Lithography equipment producer ASML reports a net loss of EUR208mn for 2002 on the basis of net sales worth EUR1.96bn. This compares with net losses of EUR479mn and net sales of EUR1.59bn in 2001. The total number of units produced was 205 including 22 refurbished tools, up from 197 (17 refurbished) in 2001.
Harvard University scientists have produced nanowire lasers based on the wide bandgap semiconductor, cadmium sulphide (Nature, January 16, 2002). The emitted light is in the 495-500nm wavelength (blue-green) range. The wire diameters are 80-200nm. Pumping was achieved in both optical and electrical modes.
Electronic design automation (EDA) company Synopsys has made a definitive agreement to buy all outstanding shares of Numerical Technologies common stock for $7.00 a share. Numerical develops subwavelength lithography photomask software.
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VAT is the worlds largest manufacturer of vacuum valves. Design and
manufacture is based in Switzerland. A network of regional customer support,
sales and distribution offices are located around the world. VAT employs
around 500 people globally. Customer service is the most important focus in
all activities within the company.
VAT is a well established and key supplier to the Semiconductor Industry.
The main product ranges supplied within the industry are Gate Valves, Angle
Valves, Adaptive Pressure Control Valves, Wafer Transfer Valves, Edge Welded
Bellows and Seals.
VAT devotes a high level of resources and people to product innovation and
development. With the fast technology cycles within the industry, bringing
new products to the market quickly, whilst still ensuring total reliability,
with the highest possible level of support is the basis on which VAT have
built its excellent reputation on.
Gate Valves: High and ultra high vacuum valves from DN16 to DN1000 and
above. These valves are typically used for pump isolation or chamber to
Angle Valves: In the size range DN16 to DN160 and above. These valves are
used in a variety of applications from gauge and backing line isolation to
gas inlet systems and rough pumping.
Adaptive Pressure Control Valves: A very wide range of butterfly, gate and
pendulum valves for downstream pressure control.
Wafer Transfer Valves: Rectangular slit valves typically used to between
process chambers and load locks or robot chambers. These valves are
available in a range of sizes suiting all standard wafers up to 300mm and
larger on request.
Edge Welded Bellows: VAT run a bellows manufacturing facility that is able
to produce custom bellows to exactly meet each individual requirement.
Bellows are produced to either customer drawings or VAT produced drawings.
Seals: VAT has nearly 40 years experience with specifying, designing and
manufacturing sealing systems. During the last few years many semiconductor
processes have become significantly more aggressive in terms of seal
degradation. This has led to an ever increasing number of seal compounds
being available on the market. VAT has extensive experience in working with
Contact VAT to discuss the valve and sealing requirements for your process.
You will be assured of the highest quality solution with the lowest possible
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Credence Systems has acquired all of the assets of German mixed-signal IC
test system producer SZ Testsysteme for a total of $4.7mn. Credence now
owns SZ Testsystemes portfolio of automatic test equipment (ATE), which
is primarily focused on the advanced analogue, power, automotive and
TriQuint Semiconductor completed acquisition of a substantial portion of Agere Systems optoelectronics business for $40mn in cash. The transaction includes the products, technology and some optoelectronics facilities. The operation includes active and passive components, amplifiers, transceivers, transponders and icrosystems (MEMS). The transaction does not include Ageres business providing optoelectronics for cable TV (CATV) systems based in California. Some 340 Agere employees will join TriQuint, including 215 in Pennsylvania and 125 in Matamoros, Mexico. Through a transitional manufacturing agreement, Agere will supply components for TriQuint for a short period. The majority of these components will be manufactured in Ageres einigsville facility in Pennsylvania. TriQuint will acquire this plant following the transition. TriQuint will also lease and operate the back-end assembly and test operations in Mexico.
Mitsubishi is to act as exclusive agent for AmberWave Systems strained
silicon technology in Japan. Strained silicon increases the speed of ICs
by some 20-30% and reduces power consumption. Mitsubishi will now begin
offering strained silicon test wafers and starter kits to Japanese
companies looking to integrate strained silicon into their manufacturing
processes. It will also work to help AmberWave license its intellectual
property to Japanese manufacturers.
AmberWave claims to be the first company to have a commercialised version
of this new material and process. Its (epsilon)MOS strained silicon
technology is based on more than a decade of materials research and
development begun at MIT.
SC Fluids has sold its first commercial 300mm supercritical CO2 (SCCO2)
system to a major IC fabricator. The fully automated,
cassette-to-cassette, single wafer ARROYO system will be installed in Q2
Tokyo Electron Arizona (TAZ) has settled its claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and other claims against New Horizon Machine - a supplier of replacement parts that was named in pending US litigation.
The Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)and North
Carolina State University (NCSU)have announced a joint
licensing and commercialisation partnership,focused on
commercialising selected inventions arising from SRC-sponsored
university research programs at North Carolina State University.
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.