Industry News

November 2021
A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics and STMicroelectronics for SiC R&D

Prof Dim-Lee Kwong, Executive Director, Institute of Microelectronics

The Institute of Microelectronics (IME) at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced the start of a Research & Development (R&D) collaboration in
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11/26/2021
South Fork Wind Project Earns Final Approval from BOEM

Liz Burdock, president and CEO, Business Network for Offshore Wind

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced a Record of Decision (ROD) for the South Fork Wind  project to begin construction off the coast of New York. South Fork Wind is the second commercial-scale offshore wind project in U.S. waters to complete BOEM review. This follows  the fi
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11/24/2021
Salvaging Rare Earth Elements from Electronic Waste

Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, at Penn State

Manufacturers rely on rare earth elements, like neodymium, to create strong magnets used in motors for electronics including hybrid cars, aircraft generators, loudspeakers, hard drives and in-ear headphones. But mineral deposits containing neodymium are hard to reach and are found in just a few places on Earth. With rising ne
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11/24/2021
New Chip Hides Wireless Messages in Plain Sight

Princeton researchers have developed a method to foil eavesdroppers by building security into the physical nature of wireless transmissions. The signal is clear for the intended recipient but noise for others.

Emerging 5G wireless systems are designed to support high-bandwidth and low-latency networks connecting everything from autonomous robots to self-driving cars. But these large and complex communication networks could also pose new security concerns. Encryption methods now used to secure communications from eave
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11/23/2021
Robotics and AI to Improve Health Rehabilitation

UC3M

A Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) spin-off, Inrobics Social Robotics, S.L.L., has developed a robotic device that provides an innovative motor and cognitive rehabilitation  service that can be used at health centres as well as at home. Inrobics was created using research results from the University’s De
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11/23/2021
Deeper Defense Against Cyber Attacks

Industrial control systems that are widely used to monitor and operate factories and critical infrastructure have largely moved online, making them more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

To address the growing threat of cyberattacks on industrial control systems, a KAUST team including Fouzi Harrou, Wu Wang and led by Ying Sun has developed an improved method for detecting malicious intrusions. Internet-based industrial control systems are widely used to monitor and operate factories and criti
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11/23/2021
One of the World's Most Precise Microchip Sensors – Thanks to a Spiderweb

Artist impression of an artificial spider web probed with laser light

A team of researchers from TU Delft managed to design one of the world’s most precise microchip sensors; the device can function at room temperature – a ‘holy grail’ for quantum technologies and sensing. Combining nanotechnology and machine learning inspired by nature’s spiderwebs, they were able to ma
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11/23/2021
SPS 2021 is Canceled

Martin Roschkowski, President of Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

Following the announcement made by Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder in today's press conference, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH is canceling the SPS - Smart Production Solutions, which was scheduled to take place in Nuremberg from 23 - 25 November 2021. In addition to the continued rise in infection rates and
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11/19/2021
TTI Enters Purchase Agreement to Acquire SMD Inc.

Don Akery, President, TTI Americas

TTI, Inc., announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire SMD Inc., a privately held electronic component distributor headquartered in Irvine, California. Upon completion of the transaction, SMD President/Owner Rich Unruh will continue to lead the company, reporting to Don Akery, President, TTI
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11/19/2021
NGK, TOREX, Ossia Collaborate to Promote Wireless Power Transmission

EnerCera Coin (above four products)

NGK INSULATORS, LTD. (hereinafter, “NGK”), TOREX SEMICONDUCTOR LTD. (hereinafter, "TOREX") and Ossia Inc. (hereinafter "Ossia") have started working together to spread the use of wireless power transmission/transfer (WPT) systems. The companies have developed a WPT power receiv
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11/17/2021
Lattice Acquires Mirametrix

Jim Anderson, President and CEO, Lattice Semiconductor

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced it has acquired Mirametrix, Inc., a software company focused on advanced artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for computer vision applications, in an all-cash, accretive transaction. Mirametrix software has been successfully deployed in more than 20 million en
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11/16/2021
Pasadena Water and Power's new EV Charging Depot Opens
To support the growing demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, the City of Pasadena recently opened its new Arroyo Parkway Charging Depot, providing 26 fast chargers to the public. The new depot includes fast-charging stations owned by the City and by Tesla. Global design firm Stantec assisted wi
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11/08/2021
Qorvo® Acquires United Silicon Carbide (UnitedSiC), a Leading Provider of Silicon Carbide Power Semiconductors
November 4, 2021– Qorvo® (Nasdaq: QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, has announced that it has acquired Princeton, New Jersey-based United Silicon Carbide (UnitedSiC), a leading manufacturer of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors. The acquisition of United Silicon
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11/04/2021
onsemi Completes Acquisition of GT Advanced Technologies

Hassane El-Khoury, president and chief executive officer of onsemi

onsemi announced that it has completed its acquisition of GT Advanced Technologies, a producer of silicon carbide (SiC). The acquisition enhances onsemi’s ability to secure and grow supply of SiC. onsemi’s customers will benefit from GTAT’s extensive experience in crystalline growth as well as its
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11/01/2021
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