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2010-06-09 16:29:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Solido Design Automation, Inc. today announced that TSMC has selected Solido Variation Designer for its Analog/Mixed-signal (AMS) Reference Flow 1.0 targeting TSMC 28nm advanced process technology. Solido Variation Designer will be used for the Variation-Aware Custom IC design component of TSMC's flow. Variation effects are increasing as silicon processes shrink, and variation has become not only a foundry issue but a design issue as well. If not...

2010-06-02 15:05:00

GREENVILLE, S.C., June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- KEMET Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: KEME), a leading manufacturer of tantalum, multilayer ceramic, solid aluminum, film, paper and electrolytic capacitors, today announced the availability of new DSCC (Defense Supply Center, Columbus) -approved surface mount Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs) in smaller case sizes for defense and aerospace applications. KEMET is now approved to DSCC control drawings 03029 and 03028 for EIA 0402 and...

2010-06-02 09:21:00

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Air Products (NYSE: APD) today introduced its new EXTREMA® STO and GST precursors in support of continued advancements in Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and Phase-change Random Access Memory (PRAM) devices. The rapid growth in cell phone technology and mobile computing continues to drive DRAM development while PRAM is viewed as a possible solution to the increasing need for higher capacity data storage to support...

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2010-05-22 08:43:02

Physicists from the University of Pennsylvania and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have reported an elegant experimental study of the melting behaviors of thin crystalline films, uncovering a variety of interesting differences between thick films of greater than four layers and thinner or single-layer films. Put simply, thin crystalline films melt differently depending on thickness.  The scientists made crystalline films from closely packed micron size gel beads. ...

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2010-05-13 09:35:22

Discovery opens the way toward biomimetic production of ultra-strong, elastic fibers Five times the tensile strength of steel and triple that of the currently best synthetic fibers: Spider silk is a fascinating material. But no one has thus far succeeded in producing the super fibers synthetically. How do spiders form long, highly stable and elastic fibers from the spider silk proteins stored in the silk gland within split seconds? Scientists from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM)...

2010-04-21 13:55:56

Supercooling, a state where liquids do not solidify even below their normal freezing point, still puzzles scientists today. A good example of this phenomenon is found everyday in meteorology: clouds in high altitude are an accumulation of supercooled droplets of water below their freezing point. Scientists from the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the ESRF have found an...

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2010-04-14 12:42:11

Although it looks small and unassuming, the tiny origami crane sitting in a sample dish in University of Illinois professor Jennifer Lewis' lab heralds a new method for creating complex three-dimensional structures for biocompatible devices, microscaffolding and other microsystems. The penny-sized titanium bird began as a printed sheet of titanium hydride ink. The team will publish their novel technique in the April 14 online edition of the journal Advanced Materials. Small, intricate shapes...

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2010-04-12 12:33:25

A new study from North Carolina State University shows that size plays a key role in determining the structure of certain hollow nanoparticles. The researchers focused on nickel nanoparticles, which have interesting magnetic and catalytic properties that may have applications in fields as diverse as energy production and nanoelectronics. "The principles we're uncovering here have great potential for nanofabrication "“ the creation of materials that have very small features, with many...

2010-04-06 11:30:00

SEATTLE, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- SGL Group and BMW Group jointly announced today at an event in Seattle that their joint venture, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, will build a state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, WA. During the initial phase, US$ 100 million will be invested and 80 local jobs will be created. The new facility is an important element of both companies' strategy to commercialize viable manufacturing of ultra light weight carbon fiber...

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2010-04-02 08:05:00

A team of nanotechnology researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University has used friction force microscopy to determine the nanoscale frictional characteristics of four atomically-thin materials, discovering a universal characteristic for these very different materials. Friction across these thin sheets increases as the number of atomic layers decreases, all the way down to one layer of atoms. This friction increase was surprising as there previously was no theory to...


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