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Wednesday 12th October 2005
A University of Colorado has developed the first computer-generated model of a tiny, waterwheel-like molecular rotor that has been harnessed to rotate in one direction at different speeds in response to changes in the strength of an electrical field applied from the outside.
Wednesday 12th October 2005
The MEMs silicon microphone market has become a hotbed of activity, spurred by record-breaking growth in consumer electronics products such as hearing aids, cellular phones, cordless phones, headsets, and headphones, according to a market analysis of acoustic products from The Information Network.
Wednesday 12th October 2005
Innovative Micro Technology (IMT) announced today that it has passed several key milestones and demonstrated integrated operations with its Rare Cell Purification System (RCPS), including sorting viable human cells at high speeds with greater than 95% purity.
Tuesday 11th October 2005
Research from Sematech and Rohm and Hass make key advance in use of low-k materials in semiconductors.
Tuesday 11th October 2005
Capital spending by semiconductor companies in 2005 is expected to remain at a similar level to the $45.7 invested in chip equipment in 2004, according to a new study of the world's 46 leading semiconductor makers by market analyst IC Insights.
Monday 10th October 2005
The public fabless semiconductor sector generated $9.3 billion in revenues in Q2 2005, which equates to 7.9 percent sequential growth and 4.2 percent growth compared with the same quarter the previous year.
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Monday 10th October 2005
Worldwide sales of semiconductors increased sharply in August to $18.6 billion, an increase of 3.2 percent from the $18.0 billion reported in July and an increase of 1.7 percent from the $18.3 billion reported in August 2004, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today.
Friday 7th October 2005
German chip maker Infineon Technologies and Russian firm Koncern Nauchny Centr (KNC) have agreed to co-operate in the field of chip packages for smart card applications.
Thursday 6th October 2005
UK research company Innos is participating in a collaborative project with Liverpool and Southampton universities that has demonstrated how high performance MOSFETs used in radio frequency applications can be manufactured at a low cost.
Wednesday 5th October 2005
California-based semiconductor services company Trio-Tech International has agreed to sell its facility in Dublin, Ireland for euro 8.85 million in cash.
Tuesday 4th October 2005
Semiconductor chip sales in Europe have increased in August, as a combined consequence of a weaker than average July and positive developments in some end use markets, notably PC and handsets.
Monday 3rd October 2005
Soitec Group and SEZ have announced they have initiated a joint development program (JDP) intended to speed the industrialization of next-generation strained silicon-on-insulator (sSOI) substrates.
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Friday 30th September 2005
A new sampling by IC Insights of first half 2005 actual capital spending outlays by 14 large semiconductor companies shows that five manufacturers spent less than 50 percent of their current budgets in the first six months of this year.
Friday 30th September 2005
A restructuring of Oxford Instruments Analytical has been announced to better reflect the group strategy set by the new CEO, Jonathan Flint, earlier this year. This strategy is “to be the leading provider of new generation tools and systems for the Physical Science and Bioscience sectors based on our ability to observe and manipulate matter at the smallest scale”.
Thursday 29th September 2005
AMD has announced three new models in the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor family while waiting to hear Intel's response to a recent challenge.
Thursday 29th September 2005
Two of the UK's, and the world's, leading engineering institutions, the IEE and the IIE, have announced that members of both organisations have voted to create a new Institution. The new Institution will be known as the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology), and will come into being in early 2006.
Thursday 29th September 2005
SEMATECH researchers have identified a dual damascene method for interconnect integration that could achieve an aggressive industry target for ultra lowk dielectric materials used in semiconductor manufacturing.
Wednesday 28th September 2005
The existing lithography mask standard of 4X magnification with 26 mm field size is expected to be resilient enough to take the semiconductor industry to the 32 nm half-pitch technology generation, leading equipment suppliers and manufacturers concluded at a recent lithography workshop.
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Tuesday 27th September 2005
Industry experts at the 2nd International Symposium on Immersion Lithography, held in Bruges, Belgium, from 12 to 15 September 2005 have concluded that 193nm immersion lithography is the technology for tomorrow and is on track for insertion into volume manufacturing, with good prospects for extendibility to subsequent and extendable for next generations.
Monday 26th September 2005
Replisaurus Technologies, the winner of the European Semiconductor Start Up Award has announced an increased resolution capabilities of the ECPR process.
Friday 23rd September 2005
According to a Frost and Sullivan report the rising number of participants and falling brand loyalty in the semiconductor marketplace are intensifying competition, thereby compelling participants to offer maximum differentiation with unique value-added products and services.
Thursday 22nd September 2005
Three years after the founding of a subsidiary in Shenzhen in 2002, Alphasem has relocated to larger premises in Suzhou.
Tuesday 20th September 2005
It remains too early to gauge the full effect of the shutdown of a New Orleans facility that produces a key chemical used in epitaxial-film deposition on silicon substrates.
Monday 19th September 2005
Infineon Technologies has announced that its revenues in VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) products grew at the rate of 300 percent from 2003 to 2004, much higher than the 70.2 percent average for the total market of 102 million US-Dollars (source: iSuppli 2005).

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