AMD announced that in June it began its first revenue shipments of AMD64 processors manufactured at Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing in Singapore. AMD and Chartered ramped 300mm production at Fab 7 in record time, hitting all major milestones and starting production at mature yields. Initial shipments out of Chartered consisted of microprocessors manufactured on 90nm process technology. The ramp of volume production at Chartered combined with recent announcements in Dresden shows that AMD will have the ability to intelligently scale and flex production in line with customer demand.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd will jointly construct and operate a 300 mm wafer fab. The JV, dubbed Siltronic Samsung Wafer Pte. Ltd., supports the growing market demand as the industry-wide shift to 300 mm fabrication rapidly increases.
Sofinnova Partners has led a €10.6 million financing in Accent, the STMicroelectronics and Cadence Design Systems joint venture company, and a global provider of microelectronics product design and realisation services as well as semiconductor IP licensing.
Soitec (Euronext Paris) unveiled its new expansion development strategy aimed at addressing the growing worldwide demand for SOI and other engineered substrates. To this end, the company reports it is expanding its existing production capacity base in France, while also augmenting its global industrial presence with a new production plant based in Singapore.
CMC Interconnect Technologies, continue to expand their capabilities for Ceramic Substrate, Module and Package Rework. With focus on complex and high dollar value ceramic products, "rework is the refurbishing of material " for reuse in production. Reworked ceramic substrates will meet the same quality standards and product reliability specifications as new incoming substrates, with a significantly lower material cost.
SUSS MicroTec announced that AZ Electronic Materials USA Corp has purchased a resist qualification modular cluster from SUSS MicroTec. It will be used to optimise the coat, bake, and develop performance of AZ's existing thin and thick resists, as well as for the evaluation of newly developed materials.
MEMSCAP (Euronext: MEMS) announces it has signed an agreement of sale of its Bernin manufacturing plant.The Company has concluded with SOITEC (Euronext : SOI) an agreement of sale of its Bernin manufacturing site for a net amount of 13 million euros, which includes the transfer of the existing site lease-back agreement. This sale would totally annul MEMSCAP financial liabilities (with a net cash over 10 million euros) and would enable the Company to increase its cash by more than 7 million.
Clearwire Corporation, announced a series of transactions with Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Intel Corporation, Motorola and Motorola Ventures to accelerate the development and deployment of portable and mobile WiMAX networks based on the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard. The transactions include Intel Capital's investment of $600 million as part of a $900 million private financing round and Motorola's acquisition of Clearwire's subsidiary NextNet Wireless. Motorola Ventures is also participating in the financing round.
GuideTechannounced the signing of ZMC Technologies Pte Ltd. in Singapore as their new Southeast Asia distributor to meet GuideTech's growing need for sales and support of the Femto 2000 and GT4000 CTIA family of integrated ATE solutions in Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and other parts of Southeast Asia.
KLA-Tencor Corp. announced that a Special Committee of the Company's Board of Directors has reached a preliminary conclusion that the actual measurement dates for financial accounting purposes of certain stock option grants issued in prior years likely differ from the recorded grant dates of such awards.
Ten manufacturers of thick film microcircuits have come together to form a new alliance that will provide engineers with a central resource of information on how to use this technology and maximise its benefits in custom electronics design.
Data released for May shows reassuring signs for the European market: year-on-year growth on a 3 month average basis has turned slightly positive when measured in dollars and the pace of the growth appears stronger when measured in Euro.
SMSC announced that it has launched a translated version of its website for the China market. Visitors may now access corporate, product and market information in Simplified Chinese through SMSC's Chinese domain.
Responding to the startling announcement of Intel's cellphone processor division sale to Marvell, the Handset Component Technologies Service of Strategy Analytics has released an analysis of the $600 million Intel-Marvell deal, "Intel Crashes Out of Cell Phone Business. Can Marvel Do Any Better?" This report highlights some of the problems that Intel faced during its seven years in the cellular processor industry, and how these issues could be resolved by new ownership.
Renesas Technology Corp. announced that it has decided to establish a new building in Ho Chi Minh City to expand its development and design capability for its Vietnam design subsidiary. Renesas Design Viet Nam Co., Ltd. (RVC) With the approval for an increase in capital by the Ho Chi Minh City Export Processing Zone Authority, Renesas will start the construction of the new building once a construction permit is issued. The operations in the new building will begin in September 2007.