6 Dec 2022
Decarbonizing the Electronics Industry with Sustainable Manufacturing
A new wave of electronics manufacturing is on the horizon, driven forward by volatile energy prices and increasing demand for sustainability. With the electronics industry accounting for 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it requires substantial innovation to reduce its environmental footprint.
7 Nov 2022
Imec is a well-known Belgian research institute founded in 1984. It works on state-of-the-art semiconductor and electronics manufacturing. This profile explores the virtual fab being developed by imec's Sustainable Semiconductors and Technology programme.
13 Oct 2022
PragmatIC is a UK-based company developing flexible integrated circuits on polymer substrates. It has received a total of ~US$150 million in funding and is focused on scaling up its technology, which is already commercially available at a low cost.
21 Sep 2022
Spectricity is an early-stage Belgian company that has developed low-cost, spatially resolved, spectral image sensors based on CMOS manufacturing methods. IDTechEx caught up with Jonathan Borremans, CTO at Spectricity.
19 May 2022
Imec and Partners Target Net-Zero Emissions for Chip Manufacturing
imec announces that its Sustainable Semiconductor Technologies and Systems research program succeeded in bringing together stakeholders of the semiconductor value chain, from large system companies such as Apple and Microsoft, to suppliers, including ASM, Kurita, SCREEN and Tokyo Electron.
12 May 2022
Could Graphene by the Answer to the Semiconductor Shortage?
Semiconductors, which date back to the 19th century, are used everywhere in electronic devices, from automobile systems and air conditioners to laser treatment in cutting-edge medical systems. The continuing global shortage in semiconductors impacts how high-tech products are made around the world — the automotive industry alone is expected to lose $210 billion in revenue, with major players like BMW, Volkswagen and Ford already reporting the effects.
6 May 2022
2D Experimental Pilot Line to Test Graphene-Based Sensors
The 2D Experimental Pilot Line has launched its first customisable wafer run. As one of five multi-project wafer runs, this first phase targets sensor applications. Companies, universities and research institutes can include their designs as dies on joint wafers, to test their ideas for devices on a larger scale at relatively low costs.
23 Mar 2022
MICLEDI develops microLED microdisplays for the augmented reality (AR) market, which are intended for integration with waveguide optics. The imec spin-out's displays are designed on a 300mm wafer platform for CMOS manufacturing compatibility. The fabless Leuven-based firm has demonstrated first display prototypes and just announced GlobalFoundries is its fab partner.
4 Mar 2022
Applied Nanolayers work on the production of graphene and other 2D materials at the wafer scale. IDTechEx spoke with Paul Hedges (CEO and Co-founder).
4 Mar 2022
ST Microelectronics is a well-established manufacturer of semiconducting components, including image sensors and MEMS devices. It recently announced a short-wave infrared (SWIR) sensor based on quantum dots capable of detecting light at 1400nm, promising lower costs than the incumbent InGaAs technology.
4 Feb 2022
Deep Optics is an Israeli company which designs flat, dynamic liquid crystal lenses for human vision-related applications. Its first product is adaptive diopter sunglasses for the correction of presbyopia, released under its consumer-facing brand 32°N. Future target uses of this technology include augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) headsets, where the lenses could adjust for prescriptions and solve the vergence-accommodation conflict.