In press conferences at four cities around the world Texas Instruments (TI) announced a new digital video platform that they hope create a flurry of new products using digital video technology. Unlike past economic growth spurts there is no killer application on the horizon and the semiconductor industry is looking for activities that will increase consumer spending in electronics.
Intellectual property (IP) is becoming increasingly essential in the design and development of semiconductors, a phenomenon that will cause the IP market to grow to more than $2 billion in size by 2009, market analyst iSuppli predicts.
Record-breaking growth in consumer electronics products such as cellular phones, cordless phones, headsets and headphones gave the MEMs microphones and speakers market a huge boost in 2004, according to market analyst The Information Network.
Nanometrics Incorporated, a supplier of advanced integrated and standalone metrology equipment for the semiconductor industry, today announced that it has received notice of a patent infringement lawsuit brought by KLA-Tencor.
Intel has filed its response to a lawsuit recently initiated by AMD regarding Intel's business practices. In the response, Intel refutes AMD's claims and states that its business practices are both fair and lawful.
In what should be a wake up call to European industry and government, two USA national nanoelectronics groups have announced a nationwide research programme to ensure the USA develops a strong nanotechnology industry.
GE Global Research, the centralized research organization of the General Electric Company, has announced the development of an ideal carbon nanotube diode that operates at the "theoretical limit," or best possible performance.
Sales of semiconductors (three-month running average) declined slightly in June to $18.0 billion, a sequential fall of 0.5% from the $18.1 billion reported in May, according to the latest World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS).
German chip maker Infineon has fallen three positions in market analyst IC Insight's ranking of leading semiconductor companies for the first half of 2005. Intel remains by far the largest company while Freescale, which ranked 11th in the fullyear 2004 listing, has entered the top ten, moving into ninth position in 1H05.
Engineers from US research consortium Sematech have developed an innovative poresealing technique that appears to prevent metal and precursor penetration into low-k dielectric materials, easing the introduction of low-k at the 45nm technology node.
According to a report on the BBC the European Union and its members are falling behind the rest of the world in investment for science and technology. The declining state of science and technology investment in the European Union is outlined by new statistics.
German firm SUSS MicroTec has introduced the world's first and only non-contact probe system. Using a patented technique, the probe acquires signals from the smallest features without loading the circuit under test. The SUSS system does not rely on optical emissions for acquisition and supplies both voltage and timing information.
Magma Design Automation Inc announced that the Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Centre (STARC) of Japan has chosen Magma's Quartz SSTA statistical static timing analysis and optimization software for its process-friendly design flow methodology project for 65- and 45-nanometer (nm) and smaller geometries. Quartz SSTA is part of the variation-aware design methodology that's currently under development and slated for early 2007 release. After a detailed investigation, STARC has chosen Magma software for their evaluation project because of its comprehensive approach to statistical static timing analysis and optimization, demonstrated accuracy and fast turnaround time.