Applied Innovation | The Changing Face of Semiconductor Investment

Corporate VCs simply see what financial VCs don’t:

semiconductor startups often are a good bet with promising growth opportunities. Corporate VCs know their market best and therefore have a better bargaining position to invest at a set price, help focus the startup on value opportunities and mitigate risk.

Corporate VCs are also effective funders, as they can bring more to the table than just financials, such as seasoned industry perspective, global reach and access to broad and deep resources that can help shape the startup’s future and enable them to focus on their cutting-edge inventions.

via Applied Innovation » Blog Archive » The Changing Face of Semiconductor Investment.

Scientists craft a semiconductor only three atoms thick | Semiconductor Manufacturing & Design Community

The researchers created the junctions in a small furnace at the UW. First, they inserted a powder mixture of the two materials into a chamber heated to 900 degrees Celsius (1,652 F). Hydrogen gas was then passed through the chamber and the evaporated atoms from one of the materials were carried toward a cooler region of the tube and deposited as single-layer crystals in the shape of triangles.

via Research Alert: August 27, 2014 | Semiconductor Manufacturing & Design Community.

How To Bring A Trillion Dollars, And Policy Sanity, Back To America

So the Delaney Act is about pulling out a wedge inhibiting access to a trillion dollars, more or less, and about maintaining our roads and bridges.

It does so by offering a good deal for corporations plus shrewd leverage.

It does so without sticking us taxpayers, even contingently, with the tab. We voters are the big winners.

via Happy Labor Day: How To Bring A Trillion Dollars, And Policy Sanity, Back To America.

China’s economic empire | Le Monde diplomatique

“Dutch disease”, coined after the discovery of the world’s largest deposit of natural gas in the Dutch province of Groningen, in 1959.

Dutch gas exports soared, bringing in huge amounts of foreign currency and causing the value of the florin to rise sharply. The prices of Dutch products on foreign markets rose, while the cost of imports fell, and Dutch industry declined.

Latin America today is in a similar position.

via China's economic empire – Le Monde diplomatique – English edition.