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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.
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
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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.
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.
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Wednesday 1st January 2003
Itemic AG have expanded out to the USA, itemic AG became itemic Corp as of October 2002.
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).
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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.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Corning IntelliSense has been awarded a $2mn grant from the US Department of Commerce's Advanced Technology Program (ATP) to develop embedded digital interface and control circuits for micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). The two-year programme will be funded with a total of $5.6mn.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
RF Micro Devices has agreed to buy Resonext Communications, a supplier of CMOS WLAN solutions for 802.11a and multi-band (802.11a/b/g) wireless networking platforms.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) and Luxell Technologies are in dispute over a license agreement. Luxell is seeking damages in excess of $25mn for breach of contract. CDT failed to make a scheduled payment, it is claimed. CDT signed an exclusive license agreement in November 2001 for Luxell's Black Layer technology for the global light emitting polymer (LEP) market (Bulletin 407, November 5, 2001), following earlier evaluation (Bulletin 383, May 21, 2001).
Wednesday 1st January 2003
In-Stat/MDR is looking to 18.1% growth in the world semiconductor market next year, according to reports on the Silicon Strategies web site. The 2002 increase is expected to be a marginal 0.1% to $139.1bn. The 2004 growth rate is forecast at 35% to $214.3bn with the 2005 market reaching $242.2bn. In May, In-Stat/MDR was expecting the market to decline 4-5% this year leading in to a 30.7% increase in 2003.
Wednesday 1st January 2003
Intel reports Q3 revenues at $6.5bn, comparable with last year's figure. Net income was $686mn, a 547% increase on 2001. The company expects Q4 revenues in the range $6.5-6.9bn. The other main PC processor maker AMD reports sales of $508mn in the quarter to September 29. Net losses were $254mn. The sales were 34% down on last year. Net losses in Q3 2001 were $187mn. AMD says that its Q3 sales were adversely impacted by measures taken to align its supply chain for PC products to customer demand.

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