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Wednesday 19th October 2005
Semiconductor manufacturing productivity and the resulting technological progress are being threatened by a gap in funding for research and development (R&D), according to a industry survey and white paper commissioned by SEMI and developed by Infrastructure Advisors. If current technology and economic trends continue, the funding gap could exceed $9 billion by 2010, according to the report.
Tuesday 18th October 2005
AMD has opened its latest 300mm wafer fab in Dresden in a ceremony attended by Semiconductor leaders and the cream of Germany's political world, demonstrating the strong relationship the company has with the Saxony region.
Monday 17th October 2005
STMicroelectronics has unveiled plans for a launch venture to cover operations in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Friday 14th October 2005
iSuppli Corp. has boosted its growth forecast for PC unit shipments in 2005 to 10.3 percent, up from 8.2 percent previously, as stellar first-half sales and soaring demand for mobile computers have brightened market prospects.
Thursday 13th October 2005
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. nearly doubled its sales of consumer-electronics oriented semiconductors in 2004, using its broad chip portfolio to vault into the market's top ranks, according to iSuppli Corp.
Wednesday 12th October 2005
STMicroelectronics semiconductor manufacturers unveil the first details of a breakthrough technology allowing capacitors to be intergrated.
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Wednesday 12th October 2005
Dimatix has introduced a cartridge-based materials printer, the DMP (Dimatix Materials Printer) system to the European market.
Wednesday 12th October 2005
A University of Colorado has developed the first computer-generated model of a tiny, waterwheel-like molecular rotor that has been harnessed to rotate in one direction at different speeds in response to changes in the strength of an electrical field applied from the outside.
Wednesday 12th October 2005
The MEMs silicon microphone market has become a hotbed of activity, spurred by record-breaking growth in consumer electronics products such as hearing aids, cellular phones, cordless phones, headsets, and headphones, according to a market analysis of acoustic products from The Information Network.
Wednesday 12th October 2005
Innovative Micro Technology (IMT) announced today that it has passed several key milestones and demonstrated integrated operations with its Rare Cell Purification System (RCPS), including sorting viable human cells at high speeds with greater than 95% purity.
Tuesday 11th October 2005
Research from Sematech and Rohm and Hass make key advance in use of low-k materials in semiconductors.
Tuesday 11th October 2005
Capital spending by semiconductor companies in 2005 is expected to remain at a similar level to the $45.7 invested in chip equipment in 2004, according to a new study of the world's 46 leading semiconductor makers by market analyst IC Insights.
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Monday 10th October 2005
The public fabless semiconductor sector generated $9.3 billion in revenues in Q2 2005, which equates to 7.9 percent sequential growth and 4.2 percent growth compared with the same quarter the previous year.
Monday 10th October 2005
Worldwide sales of semiconductors increased sharply in August to $18.6 billion, an increase of 3.2 percent from the $18.0 billion reported in July and an increase of 1.7 percent from the $18.3 billion reported in August 2004, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today.
Friday 7th October 2005
German chip maker Infineon Technologies and Russian firm Koncern Nauchny Centr (KNC) have agreed to co-operate in the field of chip packages for smart card applications.
Thursday 6th October 2005
UK research company Innos is participating in a collaborative project with Liverpool and Southampton universities that has demonstrated how high performance MOSFETs used in radio frequency applications can be manufactured at a low cost.
Wednesday 5th October 2005
California-based semiconductor services company Trio-Tech International has agreed to sell its facility in Dublin, Ireland for euro 8.85 million in cash.
Tuesday 4th October 2005
Semiconductor chip sales in Europe have increased in August, as a combined consequence of a weaker than average July and positive developments in some end use markets, notably PC and handsets.
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Monday 3rd October 2005
Soitec Group and SEZ have announced they have initiated a joint development program (JDP) intended to speed the industrialization of next-generation strained silicon-on-insulator (sSOI) substrates.
Friday 30th September 2005
A new sampling by IC Insights of first half 2005 actual capital spending outlays by 14 large semiconductor companies shows that five manufacturers spent less than 50 percent of their current budgets in the first six months of this year.
Friday 30th September 2005
A restructuring of Oxford Instruments Analytical has been announced to better reflect the group strategy set by the new CEO, Jonathan Flint, earlier this year. This strategy is “to be the leading provider of new generation tools and systems for the Physical Science and Bioscience sectors based on our ability to observe and manipulate matter at the smallest scale”.
Thursday 29th September 2005
AMD has announced three new models in the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor family while waiting to hear Intel's response to a recent challenge.
Thursday 29th September 2005
Two of the UK's, and the world's, leading engineering institutions, the IEE and the IIE, have announced that members of both organisations have voted to create a new Institution. The new Institution will be known as the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology), and will come into being in early 2006.
Thursday 29th September 2005
SEMATECH researchers have identified a dual damascene method for interconnect integration that could achieve an aggressive industry target for ultra lowk dielectric materials used in semiconductor manufacturing.

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