or will silicon finally reach its limits? Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, may have found just the answer that the semiconductor industry has been anticipating for many years. The answer may well be ...
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September '16: Resuscitating Expired Medical Devices at NEO Tech


Chatsworth, CA — Medical devices must be in top operating condition at all times. A failed electronic device can result in a life-and-death healthcare situation. In this respect, medical electronics are no different from those used by the military; they must be ultra-reliable at ...

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August '16: Advanced Screening for Bombs and Nuclear Threats


Cambridge, MA — Terrorist attacks have added a new urgency to the increased screening of cargo coming into the U.S. This has given rise to a company dedicated to helping the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other organizations worldwide to better detect nuclear and other ...

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July '16: Wacker Chemie Opens Polysilicon Plant in Tennessee


Charleston, TN — Wacker Chemie AG, in what is the Munich-based company's largest single investment to date, has opened a $2.5 billion production site in Charleston, Tennessee. At full capacity, the plant will produce 20,000 metric tons of pure polysilicon per year. The company expects ...

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June '16: Saki: True 3D Makes the Difference


In today's litigious world, 3D automated X-ray inspection has become a necessity, especially in the automotive, medical, and aerospace industries. When boards are exposed to high heat, voids can result in explosions and electrical failures. Head-in-pillow and non-wetting solder joints ...

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May '16: Quantum Information Transfer: From Microwaves to Motion to Light

Gaithersburg, MD — When a long-awaited quantum information network finally arrives, in whatever form, it will incorporate two essential technologies: a method of generating and manipulating quantum bits (qubits); and a method of moving those qubits from one network node to another one far away without ...
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March '16:Ice Sheet Modeling Using Supercomputers at Sandia

Livermore, CA — Computational models are making a significant contribution to understanding sea-level rise due to melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. If current climate trends continue, they will affect 21st Century sea-level rise. However, predicting the expected loss of ice sheet ...
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February '16: Here Comes Fusion Again


Ever since the first thermonuclear ("hydrogen") bombs were tested, there has been a determined effort to find a way to harness this form of energy to displace fossil fuels, creating nuclear fusion reactors as an energy source. The scramble is still on, but today's scientists devoted ...

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December '15: Safer Radar to Protect Next Gen Warships


The military uses radar for many purposes, including guiding missiles to targets, directing the firing of weapon systems, and providing long-distance surveillance and navigation information. However, for the next generation of systems currently in development, the most critical requirement ...

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October '15: Fuel Cell Power: Coming to a Showroom Near You


Sacramento, CA — It's happening right now — fuel cell cars are being offered for sale by Toyota in California. Prices for fuel cell stacks have been dropping with almost predictable regularity, and the new Toyota Mirai can be purchased for just $58,325 or leased for $499 a month ...

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September '15: Hi-Tech Electronics Boosts Its Game with New ASM SMT Line


A firm that started over 38 years ago in an apartment-sized facility has grown into a well-established, electronic manufacturing services (EMS) company serving military, aerospace, medical, consumer, and industrial markets from a 20-acre, 33,000-square-ft. manufacturing operation in ...

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August '15: Storing Solar Energy for Rainy Days

Albuquerque, NM — Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are working to lower the cost of solar energy systems and improve efficiencies in a big way, all due to a system of small particles.
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July '15: Personalized Service Reigns Supreme at BGS


Apopka, FL — Located only a few miles north of Orlando, Best Global Source (BGS) is a full-service electronic contract manufacturer (ECM) that specializes in printed-circuit-board (PCB) assembly and electro-mechanical box builds. Founded in 2000, the minority-owned small business ...

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June '15: New Yield Improvement Product Launched at SMT


A big question at SMT Nuremberg, "Is the In-Line X-Ray system now obsolete?" was answered at the kickoff by SmartLoop, Sales Director, Keith Bryant as he opened the Global Press Launch of what could be a game-changing new testing methodology that relies on products from Mirtec and Yxlon. Bryant ...

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May '15: At Wacker, Silicon Is Key to the Future


Munich, Germany — Silicon. It's the 2nd most plentiful element in the earth's crust. We see it and use it everywhere in compounds and certainly in electronics, and hardly ever give a thought to where it comes from or how it managed to get into our lives.
 
The pedigree of Silicon and its importance in the world of electronics was certainly driven home during a recent high-level press conference given by Wacker, a company that has been a major consumer of silicon material and has now upped its ante by acquiring more sources of this common but crucial metallic element.

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March '15: New Way to Grow High-Efficiency Solar Cells

Los Alamos, NM — A new solution-based hot-casting technique developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory allows growth of highly efficient and reproducible solar cells from large-area perovskite crystals.
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February '15: Juki Expands into New Silicon Valley Site


Fremont, CA — It was bound to happen. After all, the bulk of Juki's business has been in California's Silicon Valley for years and, in fact, West Coast customers had been serviced from a stocking distribution site in Fremont. Now that role has been vastly expanded with the official opening ...

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December '14: Fuel Cell Infrastructure Getting Better


Sacramento, CA — Fuel cell powered automobiles are very hungry for hydrogen and a badly needed infrastructure is being put in place in fits and starts. With nine operational hydrogen filling stations, California has more such installations than any other state in the U.S. And it ...

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October '14: Onshoring Rules at Syncron EMS


Onshoring has many faces, and the most important one is to simply keep the business at home, providing jobs that had flown overseas for many years. There are several aspects to this, most importantly to provide customer OEMs with exactly the product they want without delays, language ...

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