In what should be a wake up call to European industry and government, two USA national nanoelectronics groups have announced a nationwide research programme to ensure the USA develops a strong nanotechnology industry.
GE Global Research, the centralized research organization of the General Electric Company, has announced the development of an ideal carbon nanotube diode that operates at the "theoretical limit," or best possible performance.
Sales of semiconductors (three-month running average) declined slightly in June to $18.0 billion, a sequential fall of 0.5% from the $18.1 billion reported in May, according to the latest World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS).
German chip maker Infineon has fallen three positions in market analyst IC Insight's ranking of leading semiconductor companies for the first half of 2005. Intel remains by far the largest company while Freescale, which ranked 11th in the fullyear 2004 listing, has entered the top ten, moving into ninth position in 1H05.
Engineers from US research consortium Sematech have developed an innovative poresealing technique that appears to prevent metal and precursor penetration into low-k dielectric materials, easing the introduction of low-k at the 45nm technology node.
According to a report on the BBC the European Union and its members are falling behind the rest of the world in investment for science and technology. The declining state of science and technology investment in the European Union is outlined by new statistics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.