Micron Technology is offering $550mn of convertible subordinated notes due
in 2010 to qualified institutional buyers. The notes will bear interest at a
rate of 2.50% per year, will be convertible into the companys common stock
at a conversion price of $11.79 per share and will be subordinated to all
present and future senior debt of Micron. The sale of the notes is expected
to close on February 4, 2003.
FSI International is in the process of evaluating various cost reductions,
including pursuing a strategic partner or partners for its microlithography
business. The company produces a 300mm resist processing system, the POLARIS
Agilent Technologies has agreed to buy the intellectual property and certain other assets of Pixel Devices International, a developer of complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor technology.
Epitaxial wafer foundry IQE is to cut a further 60 jobs from its staffing. The majority of the redundancies will be at IQE (Europe). The company reports that sales revenues for Q4 2002 are likely to be approximately 5% below the GBP5.6mn reported in the previous quarter.
SANYO Electric is to establish a new 10,000m2 JPY4.5bn factory for the production of heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer (HIT) photovoltaic cells and modules. The new factory is to be built in Osaka, Kaizuka City. Production is to start January 2004.
IMECs board of directors announced the construction of a new 300mm cleanroom based on a detailed engineering study made in 2002 and positive signals of industry and local government support. Construction of the new 2200m2 research fab will begin in February 2003, with completion due in 18 months.
Rockwood Specialties is to make a $7mn expansion and refurbishment investment at its Gréasque wafer reclaim facility in the South of France. The project focuses on increasing capacity and enhancing capabilities, particularly 200mm reclaimed silicon wafers.
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The Singapore-based 300mm joint venture, UMCi, has begun equipment
move-in. The venture brings together UMC, Infineon Technologies and EDB
Investments, the investment arm of the Singapore governments Economic
EMCORE has acquired Agere Systems West Coast USA optoelectronics business
for $25mn. The transaction includes assets, products, technology and
intellectual property related to Ageres cable TV optical components,
telecom access and satellite communications operations.
SEMIs book-to-bill ratio for the North American semiconductor equipment
came in at 0.98 in December 2002. Three-month average bookings were 39% up
on December 2001 at $839mn and billings were 5% up at $853mn. The final
book-to-bill ratio for November 2002 is given as 0.80.
A federal district court has ruled that Genus does not infringe two US
patents (Nos.6,015,590 and 5,916,365) on atomic layer deposition (ALD)
technology owned by European company ASM International. The judge ruled
that Genus products do not meet the "evacuating" limitation of the 590
Texas Instruments has produced fully-functional wireless digital baseband
devices on its next generation, 90nm process. The process features
transistors as small as 37nm, giving the ability to pack more than 400mn
on a single chip.