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Friday 6th December 2002
Texas Instruments topped rankings for wireless communication IC supply with forecast 2002 sales of $1.85bn, according to IC Insights.
Thursday 5th December 2002
Agility Communications, Alcatel Optronics and Bookham Technology announced a multi-source agreement (MSA) for tunable laser sources.
Thursday 5th December 2002
IC test system supplier Credence Systems has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire US company Optonics, a supplier of emission-based optical diagnostics and failure analysis (FA).
Thursday 5th December 2002
Tokyo Electron (TEL) has announced the production and delivery schedule for its next generation 300mm coater/developer, Clean Track Lithius, to begin shipments in January 2004.
Thursday 5th December 2002
IBM and Singapore foundry Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing have made a joint development and manufacturing agreement.
Wednesday 4th December 2002
DuPont Photomasks European production facilities in Rousset, France and Hamburg, Germany, are to be "consolidated" into the companys site Corbeil, France, in a cost cutting effort.
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Tuesday 3rd December 2002
Singapore foundry Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing reports improved expectations in Q4. Revenues, shipments and fab utilisation levels are all set to be higher than previous guidance (October 25, 2002) suggested.
Tuesday 3rd December 2002
Toshiba and Sony are claiming the worlds first 65nm CMOS process technology for embedded DRAM system LSI (large scale integration) chips.
Monday 2nd December 2002
Researchers from France and the Netherlands have found that multiwalled carbon nanotubes can have a "reduced brightness" ten times larger than state-of-the-art electron sources for microscope systems (Nature, November 28, 2002).
Monday 2nd December 2002
Germanys Institut fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz (IMM) has applied for a patent on miniaturised analysis system for the detection of TNT (2,4,6-trinitrotoluene) in environmental samples. The system provides for a fast on-site analysis of TNT, its decomposition products (metabolites) and pesticides in water and soil.
Monday 2nd December 2002
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Monday 2nd December 2002
Swedish mask writing tool producer Micronic has withdrawn its forecast for 2002 and is to reduce costs. The company says that a weak semiconductor market continues to affect its customers. Micronic has been notified of a further push out in the shipment of the companys second Sigma system, planned for delivery in Q4, 2002.
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Saturday 30th November 2002
Infineon has ordered a 200mm laser dicing system (LDS 200A) from Swiss company Synova.
Friday 29th November 2002
The World Semiconductor Trade Statisitics (WSTS) organisation reports global IC sales at $12.5bn in October, up 20% on the previous year.
Thursday 28th November 2002
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Thursday 28th November 2002
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Thursday 28th November 2002
SEMI reports a preliminary book-to-bill ratio for the North American semiconductor equipment industry of 0.73 in October, based on $766mn in orders and billings of $1.05bn. These figures represent growths of 19% and 18% on 2001, respectively. The book-to-bill was 0.80 in September and 1.02 in August.
Thursday 28th November 2002
Christ Water Technology Group (CWT) is to deliver a high-performance ultrapure water system to mainland China. This unit will produce 270m3/hour of ultrapure water for semiconductor production. The value of the order is a two-digit million-dollar figure Spectrian has agreed to pay Cree Microwave $5mn in exchange for the termination of a December 2000 purchase and supply agreement that was scheduled to expire in June 2003. Akrion has received a repeat order for a $2mn GAMA advanced front-end-of-line (AFeOL) cleaning tool to be installed at a European facility. The customer will use the new GAMA in the production of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). The wet station uses a patented DIO3 (high concentration ozonated DI water) organic cleaning tank. Motorola is to use Optonics EmiScope-I diagnostic solution for node level timing measurement of flip-chip and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) devices. EmiScope-I is currently in production in two Motorola diagnostic facilities. EmiScope provides a multi-GHz bandwidth and highly accurate, extendible diagnostic platform to measure switching (timing) events through photon emission measurement.
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Thursday 28th November 2002
The North American MEMS Industry Group (MIG) and Europes NEXUS (Grenoble, France) have entered into a partnership to foster greater development and commercialisation of microsystem technology in Europe and North America.
Thursday 28th November 2002
Trikon Technologies has produced a new module for a high rate, anisotropic, deep silicon etch processes for the fabrication of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). The etch process was developed by Germanys Robert Bosch.
Thursday 28th November 2002
National Semiconductor began construction of its first semiconductor assembly and test facility in China with groundbreaking ceremonies at the Suzhou Industrial Park, 80km from Shanghai. The new plant will include three buildings with 51,800m2 of total floor space. It is expected to begin operations with about 500 employees in 2004.
Thursday 28th November 2002
Automated test equipment supplier Credence Systems has sold its subsidiary, Dimensions Consulting (DCI) - a provider of high-performance ATE board designs and test socket systems
Wednesday 27th November 2002
STMicroelectronics says it has started production of one of the most complex system-on-chip (SoC) devices ever built for a scientific experiment. The "ALTRO" chip was jointly developed at the CERN particle research centre in Switzerland by ST and the ALICE experimental collaboration.
Wednesday 27th November 2002
The European Space Agency has charged Alcatel with the task of exploring an "integrated optics" solution for the "Ground-based European Nulling Interferometer Experiment" (GENIE).

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