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Tech for Pets

We use technology to improve nearly every area of life, and doting on our pets’ well-being is no exception. In fact, many pet stores now have “tech centers” that offer the latest gadgets for pampering those furry, winged, or scaled members of our families. According to one market report, worldwide sales of pet-related products and services reached a record US$100 billion in 2014. For 2017, pet industry expenditure in the U.S. alone is expected to reach nearly US$70 billion. A growing portion of that spending is on the many cool new technologies that are being developed for animals. For example, pets can be kept healthy by remote monitoring of their vitals, safe by tracking their whereabouts, and happy by playing with their away-from-home owners via interactive video cameras.

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Silicon Snack – Stepping Out with Smart Shoes

In Ancient Egypt, shoes denoted social status, even distinguishing commoners and nobility by the color and length of their footwear. Recreated ruby slippers commemorating the …

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Smart Cities – How the IoT Is Changing Urban Life in Asia

From smart grids to smart buildings, the Internet of Things (IoT) has swept across Asia. Going well beyond consumer wearables, today’s city planners are leveraging …

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Semiconductors in Wireless Communications

“Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you,” are the familiar words of Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant during the world’s very first …

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Tech Brief: A Look at Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD)

Imagine being able to deposit a film of material just a few atomic layers at a time. As impossible as that sounds, atomic layer deposition …

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Silicon Snack: Food Preparation – Taste the Future

Household kitchens have been revolutionized by chips (we’re talking the non-edible kind). Some of us may bask in fond memories of “low-tech” cooking like toasting …

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Lam’s CEO Talks Tech Trends on CNBC

Lam President and CEO Martin Anstice spoke with Squawk Alley about the semiconductor roadmap, silicon device demand, and Lam’s role in tech innovation. Here we …

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Earth Day 2017 – Energy Efficiency Enabled by Technology

This year, more than a billion people from over 193 countries are expected to participate in Earth Day activities. Marking its 47th anniversary on Saturday, …

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Technology and Economic Considerations for Panel-Level Fan-Out Packaging

Panel-level fan-out chip manufacturing – using large square or rectangular substrates instead of wafers – is being developed as a means to lower the cost …

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Wearables Without Screens – Enhancing Quality of Life

User experience designers around the world recognize that a screen isn’t always the most logical interface for every task or every person. Currently, much of …

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Tech Brief: Primer on Packaging

Ever open the body of your smartphone (perhaps unintentionally) and see small, black rectangles stuck on a circuit board? Those black rectangles are packaged chips. …

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Taking Smart Fashion Mainstream

The next major trend in consumer wearables may be smart fashion. For years, high fashion designers and celebrities have been incorporating smart technology into their …

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Continued Scaling with Multiple Patterning

Did you know that different patterns require different types of multiple patterning? Today’s advanced chips are more complex than ever before, with transistors and other …

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Tech Brief: All About ALE

Greek philosopher Democritus (460-370 BC) first proposed the existence of an ultimate particle, which he described as “atomos.” He probably never dreamed that one day …

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Spooky Science – Tech or Treat!

The lines between science fiction and reality continue to blur thanks to technological advances in devices like thermal imaging equipment, 3D printing, and even neural …

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How Semiconductors Are Changing Our Homes

From smartphones to televisions to refrigerators, it is hard to go more than a few hours without using a semiconductor-enabled device. In fact, since the …

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Tech Brief: FinFET Fundamentals

Transistors are at the heart of our cherished electronics. Millions, or even billions, of these tiny switches go to work for us when we check …

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Multipatterning Poses Process Challenges

Multiple patterning is an innovative approach to scaling semiconductors, but it also poses significant challenges controlling process variations. Lam’s Rick Gottscho, executive vice president of …

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Test Your Knowledge of Semiconductor Terms

The semiconductor industry uses so many unique terms, it practically has its own language. To keep up on the latest developments, knowing that “language” can …

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10 Fun Facts About Silicon

From the earliest chips to the latest technologies, silicon has long played a major role in semiconductor manufacturing as the substrates (wafers) on which devices …

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