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Friday 5th November 2004
Only 69% of contract electronics manufacturers believe they will be fully compliant with European Union (EU) environmental legislation by the July 2006 deadline prescribed by the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directives, according to research by Technology Forecasters (TFI) and components distributor Avnet Electronics Marketing.
Friday 5th November 2004
A team of scientists from Philips and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft claims the world first growth of III-V semiconductor nanowires on germanium and silicon substrates (Nature Materials, November 2004). The scientists believe that this is an important step towards the integration of the superior high frequency and optoelectronic properties of III-V semiconductors with the huge silicon technology base of the semiconductor industry.
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
Infineon Technologies is using an innovative "chip-sandwich" technique that involves face-to-face interconnection to design chip card ICs for use in mobile communications. One aim is to offer more than 100 times the memory capacity of today's chip cards, while just doubling the chip's area. The new chip card ICs will not only deliver significant performance boosts, the company says, but will enable new applications for mobile phones and smart cards.
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
Infineon Technologies is using an innovative "chip-sandwich" technique that involves face-to-face interconnection to design chip card ICs for use in mobile communications.
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
UK automatic test equipment supplier (ATE) Acuid has been awarded a second funding grant from the Scottish Executive.
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
DuPont Photomasks is installing a leading-edge photomask production line at its advanced production facility in Round Rock, Texas.
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Wednesday 3rd November 2004
Mattson Technology has completed the acquisition of Vortek Industries, a developer of millisecond flash annealing technology based in Vancouver, Canada (Bulletin 539, July 1, 2004).
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
SEZ Group announced its first 300mm production win in Korea.
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organisation issued forecasts for 2004-2006. World IC sales are expected to flatten in the next two years with growth of 1.2% in 2005 and 3.0% in 2006.
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
ASM International is claiming a breakthrough pore-sealing process for next generation integration of porous low-k insulator materials in copper interconnect on semiconductor chips.
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
Cornell University researchers have achieved all-optical switching in silicon using relatively low pulse energies (Nature October 28, 2004).
Wednesday 3rd November 2004
The European Nanobusiness Association (ENA) has launched a career centre for European jobs in nanotechnology.
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Wednesday 3rd November 2004
The European Nanobusiness Association (ENA) has launched a career centre for European jobs in nanotechnology.
Tuesday 2nd November 2004
UK automatic test equipment supplier (ATE) Acuid has been awarded a second funding grant from the Scottish Executive. Up to GBP500,000 ($800,000) will be provided to Acuid to develop a high speed pin driver ASIC under Scotland's SPUR PLUS scheme. The funding is to extend the test performance of the company's latest bT144 ATE system up to 2.667Gbits/sec (Gbps), enabling coverage of the existing double data rate (DDR 1 and DDR 2) dynamic random access memory (DRAM) technology and the impending DDR 3 format. Infineon has recently selected the bT144 for its Engineering Test department.
Monday 1st November 2004
ASML is to install a full-field EUV pre-production tool at IMEC's 300mm research facility in late 2005 to prepare for a IMEC Industrial Affiliation Program on EUV lithography to begin in early 2006. The focus will be on the 32nm node and beyond to ensure that EUV technology is ready when the transition from 193nm immersion lithography takes place.
Monday 1st November 2004
ASM International is claiming a breakthrough pore-sealing process for next generation integration of porous low-k insulator materials in copper interconnect on semiconductor chips.
Thursday 28th October 2004
Cornell University researchers have achieved all-optical switching in silicon using relatively low pulse energies (Nature October 28, 2004). The scientists used highly confining resonant structures to enhance the sensitivity of light to small changes in refractive index. Modulation of up to 94% in less than 500psecs (0.5nsecs) was achieved using light pulses with energies as low as 25pJ.
Wednesday 27th October 2004
The Slovak Institute of Physics has developed and constructed a scanning capacitance scanning probe microscope (SPM) technique. While capacitance capabilities are offered by commercial SPMs, the new technique is based on a different patented principle that promises greater analytical possibilities.
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Wednesday 27th October 2004
Given Imaging's diagnostic system for imaging the esophagus has received marketing clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The system includes Given's PillCam ESO video capsule, which is the same size as the company's small bowel video capsule, the PillCam SB, measuring 11x26mm. Miniaturisation of electronics has enabled the PillCam ESO capsule to include two imaging sensors, one at each end of the capsule. Each imager captures two frames (images) per second to give a total of four frames per second.
Wednesday 27th October 2004
Renesas Technology has agreed to license Sarnoff's TakeCharge technology, which allows IC designers to create on-chip electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection circuitry.
Wednesday 27th October 2004
Signal integrity (SI) views have been developed for ARM's Foundry Program Partners with electronic design automation (EDA) company Cadence Design Systems.
Wednesday 27th October 2004
The highest capacity ion beam accelerator facility in the world was officially opened at EBIS in Oxfordshire, UK. The GBP2mn Tandem 5MV ion beam accelerator is designed principally to meet the needs of the power semiconductor processing industry.
Wednesday 27th October 2004
Philips Electronics' Handshake Solutions business and ARM announced the joint development and marketing of an ARM processor using Handshake Solutions' low-power, self-timed technology. The compact asynchronous ARM processor is being aimed at smart card, consumer electronics and automotive markets because of its potential for very low-power consumption and low electromagnetic interference (EMI). The partnership provides Handshake Solutions with a license to develop the implementation using its design flow and methodology.
Wednesday 27th 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.

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