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Wednesday 11th May 2005
Dr Morris Chang, founder of the world's number one foundry, TSMC, has appointed Dr Rick Tsai as his successor as chief executive officer. Tsai – who is currently chief operating officer – will take up his new role on July 1.
Wednesday 11th May 2005
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.35 billion in the first quarter of 2005, according to trade body SEMI. This is a rise of 2.3% on the same period a year ago and 6.5% above the fourth quarter of 2004.
Wednesday 11th May 2005
German deposition equipment vendor Aixtron has reported a steep fall in revenues for the first quarter of 2005. Sales were down to euro 22.2 million from euro 50 million in the fourth quarter and euro 26.6 million in the same period last year.
Wednesday 11th May 2005
Electronic design automation giant Synopsys has finally completed the acquisition of its smaller rival Nassda Corporation, after a five month wait while the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) undertook an anti-trust review of the deal.
Tuesday 10th May 2005
US fabless chip maker Matrix Semiconductor has produced what it claims is the world’s smallest one-gigabit silicon memory chip.
Tuesday 10th May 2005
Fairchild Semiconductor has unveiled plans to expand its power design and application lab in Europe.
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Monday 9th May 2005
Digital signal processing chip firm Zoran Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Oren Semiconductor, an Israel-based fabless developer of demodulator ICs for high definition televisions.
Monday 9th May 2005
The mainland China semiconductor market will grow by 73% to US$45 billion annually by 2008, according to new figures from market analyst the International Data Corp.
Thursday 5th May 2005
NAND is set to overtake NOR and become the second-largest memory market after DRAM, according to Semico Research.
Thursday 5th May 2005
US chip maker and IT services company IBM is planning to trim its European workforce by around 10% after reporting weak first quarter results.
Wednesday 4th May 2005
The Dutch subsidiary of US firm Williams Advanced Materials (WAM) has acquired Ireland-based OMC Scientific Holdings.
Tuesday 3rd May 2005
The NOR flash market is set to return to growth in 2006 following a 7% decline in revenues in 2005, forecasts Semico Research.
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Monday 2nd May 2005
Due to weak demand and a slowdown in semiconductor manufacturing outsourcing activities, the pure-play semiconductor foundry industry in 2005 is expected to suffer a decline in revenue
Friday 29th April 2005
Europe's three main chip makers are the big losers in market analyst IC Insight's semiconductor supplier rankings for the first quarter of 2005.
Thursday 28th April 2005
The semiconductor equipment market will return to growth by mid-2006 and achieve double-digit expansion in 2007 and 2008, forecasts market analyst The Information Network.
Tuesday 26th April 2005
The worldwide electronics industry reduced inventories "dramatically" faster than expected in the first quarter of 2005, according to market analyst iSuppli
Monday 25th April 2005
Japanese photomask maker Toppan Printing has completed the acquisition of US rival DuPont Photomasks for US$650 million.
Friday 22nd April 2005
South Korean memory maker Hynix has agreed to pay out US$185 million in damages after admitting its involvement in an international plot to fix the price of DRAM memory chips.
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Thursday 21st April 2005
Worldwide semiconductor industry capital spending will fall by 5% in 2005, according to market analyst. IC Insights. This compares with a 10% reduction the company was predicting in January.
Thursday 21st April 2005
Russell Ellwanger has been appointed chief executive officer of troubled Israeli pure-play foundry Tower Semiconductor. He will assume his new position at the start of May.
Thursday 21st April 2005
SiRF technology - a US firm specialising in satellite location products - has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Swedish radio and mixed-signal chip maker Kisel Microelectronics.
Tuesday 19th April 2005
Number one chip maker Intel has exceeded analyst’s expectations for its first quarter of 2005, posting net income of US$2.2 billion on revenues of US$9.4 billion. Net income was up 25% year-on-year and 1% sequentially, while revenues grew 17% year-on-year and fell 2% sequentially.
Monday 18th April 2005
French silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer maker Soitec has announced record sales for both the fourth quarter and the 2004/2005 full year, thanks to an upsurge in demand for SOI.
Friday 15th April 2005
Scientists at Philips Research have developed an innovative phase-change memory that promises to match the speed, density, low voltage and low power consumption requirements of future deep sub-micron silicon chips. Unlike existing non-volatile memory technologies such as Flash, the performance of this new memory improves in virtually every respect the smaller you make it.

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