Worldwide sales of semiconductors declined slightly in April to US$18.2 billion, a fall of 1.2% from the $18.4 billion reported in March, according to the latest figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Troubled Israel-based pure-play foundry Tower Semiconductor slipped further into the red in the first quarter of 2005, reporting escalating losses of US$55.5 million on declining revenues of $23.2 million.
Strong demand for semiconductors is keeping the chemical and material market in high gear, according to the report "Chemicals And Materials For Sub-100nm IC Manufacturing," recently published by The Information Network
Strong demand for semiconductors is keeping the chemical and material market in high gear, according to the report 'Chemicals And Materials For Sub-100nm IC Manufacturing,' recently published by The Information Network.
Inspection tool vendor Belgium-based ICOS Vision Systems has shipped its first CI-9250 system for the three-dimensional inspection of pin grid arrays (PGA's) to a leading global semiconductor manufacturer.
US nanotechnology firm Arrowhead Research has bought a suite of nanosensor patents and patent applications developed by Dr Hermann Gaub, a professor of biophysics with the Centre for Nanoscience at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.
US communications chip maker Broadcom has started federal litigation against Qualcomm, alleging that its US rival has infringed ten of its patents related to communications and multimedia processing technologies.
Number two European chip maker STMicroelectronics is to cut its workforce outside Asia by 3,000 in response to sluggish demand and the weak dollar. The company said that the cutbacks - to be completed by mid-2006 - were needed to "recover profitability after disappointing" results for the first quarter of 2005.
Number three European semiconductor maker Philips and software behemoth Microsoft have agreed to work together to ensure connectivity between Windows-based PCs and products equipped with Philips's semiconductors.
Dr Morris Chang, founder of the world's number one foundry, TSMC, has appointed Dr Rick Tsai as his successor as chief executive officer. Tsai – who is currently chief operating officer – will take up his new role on July 1.
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.35 billion in the first quarter of 2005, according to trade body SEMI. This is a rise of 2.3% on the same period a year ago and 6.5% above the fourth quarter of 2004.
German deposition equipment vendor Aixtron has reported a steep fall in revenues for the first quarter of 2005. Sales were down to euro 22.2 million from euro 50 million in the fourth quarter and euro 26.6 million in the same period last year.
Electronic design automation giant Synopsys has finally completed the acquisition of its smaller rival Nassda Corporation, after a five month wait while the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) undertook an anti-trust review of the deal.