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Wednesday 23rd June 2004
Infineon Technologies and IBM claim the world's first 16Mbit magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM). The new non-volatile memory chip is said to be the highest density MRAM reported to date. The companies believe that the achievement demonstrates the potential of MRAM to become a universal memory for high performance computing and mobile applications.
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
Cypress Semiconductor has signed a definitive agreement to acquire FillFactory, a Belgian developer of active-pixel CMOS image sensor technology, for $100mn. FillFactory an IMEC spin-off - offers a variety of high-performance custom and standard products for digital photography, high-speed imaging, machine vision and automotive applications.
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
STMicroelectronics has produced an ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID memory chip for supply chain and logistics applications that complies with the Version 1.0 EPCglobal standards. The new XRA00 is designed for use in RFID transponders/tags aimed at consumer retailing and baggage handling applications. Such applications have traditionally been monitored using bar codes.
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
Infineon highlighted a high-performance 4GSamples/s 6bit flash analogue-digital converter ADC with 8bit output realised in a 0.13micron standard CMOS technology at the 2004 VLSI symposium in Hawaii. The outputs of the 255 small-area comparators are averaged by a fault tolerant thermometer-to-binary converter. The ADC also uses an on-chip low jitter VCO (voltage controlled oscillator) for clock provision and consumes 990mW at a single supply voltage of 1.5V.
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
More companies reported results given at the 2004 Symposium on VLSI Technology in Hawaii.
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
Infineon Technologies and IBM claim the world's first 16Mbit magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM).
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Wednesday 23rd June 2004
Photronics plans to install its first manufacturing line for 65nm processes in Austin, Texas.
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
Cypress Semiconductor has signed a definitive agreement to acquire FillFactory, a Belgian developer of active-pixel CMOS image sensor technology, for $100mn.
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
Germany's federal ministry of education and research, the BMBF, has approved the funding for a joint project to establish an R&D training centre in China for optical technologies.
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
US company AXT is to reduce the workforce at its Fremont, California, manufacturing facility by 45 people (35%) over the next 60 days as part of ongoing efforts to consolidate manufacturing in China.
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
Motorola subsidiary Freescale Semiconductor has selected Arch Microelectronic Materials' bi-layer photoresist for its CMOS technology and plans to use the resist on multiple layers in its process.
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
SEMI comes in for criticism for not encouraging strict use of its own flexible cluster tool standards (SEMI/MESC) from market analysts the Information Network.
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Wednesday 23rd June 2004
NVE has been issued a US patent for a type of magnetic memory (MRAM).
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
austriamicrosystems has completed the company's first audit of its quality management system according to the most recent international standard ISO/TS 16949:2002 and the recertification of its Environmental Management System according to ISO 14001:1996 and EC No 761/2001 (EMAS).
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
STMicroelectronics has produced an ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID memory chip for supply chain and logistics applications that complies with the Version 1.0 EPCglobal standards.
Friday 18th June 2004
This year's European Semiconductor/Siltronic Start-up Award has gone to Scottish developer of light emitting polymer display technology MicroEmissive Displays (MED).
Thursday 17th June 2004
SOPRA signed an exclusive license agreement for IMEC's patented ellipsometric porosimetry (EP) technology. IMEC's R&D EP tool was extensively benchmarked with other porosimetry technologies (e.g. PALS, SAXS, SANS) and excellent results were demonstrated.
Thursday 17th June 2004
STMicroelectronics claims "significant progress" in developing a replacement for Flash memory. Many companies are working on the phase-change memory (PCM) that potentially offers better performance than Flash. The most important feature of PCM is better potential for scaling to smaller feature sizes.
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Thursday 17th June 2004
Micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) producer MEMSCAP has won a design in of its pressure module transducer for cockpit instruments made by Aerosonic. MEMSCAP will provide Aerosonic with its TP 3100 pressure module transducer that will be fully integrated into business and civil aircraft instruments.
Thursday 17th June 2004
STMicroelectronics claims "significant progress" in developing a replacement for Flash memory. Many companies are working on the phase-change memory (PCM) that potentially offers better performance than Flash.
Thursday 17th June 2004
Infineon Technologies formally opened the second module of its memory chip assembly, package and test facility in Portugal.
Thursday 17th June 2004
Hynix Semiconductor has signed a business transfer agreement of its system IC division with System Semiconductor.
Thursday 17th June 2004
PVA TePla subsidiary Crystal Growing Systems has delivered its vertical gradient furnace (VGF) production plant to Freiberger Compound Materials.
Thursday 17th June 2004
Ultratech introduced the LSA100 laser spike anneal system - the first tool built on the company's new Unity Platform for laser and lithography applications.

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