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Thursday 6th February 2003
X-FAB has released a new technology for inertial sensors from its new micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) surface micromachining process on SOI wafer process generation.
Thursday 6th February 2003
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).
Thursday 6th February 2003
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).
Wednesday 5th February 2003
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.
Tuesday 4th February 2003
amsung Electronics has ordered a FabGuard sensor integration and analysis system from INFICON Holding worth $2.6mn.
Tuesday 4th February 2003
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.
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Tuesday 4th February 2003
TSMC reports net sales of TWD41.15bn in Q4 2002, compared with TWD33.13bn in Q4 2001. Net income was TWD2.55bn, down from Q4 2001s TWD4.51bn. Capacity utilisation was 61% against 50% in Q4 2001.
Tuesday 4th February 2003
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.
Tuesday 4th February 2003
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics put December 2002’s global sales of ICs at $12.5bn, closing the year at $140.7bn. December’s sales represent a 23.1% increase on December 2001.
Tuesday 4th February 2003
WAFERMAP is an award winning software package used to collect, edit, analyze and visualize measured physical parameters on semiconductor wafers. WAFERMAP can import data files from various metrology tools such as ellipsometers, thickness gauges and four point probes. The imported data can then be visualized or printed as line scans, contour plots, 2D or 3D plots or as a histogram. Several kinds of operations can be applied to the wafer maps such as rotation, shifting of the grid in the X or Y direction, or mirroring the data along the X or Y axis. A Sigma Filter allows for the elimination of sites that exceed a user-defined range (e.g. measurement errors). It is also possible to compare different sets of data by adding, subtracting or dividing entire wafer maps. Typical applications include map generation for manually operated metrology tools and standardized visualization for different automatic metrology equipment (e.g. different types of four point probes in the same fab). WAFERMAP allows users to work off-line and to analyze and edit metrology data outside of the clean room. Its the perfect solution for paperless fabs. Also, after your trial, if you purchase a license for this software and you are a Eurosemi Plus reader you will receive a discount! Click on the banner below to get your free download or find out more about WaferMap.
Tuesday 4th February 2003
Researchers at Caltech and Case Western Reserve University have developed nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS) with resonant frequencies greater than 1GHz (Nature, January 30).
Tuesday 4th February 2003
Infineon claims to be the first to install a compact discharge extreme ultraviolet (EUV) laboratory exposure system for photoresist development at a research facility in Erlangen, Germany.
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Tuesday 4th February 2003
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.
Tuesday 4th February 2003
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.
Tuesday 4th February 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 3500.
Tuesday 4th February 2003
A US federal appeal court has reversed rulings from a Virginia trial court against Rambus in its case against Infineon Technologies.
Monday 3rd February 2003
French microsystem supplier MEMSCAP announced a global reorganisation "in order to better adapt and react to the market evolution".
Monday 3rd February 2003
Taiwans National Central University (NCU) has reported successful operation of electrically pumped violet laser diodes, developed on their Aixtron AIX 200/4 RF deposition system.
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Monday 3rd February 2003
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.
Monday 3rd February 2003
Applied Materials expects its orders for Q1 2003 (ending January 26) to be below its target set at the companys Q4 earnings conference call on November 13, 2002.
Monday 3rd February 2003
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.
Friday 31st January 2003
Intergraph has filed a US patent infringement lawsuit against Texas Instruments with respect to its digital signal processors (DSPs).
Friday 31st January 2003
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.
Wednesday 29th January 2003
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.

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