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Thursday 19th December 2002
Scientist from the Delft University of Technology have been working on coupling peptide nucleic acid (PNA) - a relative on DNA - to single walled carbon nanotubes/SWNTs (Nature, December 19/26, 2002).
Thursday 19th December 2002
Toshiba has decided "in principle" to build 300mm wafer production facilities. Production lines will be set up in two major Japanese facilities in Oita and Yokkaichi. The investment programme will extend over four years from 2003 and is expected to total JPY350bn.
Thursday 19th December 2002
The BOC Lienhwa joint venture in Taiwan has begun high purity ammonia production at its electronic materials plant for the semiconductor, liquid crystal display (LCD) and flat panel display (FPD) industries.
Thursday 19th December 2002
SEMI has calculated a preliminary book-to-bill ratio for North American semiconductor equipment makers of 0.79 in November 2002. The three-month average for orders were worth $779mn, a 39% improvement on 2001. Billings were at $991mn, up 21%.
Thursday 19th December 2002
TSMC is claiming the industrys first 25nm transistor to operate within the power and performance specifications outlined by the International
Wednesday 18th December 2002
European lithography company ASML announced a 22% reduction in a workforce of 6650 people. The companys lithography operation will lose 700 workers - 350 of these being based in the Netherlands.
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Tuesday 17th December 2002
Infineon Technologies and independent memory module manufacturer Kingston Technology have signed a long-term agreement (LTA) and a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) concerning memory products.
Tuesday 17th December 2002
US display integrator Three-Five Systems gained the right to market German optical device producer OSRAM Opto Semiconductors’ organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays. Three-Five Systems will also provide design-engineering services to support the integration of OSRAMs technology into OEM products.
Monday 16th December 2002
Infineon Technologies has decided to sell its 30% share of the ProMOS Technologies DRAM joint venture with Mosel Vitelic. ProMOS has responded (December 16) by suing Infineon under Taiwan law for breach of fiduciary duty, other misconduct and the violation of company law, the criminal code and the securities and fair trade act. An Infineon spokesman was unwilling to comment on the ProMOS allegations given that his company had not been informed as yet by its lawyers of the legal action.
Friday 13th December 2002
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Friday 13th December 2002
Toshiba has decided "in principle" to build 300mm wafer production facilities. Production lines will be set up in two major Japanese facilities in Oita and Yokkaichi. The investment program will extend over four years from 2003 and is expected to total JPY350bn.
Friday 13th December 2002
Taiwan company WIN Semiconductors (WIN) and UK-based Roke Manor Research have made a "stategic alliance" combining GaAs processing and design capabilities to provide a complete solution from design to finished parts.
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Friday 13th December 2002
iSuppli has released its estimated rankings for the 2002 semiconductor market. The top ten account for 48.3% of the market and the No.1 spot for 15.1%.
Friday 13th December 2002
SZ Testsysteme creditors have decided to shut the business down. A creditors committee is currently considering a continuation of the operational business by a rescue company. In this regard there are two offers.
Thursday 12th December 2002
Alcatel Vacuum Technology is ramping up production of its compact 27 m3/h (16 cfm) dry pump to face increasing market demand.
Thursday 12th December 2002
A leading European semiconductor manufacturer has placed an order for NuTool’s integrated 300mm LuminaCu system. The system is configured with patented electrochemical mechanical deposition (ECMD) and reverse linear chemical mechanical planarisation (RL-CMP) process modules for Cu damascene development at the 65nm technology node and beyond. The LuminaCu system delivers up to 60 wafers per hour for typical Cu CMP applications. For Cu plating applications, the LuminaCu ECMD system with its patented super planar deposition technology delivers up to 90 wafers per hour. NuTool will ship the system to the customer in Q1 2003.
Thursday 12th December 2002
Singapore foundry Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing reports improved expectations in Q4. Revenues, shipments and fab utilisation levels are all set to be higher than previous guidance (October 25, 2002) suggested.
Thursday 12th December 2002
DuPont Photomasks’ European production facilities in Rousset, France and Hamburg, Germany, are to be “consolidated” into the company’s site Corbeil, France, in a cost cutting effort.
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Thursday 12th December 2002
Novellus Systems closed its acquisition of SpeedFam-IPEC - a supplier of CMP systems used in the fabrication of advanced copper interconnects.
Thursday 12th December 2002
Infineon Technologies and Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) of China are to co-operate on the production of standard memory chips (DRAMs).
Thursday 12th December 2002
Researchers from Agere Systems claim that electrical breakdown in thin-film dielectrics is based on an uncorrelated build-up of defects (Nature, November 28, 2002). This contrasts with thick films where the presence of defects makes it easier for new ones to form resulting in a catastrophic failure. The scientists compared measurements on 100 FETs with an uncorrelated model and found good agreement.
Thursday 12th December 2002
The draft Sixth Framework Program (FP6) information society technologies (IST) research agenda for the European Union contains plans for pushing the limits of CMOS and preparing for post-CMOS and micro and nano system development. The draft is in the process of European Commission adoption and is not a binding document.
Thursday 12th December 2002
This week is the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), December 8-11, in San Francisco, California. We have presented some of the research already in previous weeks. Here are some details of work at STMicroelectronics, IBM and of collaboration at Toshiba and Sony.
Wednesday 11th December 2002
Infineon Technologies presented nine reports on technology development and new research to the 2002 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), December 9-11, 2002.

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