Rudolph Technologies announced receipt of a multiple-system order from a top-ten U.S. semiconductor manufacturer for its all-surface, advanced macro defect detection system. Each all-surface system consists of a frontside inspection module, a backside inspection module and the new E25 Wafer Edge Inspection System module. This integrated design allows customers to automatically detect, classify and correlate macro defects from the front, back and edge of semiconductor wafers for deposition, lithography, etch and CMP applications.
TMP and BASF announced that they have entered into a license and joint development agreement for copper and barrier CMP-slurries (CMP, Chemical Mechanical Planarization). Under the agreement, BASF will manufacture and distribute these slurries to customers based outside of Japan, who are within the key markets for semiconductor materials. Further developments of the licensed products will be performed jointly with TMP.
To further growth in the Asia-Pacific region, the electronics group of Henkel announced several strategic organisational changes designed to position the company as the region's top materials supplier and deliver advanced technology solutions to customers in what has become the geographic centre of choice for high-volume production applications.
In 2006, for the first time in history, the optoelectronics market is forecast to surpass the discrete semiconductor market and become the second largest market segment in the semiconductor industry behind integrated circuits.
Reutlingen – Bosch Sensortec, announced that the company has signed a distribution agreement with Japanese distributor Silicon Technology, under which Silicon Technology will actively market Bosch Sensortec sensor products to the Japanese consumer electronics industry.
SiTime, a privately held Silicon Valley startup, has announced the availability of engineering samples of its SiT1xxx fixed frequency and SiT8002 programmable oscillator families based on its proprietary MEMS First and EpiSeal CMOS compatible processes.
Winfried Kaiser of Carl Zeiss and Martin van den Brink of ASML were honored with the European SEMI Award for 2006 for their leadership in the development of photolithography technology and Sir Robin Saxby of ARM received the SEMI Special Services Award for his exemplary contributions to the European and worldwide processor design industry. The awards were presented during a reception at the Semicon Europa 2006 exposition last night.
The formation of the International Alliance of Nanotechnology Regions (IANRegions), a not for profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining a global network of nanotechnology hubs was announced today at Semicon Europa.
Recognising Brazil’s position as South America’s largest economy and its increasing importance as a technology leader, Intel Capital, the investment arm of Intel Corporation, has created a US$50 million venture capital fund to promote technology growth in Brazil.
Axcelis Technologies, Inc. announced the opening of a new Technology Centre in Beijing, China. The new operation complements Axcelis' extensive Asian infrastructure, including its China headquarters in Shanghai. The Technology Centre also gives customers located in the Beijing region complete access to Axcelis' market-leading equipment, services and support.
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.