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.
Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. (ADT), and its collaborators received a $1.4-million Phase II program award from the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to advance next-generation broadband communication devices based on ADT's Ultrananocrystalline Diamond (UNCD.
Overcoming their initial market inertia, developers of micro electro-mechanical system (MEMS) microphones are aggressively focusing on establishing themselves in the cell phone markets, while simultaneously expanding in various other electronics markets.
Innovative nano-battery technology developed at Tel Aviv University for fast charge/discharge batteries could provide an alternative source of power for mobile devices, without the fire hazards associated with current lithium-based batteries.
Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation announced that it has received a purported acceleration notice from the trustee for Vitesse's $96.7 million aggregate principal amount of 1.5% Convertible Subordinated Debentures due 2024.