A new disk technology is under development that could store up to 1TeraBytes (1000GBytes). Researchers at Imperial College London, working closely with colleagues at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, estimate that the "Multiplexed Optical Data Storage" (MODS) disks would cost approximately the same to manufacture as an ordinary DVD.
Infineon Technologies and Volkswagen have jointly developed a "Basic Telematics Unit" platform for wireless telecoms and location-based information services in motor vehicles. The co-operation aimed to build a platform for the price of an existing in-car telephone unit bringing advanced information services out of the luxury car and into the mass market. Volkswagen and Infineon intend marketing the platform as a manufacturer-independent solution. Differentiation will be provided by application software, the functions offered and the user interface.
German high power semiconductor producer eupec has issued its first complete product family complying with the European Union guidelines on Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS, 2002/95/EG) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE, 2002/96/EG).
STMicroelectronics has announced that its Kirkop back-end semiconductor manufacturing facility in Malta has taken the initiative to use only biodiesel fuel for the diesel-powered vehicles in its transport fleet and for its boiler systems.
Philips Electronics has announced that effective January 1, 2005, Scott McGregor will, at his own request, relinquish his position as CEO of the Semiconductors division and leave the company to return to the USA.
MKS Instruments announced that sales for its Q3 ending September 30, 2004, are expected to be below previous guidance for flat sequential growth due to lower than anticipated orders from the semiconductor capital equipment market along with some stretched out delivery requests and order push outs.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT), Siemens and Infineon announced proposed development of electronic biochip technology along with their nomination for the German Federal President's Deutscher Zukunftspreis technology and innovation award for work already carried out.
UK company Applied Microengineering (AML) gave details of its planned use for its recent UK government Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) grant of GBP678,000 to the LOBEL project that will develop a new nano device production tool for micro polymer embossing and nano-imprint lithography (NIL) and surface activation for low-temperature wafer bonding (Bulletin 551, September 15, 2004).
Novellus Systems Inc. has announced that its board of directors has approved an increase to Novellus' previously authorized stock repurchase program. The terms of the expanded program will permit Novellus to repurchase up to an aggregate of approximately $1.1 billion of its outstanding common stock through September 14, 2009. This represents an increase of $1 billion to the approximately $100 million remaining under the previously authorized program.