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.
Number one European chip maker Infineon Technologies and US memory maker Rambus have reached an agreement settling all claims between them and licensing the Rambus patent portfolio for use in Infineon products.
The Silicon Design Chain - a joint venture between equipment maker Applied Materials, foundry TSMC, chip designer ARM and electronic design automation firm Cadence - has cut the power consumption of a 90nm test chip by 40% using pioneering design methods.
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) – aka SIA America - is so concerned about the threat of Asia to the US’s dominance of the chip making industry that it is organising a conference on the issue.
Europe's Infineon is now officially the world's fourth largest chip maker, according to market analyst IC Insight's 2004 semiconductor company rankings. The German company's 29% growth in 2004 helped is jump up three places compared with 2003, leapfrogging Japan's Renesas (5th place) and Toshiba (7th) and rival European firm STMicroelectronics (6th).
Intel has hit back after the firm’s Japanese arm was warned by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) to stop allegedly offering incentives – such as discounts and kickbacks – to companies to buy its microprocessors.
Worldwide microchip sales in January – usually a weak month for sales – beat most analysts’ expectations by hitting US$18.3 billion, according to the latest figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association.