Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), and Saifun Semiconductors (SFUN) have announced that the two companies have signed an agreement whereby Saifun will acquire the IP and know-how of 90nm process technology.
Worldwide sales of semiconductors of $20.3 billion in May were 2.4 percent higher than the $19.8 billion reported for May of 2006, and 1.2 percent higher than the $20.0 billion reported for April 2007, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported.
Three of Silicon Valley's semiconductor service labs — Berkeley Consulting Services, Inc., FIB International, Inc., and Nano Measurements, Inc., have announced that they have entered into an agreement to merge the three firms simultaneously to form Nano Integrated Solutions, Inc.
Coming off its third consecutive record breaking year, the global semiconductor materials market is expected to grow over 10 percent in 2007, and is forecasted to grow another 10 percent in 2008 according to SEMI's latest materials forecast.
The consumer electronics market is one of the largest segments in the electronics industry in India. With a market size of USD$3.89 billion in 2006, catering to a population of more than 1 billion people, the consumer electronics industry in India is poised for strong growth in the years to come.
While many researchers are cutting their forecasts for 2007 semiconductor revenue growth to the 2 percent range, iSuppli Corp. is remaining optimistic, with a prediction of a healthy 6 percent increase this year.
Applied Materials, Inc. has announced that it has agreed to acquire HCT Shaping Systems (HCT), a Swiss supplier of precision wafering systems used principally in manufacturing crystalline silicon (c-Si) substrates for the solar industry.
Green Energy Technology Inc., (GET), has announced that it plans to become what is thought to be, the first company in Taiwan to manufacture thin film solar modules using ultra-large 5.7m2 glass panels.
According to The Information Network, 2007 will be a washout for semiconductor equipment revenue growth – but wait until 2008,We are currently tracking 17 new 300-mm fabs coming online in 2008 and 9 300mm fabs in 2007.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Has announced that it has begun mass producing 1.8-inch solid state drives (SSD) at 64GB (gigabytes) – thought to be the highest density SSD available today for mobile computing applications.