International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) announced invitation to suppliers to jointly engage in developing an Advanced Software Tester (AST), an emerging industry utility designed to validate the integration and automation capabilities of advanced factory equipment.
Novellus Systems, Inc., the productivity and technology leader in advanced process equipment for the global semiconductor industry, announced that it has donated a 200mm chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) tool to Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology is attracting tremendous interest across the world and research efforts are constantly growing. This technology has made exceptional advances in recent years and is now poised to transform radio frequency (RF).
Nanometrics Incorporated, supplier of advanced integrated and standalone metrology equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced its motion to stay in the patent litigation case brought by KLA-Tencor Corporation had been granted by Judge Jeffrey White in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Aviza Technology, Inc, a supplier of advanced semiconductor equipment and process technologies for the global semiconductor, compound semiconductor, nanotechnology and other related markets, announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell the property on which Aviza's worldwide headquarters and batch systems manufacturing facilities are currently located to KB HOME South Bay Inc. ("KBSB").
INEX announced the completion of the upgrade of their 100mm fabrication line to 150mm, plus the acquisition of additional 150mm equipment. This is accompanied by an increase of 400m2 to their existing cleanrooms, providing an overall capacity of 1,000m2.
Researchers in Europe expect to get a little closer to a working quantum computer through EuroSQIP, a four year integrated project that started in November 2005 with support from the European Commission.
SUSS MicroTec and Instrument Systems announced their partnership for developing a next-generation, high-throughput test system for LED devices at wafer level. It will enable manufacturers to test up to 70,000 LED dies per hour.
IC Insights has raised its 2006/2005 worldwide semiconductor industry capital spending forecast to +10%, up from its January 2006 released forecast of +4%. Figure 1 shows that total semiconductor industry capital spending is now forecast to be $50.4 billion in 2006, second only to the $60.3 billion spent in 2000.
Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc. has extended its global sales network with the appointment of sales representative firm, NovaPack Technologies, strengthening the company's European infrastructure.
Pushed by the scaling limits of silicon-based devices, SEMATECH engineers have launched a project to investigate alternative materials to Si in MOSFET channels, the critical pathways that allow electrical signals to flow across transistors.
Surface Technology Systems plc (STS) provider of plasma process technologies, announced that it has received multiple orders worth over £1million for its cluster tools from a leading supplier of components for wireless communications.
Essensium, a fabless provider of SoC ASICs (system-on-chip application-specific integrated circuits), announced that is has joined forces with Mind N.V., a provider of embedded Linux, eCos and DSP software integration services.
Cell phones have long been targeted as a major end-use application for MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) sensors, and accelerometers in particular, but widespread integration hinges on the development of device drivers, not the sensors themselves, according to Bourne Research.