According to data in IC Insights¹ 2007 edition of The McClean Report, A Complete Analysis and Forecast of the Integrated Circuit Industry, fabless IC suppliers secured 20% of worldwide IC sales in 2006, an increase from just under 10% of the total IC market in 2000.
The SEZ Group has reported another record year of sales and order figures for the business year 2006. Order intake increased by 39.3 percent to 407.7 million Swiss Francs (CHF) and surpassed CHF 400 million for the first time.
NXP Semiconductor, founded by Philips, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC) have announced they will strengthen their cooperation to include advanced R&D in CMOS process technologies as well as manufacturing partnership.
HP has unveiled research that could lead to the creation of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) up to eight times denser – while using less energy for a given computation – than those currently produced.
Ovonyx, Inc. and Qimonda have announced that they have entered into a long-term cross license agreement for discrete memory products using Ovonyx' and Qimonda's patents and intellectual property relating to Phase Change Random Access Memory (PCRAM) technology.
Magma Design Automation Inc. announced that the third and final patent at issue in its lawsuit with Synopsys Inc. has been accepted for re-examination after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) found substantial new questions of patentability as to all 54 of the patent's claims.
Hoku Materials, a division of Hoku Scientific, Inc. has announced it plans to build a $220 million polysilicon production plant in Pocatello with a payroll of 200 when the plant initiates operations. The City of Pocatello has reserved 450 acres of vacant land for Hoku's facilities and future expansion.
INFICON has been awarded a contract valued at USD 3 million from a major U.S. semiconductor equipment manufacturer for its UL5000 Helium Leak Detectors. Deliveries are expected to begin this quarter and will continue through 2010.
Evans Analytical Group LLC ("EAG"), announced that in the last two weeks of December, it has acquired five additional companies: Cascade Scientific Ltd. and Cascade Scientific GmbH (collectively "Cascade Scientific"); Nano Science Corporation ("Nano Science"); Shiva Technologies, Inc. and Shiva Technologies Europe SARL (collectively "Shiva Technologies"). EAG has also signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Shiva Technologies' affiliated lab in Bangalore, India.
Lucid Information Technologies has announced the completion of $12 million equity financing for its Series B Preferred Shares. Intel Capital led the round with the participation of its existing investors, Genesis Partners and Giza Venture Capital.