Smarter LED lighting is, well, smarter

December 2nd, 2013 by Team Update

As could be expected, there is tremendous energy savings potential in making lighting smarter. With “aggressive controls strategies” the California utility PG&E claims that “the system enabled a 93 percent drop in electricity consumption from lighting.” This is no mean feat, and further confirms that global energy issues will be solved both on the supply AND demand sides. The attached graphic from the story on Greentech Media shows a figurative mountain of energy savings.


Read the full article at Greentech Media.LED_energy_consumption_chart_580_411

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Building Pyramids with TMG? These GaN LEDs Appear to be Doing Just That.

November 25th, 2013 by Team Update

Mike Cooke reports that “(r)esearchers in Taiwan have used nanopyramid nitride semiconductor structures to explore long-wavelength green, olivine and amber light-emitting diode (LED) structures.” Per his contributed article in Semiconductor Today, “the GaN semiconductor nanopyramids were grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) on the tops of the nanocolumns. The spin-on glass coating was aimed at blocking re-growth of nitride semiconductor on the sidewalls of the columns.”

Many more details on the Semiconductor Today website, including some great illustrations.13101NCTUfigure1

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Semi materials market to approach $50 billion in 2014

November 19th, 2013 by Team Update

In a recent article on SST, Lara Chamness, senior manager, market analysis at SEMI wrote about her predictions about the semiconductor materials market in the year ahead. While 2013 is expected to net out with a gain of 1%, 2014 is expected to increase by 7%. The foundry and advanced packaging activities are also expected to continue to grow in Taiwan.

Read more here at SolidState Technology.


(image credit: SEMI Materials Market Data)

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Device Simulator for GaN Compound Semiconductor Research

November 6th, 2013 by Team Update

Hiroyasu Ishikawa, Associated Professor of the Semiconductor Electronics Laboratory in the Department of Electronic Engineering at Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) in charge of the creation of wide bandgap devices, can now count a Silvaco Atlas device simulator in its arsenal. Ishikaway says: ”For current research and development of GaN compound materials, a reliable device simulator is indispensable for optimizing the design incorporating the properties of each material.” Silvaco’s Atlas is the appropriate tool to satisfy our laboratory’s needs and I hope that Atlas will accelerate our research and development.”

This is good news for the continued adoption of compound semiconductors in new applications.

Full story here.

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A Higher-Level View on ‘More than Moore’

October 30th, 2013 by Team Update

Earlier in the year 3D InCites Guest Blogger, Paul Werbaneth, spent time at the GSA Silicon Summit, held at the Computer History Museum in San Jose, CA. While we at SAFC Hitech generally take a more materials-based approach, Paul’s post gives a nice overview of where the pain points and opportunities are in 3D and 2.5D IC integration on a broader scale.

Paul challenges his readers with a question about perspective: “I always think of the phrase “More than Moore” as being a kind of code that needs decoding or deciphering. “What does ‘More than Moore’ mean?” I might ask you, and you might then respond “What does ‘More than Moore’ mean to you?”


Find some of the answers he received in the full story, linked just below.


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