IMEC, Europe's independent nanoelectronics research institute and Plextronics, a company specialising in printed solar, lighting and other organic electronics, signed an agreement to collaborate on materials and inks for organic solar cells.
SEMI has announced that SEMICON Europa will move to Dresden in Germany in 2009. SEMI has had difficulty in maintaining the level of exhibition the show once had and moved to Stuttgart only last year. One of the key factors for the move to Dresden appears to be the support of Dresden and Saxony. The details of the support were not revealed but both the City of Dresden and the State of Saxony are involved in the plan.
According to the World Fab Forecast report, recently released by SEMI, a projected decline in world semiconductor fab equipment spending of 20 percent is expected for 2008, but a rebound of over 20 percent in spending is expected in 2009, driven by over seventy fab projects. The August 2008 edition of the report lists 53 fab equipping projects and up to 21 construction projects for fabs in 2009.