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Wednesday 1st January 2003
AMD and Fujitsu are discussing integration of their Flash memory operations, according to Financial Times. This would create a Flash operation larger than Intel's, the current world leader in the technology.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Tower Semiconductor will use New Vision Systems' ARGUS lithography advanced process control (APC) technology in the 200mm Fab 2. This facility will produce Flash memory and CMOS image sensor devices using several advanced methods, such as field stitching, which challenge conventional APC systems. ARGUS supports real-time monitoring and feedback control of high volume patterning processes.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Metron Technology and FSI International announced early termination of distribution agreements in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, with a closing date effective March 1, 2003. From that date, FSI will assume direct sales, service and applications support and logistics responsibilities for its surface conditioning and microlithography products in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Metron will continue to represent FSI products in Israel. m.FSI, a joint venture between FSI and Mitsui, will continue to represent FSI products in Japan.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
An Aixtron AIX 2400 MOCVD system in 8x75mm configuration is in operation at Seiko Epson for the production of GaInAsN materials. The company is researching long-wavelength lasers based on the technology.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
An agreement has been made between Taiwan's UMC foundry and IMEC's Europractice IC Service. The agreement offers access to UMC's Silicon Shuttle multi project wafer (MPW) platform for prototyping and production. Included are the most advanced technologies for low-volume production, such as 0.13micron CMOS logic and mixed-mode/RF, and low-cost prototyping.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Smartcard shipments to the US and Canada for H1 2002 were 31.2mn cards - more than double the same period last year - according to research announced at the Smart Card Alliance annual conference. The study was conducted by accounting and tax firm KPMG for the Smart Card Alliance. Of the total, microprocessor cards accounted for 25.0mn, up 87% from a year earlier. Memory card shipments jumped to 6.2mn, more than a threefold increase.
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Wednesday 1st January 2003
TSMC achieved 37.0% year-on-year growth to revenues of TWD12.755bn and UMC managed a 43.8% increase to TWD6.015bn.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
TSMC achieved 37.0% year-on-year growth to revenues of TWD12.755bn and UMC managed a 43.8% increase to TWD6.015bn.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Hynix Semiconductor Europe has received binding agreements from two UK distributors to cease and desist from importing and marketing counterfeit Hynix memory chips, The two distribution companies are called Rombyte and First Choice Components. Hynix Semiconductor Europe agreed to an out of court settlement with the two distributors. The companies will destroy any remaining stock and provide Hynix with full details of the suspected suppliers of the fake products.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
STMicroelectronics claims a US district court has ruled in its favor in connection with a patent infringement lawsuit filed against it by Power Mosfet Technologies in August 1999. The ruling finds that any product incorporating ST's MDmesh technology, including STMicroelectronics' family of MDmesh Power MOSFET devices, does not infringe the relevant US patent (No.5,216,275).
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Intel's Itanium-based products infringe two patents owned by Intergraph, according to a ruling from a US district court in Texas. The patents involved define key aspects of parallel instruction computing (PIC). The judge ruled that the patents are
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Taiwan foundry UMC has won a ruling against Taiwan's Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) in an investigation at the US International Trade Commission (ITC). The SiS is illegally manufacturing products using a patented UMC process, according to the ruling. A Limited Exclusion Order directs the US Customs Service to bar US entry of all SiS products made with the infringing process.
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Wednesday 1st January 2003
Corning has received a US patent for a calcium fluoride (CaF2) lens blank for 193nm and 157nm microlithography systems. The company says it can use the technique to produce blanks consisting of multiple adjoining abutting subgrains with low boundary angles.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
STMicroelectronics' back-end plant in Malta has received the Management Award for Sustainable Development. The award came as part of the European Awards for the Environment 2002, organised by the European Commission Directorate-General Environment. ST's Malta facility was one of three joint winners of the award.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
The latest compact, lightweight, high-flow pneumatic valve island on the market promises exceptional versatility coupled with user-friendly features, offering impressive new benefits for customers in the electronics sector and making it the envy of the industry.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
The area of each memory cell has been reduced to 0.16micron2 - a 50% size reduction from the previous generation. The on-chip peripheral CMOS circuitry has been optimised for the 1.8V power supply range used in mobile phones and other wireless applications.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Cosmetic company L’Oreal has turned to STMicroelectronics to help develop its “next-generation” in skin care. A L’Oreal research project is using ST’s TouchChip silicon image sensor technology to develop methods to provide hydration analysis of human skin.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Itemic AG have expanded out to the USA, itemic AG became itemic Corp as of October 2002.
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Wednesday 1st January 2003
Itemic AG Europe’s fast growing APC lithography specialist expands into the USA.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
John Wiley & Sons are pleased to announce our partnership with European Semiconductor website, bringing you information and exclusive offers on the latest titles in Electrical Engineering. We would like to offer you the chance to purchase any of the following titles at 15% off. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, simply choose your title, enter code BEX in the discount information field in the shopping cart and click submit to apply your discount.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
At their recent visit to the Semitool facility in Cambridge, UK, the board of directors and members of JEMI UK Ltd celebrated the organisations 10th anniversary. At a ceremony organised for the occasion Chris Walker JEMI UK’s current Chairman commented “The organisation has gone a long way since its inception 10 years ago and we should acknowledge the support which we have received by companies who have supported us along the way
Wednesday 1st January 2003
John Wiley & Sons are pleased to announce our partnership with European Semiconductor website, bringing you information and exclusive offers on the latest titles in Electrical Engineering. We would like to offer you the chance to purchase any of the following titles at 15% off. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, simply choose your title, enter code BEX in the discount information field in the shopping cart and click submit to apply your discount. To find out how to take advantage of the offer read more by clicking on the article title...
Wednesday 1st January 2003
A “Standard for Rechargeable Batteries for Portable Computers” is being developed under the auspices of the US Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Kopin claims record performance results for its advanced GAIN-HBT transistor wafers. The HBT transistors consist of an InGaP emitter layer and a GaAs collector layer, while the base layer is composed of four elements: Ga, As, In, and N. These devices enable lower voltage operation, higher DC and RF gain, and improved temperature stability compared to standard InGaP and AlGaAs HBTs.

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