Chip Execs Bullish on 2011

Right on the heels of positive news for the manufacturing sector, chip executives are predicting solid sales and employment growth for 2011. (See: Positive Signs From the US Manufacturing Industry.) However, the data, gathered in a global survey conducted by {complink 7219|KPMG International} also indicates the chip cycle will peak within the next 12 months.…

Sunshine Lacking in US Solar Stocks

Solar companies, which have struggled all year, have had a rough round of trading. What has become clear is that, whether you love them or hate them, the solar industry has many challenges ahead. The most pain came on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 16, when closely followed solar analyst Satya Kumar from {complink 6436|Credit…

The Story of Too Much Stuff

Moore's Law, formulated by {complink 2657|Intel Corp.} co-founder Gordon Moore, posits that transistor density on integrated circuits, or processor speeds, doubles every 18 months. That's quite different from the way environmentalists think. For them, that 18 months translates into consumers discarding old gadgets for new ones, putting more toxic waste in landfills. In an effort…

Grid-Interop Conference Announced

CHICAGO — Driving the standards and interoperability roadmap for the rapidly expanding Smart Grid, government, industry and academic leaders will convene at the Grid-Interop Conference on Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 at the Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Held in partnership with the GridWise Architecture Council, NIST and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP),…

Despite Volatility, US VC Investment in Clean Technology Is Up

US venture investment in clean technology (cleantech) so far this year has been “volatile,” according to consultancy Ernst & Young LLP. Although funding dropped significantly in the third quarter of 2010, the general trend has been upward. Venture funding for cleantech — which includes alternative fuels; energy/electricity generation; energy storage; energy efficiency; recycling and related…

Amtech Announces $33M in New Solar Orders

TEMPE, Ariz. — Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASYS), a global supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, semiconductors, and silicon wafers, today announced that its solar subsidiary, Tempress Systems, Inc., has received approximately $33 million in new solar orders for its diffusion processing systems from several new and…