Markets for microsystems will double over the next five years from $12 billion in 2004 to $25 billion in 2009, a CAGR of 16%, according to a market analysis on "MEMS and Microsystems III, 2005-2009", by NEXUS.
Active participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be key to rolling out the potential of nanotechnology in Europe, according to a report from the Nanoforum consortium covering regional, national and European levels for start-ups and SMEs specialising in nanotechnologies.
MEMS manufacturer Innovative Micro Technology (IMT) announced the formation of a division to develop new biosensor technologies using its advanced MEMS expertise. The Silicon Biosensor Division’s initial aim is to develop resonating beam sensors in partnership with Professor Scott Manalis of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
A Chinese company has placed a $3 million order for MEMS production equipment with SUSS MicroTec. The equipment order includes mask aligners, coater/developers, bonders and a probe system for new MEMS device development. The order was received in November and the machines are due for installation in Q2 2006.
ATDF, a technology R&D centre for the semiconductor industry, unveiled a suite of test products designed to help semiconductor manufacturers and equipment makers prepare for advanced technology generations.
Intel Corp. and STMicroelectronics have announced they will collaborate on the development of NOR-type flash memory products, a move that will bring a much-needed standardisation to the market, believes iSuppli Corp.
Toppan Photomasks, Inc. and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced an agreement to jointly develop advanced photomask technology supporting the production of high-performance integrated circuits at 65nm design rules and below.
Intel Corporation announced the establishment of a US$250 million venture capital fund to help stimulate technological innovation in India and drive continued growth of the country’s Information Technology (IT) industry.
For 2005, preliminary data, based on a report by The Information Network indicated ASML has retained the lead in revenues with a 53.2% share of the $4.8 billion market for new lithography tools sold, up from a 50.3% share in 2004. Nikon held a 31.3% share in 2005, up from 26.8% in 2004.
ASM International N.V. and Oxford Instruments have announced they have signed an agreement granting Oxford Instruments a license on ASM's patent portfolio relating to Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technology.
Entegris has announced it will close its manufacturing plant in Bad Rappenau, Germany, and will relocate the production of products made in that plant to other existing company sites in the U.S. and Asia.
Accelrys has announced that it will coordinate a GBP 1.8m (US$3.25m) project to deliver an innovative computational service that aims to speed research and development for organizations developing or applying novel materials.
Translucent Inc., the USA silicon electronics and photonics semiconductor subsidiary of Australian company Silex Systems has achieved a major milestone in its quest to develop advanced silicon-based photonics devices.
MKS Instruments has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire for approximately $70 million net of cash privately held Ion Systems, Inc. based in Berkeley, California, a leading provider of electrostatic management solutions to semiconductor, flat panel display, data storage and other high technology manufacturers.
Agilent Technologies has announced that it has acquired privately held Molecular Imaging Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of nanotechnology measurement tools. Financial details were not disclosed.