Matsushita Electric Industrial Co and IMEC, Europe’s leading independent microelectronics R&D centre, will collaborate on the development and implementation of high-k gate stacks for (sub)-65nm devices.
Wacker Siltronic’s 300 mm argon annealed wafers have been qualified at one of its customers production sites. Wacker Siltronic achieved the qualification of annealed wafers for a 300 mm volume production line.
SUSS MicroTec announced a key order for its 200mm Mask Aligner from Shipley Company. Shipley a supplier of photoresist to the advanced packaging market, chose SUSS MicroTecs Mask Aligner technology over alternative technologies due to its low cost of ownership and flexibility for processing wafers of different sizes and photo resist thickness.
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Arch Microelectronic Materials has been granted two US patents in the field
of chemical mechanical planarisation (CMP) slurries.
STMicroelectronics has filed a US lawsuit for patent infringement against
Thomson Derwent launched a micro/nano-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS &
NEMS) Industry and Technology Patents profile (ITP) service.
Infineon Technologies reports Q4 revenues at EUR1.38bn, up 28% year-on-year.
Net losses come in at EUR506mn, compared with a EUR523mn loss in 2001.
Aixtrons Q3 sales were EUR35.3mn, compared with EUR69.1 in 2001. Net income
was EUR4.6mn, compared with 2001s EUR10.6mn.
Excimer laser producer Lambda Physik reports sales of EUR98.5mn in the year
ended September 30, 2002.
The US Semiconductor Industry Association has issued its 2002-2005 forecast.
Growth this year of about 1.8% is expected to be followed by 19.8% in 2003
and 21.7% in 2004. In the latter year, sales are expected to surpass the
peak in 2000. In 2005, flat growth is expected leaving the industry with
global sales of $206bn.
DuPont completed acquisition of ChemFirst in a cash merger.
Axsys Technologies has sold substantially all of its fibre automation assets
to Palomar Technologies. Axsys discontinued its Automation Group activities
in Q3 2002.
Palomar Technologies intends to continue to operate the business and support
all ongoing customer relationships.
Daw Technologies has sold all of the assets of its Intelligent Enclosures
business unit to a group of former managers.
Philips Electronics plans phased closure of its Albuquerque fab in New
Mexico at the end of 2003.
Kulicke & Soffa Industries is "exploring options for certain of its non-core
Infineon Technologies launched a Secure Mobile Solutions (SMS) group on
November 1, 2002.
Materials handling system company Entegris is to close a facility making
fluid handling products for the semiconductor industry in California,
shifting production to Minnesota.
NEC Electronics Corporation has officially separated from NEC Corporation,
forming a wholly owned subsidiary.
IBM claims the worlds fastest silicon-based transistor operating at speeds
of 350GHz. The bipolar transistor uses a modified design and IBMs fifth
generation silicon germanium (SiGe) technology. IBMs new transistor
performs nearly 300% faster than todays production devices and is 65%
faster than previously reported silicon transistors.
STMicroelectronics claims that its new Page Flash offers the worlds most
advanced smartcard memory technology.
Epson Europe Electronics and Swedish Advanced Technology Systems (Swats) are
developing a smartcard with integrated display.
Philips Electronics is aiming at the market for the industrys highest-speed
Infineon Technologies is pushing "multi-threaded execution"
Texas Instruments has produced a 64Mbit ferroelectric RAM (FRAM) chip
US company SiidTech has signed a joint technology development agreement with
Japans Hitachi ULSI Systems to combine their respective semiconductor
The US Semiconductor Industry Association has issued its 2002-2005 forecast. Growth this year of about 1.8% is expected to be followed by 19.8% in 2003 and 21.7% in 2004. In the latter year, sales are expected to surpass the peak in 2000. In 2005, flat growth is expected, leaving the industry with global sales of $206bn.
STMicroelectronics claims that its new Page Flash offers the world’s most advanced smartcard memory technology. Page Flash aims to remove the need for EEPROM (electrically erasable programmable read-only memory) in high memory density smartcard chips.
Power management IC producer National Semiconductor and chipless intellectual property designer ARM want to jointly develop power efficient systems. The aim is to increase battery life in handheld devices in several stages from 25% up to 400%. The first phase of products will increase the efficiency of the digital baseband by 25-75%.
IBM claims the worlds fastest silicon-based transistor operating at speeds of 350GHz. The bipolar transistor uses a modified design and IBM’s fifth generation silicon germanium (SiGe) technology. IBMs new transistor performs nearly 300% faster than todays production devices, and is 65% faster than previously reported silicon transistors.
Applied Materials is to reduce its global work force by 1750 people or approximately 11% of its headcount. In August 2002, the company had about 16,000 workers. Employees were being notified starting November 5, 2002.
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.
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