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Thursday 20th November 2003
The United States comes 11th in a global index ranking information and communication and technology (ICT) access made by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The index includes assessments of infrastructure, affordability, population knowledge/education, quality of service and usage.
Thursday 20th November 2003
CSD Epitaxy delivered an EpiPro epitaxial processing production system to Polish company Cemat Silicon, a supplier of silicon epitaxial wafers. The delivery represents a repeat order by Cemat for the EpiPro 5000 system. CSD Epitaxy acquired the Gemini and EpiPro product lines from Mattson Technology earlier this year. CSD Epitaxy has manufacturing headquarters in California.
Thursday 20th November 2003
AMD has broken ground on a 300mm manufacturing facility in Germany. AMD Fab 36 will be part of AMD Dresden Fab 36 LLC & Co. KG and will be located in Dresden next to AMD’s Fab 30, a 200mm production site. The 300mm facility is expected to be in volume production in 2006, employing 1000 people, mostly skilled engineers and technicians.
Thursday 20th November 2003
ON Semiconductor plans to consolidate more of its assembly and test operations at its site in Seremban, Malaysia, discontinuing back-end activities in Roznov, Czech Republic. The Rosnov tools will be moved to Seremban. ON Semiconductor plans to maintain its front-end manufacturing and design centre operations at Roznov, where it has significant ties to technical universities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Thursday 20th November 2003
Researchers at the Sandia US national laboratory have developed record-breaking ultraviolet light emitting diodes (UV LEDs). Two separate devices have been produced that emit light at 290nm and 275nm. The 290nm device has an output power of 1.3mW in a continuous wave (CW) mode, while the shorter wavelength part produces 0.4mW.
Wednesday 19th November 2003
Europe’s ASML and Japan’s Dainippon Screen Manufacturing have agreed to jointly develop seamless litho-clustering methods. The term "litho-cluster" describes the linking of track and lithography systems. The companies plan to instal Dainippon Screen’s track systems in the ASML Development Laboratory in Veldhoven, the Netherlands.
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Wednesday 19th November 2003
Tokyo Electron (TEL) and Clariant’s Japanese subsidiary have jointly developed surfactant rinse (FIRM) solutions and processes for the formation of ultra-fine patterns in semiconductor production. The processes are now ready for sale.
Wednesday 19th November 2003
IMEC’s 300mm fab construction project is the subject of a EUR46.8mn loan agreement with Fortis Bank. The European Investment Bank (EIB) supports the deal. The Flemish government previously advanced EUR37.2mn in November 2002.
Wednesday 19th November 2003
BOC Edwards has secured the supply of all bulk gases, bulk & speciality gas distribution and chemical & slurry management systems for a "large semiconductor manufacturer's new wafer fabrication facility near Shanghai", China. The services include complete design, engineering, installation, start-up and commissioning, including sustained operations for the bulk gas pad.
Wednesday 19th November 2003
US foundry DALSA Semiconductor has selected EV Group as the strategic supplier for micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) wafer bonding and thick polymer lithography production equipment.
Thursday 13th November 2003
Two lithography exposure tool companies released comments on the prospects for immersion lithography, where water is planned to be used as an optical medium to extend 193nm resolution.
Thursday 13th November 2003
Concerns that UK industry is not responding effectively to new European environmental measures has led the UK government departments of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to issue two new guidance documents to the chief executives of every UK company in the electrical/electronics sector.
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Thursday 13th November 2003
Philips Electronics claims the industry's first complete plug-and-play Bluetooth solution in a single, low-cost chip package. The Bluetooth local wireless communication standard is aimed at applications such as mobile phones, headsets, car kits and PDAs.
Thursday 13th November 2003
Philips Electronics claims a breakthrough in LDMOS (laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor) technology that its says can reduce the complexity and operating costs of 3G cellular base stations while at the same time enhancing their performance and reliability.
Thursday 13th November 2003
EV Group (EVG) has successfully installed an EVG501 wafer bonding system and an EVG620 precision alignment system for double-side lithography at McGill University’s Nanotool Micromachining fab in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Thursday 13th November 2003
Researchers at Motorola's semiconductor labs have built a "Multiple Independent Gate Field Effect Transistor" (MIGFET). The device allows for one transistor to contain multiple independent gates. Motorola claims it as a "first-of-its-kind". The company believes that the transistor could provide a major boost to the continuing drive toward smaller, more powerful chips.
Thursday 13th November 2003
Researcher Carlos Gonzalez from the Department of New Materials at CIDETEC (Basque Country, Spain) has developed a cosmetic false nail that can change colour.
Thursday 13th November 2003
Intel says that it has identified new materials as high-k gate dielectric and gate metal to replace those used to manufacture chips for more than 30 years. Intel says that the new high-k material reduces leakage by more than 100 times over silicon dioxide.
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Friday 7th November 2003
TRONIC’S Microsystems, a developmer and producer of custom MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) for high-end applications, today held the inauguration of its new state-of-the-art MEMS production facility in Crolles, France. The company is enhancing its production capacity of high performance, high value add custom MEMS products based on specialized thick silicon-on-insulator (SOI) micromachining processes.
Friday 7th November 2003
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has released its annual forecast for 2003-2006, highlighting a strong growth forecast for 2004.
Friday 7th November 2003
Agere Systems has announced it has produced the fastest working high-speed serial interface circuits in 90 nm low-k technology. Agere's 90nm serialiser/deserialiser (SerDes) technology will enable speeds of 12 gigabits per second (Gbits/s), 20 percent faster than currently available technology.
Friday 7th November 2003
IQE, an outsource supplier of advanced wafers to the semiconductor industry, has announced the successful completion of a Placing and Open offer, raising £18.75 million (£17.9 million net of expenses).
Friday 7th November 2003
The worldwide semiconductor equipment market has begun its much anticipated albeit small recovery in 2003, according to the report recently published by The Information Network.
Thursday 6th November 2003
West Associates appointed Distributor for Qualiflow in UK & Ireland Whatever you are doing with gases, West Associates probably has a gas handling product that would help. After 12 successful years distributing: · NuPure Point Of Use gas purifiers (sub ppb purity whether it is argon, arsine or ammonia) · Firechek pneumatic shut-off valves (temperature triggered) · Emergency Containment Systems gas cylinder containment vessels · AXT VGF GaAs & InP wafers (2” – 150mm, Semi Insulating or Semi Conducting)) West Associates has now added Qualiflow to the stable, to offer: · Mass Flow Controllers & Meters (digital & analogue) · Liquid Flow Controllers · Vapour Flow Controllers · Bellows valves · Diaphragm valves · Manifolds Qualiflow’s own product range has extended significantly, following their merger with Jipelec and acquisition of a 33% share of Lintec, both leading manufacturers of liquid vaporization systems. Liquid evaporation is thought to be a key technology in the manufacturing of the next generation of integrated circuits. If you have a specific purifier need let us know the details here Purifier RFQ and we will send you the appropriate quotation & data sheet. Otherwise, tell us what you are doing with gas and we’ll keep you updated with the relevant product news click here.

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