IC Insights' May update to The McClean Report describes the big shakeup in the 1Q07 top 20 semiconductor supplier ranking. The first quarter inventory correction in the IC industry helped cause a great deal of movement up and down the list in 1Q07 as compared to the full-year 2006 rankings.
Brewer Science has joined the EMC-3D international consortium of equipment providers, materials companies and researchers to address complex integration of Thru-Silicon-Via (TSV) 3D chip interconnects.
According to a report by Strategy Analytics, the annual five year outlook for the Gallium Arsenide microelectronics industry, "GaAs Industry Forecast: 2006-2011," foretells that this market will enjoy a CAAGR of 12 percent, growing from $3 billion in 2006 to over $5 billion by 2011.
IBM has announced, what they claim to be as the first-ever application of a breakthrough self-assembling nanotechnology to conventional chip manufacturing, borrowing a process from nature to build the next generation computer chips.
Preliminary results indicate that the NOR-type flash memory market experienced a disappointing first quarter, with sales declining by a larger margin than can be attributed to the normal seasonal slowdown, according to iSuppli Corp.
HP has announced that it is beginning to reap returns from its 10-year investment in nanoscale electronics with the licensing of technology that could enable the fabrication of semiconductor chips significantly more powerful than those available today.
Semiconductor metrology equipment manufacturer Jordan Valley Semiconductors has announced they have sold, installed and qualified multiple units of their JVX 6200 system to leading memory manufacturers for wafer-level packaging applications.
ST Microelectronics has placed an order for an NIL R&D system to be used in their FTM / Advanced R&D – Post Silicon Technology (PST) unit for development purposes. Obducat has also produced stampers that are being used in this assessment project.
Over the past three years, there has been a sharp escalation in the development and marketing of edutainment toys aimed at toddlers, grade-school children, and more recently, at infants, reports In-Stat.
Skire has announced Samsung Texas Construction, Inc. (STCI) has used its Unifier solution to meet stringent turnaround requirements for critical design and construction documents that are essential for on-time project completion.
The March figures for semiconductor sales data have been better than expected. The European market did especially well with 4.8% increase on a year over year base and in comparison with the other regions.
Samsung Electronics has announced plans to begin mass producing 16 gigabit (Gb) NAND flash, the highest capacity memory chip now available. The company said it will fabricate the devices in 51 nanometres (nm), one of the finest process technology to be used in memory mass production to date.
In efforts that can improve studies of biological objects and the construction of nanotech materials, researchers at the University of California-Berkeley have invented "optoelectronic tweezers," a new way of controlling nanometre-scale objects.