Toshiba Corporation (Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan) and SanDisk Corporation announced that, further to definitive agreements that the companies entered into in July 2006, construction has started of Fab 4, a 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fab, in Yokkaichi, in Mie Prefecture, Japan.
Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas, announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Tundra Semiconductor Corp. to promote, supply and support Tundra System Interconnect products throughout North America.
Dongbu Electronics announced that it has collaborated with Cadence Design Systems, Inc. to develop a high-voltage BCDMOS (Bipolar, CMOS, DMOS) Process Design Kit (PDK) to facilitate the processing of 60V chip designs at the 0.35-micron node.
JMAR Technologies, Inc. has received a $3.1 million award by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). This is the latest increment to be added to JMAR's current contract, valued at $17.5 million, to continue development of sub-100nm feature x-ray masks and next generation nanolithography.
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.