Infineon is set to replace STMicroelectronics as Europe's largest semiconductor company, according to a list of the world's top ten biggest chip makers (by forecast 2004 sales) compiled by market analyst IC Insights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.