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Thursday 12th February 2004
Micron Technology has introduced three new CMOS image sensor including a 1.3Mpixel device. The MT9M011 1.3Mpixel image sensor is the company's first megapixel sensor designed specifically for the mid- to high-end mobile market such as smart and 3G phones.
Friday 6th February 2004
Sumitomo Chemical and Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) agreed joint development of high efficiency polymer organic light-emitting diode (OLED/PLED) display materials. The agreement is for co-operation in the development and scale-up of a range of solution processable, PLED materials, designed for use primarily in the manufacture of flat panel displays.
Friday 6th February 2004
Infineon Technologies plans to expand its Memory Development centre at its Dresden location in Germany. The company wants to strengthen and extend development of 300mm process technology, particularly for DRAM and Flash products.
Friday 6th February 2004
German engineering company Technologietransfer und Innovationsfoederung (TTI) Magdeburg has developed a piezo-driven active carrier for wafers with integrated control.
Friday 6th February 2004
Oxford University’s Isis technology commercialisation body is seeking interested parties in a simple technique for separating high value semiconducting carbon nanotubes from mixed samples of single- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes.
Thursday 5th February 2004
STMicroelectronics has been granted ISO/TS16949:2002 certification for all of its sites, including non-manufacturing sites. The certification covers both the ISO9001:2000 standard and the new TS16949:2002 standard that applies the much more demanding quality criteria of the automotive industry.
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Thursday 5th February 2004
Micronic Laser Systems has decided to discontinue the Sigma7100, which will be replaced by Sigma7300. The Sigma7000 series uses an array of micromirrors to produce images in parallel, promising higher throughput. The mirror system was developed with the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (IMS).
Wednesday 4th February 2004
Capricorn Venture Partners is to collaborate with IMEC to support spin-off initiatives from the European microelectronics research centre with start-up and seed capital. As part of the agreement, Capricorn Venture Partners has been mandated to raise funds for IMEC’s ITF seed capital fund.
Wednesday 4th February 2004
Scientists at Philips Research claim a significant step towards perfecting new micro electro-mechanical system (MEMS) devices that will significantly enhance the performance and minimise the size of RF circuits in mobile phones. The new MEMS devices are the microscopic equivalent of air-spaced variable/switchable capacitors and can be integrated into silicon chips using conventional wafer fabrication processes.
Tuesday 3rd February 2004
Unitive has selected SUSS lithography equipment and SupraYield technology to develop next-generation packaging processes. The SupraYield installation and process development will take place at Unitive's facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Tuesday 3rd February 2004
Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) has created an electron beam (EB) lithography system that enables the fabrication of nanometre-scale three-dimensional (3D) structures. NTT demonstrated the 3D nanopatterning and nanofabrication by exposing a small sphere to the EB to form the world's smallest globe. A 3D nano-filter has also been produced on the system.
Monday 2nd February 2004
Soitec’s Picogiga International division introduced a family of aluminium gallium nitride (AlGaN)/gallium nitride (GaN) epitaxial layers on silicon substrates aimed at high-power high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs). These devices are used in wireless-infrastructure and other high-speed applications. Picogiga uses a molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) process to create the substrates.
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Monday 2nd February 2004
Lithography industry representatives selected 193nm immersion as the most likely candidate to meet the needs of leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing in the period 2007-2009 at a two-day Lithography Forum sponsored by International SEMATECH (ISMT).
Thursday 29th January 2004
Osram has signed a patent cross-license contract with Lite-On Technology, a manufacturer of optoelectronics in Taiwan, concerning light-emitting diode technology.
Thursday 29th January 2004
ASML, Canon, and Nikon are all designing and planning to ship commercial immersion lithography tools between late 2004 and 2006, according to presentations made at the latest International Sematech (ISMT) workshop on the technology. ASML and Nikon both say they will develop 193nm immersion systems at 0.85 numerical aperture (NA) by Q3 2004. Canon says it plans to build a 193nm tool with an NA greater than 1.0 by early 2006.
Wednesday 28th January 2004
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) has set up two panels to deal with Korea’s complaints concerning DRAM anti-dumping duties in Europe (DS299) and the USA (DS296).
Wednesday 28th January 2004
Wacker-Chemie is preparing an initial public offering (IPO) of shares in its silicon wafer unit, Wacker Siltronic, according to an interview with the company’s CEO Dr Peter-Alexander Wacker in the Frankfuerter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Wednesday 28th January 2004
OpTIC Technium is to help researchers from University College London (UCL) and Cranfield University in developing and commercialising ultra precision surface production technology. The aim is for production of surfaces with ten times the accuracy and with ten times greater speed than current state of the art.
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Wednesday 28th January 2004
Philips Electronics has made its entire portfolio of small signal discrete plastic surface mount devices (SMD) available in 100% lead-free packaging. In these devices, tin-lead-plating will be replaced by pure matte tin (100% Sn).
Wednesday 28th January 2004
Infineon Technologies has signed an agreement to acquire ADMtek, a fabless IC design company based in Taiwan. The purchase price is EUR80mn in cash, including an earn-out portion of about EUR20mn if certain performance and development milestones are achieved within two years after completion of the deal.
Wednesday 28th January 2004
Toshiba has used advances in process technology and design optimisation to reduce individual pixels in its latest CMOS image sensor camera module from 5.4microns to 3.75microns. This allows approximately 330,000 signal pixels to be arranged in a 492x660 array on a single chip with a 4mm optical format.
Monday 26th January 2004
Philips Electronics and IBM have joined in an initiative to develop customer systems for radio frequency identification (RFID) and smartcard applications. The key end-application areas that the companies plan to address are RFID solutions for supply chain management, retail and asset management, as well as smartcard solutions for finance, e-government, transportation and event ticketing.
Monday 26th January 2004
Novellus Systems announced the appointment of Dr Sasson (Sass) Somekh as president. As president, Somekh will assume the primary role in driving new product development and product line business units.
Thursday 22nd January 2004
The US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) released the 2003 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). The collaborative document explores key issues and trends in semiconductor technology reaching 15 years into the future – up to 2018. The new ITRS was developed with contributions from more than 900 participants.

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