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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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
Wednesday 18th December 2002
European lithography company ASML announced a 22% reduction in a workforce of 6650 people. The companys lithography operation will lose 700 workers - 350 of these being based in the Netherlands.
Tuesday 17th December 2002
Infineon Technologies and independent memory module manufacturer Kingston Technology have signed a long-term agreement (LTA) and a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) concerning memory products.
Tuesday 17th December 2002
US display integrator Three-Five Systems gained the right to market German optical device producer OSRAM Opto Semiconductors’ organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays. Three-Five Systems will also provide design-engineering services to support the integration of OSRAMs technology into OEM products.
Monday 16th December 2002
Infineon Technologies has decided to sell its 30% share of the ProMOS Technologies DRAM joint venture with Mosel Vitelic. ProMOS has responded (December 16) by suing Infineon under Taiwan law for breach of fiduciary duty, other misconduct and the violation of company law, the criminal code and the securities and fair trade act. An Infineon spokesman was unwilling to comment on the ProMOS allegations given that his company had not been informed as yet by its lawyers of the legal action.
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Friday 13th December 2002
Alcatel Vacuum Technology is an acknowledged leader in vacuum pumps, helium leak detection and micromachining systems Designed and manufactured in Annecy (France), its products are distributed and supported worldwide through an international network that includes a whole host of experienced subsidiaries, distributors and agents. Alcatel Vacuum technology offers : Vacuum pumps : Rotary vane pumps - Turbomolecular and Molecular drag pumps - maglev turbopumps - Dry pumps – Integrated pump of use pump – Compact Dry Roughing Pumps – Plug and play tool pumping system - Vacuum gauges - Fitting and Flanges Helium leak detectors : Portable and console leak detectors - Dry leak detectors - Leak detectors systems Micro Machining Systems : ICP Plasma etching systems for MEMS Alcatel Vacuum Technology employs 900 people throughout the world, with 650 located in France and 250 abroad. The main application markets are the semiconductor industry, the analytical instrumentation, particle physics, the automotive industry and the research laboratories. Because of Alcatel’s unique abilities ,the company has become an essential player in all vacuum applications. In addition to the strength of unique, global product range, you will find a high level synergy that allows you to use of our products in combination to meet the requirements of almost any vacuum system. Click here for more information
Friday 13th 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 program will extend over four years from 2003 and is expected to total JPY350bn.
Friday 13th December 2002
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.
Friday 13th December 2002
iSuppli has released its estimated rankings for the 2002 semiconductor market. The top ten account for 48.3% of the market and the No.1 spot for 15.1%.
Friday 13th 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 12th December 2002
Alcatel Vacuum Technology is ramping up production of its compact 27 m3/h (16 cfm) dry pump to face increasing market demand.

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