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Thursday 14th April 2005
The dry etch market achieved a record growth rate of 89% in 2004, according to market analyst the Information Network, thanks to strong sales of tools by US firms Lam Research and Applied Materials.
Thursday 14th April 2005
The wireless networking segment will be a bright spot in an otherwise relatively flat 2005 chip market, according to a new report from market analyst IC Insights.
Wednesday 13th April 2005
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.
Friday 8th April 2005
Jerry Cuttini plans to make Aviza a major semiconductor tool player by merging the company with Welsh firm Trikon. Alex Kearns speaks to a chief executive officer with big ambitions.
Thursday 7th April 2005
Number one European chip maker Infineon Technologies has agreed to sell a "significant" part of its optical networking business to US company Exar Corporation for a cash sum.
Wednesday 6th April 2005
The threat of a recession in the integrated circuit (IC) industry is becoming increasingly remote, according to market analyst Advanced Forecasting.
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Wednesday 6th April 2005
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).
Tuesday 5th April 2005
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.
Monday 4th April 2005
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).
Monday 4th April 2005
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.
Monday 4th April 2005
Number two European chip maker STMicroelectronics has developed the technology to include as many as eight stacked memory chips in a singe 1.6mm high BGA package.
Friday 1st April 2005
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.
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Thursday 31st March 2005
German fabless semiconductor company Oasis SiliconSystems has been bought by US chip maker SMSC for US$94 million in cash stock.
Wednesday 30th March 2005
Demand for semiconductors for use in medical imaging is set to almost double over the next five years.
Tuesday 29th March 2005
Israel-based Tower Semiconductor is planning 70 job losses as part of a cost cutting plan.
Thursday 24th March 2005
Photomask revenues leapt by 18.7% in 2004, thanks to strong semiconductor sales and a weak dollar, according to new figures from market analyst The Information Network (TIN).
Thursday 24th March 2005
Taiwan-based TSMC remains by a long way the world's largest pure-play foundry, with 46% share of the market, twice that of its nearest competitor, fellow Taiwanese company UMC
Thursday 24th March 2005
Scottish chip maker Wolfson Microelectronics and US firm Cirrus Logic have announced that they have settled all outstanding litigation between the companies.
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Thursday 24th March 2005
Joint venture develops methods to reduce 90nm power consumption to the same levels as 130nm.
Thursday 24th March 2005
South Korean memory maker Hynix Semiconductor has agreed to reimburse the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) almost UK£37 million in relation to a failed semiconductor plant in Newport,Wales.
Thursday 24th March 2005
The fabless semiconductor sector enjoyed a bumper 2004, boosting revenues by 27% to US$33 billion, according to the latest figures from the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA).
Thursday 24th March 2005
The semiconductor industry is set to reduce its excess chip stockpile by 24% to US$780 million by the end of the first quarter of 2005, according to market analyst iSuppli.
Thursday 24th March 2005
US fabless giant Broadcom has completed the acquisition of Zeevo, a Santa Clara-based supplier of semiconductor solutions for Bluetooth wireless headset products.
Thursday 24th March 2005
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.

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