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Thursday 26th January 2006
The global market for MEMS devices and production equipment was worth an estimated $5 billion in 2005. Forecasts predict an increase to $12.5 billion through 2010, an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of more than 20% According to the technical market research report, RGB-270R MEMS: A Roadmap to Technologies and Applications from Business Communications Co., Inc.
Thursday 26th January 2006
Cathode ray tubing has been a standard of display technology for many years. As display technology becomes more progressive, these displays are gradually being replaced with models that are more compact and consume less power. As displays become more and more advanced there are fewer reasons to continue to invest in cathode ray tube (CRT) displays.
Thursday 26th January 2006
DEK has set out a vision for the future that demands wafer level accuracy, six-sigma repeatability and first time print as fundamental capabilities for next generation screen printing in SMT and semiconductor assembly.
Thursday 26th January 2006
Applied Materials, Inc. and IMEC have announced a significant joint effort to develop 32nm and 22nm-node copper/low k interconnect processing technologies using a suite of Applied Materials' most advanced systems. The goal of the joint program is to address critical manufacturing challenges that chipmakers may face as they make the transition to future device generations, helping them to bring new products to market more rapidly while minimising risk
Thursday 26th January 2006
IBM, Sony Corporation and Toshiba have announced the commencement of a new, five-year phase of their joint technology development alliance. As part of this broad semiconductor research and development collaboration, the three companies will work together on fundamental research, related to advanced process technologies at 32 nanometers and beyond. The agreement will help enable the three companies to more rapidly investigate, identify and commercialise new technologies for consumer and other applications.
Thursday 26th January 2006
A company developing biotechnologies for coatings and artificial cells that may treat many health conditions is locating a laboratory at Central Michigan University. Initially, two researchers from Connecticut-based Artificial Cell Technologies Inc. will be located in CMU's Dow Science Complex. One ACT staff person has been at CMU since last summer.
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Thursday 26th January 2006
The Royal Society report, The long-term management of radioactive waste: the work of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, recommends that scientific and technical organisations should be involved with the exercise to assess the "weight" that should be given to different criteria being applied to CoRWM's short list of options for the disposal of radioactive waste
Thursday 26th January 2006
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars announced the release of a report by one of the country’s foremost authorities on environmental research and policy. Examining the strengths and weaknesses of the current regulatory framework for nanotechnology calling for a new approach to nanotechnology oversight.
Thursday 26th January 2006
Macrotron Scientific Engineering GmbH (MSE) announced the expansion of its Frontend division by offering thermal processing systems. MSE expand its Frontend division for semiconductor manufacturing and now offers a solution for rapid thermal processing (RTP) to the semiconductor industry.
Thursday 26th January 2006
Sense Holdings, Inca developer of next-generation biometric and explosive detection security technologies for government and commercial security markets, announced an important recent progress report under a research and development project with the U.S. government's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop a new line of handheld multipurpose explosive and chemical detection device products for the global homeland security marketplace.
Thursday 26th January 2006
Texas Instruments (TI) Incorporated announced it has finalised its previously announced acquisition of Chipcon, a leading company in the design of short-range, low-power wireless RF (radio frequency) transceiver devices. This acquisition will expand TI's high-performance analogue portfolio and will enable TI to provide customers with industry-leading ZigBee compliant solutions and a broad range of proprietary radio frequency integrated circuits that enable innovative low-power wireless applications.
Friday 20th January 2006
Infineon Technologies AG celebrated the official opening of its newest development centre in the Romanian capital Bucharest.
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Thursday 19th January 2006
Swiss-based company Alphasem’s has delivered news of its new Application & Training Center located in the industrial district of Penang.
Wednesday 18th January 2006
Fujitsu Limited announced that it will construct a new fab to mass-produce logic semiconductors employing leading-edge 65-nanometer (nm) process technology and 300 millimetre (mm) wafers.
Tuesday 17th January 2006
New figures published in a report by Soitec deliver good news all round for the SOI wafer market. Indicated by a 120% year on year sales growth.
Monday 16th January 2006
ASML announced a good outlook for 2006 in its 2005 annual and fourth quarter earnings results.
Sunday 15th January 2006
A recent fourth quarter report compiled by Intel shows sales are down, indicated by a revenue review below the company’s updated expectations of $10.4 billion to $10.6 billion.
Saturday 14th January 2006
IMEC announced the extension of its Europractice IC Service with the offering of UMC’s 90nm process technology.
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Friday 13th January 2006
Following a flat 2005, VLSI Research predicts a positive outlook for the semiconductor industry in 2006. IC revenues are expected to increase 8%, while equipment for ICs and flat-panel displays should grow 6% over 2005.
Thursday 12th January 2006
The Centre for Integrated Photonics has developed a reflective semiconductor optical amplifier offering highly optimised performance for WDM passive optical network (PON) applications.
Wednesday 11th January 2006
Bede X-ray Metrology, a global provider of X-ray metrology systems to the semiconductor industry, is pleased to announce that a major Asian semiconductor manufacturer has selected the BedeMetrix-F system for metrology on their leading-edge 65nm process.
Tuesday 10th January 2006
ASM International N.V. announced that it has sold a 300 mm epitaxial reactor into Mainland China.
Monday 9th January 2006
Synova, pioneer of water jet-guided laser technology, announced the successful resolution of its patent infringement lawsuit against the bankruptcy estate of Prejet Prazisionstechnik AG, involving the company's one-time construction of prototype laser cutting machines.
Sunday 8th January 2006
Avago Technologies has announced it has now started operations as a privately held independent semiconductor company.

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