The US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has revised its predictions with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.4% through to 2007. This year is expected to be above average at 28.6% resulting in world IC sales of $214bn. This beats the $204bn sales of the previous record year, 2000.
A new GBP2mn nanotechnology research laboratory at the University of Bath has been formally opened. The building itself was put up in the 1960s but was converted in January this year at a cost of just over GBP1mn, using a GBP750,000 grant from the UK Science Research Investment Fund and the remainder coming from the Royal Society-Wolfson Foundation and the University of Bath.
International Sematech will charter the semiconductor metrology systems division of Carl Zeiss SMT to design and develop a next-generation of the proprietary Aerial Image Measurement System (AIMS) for defect review of 193nm immersion lithography photomasks. The new 193i nm AIMS platform is seen as being critical to the development and manufacturing of photomasks targeted at the 65nm and 45nm technology nodes.
Scientists and engineers at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne specialising in miniaturisation technology must have been looking out the window while they work. They have reduced North East England's Tyne Bridge and Antony Gormley's Angel of the North sculpture to silicon structures around 400microns across.
SUSS MicroTec claims installation of the world's first 300mm semiautomatic cryogenic probe system capable of DC testing down to 100femtoA at temperatures from 400K(127degreeC) down to 30K (-243degreeC) at a "leading semiconductor manufacturer".
Cadence Design Systems and ASML MaskTools announced a multi-year, multi-million dollar software licensing and joint development agreement for advanced resolution enhancement technology (RET) software solutions.
Motorola subsidiary Freescale Semiconductor has introduced four new high-performance general-purpose amplifiers (GPAs) designed for a broad range of Class A, small-signal, high linearity radio frequency (RF) applications.
Motorola's Freescale Semiconductor subsidiary/spin-out preparation vehicle has joined the effort of European companies STMicroelectronics, Infineon Technologies and Philips to further lead-free electronics packaging.
Delft Technical University's lab-on-chip development has achieved commercial success with US bio-technology company WaferGen planning to produce three micro laboratories on three different sensor chips developed from the Dutch research.
SUSS MicroTec claims installation of the world's first 300mm semiautomatic cryogenic probe system capable of DC testing down to 100femtoA at temperatures from 400K(127degreeC) down to 30K (-243degreeC) at a “leading semiconductor manufacturer”.
PVA TePla in Germany has signed an asset deal to acquire the Floatzone Equipment business unit from Haldor Topsoe based in Denmark. The seller is withdrawing from floatzone activities in order to concentrate on its core business.
austriamicrosystems claims the world's smallest 10-bit multiple output magnetic rotary encoder IC, the AS5040. The system-on-chip integrates field sensing Hall elements, analogue front-end and digital signal processing in a single device.
Cadence Design Systems and ASML MaskTools announced a multi-year, multi-million dollar software licensing and joint development agreement for advanced resolution enhancement technology (RET) software solutions. The two companies will work together to develop a tightly integrated design for manufacturability (DFM) flow.