US-based Spansion - a flash maker owned jointly by AMD (60%) and Fujitsu (40%) - has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The move is widely seen as an attempt by AMD to offload the loss-making company.
Austrian wafer processing company SEZ Group has reported its results for the 2004 full year, with record consolidated net sales of 304.8 million Swiss Francs (CHF) – up from CHF 170.1 million in 2003 - and operating profit (EBIT) of CHF 37.8 million (2003: CHF 1.4 million loss).
Germany-based semiconductor equipment vendor SUSS MicroTec and Finnish research company VTT Microelectronics have developed what they claim is the world's first nanoimprint lithography system that can undertake both hot and cold wafer embossing.
Worldwide microchip sales fell 2% to US$18.1 billion in February compared with the previous month (US$18.4 billion) but were 15.8% higher than the same period last year (US$15.6 billion), according to the latest figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
European semiconductor sales amounted to US$3.403 billion in February, according to the latest World Semiconductor Trade Statistics. This is down 2.4% on the previous month but up 14.3% on the same period last year.
Number one chip maker Intel has announced that its Japanese subsidiary will comply with demands by the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) to stop using unfair sales practices to cajole PC makers into using only its microprocessors.
US companies Entegris and Mykrolis Corporation – two suppliers of products and services to the semiconductor industry – have agreed a "merger-of-equals” deal that will create a new company with a market value of around US$1.3 billion.