Insights from BCC Research

An Alternative to PVD That Delivers Better Performance?

Written by Clayton Luz on Dec 22, 2016 9:55:46 AM

There's a new kid on the block in vapor deposition technology. The easily scalable, atmospheric-pressure process could become the preferred method for creating large-area thin-film and flexible devices.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Software Adds Pressure Sensitivity to Any Phone Using Ultrasonics

Written by Clayton Luz on Jul 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

A new software enables the body of any smartphone to sense force that would allow you to issue commands through your phone simply by squeezing it. For example, you could dial 911 by squeezing your smartphone in a certain pattern in your palm. Or, using a different pattern, turn the music on or flip a page on the screen.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Samsung Electronics to Make Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 Chips

Written by Clayton Luz on Feb 22, 2016 10:04:22 AM

Last month Qualcomm announced that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd will become the sole manufacturer of its new flagship mobile chip, the Snapdragon 820. The development signals the semiconductor giant’s first order with a foundry other than Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) to make high-end chipsets. Taiwan-based TSMC, the world’s largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry, counts Qualcomm, along with NVIDIA and Advanced Micro Devices, among its top customers.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Novel Printing Method Uses Ultrasonic Technology to Print Objects

Written by Clayton Luz on Feb 18, 2016 9:43:47 AM

Three-dimensional (3D) printing techniques have quickly become some of the most widely used tools to rapidly design and build new components. A team of engineers at the University of Bristol has developed a new type of 3D printing that can print composite materials, which are used in many high-performance products such as tennis rackets, golf clubs and airplanes. This technology will soon enable a much greater range of things to be 3D printed at home and at low cost.

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Topics: Manufacturing