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. Tsinghua University, Beijing, RWTH Aachen University of Technology and Hong Kong University (HKUST) will partner with Aixtron in this programme.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.