Palomar Technologies’ Process Development and Prototyping Services (PDPS) is to use the FeinFocus FOX-160.25MFT x-ray inspection system for the inspection of advanced components, materials and packaging technologies.
Robert Bosch of Germany has ordered an Omega fxP cluster etcher from Trikon
Technologies. The tool will be configured with Trikons M0RI, GPE gas phase
chemical etching and DSi deep silicon etch modules. The fxP cluster etcher
will be installed at Boschs Reutlingen fab that specialises in the
manufacture of automotive sensors based on micro-electro-mechanical systems
IBM researchers (Science, May 2, 2003) have observed polarised infrared
optical emission from a carbon nanotube ambipolar field effect transistor
(FET). Electrical measurements suggest that the emission arises from
radiative recombination of electrons and holes simultaneously injected into
the undoped nanotube.
Infineon Technologies Emerging Technology Labs team has developed a fault-tolerant, self-organising embedded microcontroller network, which, coupled with sensors and LEDs, can be integrated into industrial or commercial textiles.
The CellularRAM co-development team of Cypress Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies and Micron Technology announced availability of 32Mbit CellularRAM devices for wireless handsets. Samples are available in both asynchronous and burst modes.
In-Stat/MDR expects an upturn in the semiconductor industry during H2 2003 resulting in 16.7% revenue growth to $164.2bn. Further growth is expected in 2004 and 2005 with 2006 beginning the next cyclical downturn.
While International SEMATECH expects to be able to advance the maturity if low-k dielectrics in time for the industry’s modified schedule, the consortium’s interconnect director believes that new approaches will achieve even better results.
Infineon Technologies plans to force the pace on its corporate restructuring for a "return to the profit zone and sustained success", according to Dr Ulrich Schumacher, Infineon’s president and CEO.
The company has set up an "Impact(2)" as a follow-up to the Impact cost-cutting initiative launched in summer 2001, which led to savings amounting to EUR2.8bn. Impact(2) will optimise corporate processes and structures for further cost reductions of EUR500mn – with EUR50mn coming in the current fiscal year. The lion’s share will be financially effective on an earning before interest and tax (EBIT) basis in the next fiscal year. A major contribution will be made by relocation of individual business units as well as by outsourcing of various functions to external service providers.