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Wednesday 16th February 2005
A multi-disciplinary team of scientists from the Universities of Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester and Glasgow has been awarded a £3 million research grant to develop a new nanotechnology tool that they have called the Snomipede.
Tuesday 15th February 2005
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Tuesday 15th February 2005
Chip maker STMicroelectronics has announced that it is developing a range of security technologies for protecting NOR Flash memories against unauthorised access
Monday 14th February 2005
The top four personal computer (PC) manufacturers from 2003 have retained their positions in 2004.
Monday 14th February 2005
Number three European chip maker Philips Semiconductor has announced that it will deliver a system-in-package in the fourth quarter that will allow television to be displayed on mobile phones
Friday 11th February 2005
The semiconductor equipment market will not return to growth for the next six quarters, according to a new report from market analyst The Information Network.
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Friday 11th February 2005
Swedish equipment maker Micronic Laser Systems made record net sales during 2004 of 839 Swedish Kromer (SEK), almost double 2003’s figure of SEK 428 million.
Thursday 10th February 2005
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.
Wednesday 9th February 2005
Europe could fall behind the US in nanotechnology expertise unless it ups its investment in research into this promising technology.
Friday 4th February 2005
Carmel Vernia has resigned as chairman chief executive officer of Israeli pure-play wafer foundry Tower Semiconductor.
Thursday 3rd February 2005
The fad for European manufacturing companies relocating their operations to low-cost labour markets has taken a worrying new turn, if a recent survey of the German market is anything to go by.
Wednesday 2nd February 2005
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.
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Tuesday 1st February 2005
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.
Tuesday 1st February 2005
Philips Advanced Metrology Systems has won a multi-unit order from chip maker AMD for its Series 3300 copper metrology tool.
Monday 31st January 2005
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.
Friday 28th January 2005
Scotland's ability to develop advanced silicon chip technology has been given a significant boost.
Wednesday 26th January 2005
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.
Wednesday 26th January 2005
ISuppli believes that NAND flash could be the strongest memory growth sector this year.
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Wednesday 26th January 2005
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.
Wednesday 26th January 2005
Dutch lithography equipment giant ASML has reported impressive financial results for the fourth quarter of 2004, making net profits of euro 109 million on net sales of euro 785 million.
Wednesday 26th January 2005
A war of words has broken out between US wireless chip companies Qualcomm and Maxim Integrated Products over a recent court ruling on a patent dispute.
Wednesday 26th January 2005
Global semiconductor equipment bookings recovered after a slow November to grow by 15% in December, says market analyst VLSI.
Wednesday 26th January 2005
German optical equipment maker Carl Zeiss SMT has achieved a record image resolution of 0.8Å (0.08nm) with its latest generation ultrahigh-resolution transmission electron microscope (UHRTEM).
Wednesday 26th January 2005
US companies August Technology and Nanometrics - makers of equipment for inspecting computer chips - have agreed to merge.

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