STMicroelectronics, CEA-Leti and Aixtron have developed an advanced process technology for the creation of ultra-thin transistor-gate-insulation layers for low-power applications at the 65nm and 45nm CMOS transistor technology nodes.
ST Assembly Test Services (STATS) has developed a "Chip Scale Module Package" (CSMP) thin-film technology, which involves the fabrication of passive devices such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, filters, baluns and interconnects directly onto a silicon substrate.
MOSAID Technologies has filed a proposed Stipulated Order of Dismissal for all infringement claims with respect to US patent No.6,067,272 covering a delay locked loop (DLL) circuit for use in synchronous DRAM.
Intel disclosed plans for an additional $2bn investment in its facilities in Ireland under an agreement with the Irish Development Authority (IDA). The deal includes grants and other potential incentives as Intel continues to invest in Ireland. The company's 2004 capital expenditure forecast range of $3.6-4.0bn will accommodate the spending for the early stages of the new project.
UMC claims a significant performance enhancement on 45nm p-channel transistors through substrate engineering. UMC's engineers have implemented a new substrate crystalline orientation scheme to realise a transistor drive current increase of 30%, compared to devices fabricated on silicon substrates with conventional surface orientation. Performance gain is based on the same level of device leakage.
European IC producer Micronas has agreed to acquire LINX Electronics, a US fabless semiconductor company that develops digital television solutions for improved reception of high-definition television (HDTV) signals.
A new generation of programmable CMOS imaging chips is to be developed in a project led by University of Sheffield Professor Nigel Allinson. Among the hopes for the GBP4.5mn MI-3 project are the earlier detection of cancer, the instant analysis of medical screening tests and the ability for emergency and security services to work effectively in murky surroundings. Possible scientific applications are seen in studies of the fundamental interactions of matter, space exploration and cell biology.