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Monday 22nd November 2004
The European market for automotive integrated circuits will grow by 23 per cent to $4.5 billion in 2004, according to market analyst IC Insights.
Monday 22nd November 2004
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Monday 22nd November 2004
German chip-making giant Infineon has unveiled what it claims is the worlds smallest nanotube transistor.
Friday 19th November 2004
The semiconductor industry has made spectacular progress in boosting available source power for EUV (extreme ultraviolet) lithography – widely touted as the next major step forward in chip production – and should now focus its resources on other areas of this promising technology.
Thursday 18th November 2004
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Wednesday 17th November 2004
Wednesday 17th November 2004
Rapid growth in 300mm wafer sales has helped French silicon-on-chip maker Soitec Sa increase its first half turnover to Euro 66.4 million, a 55.7 per cent rise on the same period last year.
Wednesday 17th November 2004
UK semiconductor chemicals supplier Epichem has formed an alliance with US equipment maker Power+Energy.
Tuesday 16th November 2004
The Export-Import Bank of the United States has approved a $652 million loan guarantee to help US companies export equipment and services for a planned new silicon wafer fabrication facility in Singapore.
Tuesday 16th November 2004
After a couple of years of mixed fortunes Hynix Semiconductor has had two pieces of good news this week with the company moving up the list of global DRAM suppliers and now the announcement with STMicroelectronics of the signing of a joint-venture agreement to build a front-end memory-manufacturing facility in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, China.
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Monday 15th November 2004
Technology giant Honeywell has bought Mitsubishi Chemical America's 40 per cent stake in Arizona-based semiconductor chemicals manufacturer GEM Microelectronics for an undisclosed sum. The deal makes Honeywell the sole owner of GEM.
Monday 15th November 2004
UK metrology company Bede has formed an alliance with Taiwan-based semiconductor equipment distributor Scientech with the aim of supplying advanced metrology tools to the huge Taiwanese and Chinese semiconductor market.
Monday 15th November 2004
Israeli pure-play wafer foundry Tower Semiconductor has announced plans to lay off 170 workers – 12 per cent of its workforce – as part of a series of measures aimed at cutting overheads.
Friday 12th November 2004
Morris Chang, chairman of leading semiconductor foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), has admitted that the cost of updating the company's operations to 65nm manufacturing processes could reach $1 billion by 2005.
Friday 12th November 2004
The semiconductor chemicals and materials market will experience a “dramatic” fall in growth in 2005, according to market analyst The Information Network.
Friday 12th November 2004
Japanese electronics giant Toshiba has filed suits against Hynix Semiconductor – the world's largest DRAM producer - in Japan and the US, alleging infringement of its semiconductor memory patents.
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Thursday 11th November 2004
German company Boin has shipped a site licence for its WAFERMAP 2.3 professional software to Mattson Thermal Products to allow for an unlimited number of users at one location.
Thursday 11th November 2004
IntelÕs board of directors has elected Paul S Otellini, currently president and chief operating officer (COO), as its next CEO. Otellini will succeed Craig R Barrett. Barrett will succeed Andrew S Grove as chairman of the Intel board of directors.
Thursday 11th November 2004
BE Semiconductor Industries (Besi) and Datacon Technology will merge to form a leading global advanced IC packaging system supplier. Besi will take over all of Datacon's shares, in return for which shareholders will receive 90% cash as well as shares. The purchase price in euros was just below the three-figure millions - including net financial liabilities. The negotiations with Besi are in the final stages. The merger is likely to take place in January next year, once all antitrust and other formal matters have been clarified.
Thursday 11th November 2004
Researchers from Aachen will be awarded GermanyÕs Stifterverband (Donors Association for the Promotion of Humanities and Science) Science Prize for contributions to extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. The technologists come from Fraunhofer ILT, the department of laser technology at the RWTH Aachen and two industrial companies, AIXUV and Philips Extreme UV. The prize will be awarded at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft organisationÕs annual general assembly and is made in recognition of close and fruitful co-operation between research and industry.
Thursday 11th November 2004
X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries has a new, patented positive intrinsic negative (PIN) diode module for its 0.6micron BiCMOS technology (XB06). The company says that this is the first time that it has been possible to integrate PIN diodes with CMOS and BiCMOS transistors on a single chip. The parameters of standard XB06 transistors are not influenced by the PIN diode integration.
Thursday 11th November 2004
Researchers in the United States have used nanotechnology to create a miniaturised version of a vital piece of medical equipment, bringing a step closer the Star Trekian vision of a hospital in a box.

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