IC Insights has released its ranking of the top 25 worldwide semiconductor (ICs and OSDs — optoelectronics, sensors, and discretes) sales leaders for 2006. For the top 25 suppliers, it was clearly a year of the haves versus the have-nots.
In 2005, a shortfall of 5,000 metric tonnes (MT) of polysilicon used for making solar cells grew to 21,000 in 2006 and will mushroom to 71,000 MT in 2010, according to the report: Opportunities in The Solar Cell Market For Thin Film Technology, recently published by The Information Network.
Busak+Shamban operates as the global sales and marketing arm of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. To consolidate their brand strategy, Busak+Shamban is to change its name to Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, effective from April, 2007.
Following on the heels of major investments in the purchase of Linweld, and international helium assets from BOC, Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc., announced that its parent company, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC), is in the process of making additional investments in the United States.
Royal Philips Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd have jointly announced that the companies have agreed to a multi-phased plan to facilitate an orderly exit by Philips from its current shareholding in TSMC.
The future of 193 nm immersion (193i) lithography will be driven by the demonstration of a high-index lens material, invention of a third generation immersion fluid, and development of a high-index photoresist, SEMATECH-sponsored scientists reported at last week's SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium.
With the joint support of National Basic Research Program (973 Program), the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and CAS Knowledge Innovation Program between 04/2002 and 09/2006, a research team led by Prof. HAN Xiufeng from the CAS Institute of Physics has recently developed a demo device for a new type of MRAM.
Silicon Valley Technology Centre (SVTC) announced that it is now an independent company, having closed its previously announced purchase by two private equity firms. SVTC, formerly a business unit of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. was sold to Oak Hill Capital Partners and Tallwood Venture Capital.