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Wednesday 1st January 2003
Deep UV laser producer Cymer is to build a new 24,000m2 manufacturing facility for high-volume production, including the recently unveiled XL Series line, as part of a new business strategy. The XL sources use a dual-gas-discharge-chamber Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA) architecture.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) has bought UK-based Opsys' business related to the intellectual property (IP), commercialisation and technology development of organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays. CDT receives ownership of all rights to Opsys' dendrimer OLED technology and assumes management of the commercial and technical development of Opsys' business. More than 25 highly-skilled scientists from Opsys have been added to CDT's staff.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
TriQuint Semiconductor is to buy a substantial portion of Agere Systems'optoelectronics business for $40mn in cash. The transaction includes products, technology and some facilities. The products include lasers, detectors, modulators, passive components, arrayed waveguide-based components, amplifiers, transmitters, receivers, transceivers, transponders, and MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems).
Wednesday 1st January 2003
French company Jobin Yvon has agree to buy the ellipsometry business line of Philips Analytical. The transaction includes metrology tools such as the table top PZ laser ellipsometer, which Philips had previously acquired from German company Plasmos. Also in the deal is the PQ Ruby thin film metrology platform. Jobin Yvon is a member of Japan's Horiba Group.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Israeli metrology company Nova Measuring Instruments is to consolidate its IM (Integrated Metrology) products into two major product divisions (Thin Films and Lithography). The workforce has been reduced by 14%. The company says that all investments in its new Integrated Process Control (IPC) products and solutions are continuing.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
SZ Testsysteme successfully finalised negotiations with its creditors. A court appointed administrator, Dr Michael Miersch, has a wide range of powers to continue negotiations with all business partners. As a result of its reorganisation and recapitalisation efforts, SZ Testsysteme may now resume production at full capacity, preserving the company and its employees' jobs.
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Wednesday 1st January 2003
Singapore foundry Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing is reducing its workforce by 300 people, about 7% of its total headcount. About 60% of those hit by the cutback will be manufacturing operators in Singapore. About 25 people in the company's operation outside of Singapore will lose their job. Spending on new equipment is to drop by 10%.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
The Silterra Malaysia foundry has purchased additional Brooks-PRI automation equipment as the result of a planned capacity expansion for its 200mm fab. This latest order from Silterra is for an expansion of its automated material handling System (AMHS), that includes wafer stockers, track and integration services. Brooks-PRI expects to begin equipment and services delivery in its Q2 2003.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector will be using Bede Scientific's D1 high resolution x-ray diffractometer. The tool will be used at Northrop Grumann's Advanced Materials and Semiconductor Device Technology Center in Maryland, USA. This instrument will be used primarily for the characterisation of GaN-based epitaxial structures for high-speed electronic devices. The instrument will incorporate Bede's latest version of its control and data acquisition software - Bede Control 2.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Israeli foundry Tower Semiconductor has ordered $45mn worth of equipment from Applied Materials. Tower plans to use the equipment for the production of 0.18micron and 0.13micron CMOS digital logic, mixed signal, flash memory and image sensor devices in its new Fab 2. The facility is expected to produce up to 33,000 200mm wafers per month and employ 1100 people. Tower's order includes multiple PVD (physical vapour deposition), RTP (rapid thermal processing), etch, HDP-CVD (high-density plasma chemical vapour deposition), WCVD (tungsten chemical vapour deposition), SACVD (sub-atmospheric chemical vapour deposition), wafer inspection and defect review systems.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
International SEMATECH (ISMT) and DuPont Photomasks have combined their intellectual property for producing test photomasks to be used in establishing leading edge technology nodes, under a recently signed cross-licensing agreement,
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Luxell Technologies has sold a Black Layer license agreement to Lite Array. Under the terms of the agreement, Lite Array has acquired a production licence to integrate Luxell's proprietary contrast enhancement technology in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) flat panel display products based on small molecule organic electroluminescent diode (SMOLED) technology. Lite Array will pay Luxell technology transfer fees and on-going royalties based on display sales to their customers. No other terms of the agreement were disclosed.
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Wednesday 1st January 2003
Philips Electronics says it has become one of the first companies to produce commercial quantities of highly complex system-on-chips (SoCs) using 0.12micron CMOS technology. The SoCs were produced at TSMC and Philips own facilities and feature multiple digital signal processors (DSPs) and almost 9Mbits of on-chip memory.
Thursday 19th December 2002
Infineon - Dresden 300mm plant are ramping up to produce 20,000 wafers per Month in 2003 from 4,000. They are going to require equipment. Intel - Lexlip Fab 24 300mm plant tool install restarted for Q3 03 - they will be buying in 1st half of next year $1.6 billion spend. STM / Philips / Motorola - Crolles 2 in Crolles France will spend between $200m and $400m to produce 4000 wafers per month. Communicant - Germany Have funding for 200mm fab, will be buying this year. Make sure they know you are coming and generate some pre-show leads... This year Europa is being held much earlier - April 1st to April 3rd so dont miss out on getting some exposure, for there is only one email newsletter people will be looking at! European Semiconductor will be the publication that most visitors will use to keep up with the important European events and we have several channels which will help you get the right exposure running up to Semicon Europa. Our weekly email newsletter Eurosemi PLUS has now established itself as Europes primary weekly news vehicle with over 6,000 ACTIVE subscribers. On a Weekly basis, companies such as Dupont, Applied Materials, Donaldson and many more regularly utilise our newsletter to meet both awareness and lead generation needs. CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A NEWSLETTER SPONSORSHIP OR MAGAZINE ADVERTISING QUOTE
Thursday 19th December 2002
ASML has complained to the European Commission, claiming that its competitors have "ganged up" to keep it out of the Japanese lithography market, according to a report in the Financial Times.
Thursday 19th December 2002
Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology (OIPT) announced three sales orders. The company delivered GaN LED production tools to two Taiwan companies - Epitech in June 2002 and to ITE Compound Semiconductor in October 2002. The European Business Team distribution company is to provide product distribution and service support to Sagitta, manufacturer of an electron microscope sample preparation system used for semiconductor yield enhancement, failure analysis, and process development. South Korean supplier of silicon and epitaxial wafers LG Siltron has ordered the first BedeScan x-ray topography tool worth $265,000 from Bede plc. Australian chemical supplier Silex Systems made an initial order for isotopically pure silicon-28 trichlorosilane from Isonics.
Thursday 19th December 2002
Two market research companies have released estimated rankings for the 2002 semiconductor market.
Thursday 19th December 2002
Nikon has joined the X Initiative and has already collaborated with other members to validate the X Architecture design-to-wafer supply chain at 130nm. Taiwan company WIN Semiconductors (WIN) and UK-based Roke Manor Research have made a "stategic alliance" combining GaAs processing and design capabilities to provide a complete solution from design to finished parts.
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Thursday 19th December 2002
SZ Testsysteme creditors have decided to shut the business down. A creditors committee is currently considering a continuation of the operational business by a rescue company. In this regard there are two offers.
Thursday 19th December 2002
Scientist from the Delft University of Technology have been working on coupling peptide nucleic acid (PNA) - a relative on DNA - to single walled carbon nanotubes/SWNTs (Nature, December 19/26, 2002).
Thursday 19th December 2002
Toshiba has decided "in principle" to build 300mm wafer production facilities. Production lines will be set up in two major Japanese facilities in Oita and Yokkaichi. The investment programme will extend over four years from 2003 and is expected to total JPY350bn.
Thursday 19th December 2002
The BOC Lienhwa joint venture in Taiwan has begun high purity ammonia production at its electronic materials plant for the semiconductor, liquid crystal display (LCD) and flat panel display (FPD) industries.
Thursday 19th December 2002
SEMI has calculated a preliminary book-to-bill ratio for North American semiconductor equipment makers of 0.79 in November 2002. The three-month average for orders were worth $779mn, a 39% improvement on 2001. Billings were at $991mn, up 21%.
Thursday 19th December 2002
TSMC is claiming the industrys first 25nm transistor to operate within the power and performance specifications outlined by the International

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