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Semiconductor tool orders slide below billion-dollar mark in September

Oct 21, 2011 Awaiting "stability in the overall economic outlook," semiconductor device makers spent 40.4% less with North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment year-over-year in Sept...

Materion buys EIS Optics Limited, adds Shanghai factory

Oct 20, 2011 Materion Advanced Materials Technologies acquired EIS Optics Limited, adding a 97,000sq.ft. manufacturing site in Shanghai, China for optical coatings. EIS Optics makes optical thin film filters, g...

Asian foundry selects Mattson RTP tool

Oct 19, 2011

Mattson Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MTSN) won acceptance for its Helios XP rapid thermal processing (RTP) system for process of record from a major Asian foundry.

Writing an outsourcing spec that delivers

Oct 18, 2011 Once you've chosen an outsourcing partner, focus on the details. Mark Danna of Owens Design shares how to write a project specification that is adaptable and designed to bring a project in on time ...

MVTS expands in California, Malaysia, and Taiwan

Oct 18, 2011 MVTS Technologies opened new offices in San Jose, CA; Penang, Malaysia; and Hsinchu, Taiwan to support growing demand for test, assembly, and other IC production equipment and services among semico...

BiTMICRO spearheads Philippines microelectronics design center

Oct 17, 2011 The Philippino brothers behind BiTMICRO in Silicon Valley and its Philippine subsidiary BiTMICRO Networks International Inc. have created the Bruce Institute of Technology (BIT) microelectronics an...

Optogan LED chip fab opens in Germany

Oct 14, 2011

Optogan opened its LED production site in Landshut, Germany, planning to produce 1 billion chips/year initially.

SEMI honors industry leaders at SEMICON Europa

Oct 13, 2011 SEMI honored Dr. Tibor Pavelka (Semilab) with the European SEMI Award; Heinz Kundert (SEMI Europe) with the IC Industry Award for Excellence; and Christian Prischmann (UIbrich) with the SEMI Europe...

Flat silicon wafer shipments will pick up in 2012, 2013

Oct 12, 2011 While the market has currently softened, early-2011 momentum will carry the year's semiconductor silicon sales to a higher total than 2010, said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI, noting ...

HB-LED revenues contend with supply growth, demand slowing

Oct 7, 2011 Revenues for HB-LEDs grew 108% to $11.2 billion in 2010, driven by applications in TV backlight units, according to Strategies Unlimited. The party is quieting down though, as expanding supply and ...

iSuppli: Rising chip inventories look like 2008 again

Oct 7, 2011 Time for another warning about semiconductor inventories, this time expressing concern about "unusually elevated" levels rising to a point similar to just before the beginning of the 2008...

GlobalFoundries signs onto new A*STAR productivity enhancement program

Oct 7, 2011 Singapore has launched the Manufacturing Productivity Technology Centre at A*STAR's Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. GlobalFoundries signed a 5-year Manufacturing Productivity Enhan...

Strong analog growth bucks semiconductor industry trend

Oct 6, 2011

Analog semiconductors will buck the trend of contraction in the overall chip industry, growing 13.8% in 2011, 8.6% in 2012, then 12.8% in 2013.

August chip sales data: Good news, bad news, and another downgrade

Oct 4, 2011 Global sales of semiconductors inched back above the $25B level in August, and analysts pick through the numbers to find a mix of good and bad news -- and reason for yet another forecast downgrade.

memsstar expands in Silicon Glen

Oct 4, 2011 The maturing MEMS market and increased adoption of secondary equipment for semiconductor manufacturing have led deposition and etch tool supplier memsstar Limited to expand in Livingston, Scotland....

Fab-lite business model called "sustainable," attracts converts

Oct 4, 2011 The fab-lite (or asset-lite) trend in IC industry has spread quickly and caused a good deal of debate about the future of chip making, says IC Insights in its latest research bulletin from The McCl...

How to qualify your outsource selection before you write the check

Oct 3, 2011 Mark Danna, Owens Design, continues his series on the right way to outsource a project. Take these 3 steps before deciding on an outsourcing partner: Check references, consult your professional net...

FSI ORION single-wafer clean tool ordered for Asian foundry

Oct 3, 2011

FSI International (Nasdaq:FSII) will ship an ORION single wafer cleaning system to a leading Asian semiconductor foundry for 28nm FEOL cleaning.

Berliner Glas, system elektronik develop next-generation OEM HMI assemblies

Sep 29, 2011 Berliner Glas and system elektronik will share their glass processing, bonding, display, and touchscreen technologies to develop OEM human machine interface (HMI) assemblies. The team will investig...

Samsung claims industry-first LPDDR3 30nm DRAM

Sep 29, 2011

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. developed a monolithic 4Gb low-power double-data-rate 3 (LPDDR3) memory device on 30nm-class wafer processing technology.

Samsung invests in OLED maker Novaled

Sep 28, 2011

Samsung Venture Investment Corporation has become a shareholder in Novaled AG, high-efficiency OLED maker with expertise in synthetic and analytical chemistry.

SEMATECH names lithography director

Sep 28, 2011 SEMATECH appointed Dr. Stefan Wurm as the consortium's director of lithography, responsible for the strategic direction of SEMATECH's Lithography program, particularly worldwide EUV infrastructure ...

Intel, GlobalFoundries, IBM, TSMC, Samsung create 450mm initiative

Sep 27, 2011 New York State has entered into agreements for $4.4 billion in investments over the next 5 years from Intel, IBM, GlobalFoundries, TSMC, and Samsung to create a 450mm consortium and manufacturing c...

DOE funds LED manufacturing R&D; with up to $10M

Sep 27, 2011 The US DOE is accepting funding applications through December 15, 2011, for developers of solid-state lighting such as LEDs and OLEDs. Up to $10 million is available to research lower-cost man...

Fabless wireless companies add momentum to semiconductor industry

Sep 26, 2011 Fabless wireless semiconductor companies are putting out new chips and breakthrough technologies, adding "growth momentum" to the semiconductor industry value chain as a whole, according ...

More IC pessimism: Semi inventories "worrisome," says Gartner

Sep 23, 2011 Adding to the growing chorus of semiconductor industry downgrades, Gartner analysts are raising another red flag: semiconductor inventories are at "worrisome" levels given market conditio...

Semiconductor growth cut: Echoes of 2008 recession

Sep 23, 2011 Macroeconomic factors will tug down global electronics demand in 2011, said IHS, which lowered its semiconductor revenue growth forecast for 2011. While the slowdown comes at a bad time -- pre-holi...

Samsung Line-16 memory fab opens

Sep 22, 2011 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. started up its Line-16 memory semiconductor fabrication facility, calling it the “industry’s largest production capacity” for memory chips and sharing plans for 20nm- a...

IC Insights updates semi forecast, discusses China's stimulus success

Sep 20, 2011 IC Insights' Bill McClean discusses his fall forecast update for the semiconductor industry, why he sees 8%-9% long-term growth, and the impact of stimulus programs on worldwide GDP and how that ti...

Hynix suitor exits, leaving only one

Sep 20, 2011 One of two suitors to take a major stake in Korea's Hynix Semiconductor has bowed out of the running, leaving just one suitor for the planet's second-largest memory chipmaker in the latest push by ...

Semiconductor capex dragged in August 2011

Sep 19, 2011 North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted $1.18 billion in orders in August 2011, which led to a book-to-bill ratio of 0.80, according to SEMI's August Book-to-Bill Report.

Nano electronics garner 12 grants totaling $20M from NSF, SRC

Sep 19, 2011 Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund $20 million for 12 four-year grants on nanoelectronics research, aiming for the "new transistor&qu...;

Negative 2011 semiconductor industry growth is possible, warns Gartner

Sep 15, 2011 Jim Walker, VP, Research of Semiconductor Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies, at Gartner, speaks with Solid State Technology about revising Gartner’s 2011 semiconductor industry forecast from ...

Stanford, UC Berkeley profs win SRC awards

Sep 15, 2011 Update: Video interviews with the award winners. Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) bestowed its Aristotle and Technical Excellence awards on teams researching TCAD IC simulation and test/val...

Live from SRC TECHCON

Sep 14, 2011 In this special event coverage of Semiconductor Research Corporation's TECHCON conference, we feature video interviews with students and professors taking part in semiconductor research projects, a...

3M invests in Pixel Qi LCD technology

Sep 14, 2011

3M, via the 3M New Ventures organization, invested an undisclosed sum in Pixel Qi Corp., a fabless LCD panel developer a low-power, sunlight-readable LCD screen technology.

SEMICON Europa preview

Sep 13, 2011 SEMICON Europa 2011 will take place October 11-13 at Messe Dresden in Dresden, Germany. The event covers new technologies and products for advanced microelectronics manufacturing. This year has mor...

Precision Flow Technologies cuts jobs temporarily

Sep 12, 2011 After Precision Flow Technologies (PFT) received $1.5 million from NYSERDA to expand its solar thin-film and LED production equipment manufacturing area, has temporarily cut 40 staff, according to ...

Lam Research hires CEO from within

Sep 9, 2011 Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) will transition Martin B. Anstice to CEO with the new year. Anstice has spent 10+ years with LRCX, including his roles as president and COO (current), and CFO.

Q2 semiconductor tool sales show 8% droop in bookings

Sep 8, 2011 SEMI and the SEAJ gathered semiconductor manufacturing equipment sales and shipments data from over 100 global equipment companies for their Q2 report. While shipments (billings) rose 31% over Q2 2...

Mattson sells photoresist strip systems for 3Xnm nodes

Sep 7, 2011 Mattson Technology received multiple follow-on orders for its SUPREMA photoresist strip systems from major customers fabs in Asia, Europe and the US for volume production of advanced logic, foundry...

SIA: Chip sales "holding steady," hope for 4Q11 push

Sep 6, 2011

The SIA's latest monthly numbers suggest the chip market remains stalled, though some industry watchers still hope for a seasonal growth push in 4Q11.

AIXTRON sells MOCVD systems to Jiangsu CANYANG for blue LED fab

Sep 6, 2011 AIXTRON SE received an order from Jiangsu CANYANG Optoelectronics LTD. for four CRIUS II metal-organic chemical vapor deposition systems in a 55 x 2" configuration. All systems will be dedicat...

NXP Semiconductor supplier awards

Sep 2, 2011 NXP Semiconductors began a "Best Supplier" awards program, recognizing its best front-end and back-end materials and equipment suppliers, as well as best supplier of indirect materials or...

Semconductor upswing in 2012 as excesses dwindle

Sep 1, 2011 Semico predicts that the semiconductor manufacturing industry is undergoing a three-quarter (Q3 2011-Q1 2012) downturn, with foundries trimming capital expenditures and OEMs holding excess inventory.

3D TFT LCD panel shipments grow quarterly

Sep 1, 2011 3D-capable thin film transistor (TFT) panel shipments were primarily for LCD TVs, reaching 4.9 million units in Q2 2011. According to the DisplaySearch Quarterly Large-Area TFT LCD Shipment Report,...

Picking the right outsourcing partner

Aug 31, 2011 Mark Danna, Owens Design's VP for new business development, covers the questions to ask when you’re looking for the right outsourcing partner on a particular project. This article is part of a seri...

IEEE Photonics conference highlights lasers, LEDs, optical communications, sensors, displays and more

Aug 30, 2011 The IEEE Photonics Conference 2011, previously known as the IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting, will offer more than 550 technical presentations by the world’s leading scientists and engineers in the areas o...

GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Amkor co-develop semiconductor assembly and test methods

Aug 29, 2011 GLOBALFOUNDRIES entered into a strategic partnership with Amkor (NASDAQ:AMKR) to develop integrated semiconductor assembly and test processes for advanced silicon nodes. The aim is integrated fab-b...

Touchscreens in 97% of smartphones by 2016

Aug 29, 2011 Touchscreens went from showing up in 7% of smartphones in 2006 to being integrated into 75% of the devices in 2010. The next 5-year period will increase touchscreen infiltration to 97% of all smart...