The University of Surrey has appointed Filtronic's joint CEO Professor Christopher M Snowden, FREng, CEng, FIEE, FIEEE as vice-chancellor and chief executive with effect from July 1, 2005. Snowden succeeds Professor Patrick J Dowling, CBE, DL, FREng, FRS, who retires from office on June 30, 2005. Snowden has handed in his resignation to Filtronic, effective April 5, 2005.
Electronic component distributor Alpha Micro is suggesting that a fire at Philips' fab in Caen, France, opens up the chip market for “Europay, Mastercard and Visa” (EMV) and smart card point of sale (PoS) terminals to other IC suppliers such as TDK Semiconductor.
Nokia and STMicroelectronics are releasing a comprehensive specification for camera modules aimed at standardising this component in mobile devices. The Standard Mobile Imaging Architecture (SMIA) specification will cover all aspects of the modules, including electrical, mechanical and functional interfaces along with other key areas such as characterisation, optical performance and reliability.
AIXTRON and Genus are planning a 74:26 merger with the aim of creating one of the world's leading suppliers of advanced deposition equipment. AIXTRON leads the metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) market in the compound semiconductor sector (ultra-high brightness light emitting diodes, high frequency chips and lasers). Genus supplies atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology with application in advanced semiconductor and hard disk drive production.
The UK's University of Leeds has bought a V80H molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) instrument from Oxford Instruments to supply complex heterostructure devices for terahertz optoelectronics research. The tool will be used in a recently completed 160m2 photonics laboratory in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
IBM opened a European RFID Testing & Solution centre in La Gaude, France. Existing IBM development centres are sited in Gaithersburg, US, and in Tokyo, Japan.
The European centre aims to offer a true end-to-end RFID solution, including the middleware needed to integrate the technology to back-end systems.
The Silterra Malaysia foundry and the IMEC European R&D centre have signed an agreement for a joint development project (JDP) with the intention of creating a foundry-compatible 0.13micron CMOS process technology.
STMicroelectronics (ST) president/CEO Pasquale Pistorio will chair the technology platform group of a new European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC), where leading European players in the micro- and nanoelectronics field will work together to develop and implement a coherent European vision for the coming nanoelectronics era.