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.
Established in 1963, TEL played an active role in the early days of the IT revolution.
Since the first year of operation, TEL has continued to promote technological innovation
and customer success in the semiconductor industry, as well as other high-tech
TEL offers the most reliable products in the industry by continually strengthening our
research and development facilities and core employee base. Our R&D efforts focus
on two key objectives: the development of next-generation process technologies, and the constant improvement of equipment reliability and productivity.
Our development, manufacturing, marketing, sales, R&D and field engineering groups
work collaboratively to provide standard-setting products and service. To persist as the
leader in technological innovation, we fine-tune products to fulfill our customers specific needs through evaluation tests and demonstrations.
New products and processes are designed in close cooperation with our customers, placing TEL technology on the leading edge and often setting the standards for industry procedures. Our leading product lines include:
Oxidation/diffusion; LP-CVD systems
Metal PVD systems
Metal CVD systems
Plasma etch systems
The equipment made by TEL enables our customers to transform their concepts into marketable products. In essence, we focus our energy and resources on harnessing technologies that change the world.
Electronic design automation (EDA) company Synopsys has made a definitive agreement to buy all outstanding shares of Numerical Technologies common stock at $7.00 a share. Numerical develops subwavelength lithography photomask software.
NanoInk has closed a $6mn second round of financing led by the Lurie Investment Fund. NanoInk will use the funding to broaden its application-specific development efforts and accelerate delivery of the DPNWriter, scheduled for release in Q1 2003.
Infineon Technologies reports its Q1 2003 (quarter ended December 31, 2002) results with revenues up 47% on 2002 at EUR1.52bn. The company says that the boost is driven by demand for memory products and chips used in mobile communications. Net losses have been cut back from 2002s EUR331mn to EUR40mn.
Swedens Linkoping University is to host a new national centre for research on organic and polymer electronics to develop plastic conducting materials for applications such as solar cells and light emission.
Intense Photonics has expanded its capability with an extra 95m2 of cleanroom space at its Scottish compound semiconductor fabrication facility. The new area is for additional optoelectronic life test, assembly and packaging development.
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.