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Tuesday 22nd July 2003
Tuesday 22nd July 2003
Vorwerk Teppichwerke's carpet production plant in Hameln, Germany, has signed a co-operation agreement with Infineon Technologies concerning carpets with woven-in "intelligence". The two companies are joining forces on the development of a marketable solution and plan to present initial prototypes by the end of 2004.
Friday 18th July 2003
Carl Zeiss SMT claims to have produced the first commercial illumination system in the world for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.
Friday 18th July 2003
Researchers at the Sandia US National Laboratory are claiming a first with their creation of solid-state white lighting on the basis of semiconductor quantum dots. Blue light devices have also been produced.
Friday 18th July 2003
Sandia researchers have produced a microfluidics device that can adsorb proteins from solution, hold them with negligible denaturation and release them on command (Science, July 18, 2003).
Friday 18th July 2003
Micronic Laser Systems and ASML have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture that will focus on the optical maskless lithography market for semiconductor manufacturing. The goal will be to develop an optical maskless lithography system by combining the semiconductor lithography technology of ASML with the mask pattern generator technology of Micronic based on its Spatial Light Modulator.
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Friday 18th July 2003
EMCORE claims that it will dramatically improve the economics of producing GaN materials through its GaN RealTemp 200 tool. Gallium nitride materials are used in the production of blue, green, and UV LEDs for use in cell phones and other backlighting applications.
Thursday 17th July 2003
TEL has released a new wafer prober for research and development applications in vacuum environments. Temporarily named the VP-6, the new system is specifically designed for MEMS (micro electrical mechanical systems) and other devices for which high vacuum wafer testing is required.
Thursday 17th July 2003
Atlantic Technology in the UK and Smartest in Germany have formed a new joint venture to provide a broader range of test and assembly services in Europe. The joint venture will be called Briowave.
Wednesday 16th July 2003
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Wednesday 16th July 2003
Professor Deborah Chung and graduate student Chia-Ken Leong of the University at Buffalo (part of SUNY) have been studying the use of carbon black dispersion in an organic vehicle as potential thermal pastes for heatsink interfaces (to appear in Carbon, an international journal sponsored by the American Carbon Society).
Wednesday 16th July 2003
ASML is further reducing staff. In addition to its previously announced work force goal of employing 5200 people in continuing operations by July 2003, the company now intends to cut an extra 550 jobs globally.
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Wednesday 16th July 2003
Vorwerk Teppichwerke’s carpet production plant in Hameln, Germany, has signed a co-operation agreement with Infineon Technologies concerning carpets with woven-in "intelligence". The two companies are joining forces on the development of a marketable solution and plan to present initial prototypes by the end of 2004.
Wednesday 16th July 2003
ATMI and Air Liquide announced an alliance to promote the productivity and safety benefits of SAGE gas packaging to the semiconductor industry.
Tuesday 15th July 2003
Soitec and ASM International claim a major milestone in their strained silicon-on-insulator (SOI) partnership programme with samples of a first-generation strained silicon wafer for the 65nm technology node. Work started in May 2003.
Tuesday 15th July 2003
STMicroelectronics claims the world’s smallest NOR Flash memory cell built on a 90nm process. The memory is designed for low voltage and high performance applications.
Tuesday 15th July 2003
Electroglas has sold its Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and Fab Solutions software product lines to FEI for $6mn in cash plus the assumption of certain liabilities. The product lines include Electroglas' Yield Manager and Merlin's Framework products. FEI will found a new division that will be staffed, in part, by existing Electroglas' DFM and Fab Solutions employees.
Monday 14th July 2003
The European Commission has decided to approve investment aid of EUR98mn for the setting up of a research and development facility for optical photomasks in Dresden, Germany.
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Monday 14th July 2003
Nikon, Canon and Tokyo Electron made a stream of announcements in preparation for next week's SEMICON West show in the USA.
Monday 14th July 2003
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing has signed a multi-year agreement to provide volume manufacturing for Infineon Technologies.
Monday 14th July 2003
Intel has acquired West Bay Semiconductor in a cash-for-assets transaction.
Monday 14th July 2003
ThreeFive Photonics has filed a "suspension of payments" request in the Dutch courts.
Monday 14th July 2003
Gartner Dataquest issued semiconductor capital and equipment spending estimates for 2003 and 2004.
Monday 14th July 2003
Micro Lithography (MLI) is to supply pellicles to DuPont Photomasks under a multi-year agreement. DuPont will begin ramping-down internal pellicle production at its facility in Connecticut immediately, ending production by September 2003. DuPont Photomasks' global workforce will be reduced by 5% (96 positions) once the move has been completed.

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