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Monday 1st August 2005
Semico is predicting modest growth for the semiconductor industry based on tehir formulaic tools.
Saturday 30th July 2005
Ravenous demand from the photovoltaic sector is putting pressure on polysilicon producers...
Friday 29th July 2005
German firm SUSS MicroTec has introduced the world's first and only non-contact probe system. Using a patented technique, the probe acquires signals from the smallest features without loading the circuit under test. The SUSS system does not rely on optical emissions for acquisition and supplies both voltage and timing information.
Monday 25th July 2005
Magma Design Automation Inc announced that the Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Centre (STARC) of Japan has chosen Magma's Quartz SSTA statistical static timing analysis and optimization software for its process-friendly design flow methodology project for 65- and 45-nanometer (nm) and smaller geometries. Quartz SSTA is part of the variation-aware design methodology that's currently under development and slated for early 2007 release. After a detailed investigation, STARC has chosen Magma software for their evaluation project because of its comprehensive approach to statistical static timing analysis and optimization, demonstrated accuracy and fast turnaround time.
Friday 15th July 2005
European Commission officials raided Intel offices across Europe in the early hours of July 12 as part of an investigation into allegedly anti-competitive practices.
Friday 8th July 2005
Eurosemi is proud to announce the winners of the Eurosemi IC Industry Awards 2005. This industry-wide event has been a huge success in 2005 with over 4,500 votes recorded in the ten categories that were decided by the readers of Eurosemi.
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Thursday 7th July 2005
The vacuum subsystem market for semiconductors and related industries grew by 60% in 2004 to US$1.2 billion, according to new figures from market analyst VLSI.
Wednesday 6th July 2005
China's leading PC maker, Lenovo Group, is will become the world's ninth-largest OEM semiconductor buyer in 2005, with chip purchases of US$4.3 billion over the year, forecasts market analyst iSuppli.
Wednesday 6th July 2005
Copper resistivity will remain a challenge for the semiconductor industry, but chip designers are likely to use hierarchical design workarounds to modify the metal for linewidths at the 45nm technology node, according to attendees at a recent industry workshop sponsored by Sematech and Novellus Systems.
Tuesday 5th July 2005
The embedded control market – made up of devices comprising standard off the shelf microprocessors (MPUs) and microcontrollers (MCUs) - continues to outpace the overall semiconductor market, according to Semico Research.
Sunday 3rd July 2005
Sales of semiconductors fell more sharply in Europe than in any other region of the world during May, according to the latest figures from the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
Saturday 2nd July 2005
Worldwide sales of semiconductors declined slightly in May to US$18.05 billion, a fall of 0.5% from the $18.14 billion reported in April, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
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Friday 1st July 2005
US equipment behemoth Applied Materials has acquired single-wafer immersion technology and clean/dry intellectual property from SCP Global Technology. The technology provides Applied with an expanded range of advanced cleaning solutions.
Friday 1st July 2005
Germany-based semiconductor optics company Leica Microsystems has been bought by US giant Danaher Corporation from LM Investments for around euro 450 million.
Friday 1st July 2005
Dutch motion control expert Nyquist has unveiled plans to expand into the US market.
Wednesday 29th June 2005
European Semiconductor has an excellent track record of success with the companies that have received the annual European Semiconductor/Siltronic Start Up Award. In an industry with a fast turnover of companies, every winner has gone on to further success.
Monday 27th June 2005
Austrian wafer cleaning group SEZ has appointed Glenn Gale as vice president of the company's front-end-of-line (FEOL) cleaning programme.
Monday 27th June 2005
US chip maker Freescale Semiconductor has joined NANOCMOS, an integrated project funded by the European Commission's Information Society Technologies Programme.
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Monday 27th June 2005
US semiconductor tool giant Lam Research has appointed Stephen Newberry as its new chief executive officer. Newberry – who retains his former role as president of the company – replaces James Bagley.
Friday 24th June 2005
The European Commission has given US electronics services giant Avnet the go ahead to complete its acquisition of semiconductor distributor Memec.
Wednesday 22nd June 2005
Jack Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit, died yesterday in Dallas following a brief battle with cancer. He was 81.
Tuesday 21st June 2005
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.
Tuesday 21st June 2005
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.
Tuesday 21st June 2005
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.

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