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.
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.
Ibis Technology claims a significant breakthrough in 300mm separation by implantation of oxygen silicon-on-insulator (SIMOX-SOI) wafer technology by substantially reducing the roughness of both the top surface of the wafer and the interface between the top-silicon and buried-oxide layers.
Arch Chemicals has signed a definitive agreement to sell the majority of its Microelectronic Materials operation to Fuji Photo Film for $160mn. The operation includes facilities to manufacture and supply a wide range of products - including photoresists, formulated products, polyimides and thin film systems - to semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturers.
October 19, 2004, saw Exitech reach its 20th anniversary of pioneering work in the field of laser technology. The UK firm is often the first place that the semiconductor industry looks when researching new lithographic technologies.
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.