STMicroelectronics has developed a three-axis linear accelerometer aimed primarily at applications in handheld terminals. The device combines a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) sensor and an interface chip in a single package.
Microsystem producer Corning IntelliSense and Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems sector are collaborating on a US Air Force Research Laboratory/ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (AFRL/DARPA) sponsored programme on RF MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) improvement.
An IC design and software development centre has been set up in Rabat, Morocco, by STMicroelectronics. The decision to set up the centre expands on ST’s existing Moroccan presence from package, assembly and test.
University of California Santa Barbara scientists (Nature, February 6, 2003) have developed a photovoltaic device based on a Schottky diode structure (metal-semiconductor rather than semiconductor-semiconductor junction).
Infineon Technologies is to make seven presentations to the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC 2003) next week (February 9-13, 2003) in the USA. Infineon’s topics include bio-sensor array chips, flexible organic circuits and smart textiles. The company is also presenting new developments in high-speed communications chips (SiGe and CMOS), and the results of two joint research projects in memory chip design (ferroelectric RAM and SRAM).
The European Unions Competitiveness Council has agreed the creation of a Community Patent, based on a compromise from the Greek presidency. Discussions go back to 1975 when member states signed the "Luxembourg Convention". As reported earlier (February 28, 2003), one of the main differences concerned whether a central patent court would be established.
InStat/MDR forecast that 2002s 5.0 average micro-electo-mechanical systems
per car will increase to 9.1 in 2007. MEMS revenues in the automotive sector
will increase from $1bn to $1.5bn over the same period.
Osram Opto Semiconductors has produced its first optical pumped semiconductor (OPS) disk laser prototype. The company says that for the first time its developers have achieved an 8W optical output power with an optical pumping power of 19W at a wavelength of 980nm.
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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.