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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Strong demand for semiconductors is keeping the chemical and material market in high gear, according to the report "Chemicals And Materials For Sub-100nm IC Manufacturing," recently published by The Information Network