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Advancements in Silicon Photonics, Wide Band Gap Semiconductors, and OLED Displays

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Published: 15 Jun 2018

This Microelectronics TOE profiles developments in silicon photonics, wide band gap (WBG) semiconductors, and OLED displays. Innovations include a novel substrate technology for fabrication of WBG semiconductors, terahertz lasers with improved radiation efficiency, a novel technology for fabricating high resolution OLED displays, a unique technology for developing cost-efficient silicon carbide devices, and a high-speed integrated circuit for wireless communications. The Microelectronics TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) captures global electronics-related innovations and developments on a weekly basis. Developments are centred on electronics attributed by low power and cost, smaller size, better viewing, display and interface facilities, wireless connectivity, higher memory capacity, flexibility and wearables. Research focus themes include small footprint lightweight devices (CNTs, graphene), smart monitoring and control (touch and haptics), energy efficiency (LEDs, OLEDs, power and thermal management, energy harvesting), and high speed and improved conductivity devices (SiC, GaN, GaAs). Miniaturization, a move toward lower power consumption, and the need for enhanced features are driving innovations in the electronics sector. Technology focus areas include semiconductor manufacturing and design, flexible electronics, 3D integration/IC, MEMS and NEMS, solid state lighting, advanced displays, nanoelectronics, wearable electronics, brain computer interface, advanced displays, near field communication, and next generation data storage or memory. Keywords: Silicon photonics, wide band gap, WBG, OLED, organic light-emitting diode, display, terahertz laser, fabrication, silicon carbide, integrated circuits

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