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Autonomous cars to drive chip sector consolidation: NXP

NXP Semiconductor, the world`s largest chip supplier to the automotive industry, expects efforts to make self-driving cars will lead to more consolidation in its sector, the company`s automotive head told Reuters.

Scientists find novel method to make brighter green LEDs

Scientists find novel method to make brighter green LEDs

A team of researchers has found a new method for making brighter and more efficient green light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which may pave the way for developing advanced solid-state lighting.

Gecko-like gripper to revolutionise manufacturing

Researchers have developed a new kind of gripper which is inspired by the gecko's ability to grip and release surfaces and is perfectly suited for the delicate work involved in semiconductor manufacturing.

Chipmaker Atmel exploring sale: Sources

Atmel Corp , a maker of small processors called microcontrollers that are used in a variety of electronics, is exploring strategic alternatives, including a possible sale, three people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

WPG eyes $2 bn revenue from India; partners Intel, Microsoft for NuPC

Taiwan-based semiconductor distributor WPG Holdings Wednesday said it is looking at a 10-fold jump in its revenue from India to USD 2 billion by 2020, driven by strong demand for electronics products like smartphones.

Samsung building $14.3 bn `Semiconductor Valley`

Samsung is reportedly beginning construction on a 14.3 billion dollar manufacturing complex that will be of the size of 400 soccer fields and will supply essential components to the electronics industry.

IBM to pay Globalfoundries to take chip unit

IBM will pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take the chip operations off its hands, the companies said in a statement on Monday.

New material allows for ultra-thin solar cells

Researchers have created a new material that may allow for extremely thin, semi-transparent and flexible solar cells.

New graphene-type material created

Scientists have created a new material, related to graphene, which has the potential to improve transistors used in electronic devices.

New inexpensive materials bring cheap hydrogen fuel closer to reality

Researchers have combined cheap, oxide-based materials to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases using solar energy with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 1.7 percent.

Semiconductor consumption to reach $9.6 bn this yr: Gartner

The semiconductor consumption in 2012 stood at USD 8 billion, registering a 7.4 percent increase over 2011.

Next generation batteries may last 10 times longer

The key to the breakthrough is a tunneling field effect transistor. Transistors are switches that control the movement of electrons through material to conduct the electrical currents needed to run circuits.

Natural evolution inspires more efficient organic solar cells

A geometrically-patterned light scattering layer designed by McCormick researchers could make solar cells more efficient and less expensive.

DeitY selects Accenture to review semiconductor fab proposals

As part of the engagement, Accenture will work in two phases to help the government assess companies interested in building semiconductor fabs (the building unit of any electronic item) in India, the company said in a statement. No financial details were disclosed.

India semiconductor revenue to reach $15 bn by 2015: Gartner

Driven by increasing consumption of mobile phones, computers and LCD televisions, India's semiconductor revenues are expected to reach USD 15 billion by 2015, research firm Gartner Thursday said.