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.
New consumer product applications, medical devices, security systems, and never-ending growth in automotive electronics are expanding the market for semiconductor sensors and actuator devices at about twice the growth rate of IC sales, according to IC Insights’ 2007 Optoelectronics, Sensors, and Discretes (O-S-D) Report.
Clear Shape Technologies and Lightspeed Logic have announced a partnership to combine their design, manufacturing, and EDA methodologies to reduce litho-related variability and stress-related variability in mask reconfigurable IP at the 65nm and 45nm process nodes.
After moving through computer and communications-driven phases, the global semiconductor industry has been experiencing relatively balanced growth over the past few years, a condition that is expected to continue, reports In-Stat.