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Biometric Sensors: Revolutionizing the Face We Present to the World

The essence of biometrics is using physical characteristics that are unique to each individual to identify one person from billions of others in the world. Early biometrics were somewhat low-tech; for example, fingerprinting originally required nothing more than some ink, a magnifying glass and a human who knew how to “read” the prints. Today’s biometrics depend on sophisticated sensors to detect targeted traits, and thanks to the success of those sensors, the use of biometrics has exploded.

Topics: Technology, Biometric Sensors

Eureka! 16 great toys for future scientists this holiday season

The world may continue to face a shortage of professionals in STEM-related careers, but at least toy manufacturers are doing their part.

Topics: STEM, Children, Toys

Automotive Innovation: 6 Exciting Tech Advancements Rolling Your Way

Back in the ‘40s and ‘50s, when computers were just room-sized, relay-based calculators, no one probably thought much about integrating computing technology into automobiles. By 1965, computers were smaller multitaskers running simple software programs, yet the closest they came to automobiles was probably an advertisement that showed the PDP-8, the first minicomputer to enjoy commercial success, stowed in the back seat of a convertible.

Topics: Brewer Science, technology advancement, Vehicle

The Power of Fan-Out WLP to Make Better Power Electronics, and a Better World

When Americans consider who uses the most energy in our country and around the world, do they assume industry accounts for the greatest consumption? Many probably do, since Americans seem to have a lot of misconceptions about energy, including where it comes from and how it gets used.

Topics: Energy Management, FOWLP, Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging

Diversity Breeds Innovation, and We’ll Showcase Both at IMAPS

 

Topics: innovation, Rama Puligadda, IMAPs

Art and Science: Perfect Together at Brewer Science

Telegraph inventor Samuel Morse was also an accomplished painter, and even painted a portrait of President James Monroe. Brian May, composer and co-founder of the legendary rock band Queen, is also an astrophysicist. Ornithologist John James Audubon created vividly beautiful, detailed paintings of the birds he studied. And Leonardo da Vinci, arguably the most well-known artist of all time, created numerous inventions, including a rudimentary type of car that, when built in 2006 by Italy’s Institute and Museum of the History of Science, actually worked.

Topics: Brewer Science, Art

Brewer Science celebrates 25 years as a global company with continued innovation and human outreach

Brewer Science’s development of anti-reflective coatings has had a global impact on the microelectronics industry. Innovative products, processes and services can transform the world. So it’s fitting that the team of professionals who fuel our innovation and business are also global; this year marks the 25th anniversary of overseas operations for the company that Dr. Terry Brewer founded 36 years ago in Rolla, Missouri.

Topics: Brewer Science, Derby, Anniversary

Planarization Innovations Help Semiconductors Go Even Smaller and More Complex

Imagine you’ve decided to undertake a home improvement project; you’re going to lay tile in the downstairs powder room.

Topics: planarization, semiconductors

Solving Semiconductor Manufacturing Challenges through Surface Modification

Just because a material is a good substrate for making semiconductors doesn’t mean it will do everything the engineer wants it to do. In fact, surface modification — the act of modifying the surface of a material in a way that will affect its ultimate functioning — is integral to semiconductor manufacturing.

Topics: semiconductor manufacturing, surface modification

Sensors help fuel the high-flying future of drone technology

By 2021, consumer drone sales will reach 67.9 million units, according to market research firm Tractica. Let’s be clear — that number largely represents drones that will be purchased for entertainment purposes by hobbyists, flight enthusiasts, and other private individuals. With drone prices dropping over the same time frame and drone technology improving, the commercial applications for drones appear vast.

Topics: sensors, Drones

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