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Kyocera offers lifetime LCD supply
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12/30/2011   9 comments
A lifetime supply of liquid-crystal displays is being guaranteed to original equipment manufacturers by Kyocera, which recently extended its acquisition of LCD and touchscreen suppliers by purchasing Optrex.
Touchscreens adopt on-cover over in-cell
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12/22/2011   3 comments
LCD vendors worldwide are being pressured by smartphone and tablet makers to quickly integrate touch into the display itself, using in- or on-cell sensors, but slow development has prompted add-on touchscreen vendors to offer interim sensor-on-cover, touch-on-lens, and similar one-glass solutions, at least for 2012.
Rare earths rising for next five years
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12/16/2011   6 comments
Despite China's virtual corner on the market of rare earths, demand is skyrocketing along with investments in new mines worldwide that has some pundits talking of a "rare earth bubble."
Flexible substrates harness carbon
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12/14/2011   1 comment
Carbon nanotube ink outperforms organic alternatives for future flexible electronics printed with ink jets, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Researchers: Carbon better than copper for TSVs
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12/12/2011   6 comments
Three-dimensional chip stacks are better connected with through-silicon-vias filled with carbon nanotubes instead of copper, according to researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
MEMS chip enables battery-free sensors
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12/7/2011   6 comments
Belgian research institute IMEC described a MEMS chip that can harvest energy from vibrations inside car tires allowing a tire pressure monitoring systems to run battery-free.
MEMS transistor integrated on CMOS
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12/6/2011   4 comments
A MEMS transistor was announced by Semiconductor Research Corp. and Cornell University, giving SRC members access to on-chip timing solutions for their CMOS chips.


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