Following plunging prices and mounting losses among suppliers in the fourth quarter of 2005, conditions in the DRAM market are likely to take a slight turn for the better in the first quarter of 2006, iSuppli Corp. predicts.
The global semiconductor industry could save nearly $500 million per year in energy costs—or enough electricity to power a small city—by making modest improvements to its tools and facility support systems, according to a study by the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI).
Cemtrex Inc. announced that it is currently involved in developing a small-scale 10MW captive renewable electricity project that is based on biomass fuel for abatement of carbon dioxide and reduction of greenhouse gases in northern India.
ARM announced that Circuits-Multi-Projects (CMP) has licensed the ARM RealView CREATE family of Electronic System Level (ESL) tools to drive advanced SoC projects in universities and research laboratories across Europe, Turkey, Egypt and Israel.
Markets for microsystems will double over the next five years from $12 billion in 2004 to $25 billion in 2009, a CAGR of 16%, according to a market analysis on "MEMS and Microsystems III, 2005-2009", by NEXUS.
Active participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be key to rolling out the potential of nanotechnology in Europe, according to a report from the Nanoforum consortium covering regional, national and European levels for start-ups and SMEs specialising in nanotechnologies.
MEMS manufacturer Innovative Micro Technology (IMT) announced the formation of a division to develop new biosensor technologies using its advanced MEMS expertise. The Silicon Biosensor Division’s initial aim is to develop resonating beam sensors in partnership with Professor Scott Manalis of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
A Chinese company has placed a $3 million order for MEMS production equipment with SUSS MicroTec. The equipment order includes mask aligners, coater/developers, bonders and a probe system for new MEMS device development. The order was received in November and the machines are due for installation in Q2 2006.
ATDF, a technology R&D centre for the semiconductor industry, unveiled a suite of test products designed to help semiconductor manufacturers and equipment makers prepare for advanced technology generations.
Intel Corp. and STMicroelectronics have announced they will collaborate on the development of NOR-type flash memory products, a move that will bring a much-needed standardisation to the market, believes iSuppli Corp.
Toppan Photomasks, Inc. and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced an agreement to jointly develop advanced photomask technology supporting the production of high-performance integrated circuits at 65nm design rules and below.
Intel Corporation announced the establishment of a US$250 million venture capital fund to help stimulate technological innovation in India and drive continued growth of the country’s Information Technology (IT) industry.
For 2005, preliminary data, based on a report by The Information Network indicated ASML has retained the lead in revenues with a 53.2% share of the $4.8 billion market for new lithography tools sold, up from a 50.3% share in 2004. Nikon held a 31.3% share in 2005, up from 26.8% in 2004.
ASM International N.V. and Oxford Instruments have announced they have signed an agreement granting Oxford Instruments a license on ASM's patent portfolio relating to Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technology.
Entegris has announced it will close its manufacturing plant in Bad Rappenau, Germany, and will relocate the production of products made in that plant to other existing company sites in the U.S. and Asia.