Xerox Corp. (http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-537) has developed a new semiconductive ink and other new materials that may make printing complete plastic transistor circuits possible. Xerox says the new ink can be used to print the semiconductor channels of transistors at low temperature and in open air—a feature that's critical for low-cost manufacturing, as the electrical properties of most liquid-processable organic semiconductors degrade when exposed to atmospheric oxygen, making it difficult to build functional transistors.
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
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