Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 4 percent during the second quarter 2006 when compared to the first quarter 2006 areas shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.
A new approach to providing world-class operations-level services to fabless semiconductor start-ups, allowing innovators to concentrate on their system-level expertise, has been introduced by Siliconaire Inc.
SigmaTel, Inc. announced that its portable media system-on-chip (SoC) solution enabled Philips MP3 players to surpass the competition and take the lead in Germany and Chile, as the number 1 player in the quantity segment market according to Philips market research.
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), has named well-known semiconductor technology expert Dr. Jeffrey Welser as director for the consortium's Nanotechnology Research Initiative (NRI). Under his direction, aggressive research in nanoelectronics will be conducted in collaboration with U.S. federal and state government research agencies.
Regardless of the application (e.g., digital consumer, networking, mobile), System-on-Chip (SoC) plays an important role in allowing designers to integrate several CPUs, DSPs, caches, memory blocks, I/O controllers, and many more hardware blocks all on a single device.
Royal Philips Electronics announced that the company has signed an agreement with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), Silver Lake Partners and AlpInvest Partners NV (together referred to as "the consortium") through which the consortium will acquire an 80.1% stake in Philips' Semiconductors business, with Philips retaining a 19.9% stake in this business.
Infineon Technologies AG and its subsidiary Qimonda AG announced the conclusion of license agreements with Tessera Inc. Infineon, Qimonda and Tessera have also agreed to settle all outstanding litigation between them.
Excess stockpiles of PC microprocessors and core-logic chipsets caused surplus semiconductor inventories in the global electronics supply chain to rise more than expected in the second quarter, according to new data from iSuppli Corp.'s Semiconductor Inventory Tracker service.
A group of 15 leading European Semiconductor companies, Intellectual Property (IP) vendors, Electronic Design Automation (EDA) companies and academic institutions specialising in advanced silicon chip design announced that they are working jointly in the SPRINT Project to keep Europe at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) development. The project will develop new methodologies and standards to enable efficient reuse and exchange of IP to speed up and reduce costs of SoC design. ; ;
Sandisk announced the appointment of Dr. Atsuyoshi Koike as president of SanDisk Limited (SDKK), the company's wholly-owned subsidiary in Japan. Dr. Koike's primary focus will be on technology and Fab operations at SanDisk's flash wafer development and manufacturing facility at Yokkaichi, where SanDisk has a strategic partnership with Toshiba.
Arrowhead Research Corporation announced that it will begin a collaboration with Dr. Andrew Rinzler to further develop flexible electronic devices made at the University of Florida. Arrowhead will have the first option to exclusively license and commercialize the technology.
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., and Renesas Technology Corp. announced that they have entered the full integration testing of a 45-nm SoC (system-on-chip) semiconductor manufacturing technology.
The Cre8Ventures initiative of Mentor Graphics announced that it has helped incubate start-up Mirics Semiconductor at its Fleet offices, where Mirics has now headquartered their engineering and sales/marketing teams.
Micron Technology, Inc. applauded the Federal Trade Commission's decision that Rambus, Inc., unlawfully monopolized the markets for four computer memory technologies incorporated into industry standards for memory computer chips.
MoSys, Inc. announced that it has completed the basic research and development work for porting MoSys' 1T-SRAM embedded memory technology to the advanced 65nm semiconductor technology node and has initiated macro design work in order to move these designs into high volume consumer SoC's.
Carl Zeiss SMT´s Nano Technology Systems division (Carl Zeiss NTS) and SII NanoTechnology Inc. (SIINT) jointly introduce the NVision 40, the latest member of the industry proven CrossBeam family of combined scanning electron and focused ion beam workstations. The NVision 40 is designed to meet even most ambitious demands in semiconductor, materials and life science applications. By combining the outstanding core technologies of GEMINI electron beam technology, focused ion beam (FIB) and gas injection system (GIS) technology of both market leaders, NVision 40 offers unprecedented product capabilities for cutting-edge nanoscopic imaging, structuring and analysis.
The European semiconductor market ends the second quarter up 1.4% compared to the same quarter of 2005. This result has been mainly driven by the solid growth for Flash memory products, particularly at the end of last year, and partly by a rebound in DRAM sales.