Intense Photonics has gained additional funds to expand its design and volume fabrication of optoelectronic components and modules. A GBP5mn ($9.2mn) funding round was supported by all the company's financial investors - 3i, ACT Venture Capital, Alice Ventures, Cazenove Private Equity, FNI Venture Capital and TTP Ventures.
Taiwanese light emitting diodes (LED) manufacturer South Epitaxy (SEC) has awarded a contract for a moisture-free ammonia (NH3) bulk gas delivery system to Praxair Chemax Semiconductor Materials, a joint venture between Praxair and China Petrochemical Development Corporation.
Oki Electric Industry claims the world's thinnest ultra small tri-axis accelerometer module, the ML8950. The 1.4mm thick micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) chip sensor has been integrated with the control IC to create a device in a package. In addition to detecting the tri-axis (X, Y and Z) acceleration (+/-3g), the accelerometer module can also detect inclination and impact shock as well as measure the degree of inclination and vibration. The signal is output in a digital format.
Applied Materials has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the operating subsidiaries and businesses of Metron Technology. Metron provides semiconductor equipment distribution and outsourcing. Applied will pay $85mn for all outstanding shares and equity equivalents of Metron's worldwide operating subsidiaries and substantially all of its other assets, while also assuming certain liabilities.
STMicroelectronics has developed dual-interface (contact and contactless) secure ICs for biometric records and personal information with possible application to ePassports under the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) programme.