Adhesives: Ultrathin Wafer Production's Little Giant

Anyone who has worked in a fancy restaurant can tell you that the small details make the biggest impact. The food has to be perfect, yes. But even a simple thing such as the way the napkins are folded or how often your water is refilled can make a lasting impression on the patrons. Oftentimes, tiny adjustments can lead to huge changes down the road, and the world of technology manufacturing is no different.

Topics: Corning, BrewerBOND, Adhesives

3-D Stacking and the Future of Integrated Circuits

In the early 1970s, Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore coined the famous Moore's Law, predicting that the number of transistors in integrated circuits (and by extension, processing power) would double each year from then on. Though more of an observational musing than a physical law, it has been remarkably accurate ever since.

Topics: 3-D Stacking, silicon wafers, Integrated Circuits

Temporary Bonding and the Importance of Thermal Stability

Noted author and futurist Ray Kurzweil wrote back in 2001, "We won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century — it will be more like 20,000 years of progress. . . ."

Topics: Ray Kurzweil, Thermal Stability, Temporary Bonding

Hard As Nails: The Current State of Scratch-Resistant Sensors

Electronic sensors have been a part of technology for decades. However, they're more sophisticated and much more ubiquitous than they've ever been before. You can hardly roll out of bed in the morning without the use of a high-tech sensor. For example, several popular sleeping apps, like the Sleep Cycle app, use your smartphone's internal sensors to detect movement and sleep patterns in order to wake you up when you're in your lightest sleeping cycle.

Topics: Scratch-resistant sensors

Where is the spin-coating industry headed?

We sat down with our engineers to get their insights on where the spin-coating industry is headed. We were met with an overwhelming response identifying the need for data streaming in real time. Although the spin-coating process is considered to be very efficient, there is always room for improvement. Real-time data monitoring and process transparency could be a “game changer.”

Topics: cee, spin coaters, processing equipment

The future of wearable electronics

We know what’s available now, but what we'd like to know is what’s on the horizon for wearable electronics. The wearable industry will be worth $19 billion by 2018, according to Juniper Research, and plenty of current and upcoming industry players will be rushing to market with the latest and greatest devices. The wearable health care industry is expected to grow and move beyond activity tracking, while new markets such as clothing may emerge as industry leaders. Here are four future wearable devices to keep your eye on as this technology continues to improve.

Topics: wearable electronics, oculus rift, wearable solar, pixie scientific, adafruit

Two types of wearable electronics: devices & apparel/textiles

The wearable electronics business has ballooned into a $20 billion industry in 2015, and experts believe it will hit $70 billion by 2025. The major players in the market are wearable devices, such as activity trackers and apparel. The health care sector has found great success in wearable tech, as it blends medical information, fitness, and wellness together for the everyday consumer. Of the two types of wearable electronics, however, apparel presents a wealth of excitement.

Topics: wearable electronics, devices, oculus rift, smart watches, wireless headphones

Top wearable devices available today

Wearable devices continue to evolve as new, more exciting, stylish, and discreet devices hit the marketplace. Activity trackers are all the rage so far in 2015, but several other wearable electronics are emerging as top choices to improve your health and encourage day-to-day activity. Here are five of the top wearable devices available today.

Topics: fitbit, sms audio biosport earbuds, pebble watch, quell, wearable devices, digitsole

The history of wearable electronics

Wearable devices are all the rage right now, from FitBit products and the Apple Watch to the ever-evolving and highly anticipated Google Glass. But the idea and creation of wearable electronics occurred long before the cell phone or even the desktop computer. Brewer Science creates materials used in the sensors and MEMS devices that enable wireless device communication for wearable electronics. Wearable devices make it possible to integrate intelligent connectivity, and interest has been growing for more than 50 years.

Topics: mems and sensors, wearable electronics

Applications within the Internet of Things Part 2

The Internet of Things (IoT) includes a number of different applications throughout a wide assortment of industries. In our first breakdown of applications within the IoT, we discussed how Brewer Science creates materials for sensors and MEMS devices essential to the development of IoT applications. Now we’ll take a look at our involvement with control devices for electric vehicles, as well as how our technology has lengthened battery life and allowed multiple devices to communicate directly with each other for improved safety, efficiency, and logistics in a handful of industries.

Topics: Internet of Things, Medical and Health-Care Systems, Energy Management, Transportation, Building and Home Automation, IofT

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