Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology (TMD) has developed a new "input display" technology that is able to capture images directly via sensors within a thin film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD).
TRONICS Microsystems is extending its custom micro-electro-mechanical
systems (MEMS) production facilities in Crolles, France. The company will
insert a new cleanroom into an existing facility with work to be completed
by July and full volume production by year-end.
Nanotechnology consulting company Científica has expanded its business with the opening of new offices in London, UK, New York, USA, and Mumbai, India. The information and consulting business will relocate to London. New York and London are the cities where many of the commercial decisions concerning the future of nanotechnology will be taken.
Dutch researcher Michiel Blauw of the Delft Institute of Microelectronics and Submicrotechnology (DIMES) gained his PhD on January 19, 2004, for work on improved fluorine-based plasma etch of deep, narrow microstructures in silicon. Blauw studied how the plasma reacts with the silicon and how the sidewalls must be treated so as to make the trench as deep and as straight as possible.
IC test equipment company Advantest plans to develop a fast, accurate
failure diagnostics solution for deep-submicron, high-speed system-on-chip
(SoC) designs using TetraMAX automatic test pattern generation (ATPG)
technology from electronic design automation (EDA) tool provider Synopsys.
The tool under development will use data communication between the company's
T6000 series ATE system and Synopsys' TetraMAX ATPG tool to streamline the
process of detecting failures.
Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technique for vertical growth and
diameter control of multi-wall carbon nanotubes on a silicide layer for
constructing MOSFET electrodes (gate, drain, and source). Deposition was by
plasma-enhanced CVD. An electric field perpendicular to the wafer surface
induced nanotube growth aligned with the field. Varying the nickel and
cobalt content of the silicide controls the tube diameters. The company says
the technique is