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Tuesday 23rd September 2003
Bookham Technology has signed a definitive agreement to acquire New Focus, a provider of photonic and microwave solutions to non-telecom diversified markets, including the semiconductor, defence, research, industrial, biotech/medical and telecom test and measurement industries.
Tuesday 23rd September 2003
IBM plans to use chemical vapour deposition (CVD) low-k technology at the 90nm node. This is a blow to Dow Chemical, the producer of the spin-on SiLK dielectric. Dow and IBM have worked together for some time.
Tuesday 23rd September 2003
Light-emitting silicon technology has seen further significant advances, according to STMicroelectronics. An ST research team has not only increased the external quantum efficiency of its light-emitting devices by a factor 1.5 – a figure which already exceeds the quantum efficiency of traditional semiconductor materials - but it has also increased the maximum emitted power by a factor 50. As a result, ST is now able to produce more than 1mW of emitted light power for each square millimetre of silicon.
Wednesday 17th September 2003
Semiconductor lithography experts have identified the top ten critical issues facing the industry with the use of extreme numerical apertures (hyper-NA), a critical factor for extending optical lithography, especially through immersion lithography. Hyper-NA refers to numerical apertures (NAs) greater than 0.90.
Wednesday 17th September 2003
Philips and the European IMEC research centre have completed fabrication of 65nm CMOS devices with good electrical performance as the second milestone within their strategic partnership.
Wednesday 17th September 2003
Infineon Technologies and China’s Huawei Technologies will join forces to develop a price-competitive third generation (3G) WCDMA mobile phone platform.
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Tuesday 16th September 2003
IBM reports that it has developed the first transistors using strained silicon directly on insulator (SSDOI) technology. The company says that the process provides high performance while eliminating manufacturing problems. IBM also claims to be the first to combine two different underlying silicon layers that simultaneously maximise the performance of the key transistors used in complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) devices. Both technologies aim at improved currents and removing the need for such rapid shrinkage of devices.
Tuesday 16th September 2003
The recent International Symposium on 157nm Lithography concluded there are no showstoppers preventing 157nm lithography technology from being placed into manufacturing for the 45nm node.
Tuesday 16th September 2003
Sir David King, the UK’s chief government scientist, opened the Liverpool Semiconductor Detector Centre on September 11, 2003. The facility consists of cleanroom and workshop facilities. The centre will first be used to build sensitive detector components for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) under construction at the CERN particle physics research centre in Switzerland.
Tuesday 16th September 2003
Virtual Silicon and IMEC EUROPRACTICE IC Services have extended their partnership to include 130nm semiconductor intellectual property (SIP). The SIP from Virtual Silicon is for use in Europractice's multi-project wafer and low-volume ASIC services. Products included in the agreement are standard cells, basic I/O, PLL, application specific I/O (LVDS, SSTL2, PCI-X, USB 1.1, HSTL and PCI 2.2) and memory.
Tuesday 16th September 2003
Bookham Technology has completed execution of a major cost reduction initiative four months ahead of the original target. The initiative involved consolidation of its two main wafer fab facilities, following the acquisition of the Nortel Networks Optical Components businesses (NNOC).
Friday 5th September 2003
Intel has increased the low-end of its Q3 revenue expectations even compared with an estimate issued on August 22 (Bulletin 496, August 27, 2003). Revenues are now forecast in the range $7.6-7.8bn, compared with August 22’s $7.3-7.8bn.
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Thursday 4th September 2003
Labour representatives have walked out of a meeting where STMicroelectronics informed them of its plans to migrate at least half of its European and US 150mm wafer production either to finer geometry 200mm wafer fabs or to the company's 150mm fab in Singapore.
Thursday 4th September 2003
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors introduced blue thin-film LEDs based on its indium gallium nitride ThinGaN technology.
Thursday 4th September 2003
KLA-Tencor and Carl Zeiss Microelectronic Systems have established an alliance on next-generation photomasks for the 90nm and below technology nodes. The joint-development is aimed at providing the most comprehensive and cost-effective solution available to detect, review and disposition defects on advanced reticles. The companies plan to fully integrate reticle inspection, testing, metrology, review and defect dispositioning.
Wednesday 3rd September 2003
The Electromagnetics Laboratory (ITHE) of the Rheinisch Westfaelische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen has ordered an Aixtron AIX 200/4 RF-S system to research gallium nitride on silicon applications.
Tuesday 2nd September 2003
Hynix Semiconductor says that it is in talks aimed at selling its non-memory business to US financiers Citigroup. By selling non-core businesses to reduce crippling debt and losses, Hynix hopes to stave off bankruptcy. Citigroup has signed a letter of intent to buy the operation, according to Hynix. The non-memory business unit accounts for about 20% of sales.
Tuesday 2nd September 2003
austriamicrosystems has won a multi-$mn contract to design and supply an embedded processor with ultra low-power analogue ICs from Philips Oral Healthcare, a subsidiary of Philips. The application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) will be used in Philips Oral Healthcare’s next generation of Sonicare toothbrush.
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Tuesday 2nd September 2003
Chinese foundry services company CSMC Technologies has entered into an arrangement with Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing for equipment purchase, technology licensing, operational assistance and customer referrals. In return, Chartered will receive cash payments and an equity stake in the Chinese foundry currently specialising in 150mm wafer production.
Friday 29th August 2003
European microsystem supplier MEMSCAP has entered into definitive agreement to acquire GalayOr and to concurrently increase its share capital by cash from financial investors.
Wednesday 27th August 2003
Infineon Technologies has shipped the first samples of its 1Gbit double data rate (DDR) Synchronous DRAM (SDRAM) to key customers. The devices are fabricated using the company's 110nm CMOS process resulting in a chip of area 160mm2 – claimed as the industry's smallest to date.
Wednesday 27th August 2003
ASM International intends to enter into a long-term co-operative agreement with the University of Helsinki to jointly develop atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology. At the same time, staffing at ASM’s Finnish subsidiary will be reduced by about 20 to 25 people as part of earlier announced restructuring plans of ASM's front-end operations.
Wednesday 20th August 2003
Philips Electronics is licensing Memory Stick technology from Sony. Philips will use the technology in its Nexperia portfolio of programmable silicon on chip (SOC) and system solutions for multimedia applications.
Wednesday 20th August 2003
SIGMA-C has added liquid immersion process support to its SOLID-C 6.2 lithography simulation software. The German company began shipping SOLID-C 6.2 in July 2003.

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