Kyocera Corporation have announced plans to expand its annual solar module manufacturing capacity to 500 megawatts (MW) by the end of March 2011 — more than double its current annual capacity of 240MW — in response to global demand. The company has secured supply contracts with silicon producers to ensure the steady increase in production capacity.
Aixtron announced that a new Thomas Swan 3x2" Close Coupled Showerhead (CCS) epitaxy reactor has successfully been installed at the University of Braunschweig, Institute of Semiconductor Technology, Braunschweig, Germany and is in operation.
Inventory adjustments now underway in the IC industry, severe pricing pressures in the flash memory and MPU product segments, and the recent start of a major DRAM price collapse have caused IC Insights to lower its expectations for full-year 2007 worldwide IC market growth from 7% to 2%.
Cavendish Kinetics announced that National Semiconductor Corporation is working with the company to qualify its Nanomech embedded non-volatile memory technology for National's key analogue and mixed signal processes.
Qimonda announced its cooperation with Advantest to develop a hardware set-up for GDDR5 (Graphics Double Data Rate 5) testing. The cooperation aims for a cost efficient high volume test solution for GDDR5 graphics DRAM (dynamic random access memory) devices.
Taiwan's Interior Minister has recognised Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, CMP Technologies Asia-Pacific Manufacturing and Technical Centre for its long-term commitment to the environment, as demonstrated by the design of this new facility.
Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics Co. and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. have signed an agreement whereby Cypress will license its 0.13um SONOS (Silicon Oxide Nitride Oxide Silicon) embedded nonvolatile memory (NVM) technology to Hua Hong NEC.
Carl Zeiss SMT has launched its new generation of e-beam mask repair systems, the MeRiT MG 45. Carl Zeiss SMT provides the mask repair system matching the advanced requirements for the 45nm design node.
Aviza Technology has announced that it has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,153,580 entitled "Low-k Dielectric Inorganic/Organic Hybrid Films and Method of Making" for organosilicon-based silicon-organic-carbon (SiOC) films targeted at intermetal dielectric films containing very low dielectric constant values. The patent was issued in December 2006.
In ceremonies at Sydney's Mascot Airport, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) launched the first RFID-tagged shipments from Australia into the Middle East that can be automatically tracked by interoperable RFID networks built for coalition forces by Savi Technology.
Technologists at Sematech have successfully detected and cleaned 10 nm particles from mask blanks for use in extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography - pushing the technology another significant step toward readiness for advanced manufacturing.
In an effort to develop environmentally progressive technologies for aerospace applications, Boeing researchers and industry partners throughout Europe plan to conduct experimental flight tests this year of a manned airplane powered only by a fuel cell and lightweight batteries.
After experiencing a larger-than-expected drop in surplus inventory at the end of the fourth quarter of 2006, excess semiconductor stockpiles in the global electronics supply chain continued to decline in the first quarter of 2007 due to previous production cuts by chip manufacturers, according to iSuppli Corp.