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Thursday 24th March 2005
World number one chip maker Intel has been granted a two week extension to a deadline to respond to allegations by Japan's Fair Trade Commission that it had violated the country's monopoly laws.
Thursday 24th March 2005
Scottish microdisplays maker MicroEmissive Displays (MED) has started manufacture of silicon wafers at world number two foundry United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC).
Thursday 24th March 2005
Number two memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor has put aside US$342 million to cover eventualities from a US investigation into alleged pricefixing in the industry.
Thursday 24th March 2005
The supervisory board of number two European chip maker STMicroelectronics has approved the appointment of Carlo Bozotti as president and chief executive officer for a three-year term.
Wednesday 23rd March 2005
Scottish semiconductor tools maker Simple Technical Solutions (STS) has clinched a deal with US equipment giant Novellus to provide new and refurbished Novellus PVD systems to chip makers.......
Wednesday 23rd March 2005
Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron and ASML have maintained their positions at the top of the semiconductor equipment industry, according to market analyst VLSI Research's table of the industry's leading tools manufacturers.
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Tuesday 22nd 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.
Monday 21st March 2005
Number one European chip maker Infineon Technologies and US memory maker Rambus have reached an agreement settling all claims between them and licensing the Rambus patent portfolio for use in Infineon products.
Monday 21st March 2005
The Silicon Design Chain - a joint venture between equipment maker Applied Materials, foundry TSMC, chip designer ARM and electronic design automation firm Cadence - has cut the power consumption of a 90nm test chip by 40% using pioneering design methods.
Friday 18th March 2005
World number one chip maker Intel has been granted a two week extension to a deadline to respond to allegations by Japan's Fair Trade Commission that it had violated the country's monopoly laws.
Wednesday 16th March 2005
Dr Klaus Weyer, chairman of German ASIC developer and manufacturer Elmos Semiconductors, has said that he expects the company to grow at a double-digit rate annually over coming years.
Wednesday 16th March 2005
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) – aka SIA America - is so concerned about the threat of Asia to the US’s dominance of the chip making industry that it is organising a conference on the issue.
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Tuesday 15th March 2005
Europe's Infineon is now officially the world's fourth largest chip maker, according to market analyst IC Insight's 2004 semiconductor company rankings. The German company's 29% growth in 2004 helped is jump up three places compared with 2003, leapfrogging Japan's Renesas (5th place) and Toshiba (7th) and rival European firm STMicroelectronics (6th).
Tuesday 15th March 2005
US thermal process and atomic layer deposition company Aviza Technologies has reached an agreement to merge with Welsh plasma etching and deposition firm Trikon Technologies.
Monday 14th March 2005
US semiconductor manufacturer Atmel has launched the second phase of expansion of its Smart Card integrated circuit design and test centre in East Kilbride, Scotland.
Monday 14th March 2005
Wafer processing equipment maker EV Group has won the Austrian Innovation Award 2004 for a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) production bonder it has developed.
Wednesday 9th March 2005
Broadcom – one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies – has opened a new design centre in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Wednesday 9th March 2005
Chinese foundry SMIC is reported to have sent a letter to the US Export-Import Bank last month threatening to purchase billions of dollars of manufacturing equipment from Japan rather than the USA.
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Wednesday 9th March 2005
Irish government caves in after European Union said it was likely to reject the aid as illegal
Wednesday 9th March 2005
Intel has hit back after the firm’s Japanese arm was warned by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) to stop allegedly offering incentives – such as discounts and kickbacks – to companies to buy its microprocessors.
Wednesday 9th March 2005
Worldwide microchip sales in January – usually a weak month for sales – beat most analysts’ expectations by hitting US$18.3 billion, according to the latest figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Wednesday 9th March 2005
The lithography market will remain flat in 2005 at around US$4.8 billion following "phenomenal" growth in 2004, according to market analyst The Information Network.
Wednesday 9th March 2005
A federal judge in the US has dismissed US memory chip maker Rambus's patent suit against number one European chip maker Infineon.
Wednesday 9th March 2005
US fabless chip maker Broadcom has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Zeevo, a privately-owned Santa Clara-based provider of semiconductor and software solutions for Bluetooth wireless headsets.

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