Germany-based semiconductor equipment vendor SUSS MicroTec and Finnish research company VTT Microelectronics have developed what they claim is the world's first nanoimprint lithography system that can undertake both hot and cold wafer embossing.
Worldwide microchip sales fell 2% to US$18.1 billion in February compared with the previous month (US$18.4 billion) but were 15.8% higher than the same period last year (US$15.6 billion), according to the latest figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
European semiconductor sales amounted to US$3.403 billion in February, according to the latest World Semiconductor Trade Statistics. This is down 2.4% on the previous month but up 14.3% on the same period last year.
Number one chip maker Intel has announced that its Japanese subsidiary will comply with demands by the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) to stop using unfair sales practices to cajole PC makers into using only its microprocessors.
US companies Entegris and Mykrolis Corporation – two suppliers of products and services to the semiconductor industry – have agreed a "merger-of-equals” deal that will create a new company with a market value of around US$1.3 billion.
Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron and ASML have maintained their positions at the top of the semiconductor equipment industry, according to market analyst VLSI Research's table of the industry's leading tools manufacturers.