US semiconductor equipment giant KLA-Tencor has waded into the battle to acquire Minnesota-based defect detection system maker August Technology with a bid that values the firm at US$11.50 in cash per share.
German chip maker Infineon Technologies and Japanese semiconductor firm Renesas Technology, the world's number one and two suppliers of microcontrollers for smart cards, have announced that they will offer a common software interface for their 32-bit families of smart card microcontrollers.
Swedish equipment maker Micronic Laser Systems has announced that a major Asian photomask supplier has placed a double order for one of the company's LRS15000 series laser pattern generator and one MMS15000 TFT-LCD photomask metrology system. Both tools are due to be delivered to the customer during this year.
The German arm of Agilent Technologies has unveiled what it claims is the world's first optical transmitter and receiver with an operating temperature range of -40C to +95C. The company says that the range is 10C greater than any rival device. Designed for use in automobile multimedia networks, the device also provides the highest optical link budget of 14.5dB, surpassing the 13dB limit of competing products.
Excess semiconductor inventories in the electronics supply chain declined significantly in the fourth quarter of 2004, marking the end of a nine-month run-up in surplus stockpiles and putting the industry on track to eliminate its chip overage in 2005, according to market analyst iSuppli.
South Korea-based Hynix Semiconductor - the world’s second largest DRAM supplier - has lost its legal bid to prevent US memory chip maker Rambus pursuing a lawsuit against it over alleged patent infringements.
STMicroelectronics - Europe’s second largest chip maker - has formed a new corporate executive committee to run the business once veteran president and chief executive officer Pasquale Pistorio retires in May this year.
Despite recent announcements to the contrary Finisar Corporation and Infineon Technologies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Finisar will acquire certain assets from Infineon's fibre optics business unit based in Berlin, Germany.