STMicroelectronics has been granted ISO/TS16949:2002 certification for all of its sites, including non-manufacturing sites. The certification covers both the ISO9001:2000 standard and the new TS16949:2002 standard that applies the much more demanding quality criteria of the automotive industry.
Micronic Laser Systems has decided to discontinue the Sigma7100, which will be replaced by Sigma7300. The Sigma7000 series uses an array of micromirrors to produce images in parallel, promising higher throughput. The mirror system was developed with the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (IMS).
Capricorn Venture Partners is to collaborate with IMEC to support spin-off initiatives from the European microelectronics research centre with start-up and seed capital. As part of the agreement, Capricorn Venture Partners has been mandated to raise funds for IMEC’s ITF seed capital fund.
Scientists at Philips Research claim a significant step towards perfecting new micro electro-mechanical system (MEMS) devices that will significantly enhance the performance and minimise the size of RF circuits in mobile phones. The new MEMS devices are the microscopic equivalent of air-spaced variable/switchable capacitors and can be integrated into silicon chips using conventional wafer fabrication processes.
Unitive has selected SUSS lithography equipment and SupraYield technology to develop next-generation packaging processes. The SupraYield installation and process development will take place at Unitive's facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) has created an electron beam (EB) lithography system that enables the fabrication of nanometre-scale three-dimensional (3D) structures. NTT demonstrated the 3D nanopatterning and nanofabrication by exposing a small sphere to the EB to form the world's smallest globe. A 3D nano-filter has also been produced on the system.
Soitec’s Picogiga International division introduced a family of aluminium gallium nitride (AlGaN)/gallium nitride (GaN) epitaxial layers on silicon substrates aimed at high-power high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs). These devices are used in wireless-infrastructure and other high-speed applications. Picogiga uses a molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) process to create the substrates.
Lithography industry representatives selected 193nm immersion as the most likely candidate to meet the needs of leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing in the period 2007-2009 at a two-day Lithography Forum sponsored by International SEMATECH (ISMT).
ASML, Canon, and Nikon are all designing and planning to ship commercial immersion lithography tools between late 2004 and 2006, according to presentations made at the latest International Sematech (ISMT) workshop on the technology. ASML and Nikon both say they will develop 193nm immersion systems at 0.85 numerical aperture (NA) by Q3 2004. Canon says it plans to build a 193nm tool with an NA greater than 1.0 by early 2006.
Wacker-Chemie is preparing an initial public offering (IPO) of shares in its silicon wafer unit, Wacker Siltronic, according to an interview with the company’s CEO Dr Peter-Alexander Wacker in the Frankfuerter Allgemeine Zeitung.
OpTIC Technium is to help researchers from University College London (UCL) and Cranfield University in developing and commercialising ultra precision surface production technology. The aim is for production of surfaces with ten times the accuracy and with ten times greater speed than current state of the art.
Philips Electronics has made its entire portfolio of small signal discrete plastic surface mount devices (SMD) available in 100% lead-free packaging. In these devices, tin-lead-plating will be replaced by pure matte tin (100% Sn).
Infineon Technologies has signed an agreement to acquire ADMtek, a fabless IC design company based in Taiwan. The purchase price is EUR80mn in cash, including an earn-out portion of about EUR20mn if certain performance and development milestones are achieved within two years after completion of the deal.
Toshiba has used advances in process technology and design optimisation to reduce individual pixels in its latest CMOS image sensor camera module from 5.4microns to 3.75microns. This allows approximately 330,000 signal pixels to be arranged in a 492x660 array on a single chip with a 4mm optical format.
Philips Electronics and IBM have joined in an initiative to develop customer systems for radio frequency identification (RFID) and smartcard applications. The key end-application areas that the companies plan to address are RFID solutions for supply chain management, retail and asset management, as well as smartcard solutions for finance, e-government, transportation and event ticketing.
Novellus Systems announced the appointment of Dr Sasson (Sass) Somekh as president. As president, Somekh will assume the primary role in driving new product development and product line business units.
The US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) released the 2003 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). The collaborative document explores key issues and trends in semiconductor technology reaching 15 years into the future – up to 2018. The new ITRS was developed with contributions from more than 900 participants.
Europe’s IMEC microelectronics research centre is extending its long-term collaboration with ASML to immersion lithography. An industrial affiliation programme (IIAP) on 193nm liquid immersion lithography will run in parallel with IMEC’s 157nm lithography IIAP.
STMicroelectronics has been awarded the Best Industrial Renewable Energy Partnership as part of the European Commission’s Campaign for Take-Off for Renewable Energy Awards 2003. ST received the prize for its programme to achieve 15% renewable energy by 2010.
MEMC Electronic Materials agreed to join IMEC’s research on high-mobility layers and advanced source/drain engineering. The company will join the IMEC Industrial Affiliation Program (IIAP) that targets solutions in scaled planar devices.
Infineon Techologies is preparing "strategic options" for its fibre optic business that would involve it becoming a separate legal entity. Infineon is looking for potential partners "to maximise the value of the business".