Semiconductor

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Semiconductor

Any substance that conducts electricity more slowly than a conductor. Semiconductors are common in products like computer chips and, as such, may be traded as commodities. Silicon and germanium are both semiconductors.
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Largest exporter and importer !-- --As the new year rolls in, it is worth mentioning how some Philippine industries fared well last year, in particular our electronics and semi-conductor industry.
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The company, which makes measurement tools for the semi-conductor industry and has its manufacturing and research base in Durham and offices in Prague, Denver and Shanghai, said this month that 20 positions would be cut, taking its UK workforce to 55.
Filtronic, the mobile handsets and wireless infrastructure group, yesterday warned shareholders that its semi-conductor business at Newton Aycliffe in Durham was not delivering increases in revenue.
On the back of an economic turnaround, which we should begin to see in the US in the second quarter and hopefully begin to feel in Europe as well, leading edge sectors such as semi-conductors and semi-conductor equipment should start to rise to reflect improved order rates.
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Today the firm has a multi-million-pound turnover and is one of Europe's largest independent distributors of semi-conductors.
"Although there has been some research in high-bandgap semi-conductors, [the University of Missouri] is the only research center in the world developing high-bandgap photovoltaic cells for nuclear energy conversion," Prelas points out.
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