Infineon Technologies formally opened the second module of its memory chip assembly, package and test facility in Portugal. The company is investing a total of EUR230mn in the new module at the Vila do Condo site.
Intel has begun 300mm wafer processing at its Fab 24 in Leixlip, Ireland. In addition, the $2bn facility features Intel's leading 90nm process technology. Fab 24 is the company's fourth 300mm manufacturing facility and Intel's third fab to manufacture semiconductors with 90nm circuitry.
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.
Toshiba has launched the industry's first commercial system-on-chip (SoC) devices built on the X Architecture design based on the inclusion of diagonal chip interconnects alongside the more traditional right angle wiring.
ICOS Vision Systems in Belgium has acquired the wafer inspection business of Siemens. Under the terms of the agreement, ICOS acquired for EUR6.25mn cash the rights to all of Siemens' two dimensional (2D) wafer inspection technology as well as related assets. The acquisition was closed on June 8, 2004.
austriamicrosystems expanded its 0.35micron foundry technology portfolio with an advanced CMOS opto process. The image sensor technology offers high optical sensitivity and very low dark currents, the company says. The company believes the product could be used in digital video cameras.
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.