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Friday 22nd October 2004
French microsystem foundry MEMSCAP has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Optogone, a liquid crystal technology specialist based in Brittany, France, for EUR3.8mn. Optogone specialises in optical components integration for dense wave division multiplexed (DWDM) networking.
Thursday 21st October 2004
STMicroelectronics has reduced its capital expenditure budget for the year to $2bn, an approximate 10% reduction on previous plans. For 2005 capital spending is currently being budgeted at $1.5bn.
Wednesday 20th October 2004
Speed-ups look set to be a thing of the past at Intel.
Wednesday 20th October 2004
Two companies report staff reduction plans - Freescale, Motorola's IC subsidiary, is to lose 1000 jobs and Cymer, the deep ultraviolet (DUV) excimer laser producer, is to cut 14% of its workforce in Q4.
Wednesday 20th October 2004
Teseda has made deals for transportability of Standard Test Interface Language (STIL) design-for-test (DFT) data between its OpenDFT WorkBench engineering software and production test platforms supplied by Advantest and Yokogawa Electric.
Wednesday 20th October 2004
National Semiconductor officially opened its first manufacturing plant in China, an assembly and test facility in Suzhou Industrial Park, near Shanghai.
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Wednesday 20th October 2004
Robotic Vision Systems (RVSI) says that a leading logic manufacturer has selected the WS-3000 wafer inspection system for installation at a new 300mm wafer fab facility in Europe.
Wednesday 20th October 2004
SEMI North American semiconductor equipment supplier book-to-bill ratio fell below 1 in September 2004 - the first time in 11 months.
Wednesday 20th October 2004
Ferroelectric semiconductor technology developer Ramtron International announced that its FM25640 64Kbit serial SPI FRAM non-volatile memory product is now qualified under the Automotive Electronic Council's Stress Test Qualification for Integrated Circuits (AEC Q100).
Wednesday 20th October 2004
International Rectifier (IR) introduced a new power packaging technology designed to solve challenges found in electro-hydraulic power steering (EHPS), electric power steering (EPS) and automotive motion control applications.
Wednesday 20th October 2004
Infineon Technologies announced a new family of "green" power MOSFETs using a new process technology, OptiMOS-T, incorporating 55V trench power technology.
Wednesday 20th October 2004
Scientists at the University of California-Irvine's Henry Samueli School of Engineering report synthesising the world's longest electrically conducting nanotubes (Nano Letters September 2004).
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Wednesday 20th October 2004
Micron Technology is sampling a high speed, wide-VGA high-performance image sensor.
Wednesday 20th October 2004
Samsung's Semiconductor business increased sales 40% over Q3 2003.
Wednesday 20th October 2004
SanDisk filed two legal actions against STMicroelectronics and its subsidiaries concerning Flash memory patent infringement.
Monday 18th October 2004
Infineon Technologies announced a new family of "green" power MOSFETs using a new process technology, OptiMOS-T, incorporating 55V trench power technology. The PROFET family of smart high-side switch ICs is claimed as the world's first to use trench power technology.
Friday 15th October 2004
BOC Edwards has purchased a 50% ownership in Taiwanese Asia Union Electronic Chemical (AUECC) from UPC Technology (UPC). The aim is to expand BOC Edwards electronic materials offering to include resources and expertise in purification, blending, packaging and distribution of wet chemicals for flat panel display, semiconductor and solar cell customers throughout Asia.
Friday 15th October 2004
Trikon Technologies has shipped its Sigma fxP metal deposition equipment to CEA Leti (Laboratoire d'Electronique de Technologie de l'Information) in Grenoble, France. The system will be used for the research and development of bulk acoustic wave (BAW) resonators, a signal filter technology used in cell phones, Bluetooth and WLAN systems.
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Friday 15th October 2004
The Royal Society of Edinburgh's 2004 Gannochy Trust Innovation award has been given to Dr Ian Underwood, co-founder of MicroEmissive Displays (MED).
Friday 15th October 2004
Speed-ups look set to be a thing of the past at Intel. Reports (e.g. Financial Times, October 15, 2004) suggest that the semiconductor leader has abandoned plans to introduce a 4GHz Pentium.
Friday 15th October 2004
Freescale Semiconductor, Motorola's semiconductor spin-off, and TSMC have signed an agreement to jointly develop a new generation of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) high-performance transistor front-end technology targeted for the 65nm CMOS process node.
Friday 15th October 2004
EV Group and Datacon Technology have agreed joint development of advanced-chip-to-wafer (AC2W) technology.
Friday 15th October 2004
The European Commission (EC) has decided to formally ask France, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden for information on certain invitations to tender launched by authorities in those countries for the supply of computer equipment.
Friday 15th October 2004
The Royal Society of Edinburgh's 2004 Gannochy Trust Innovation award has been given to Dr Ian Underwood, co-founder of MicroEmissive Displays (MED).

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