ESIA’s President and CEO of STMicroelectronics Carlo Bozotti states that “the European semiconductor industry welcomes the multilteral agreement and applauds the key role the European authorities have played in making it a reality. Creating a zero tariff environment for multichip ICs is an important step towards ensuring that legislation keeps pace with technology and ensuring free trade for semiconductor products.”
Applied Materials, Inc. announced that Elpida Memory, Inc., a leading DRAM manufacturer, has selected the Applied Centura(R) AdvantEdge system in its recent fab investment cycle for all of its silicon etching applications, including next-generation high k and metal gate structures.
Design Chain Associates, LLC, announce the website dedicated to China’s new law entitled "Administration on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products", otherwise known as "China RoHS", is now live and active.
While IC demand will grow 32% in 2005 to $45 billion, internal IC production reached only $9 billion despite ongoing massive semiconductor fab construction, according to the report “Mainland China’s Semiconductor and Equipment Markets: A Complete Analysis Of The Technical, Economic, and Political Issues,” recently published by The Information Network , market research company.
More than 750 companies will display the latest semiconductor manufacturing technologies, photovoltaics, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanotechnology devices at the 30th annual SEMICON Europa exposition, which is set for 3-6 April at the Messe Muenchen International in Munich Germany.
International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) announced invitation to suppliers to jointly engage in developing an Advanced Software Tester (AST), an emerging industry utility designed to validate the integration and automation capabilities of advanced factory equipment.
Novellus Systems, Inc., the productivity and technology leader in advanced process equipment for the global semiconductor industry, announced that it has donated a 200mm chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) tool to Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology is attracting tremendous interest across the world and research efforts are constantly growing. This technology has made exceptional advances in recent years and is now poised to transform radio frequency (RF).
Nanometrics Incorporated, supplier of advanced integrated and standalone metrology equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced its motion to stay in the patent litigation case brought by KLA-Tencor Corporation had been granted by Judge Jeffrey White in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Aviza Technology, Inc, a supplier of advanced semiconductor equipment and process technologies for the global semiconductor, compound semiconductor, nanotechnology and other related markets, announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell the property on which Aviza's worldwide headquarters and batch systems manufacturing facilities are currently located to KB HOME South Bay Inc. ("KBSB").
INEX announced the completion of the upgrade of their 100mm fabrication line to 150mm, plus the acquisition of additional 150mm equipment. This is accompanied by an increase of 400m2 to their existing cleanrooms, providing an overall capacity of 1,000m2.
Researchers in Europe expect to get a little closer to a working quantum computer through EuroSQIP, a four year integrated project that started in November 2005 with support from the European Commission.
SUSS MicroTec and Instrument Systems announced their partnership for developing a next-generation, high-throughput test system for LED devices at wafer level. It will enable manufacturers to test up to 70,000 LED dies per hour.
IC Insights has raised its 2006/2005 worldwide semiconductor industry capital spending forecast to +10%, up from its January 2006 released forecast of +4%. Figure 1 shows that total semiconductor industry capital spending is now forecast to be $50.4 billion in 2006, second only to the $60.3 billion spent in 2000.
Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc. has extended its global sales network with the appointment of sales representative firm, NovaPack Technologies, strengthening the company's European infrastructure.