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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.
Wednesday 28th September 2005
The existing lithography mask standard of 4X magnification with 26 mm field size is expected to be resilient enough to take the semiconductor industry to the 32 nm half-pitch technology generation, leading equipment suppliers and manufacturers concluded at a recent lithography workshop.
Tuesday 27th September 2005
Industry experts at the 2nd International Symposium on Immersion Lithography, held in Bruges, Belgium, from 12 to 15 September 2005 have concluded that 193nm immersion lithography is the technology for tomorrow and is on track for insertion into volume manufacturing, with good prospects for extendibility to subsequent and extendable for next generations.
Monday 26th September 2005
Replisaurus Technologies, the winner of the European Semiconductor Start Up Award has announced an increased resolution capabilities of the ECPR process.
Friday 23rd September 2005
According to a Frost and Sullivan report the rising number of participants and falling brand loyalty in the semiconductor marketplace are intensifying competition, thereby compelling participants to offer maximum differentiation with unique value-added products and services.
Thursday 22nd September 2005
Three years after the founding of a subsidiary in Shenzhen in 2002, Alphasem has relocated to larger premises in Suzhou.
Tuesday 20th September 2005
It remains too early to gauge the full effect of the shutdown of a New Orleans facility that produces a key chemical used in epitaxial-film deposition on silicon substrates.
Monday 19th September 2005
Infineon Technologies has announced that its revenues in VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) products grew at the rate of 300 percent from 2003 to 2004, much higher than the 70.2 percent average for the total market of 102 million US-Dollars (source: iSuppli 2005).
Monday 19th September 2005
Leica Microsystems and Fraunhofer CNT report the start-up of a Leica SB351 DW e-beam system at the recently opened Fraunhofer Center for Nano-electronic Technology (CNT) in Dresden, Germany.
Friday 16th September 2005
With the 5th release of the MEDEA+ Roadmap for Electronic Design Automation (EDA), key areas of design and research are highlighted with the goal of keeping the European Semiconductor Industry on the leading edge and providing an intriguing glimpse into the future of Design Automation.
Thursday 15th September 2005
ASML Holding NV (ASML) has announced that electronics giant Toshiba Corporation purchased a license for its patented lithography technology that helps manufacturers increase their chip yields.
Wednesday 14th September 2005
Intel Corporation today announced plans to invest $345 million in two of the company's existing manufacturing sites in Colorado and Massachusetts.
Tuesday 13th September 2005
Micron Technology have announced the opening of its test and assembly facility expansion in Singapore, Micron Semiconductor Asia PTE Ltd. The 264,778- square foot facility expansion houses state-of-the-art equipment for assembling and testing a wide range of high-density, high-speed memory components and modules.
Monday 12th September 2005
In press conferences at four cities around the world Texas Instruments (TI) announced a new digital video platform that they hope create a flurry of new products using digital video technology. Unlike past economic growth spurts there is no killer application on the horizon and the semiconductor industry is looking for activities that will increase consumer spending in electronics.
Friday 9th September 2005
Intellectual property (IP) is becoming increasingly essential in the design and development of semiconductors, a phenomenon that will cause the IP market to grow to more than $2 billion in size by 2009, market analyst iSuppli predicts.
Thursday 8th September 2005
Trade body SEMI believes that semiconductor tool revenues will fall to $33 billion for the full year.
Wednesday 7th September 2005
Record-breaking growth in consumer electronics products such as cellular phones, cordless phones, headsets and headphones gave the MEMs microphones and speakers market a huge boost in 2004, according to market analyst The Information Network.
Tuesday 6th September 2005
Nanometrics Incorporated, a supplier of advanced integrated and standalone metrology equipment for the semiconductor industry, today announced that it has received notice of a patent infringement lawsuit brought by KLA-Tencor.
Monday 5th September 2005
Intel has filed its response to a lawsuit recently initiated by AMD regarding Intel's business practices. In the response, Intel refutes AMD's claims and states that its business practices are both fair and lawful.
Friday 2nd September 2005
Semiconductor sector bucks the trend of falling venture capital investment in European companies.
Tuesday 23rd August 2005
The European market in the second quarter of 2005 was down 0.3% from the same quarter last year, according to WSTS data published today.
Monday 22nd August 2005
In the spirit of fair and open competition, AMD has issued a challenge to Intel to conduct a head-to-head competition of dual-core x86 server processors.
Friday 19th August 2005
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.

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