After posting two consecutive years of strong growth, the semiconductor photomask market slowed in 2006, according to the report: Mask Making, Inspection, and Repair: Market Analysis and Strategic Issues, recently published by The Information Network.
Castle & Cooke, Inc. has announced that it has signed a contract through its subsidiary, Lana`i Sustainability Research, LLC, to build the largest solar photovoltaic farm in Hawai`i and the fourth largest in the United States.
Mentor Graphics Corporation and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, have announced that Mentor's design-for-manufacturing (DFM) and design-for-test (DFT) tools have been incorporated into TSMC Reference Flow 8.0.
The European semiconductor market declined 2.3% in April, compared to March, on a 3 month rolling average, in line with the worldwide trend. Data suggest negative developments in the average selling prices for some of the major product categories, such as DRAMS, microprocessors and logic chips.
Australia's nanotechnology industry is set to expand with the establishment of the $21.5 million National Nanotechnology Strategy, announced by Prime Minister John Howard and Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane as part of the Industry Statement.
The global semiconductor market is expected to grow 2.3 percent on an annualised basis to $253.5 billion in 2007, according to the spring 2007 forecast of the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS).