Following a flat 2005, VLSI Research predicts a positive outlook for the semiconductor industry in 2006. IC revenues are expected to increase 8%, while equipment for ICs and flat-panel displays should grow 6% over 2005.
Bede X-ray Metrology, a global provider of X-ray metrology systems to the semiconductor industry, is pleased to announce that a major Asian semiconductor manufacturer has selected the BedeMetrix-F system for metrology on their leading-edge 65nm process.
Synova, pioneer of water jet-guided laser technology, announced the successful resolution of its patent infringement lawsuit against the bankruptcy estate of Prejet Prazisionstechnik AG, involving the company's one-time construction of prototype laser cutting machines.
Total revenues in the European pressure sensors and transmitters markets stood at US$1,484.8 million in 2005 and are set to reach US$2,069.6 million by 2012, according to market researchers at Frost & Sullivan.
A US$700,000 grant awarded to the University of Massachusetts Amherst by the US National Science Foundation will fund a Nano-Imprint Lithography laboratory to further research capabilities in nanoscale device manufacturing. Delivery and installation of the new equipment is expected by spring 2006.
Oxford nanoScience reports that developers of MRAM (magnetoresistive random access memory) in the Far East are taking a keen interest in the company’s Laser 3 Dimensional Atom Probe (3DAP) from to provide an accurate analysis method to show the atomic level structure in these complex devices.
Data for November 2005 shows a positive result for semiconductor sales in Europe (3.2% growth against +1.7% worldwide) according to a report by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organisation, the European Semiconductor Industry Association. (EECA-ESA) reports.
Following plunging prices and mounting losses among suppliers in the fourth quarter of 2005, conditions in the DRAM market are likely to take a slight turn for the better in the first quarter of 2006, iSuppli Corp. predicts.
The global semiconductor industry could save nearly $500 million per year in energy costs—or enough electricity to power a small city—by making modest improvements to its tools and facility support systems, according to a study by the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI).
Cemtrex Inc. announced that it is currently involved in developing a small-scale 10MW captive renewable electricity project that is based on biomass fuel for abatement of carbon dioxide and reduction of greenhouse gases in northern India.