Taiwanese light emitting diodes (LED) manufacturer South Epitaxy (SEC) has awarded a contract for a moisture-free ammonia (NH3) bulk gas delivery system to Praxair Chemax Semiconductor Materials, a joint venture between Praxair and China Petrochemical Development Corporation.
Oki Electric Industry claims the world's thinnest ultra small tri-axis accelerometer module, the ML8950. The 1.4mm thick micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) chip sensor has been integrated with the control IC to create a device in a package. In addition to detecting the tri-axis (X, Y and Z) acceleration (+/-3g), the accelerometer module can also detect inclination and impact shock as well as measure the degree of inclination and vibration. The signal is output in a digital format.
Applied Materials has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the operating subsidiaries and businesses of Metron Technology. Metron provides semiconductor equipment distribution and outsourcing. Applied will pay $85mn for all outstanding shares and equity equivalents of Metron's worldwide operating subsidiaries and substantially all of its other assets, while also assuming certain liabilities.
STMicroelectronics has developed dual-interface (contact and contactless) secure ICs for biometric records and personal information with possible application to ePassports under the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) programme.
Only Greece has so far passed national legislation giving effect to two electronic waste directives of the European Union (EU). This is despite the schedule that all EU member states were due to have legislated by Friday August 13, 2004.
Dow Corning says that it is ready for two new European Union environmental laws affecting the global electronics industry. The announcement comes despite the fact that the majority of EU member states failed to meet the deadline (Friday July 13, 2004) for enacting the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and the Restriction of Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directives. These cover electronic equipment waste and ban the use of lead, mercury, cadmium and other hazardous materials in electronics manufacturing.