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Friday 1st July 2005
US equipment behemoth Applied Materials has acquired single-wafer immersion technology and clean/dry intellectual property from SCP Global Technology. The technology provides Applied with an expanded range of advanced cleaning solutions.
Friday 1st July 2005
Germany-based semiconductor optics company Leica Microsystems has been bought by US giant Danaher Corporation from LM Investments for around euro 450 million.
Friday 1st July 2005
Dutch motion control expert Nyquist has unveiled plans to expand into the US market.
Wednesday 29th June 2005
European Semiconductor has an excellent track record of success with the companies that have received the annual European Semiconductor/Siltronic Start Up Award. In an industry with a fast turnover of companies, every winner has gone on to further success.
Monday 27th June 2005
Austrian wafer cleaning group SEZ has appointed Glenn Gale as vice president of the company's front-end-of-line (FEOL) cleaning programme.
Monday 27th June 2005
US chip maker Freescale Semiconductor has joined NANOCMOS, an integrated project funded by the European Commission's Information Society Technologies Programme.
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Monday 27th June 2005
US semiconductor tool giant Lam Research has appointed Stephen Newberry as its new chief executive officer. Newberry – who retains his former role as president of the company – replaces James Bagley.
Friday 24th June 2005
The European Commission has given US electronics services giant Avnet the go ahead to complete its acquisition of semiconductor distributor Memec.
Wednesday 22nd June 2005
Jack Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit, died yesterday in Dallas following a brief battle with cancer. He was 81.
Tuesday 21st June 2005
The Semiconductor Equipment Consortium for Advanced Packaging (SECAP) has announced that they will disband now that the consortium has successfully established 300 mm Wafer Level Packaging as a functional technology and full-volume production on the first installed wafer-bumping line is underway.
Tuesday 21st June 2005
Just one year after the inauguration of the Nanotec 300 research platform for the 45 and 32 nanometer microelectronics nodes, CEA Leti announced the successful completion of its first High K metal gate transistors on 300mm wafers.
Tuesday 21st June 2005
SEMI has released a report that shows the Chinese semiconductor market is increasing faster than the rest of the world with 300mm wafers already being tested well before predictions based on external restrictions placed upon the country's technological growth.
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Tuesday 21st June 2005
Cutthroat competition is spurring continued price erosion for NOR-type flash memory, resulting in a significant decline in market revenue this year, according to iSuppli Corp.
Tuesday 14th June 2005
Semiconductor research centre ATDF has been selected by Acorn Technologies to fabricate its proprietary, patented metal insulator source/drain transistor technology, called XMOS, for advanced integrated circuits.
Wednesday 8th June 2005
Applied Materials continued to strengthen its dominance of the semiconductor equipment market by increasing market share in 11 business sectors in 2004, according to market analyst The Information Network (TIN).
Wednesday 8th June 2005
SIA ups its forecast for 2005 from "essentially flat" to 6% growth
Wednesday 8th June 2005
Discrete products are projected to grow by 0.5 percent to $15.8 billion in 2005 and to $19.8 billion in 2008, a CAGR of 5.8 percent. Discrete components include power transistors and radio frequency (RF) transistors that are found in wireless consumer products.
Tuesday 7th June 2005
Infineon, STMicro and Philips suffer the biggest revenue declines of the top ten semiconductor makers
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Monday 6th June 2005
Thomas Limberger has been appointed chief executive officer of troubled semiconductor equipment maker Unaxis.
Monday 6th June 2005
Four major European retailers - Ahold, Carrefour, Metro Group and Tesco – have agreed to use a standard drawn up by the European Adoption Programme (EAP) for RFID tags for consumer goods.
Monday 6th June 2005
US-based ACM Research has developed an electro-chemical copper-planarisation process for oxidising tantalum (Ta) barrier layers used in copper low-k interconnect.
Friday 3rd June 2005
Number one European chip maker Infineon has sold its wearable electronics operations to Interactive Wear in a management buy-out.
Tuesday 31st May 2005
Worldwide sales of semiconductors declined slightly in April to US$18.2 billion, a fall of 1.2% from the $18.4 billion reported in March, according to the latest figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Thursday 26th May 2005
Troubled Israel-based pure-play foundry Tower Semiconductor slipped further into the red in the first quarter of 2005, reporting escalating losses of US$55.5 million on declining revenues of $23.2 million.

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