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.
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.
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.
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.