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.
Despite a growing number of competitors, Applied materials and Rohm and Haas share huge leads in the CMP equipment and materials sectors, respectively, according to the report CMP Technology: Competition, Products, Markets, recently published by The Information Network.
Intel Corporation and Micron Technology have announced they are sampling industry-leading 50 nanometre (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory manufactured by their NAND flash memory joint venture, IM Flash Technologies.
Corning Incorporated has announced that its board of directors has approved a capital expenditure plan of $129 million to further expand manufacturing capacity for large-size glass substrates for active matrix liquid crystal displays (LCD) at its Taichung, Taiwan manufacturing facility.
Sematech and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany have announced that International Sematech North ("ISMTN") has selected Veeco Instruments for an additional $2.4 million project that will provide critical research and development necessary to enable extreme ultraviolet ("EUV") lithography for advanced manufacturing.