The semiconductor industry appears to be moving toward a mild slowdown period later this year and into 2007 after seeing abnormally high growth rates in IC unit-volume shipments since the third quarter of 2005.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has confirmed the appointment of Mrs Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive of Investors in People UK (IIPUK) as the Institution's new Chief Executive. She is to be the IMechE's first female Chief Executive since its establishment in 1847.
project funded by the European Commission to promote the development of Extreme Ultra Violet Lithography (EUVL) in Europe, announces a significant breakthrough by three of the participants in the project, instruments manufacturer Focus GmbH and two German universities, Bielefeld and Mainz.
European semiconductor market data showed a positive trend in July, bringing sales up 4% compared to the same period last year. Figures for Microprocessors have started to grow again over June, after three months of consecutive decline.
In an effort to cut expenses, semiconductor manufacturers are minimizing metrology/inspection purchases in 2006, according to the report "Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control in VLSI Manufacturing", recently published by The Information Network.
Reflecting the growing opportunities for cross regional development India Semiconductor Association (ISA) and Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) organized a panel discussion on ‘Opportunities and areas of cooperation between Taiwan and India'. Leaders from the semiconductor industry of both countries shared insights on various areas of collaboration. The event was supported by the UK multinational ARM Embedded Technologies.
ASML has announced that it shipped two extreme ultraviolet (EUV) Alpha Demo Tools (ADT) to research and development customers. Shipments were possible after ASML achieved key lithography performance targets including full field scanning imaging and overlay.
Greenpeace has launched a 'Guide to Greener Electronics', which ranks companies on their use of harmful chemicals and electronic waste recycling. The guide will be used to create demand for toxic-free electronics which can be safely recycled, by informing consumers about company performance on these two issues. The scorecard ranks the 14 top mobile and PC producers and currently all fail to get a green ranking.