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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Wednesday 26th January 2005
STMicroelectronics - Europe’s second largest chip maker - has formed a new corporate executive committee to run the business once veteran president and chief executive officer Pasquale Pistorio retires in May this year.
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Wednesday 26th January 2005
Number one European chip maker Infineon Technologies AG has reported net income of euro 142 million on revenues of euro 1.82 billion for the first quarter of its 2005 fiscal year.
Wednesday 26th January 2005
US chip maker Texas Instruments has developed what it claims is the first single chip solution for mobile phones.
Wednesday 26th January 2005
German mobile phone component vendor Agilent technologies is to buy Korean power amplifier maker Wavics for an undisclosed sum.
Tuesday 25th January 2005
Despite recent announcements to the contrary Finisar Corporation and Infineon Technologies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Finisar will acquire certain assets from Infineon's fibre optics business unit based in Berlin, Germany.
Tuesday 25th January 2005
DuPont Photomasks has announced that it has expanded photomask production capacity at its facility in Singapore in response to a growing market in the Asia-Pacific semiconductor markets.
Tuesday 25th January 2005
Photomask company Photronics has announced it has accepted the resignation of president and chief operating officer Paul Fego and promoted Sean Smith to senior vice President. Smith will continue to serve as Photronics' chief financial officer.

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