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Friday 17th January 2003
Japans Semiconductor Leading Edge Technology Consortium (SELETE) will take delivery of n&k Technologys 3300 Analyzer system for 300mm wafers.
Thursday 16th January 2003
IC Insights reported its Top Ten semiconductor companies in terms of sales.
Thursday 16th January 2003
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.
Thursday 16th January 2003
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.
Thursday 16th January 2003
While Samsung plans to boost its capital expenditure by 39%, Intel has got the knife out with a 17-26% cut in budget.
Wednesday 15th January 2003
The Economist Intelligence Unit reports global semiconductor sales up 1.1% in 2002.
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Wednesday 15th January 2003
Intel released its Q4 and 2002 financial results along with expenditure projections.
Tuesday 14th January 2003
The US Patent and Trademark Office issued its top ten private sector patent recipient table for 2002. Preliminary counts give IBM top billing (as in 2001) with 3288 patents.
Tuesday 14th January 2003
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.
Monday 13th January 2003
Click Here To Receive 2004 Catalogue... 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 chamber isolation. 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 these materials. 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 cost-of-ownership". Click Here To Receive 2004 Catalogue...
Monday 13th January 2003
Dutch researchers have fabricated an organic electroluminescent device that shows a fully reversible voltage-dependent switch between green and red light emission (Nature, January 2, 2003).
Monday 13th January 2003
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 communications markets.
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Monday 13th January 2003
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.
Monday 13th January 2003
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.
Monday 13th January 2003
ON Semiconductor plans additional restructuring aiming at a return to profitability in Q4 2003. Some 4% of its world-wide staff - roughly 300 employees - is to be lost over the next year.
Monday 13th January 2003
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 2003.
Monday 13th January 2003
The agreement to work with IBM on future chip-making technologies puts in question AMDs relationships with other companies including Taiwan foundry UMC.
Monday 13th January 2003
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.
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Monday 13th January 2003
Toshiba launched its new 90nm TC300 process package based on its CMOS4 process. The process uses 11-layers of copper wire and a low-k dielectric. Logic densities can reach 400,000 gates/mm2
Thursday 9th January 2003
AMD and IBM have agreed to jointly develop future chip-making technologies. The new processes will be aimed at improving microprocessor performance and reducing power consumption.
Tuesday 7th January 2003
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.
Tuesday 7th January 2003
Veeco and FEI report that they will not be able to complete their previously announced merger by December 31,2002.
Tuesday 7th January 2003
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 7th January 2003
Nichia and Sony have reached a basic agreement to jointly develop blue-violet laser diodes for mass production.

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