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.
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.
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.