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Monday 19th April 2004
Aixtron gave details of use of its Tricent atomic vapour deposition (AVD) technology in research by the MEDEA+ T207 programme to integrate high-k materials into the standard CMOS devices for sub-65nm technology nodes. The company announced complementary research using its technology at IMEC a few weeks ago (Bulletin 522, March 17, 2004).
Monday 19th April 2004
EV Group has installed three equipment systems at MicroEmissive Displays (MED) in Scotland, UK. The tools have been specially configured for the developer of polymer-based microdisplays. The MED sale represents a new market for EV Group.
Monday 19th April 2004
Xerox says that it has developed a high-performance semiconductive ink that can be used to print transistor channels at low temperatures and in open air - a requirement for low-cost manufacturing. The company hopes that flexible roll-up television screens and computer displays will be one step closer to reality as a result. Low-cost RFIDs are also in prospect.
Friday 16th April 2004
Researchers at Cambridge University in the UK report direct spinning of carbon nanotube fibres from the gaseous reaction zone in a chemical vapour deposition (CVD) chamber (Science, April 9, 2004). The technique uses a liquid carbon source (ethanol with dissolved ferrocene and thiophene).
Friday 16th April 2004
Researchers at the University of Nottingham in the UK report "non-KAM chaos" in semiconductor superlattices (Nature, April 15, 2004). Large increases in current flow are seen at discreet voltages. This is interpreted as being due to the creation of unbound electron orbits that propagate through intricate web patterns in phase space. The scientists say that this provides a mechanism for controlling conductivity that could result in extremely sensitive quantum electronic and photonic devices.
Thursday 15th April 2004
Pasquale Pistorio will step down as president and CEO of STMicroelectronics at the annual general shareholders' meeting of 2005. Pistorio will be 69 years old at that time and will formally retire from the positions that he has held since the formation of ST in 1987.
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Thursday 15th April 2004
Intel is to begin eliminating 95% of the lead used in its processors and chipsets this year. Lead-free embedded Intel Architecture (IA) processors are due to begin shipping in Q2 2004, and other selected processors and chipset in Q3, 2004. The company shipped its first lead-free memory chips last year.
Thursday 15th April 2004
Scientists at Philips Research have developed an innovative phase-change memory that promises to match the speed, density, low voltage and low power consumption requirements of future deep sub-micron silicon chips. Unlike existing non-volatile memory technologies such as Flash, the performance of this new memory improves in virtually every respect the smaller you make it.
Thursday 15th April 2004
Scientists at Philips Research have developed an innovative phase-change memory that promises to match the speed, density, low voltage and low power consumption requirements of future deep sub-micron silicon chips. Unlike existing non-volatile memory technologies such as Flash, the performance of this new memory improves in virtually every respect the smaller you make it.
Wednesday 14th April 2004
Scientists at US company TDA Research have developed a new conductive plastic. Oligotron polymers possess a conducting centre – polyethylenedioxythiophene (PEDOT) - and two non-conducting ends. These ends are needed to enable solubility. This solubility would make conducting polymers easier to process, reducing production costs.
Wednesday 14th April 2004
INFICON has been granted a US patent (No.6,700,950) for a method to control critical dimension (CD) error in a high part-count, foundry-style semiconductor fab. The method specifically addresses manufacturing of a large mixture of parts under one or more technologies using a common base of equipment - a configuration typical of foundry operations.
Wednesday 7th April 2004
Theorists from Europe, the USA and China believe that organic light emitting materials can be made much more efficient by boosting the number of light-emitting channels, according to theoretical results presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting (March 30, 2004). The work will also be described in a paper that has been accepted for publication in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.
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Tuesday 6th April 2004
The growth in demand for clean and aseptic manufacturing processes, coupled with increasing regulatory pressures and ongoing advances in technology, has prompted the launch of a new cleanroom and contamination control event. Organised by Polygon Media, the publishers of Europe's only pan-European contamination and control journal, Cleanroom Technology, CTEC will be held in Brussels between October 12-14 2004 and consist of a high-level conference and comprehensive exhibition.
Tuesday 6th April 2004
The UK House of Commons Science and Technology committee claims that a lack of foresight by both policy makers at the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the UK scientific community has led to the UK losing its leading position in the field of nanotechnology. The UK launched a nanotechnology research programme in the mid-1980s. The committee believes that few other countries had recognised the potential of this new technology at that time. But activity eased when enthusiasm dwindled.
Thursday 1st April 2004
FEI’s nanotechnology scientists have broken the 1Angstrom (0.1nm) image resolution barrier with a 200kV transmission electron microscope (TEM). FEI believes that this is the first time images can be directly viewed with a resolution of less than 1Angstrom using commercially available technologies. This resolution is approximately one-third the size of a carbon atom - a key dimension for atomic level research.
Wednesday 31st March 2004
STMicroelectronics announced volume production of its 1Gbit and 512Mbit NAND Flash memory, the first in the company’s portfolio of NAND products. The NAND1G and NAND512 are available in both 1.8V and 3V versions. The new ST devices have a block erase time is just 2ms. Each block is specified for 100,000 program and erase cycles, and 10-year data retention.
Wednesday 31st March 2004
German company ZMD has launched ZFOUNDRY as a wholly owned subsidiary to focus on analogue mixed-signal and power IC production. ZFOUNDRY inherits 8250m2 in production facilities in Dresden, Germany, from ZMD, with an extra 13,000m2 added in December 2003.
Wednesday 31st March 2004
Infineon Technologies opened an RFID solution excellence centre and system lab in Graz, Austria. Of the 140 employees at the Graz development centre, around 40 will be occupied with RFID activities.
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Tuesday 30th March 2004
SEMICON Europa is recognised as the premier event in Europe for semiconductor equipment, materials and services providing a full range of technical and management conferences that address the needs of the industry.
Tuesday 30th March 2004
New bonded door seals with Kalrez® perfluoroelastomer parts from DuPont Dow Elastomers make wafer processing more productive. Presented by DuPont Dow at Semicon Europa 2004 (stand B1.276) these seals are designed for etch, ash, HDPCVD, PECVD, SACVD and metal CVD wafer processing and outperform conventional O-rings in slit and gate valve door seal applications. For more details: www.kalrez.com/bonded DuPont Dow Elastomers S.A. 2, chemin du Pavillon CH-1218 Le Grand-Saconnex Geneva, Switzerland Tel: ++41 22 717 4000 Fax: ++41 22 717 4001 Kalrez® is a registered trademark of DuPont Dow Elastomers
Monday 29th March 2004
SUSS MicroTec says that it has developed a system that can for the first time carry out analytical probing of test structures as small as 30x30microns. MicroAlign is designed to meet the needs of wafer-level reliability test structures. These structures are put in the "kerf" area between the chips that is destroyed during the wafer sawing process.
Friday 26th March 2004
Dr Ulrich Schumacher resigned as chief executive of Infineon Technologies.
Wednesday 24th March 2004
We have doubled our circulation. European Semiconductor email newsletter now broadcasts to over 10,000 readers including all last years visitors to the Semicon Europa Event. We will be bringing you all the latest news and information on Semicon Europa 2004 as well as our familiar weekly content. For ES newsletter sponsorship opportunities click here
Wednesday 24th March 2004
Philips Electronics, Sony and E Ink claim the world's first consumer application of an electronic paper display module in Sony's new e-Book reader, LIBRIe, scheduled to go on sale in Japan in late April 2004. The Philips' display uses E Ink's electronic ink technology to offer a paper-like display with a contrast level similar to newsprint.

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