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.
Pushed by the scaling limits of silicon-based devices, SEMATECH engineers have launched a project to investigate alternative materials to Si in MOSFET channels, the critical pathways that allow electrical signals to flow across transistors.
Surface Technology Systems plc (STS) provider of plasma process technologies, announced that it has received multiple orders worth over £1million for its cluster tools from a leading supplier of components for wireless communications.
Essensium, a fabless provider of SoC ASICs (system-on-chip application-specific integrated circuits), announced that is has joined forces with Mind N.V., a provider of embedded Linux, eCos and DSP software integration services.
Cell phones have long been targeted as a major end-use application for MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) sensors, and accelerometers in particular, but widespread integration hinges on the development of device drivers, not the sensors themselves, according to Bourne Research.
Xponent Photonics, technology innovator of FTTx optical components, announced that it has begun producing production volumes of Silicon Planar Lightwave Circuits (PLCs) at Innovative Micro Technology (IMT).
On the strength of its $26 million immersion tool, ASML maintained its lead in the $4.3 Billion Lithography Market, according to the report "Sub-100nm Lithography: Market Analysis and Strategic Issues," recently published by The Information Network.