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Solid State Technology

Year 2002
Issue 8




DURHAM, NC-Chipmaker Cree, Inc. has been awarded more than $26 million in government contracts from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) for silicon carbide (SiC) microwave monolithic integrated circuit (MMIC) process development

Pcr Based Detection Syst

PCR-based detection system ferrets out pathogens

Kraft Foods, USDA swear by DuPont Qualicon's BAX System

Microchip To Buy Fujitsu

Microchip to buy Fujitsu fab for $183.5 million

GRESHAM, OR-Microchip Technology Inc.(Chandler, AZ) has signed an agreement to buy a chip fab here from Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. for $183.5 million cash

Fda Shuts Down Medical G

FDA shuts down medical gas operations at Air Liquide facilities

COATESVILLE, PA -Inspections by The U.S. FDA in early April shut down Air Liquide America Corp.'s (ALAC) medical gas facility here for failing to comply with certain current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) in the use of its industrial-grade trailers

Air Energy Systems Acqui

Air Energy Systems acquires MSS

MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA-It was late 1999 when Air Energy Systems (AES) and MSS Clean Technology Inc. (Buford, GA) teamed up to provide contamination control solutions for numerous processes

Rapid Contamination Dete

Rapid contamination detection technology patent granted

LAGUNA HILLS, CA-For the last two years, a subsidiary of a fluid treatment and monitoring equipment maker has been secretly working on a laser-based technology that detects and identifies, in real time, potentially harmful contamination as well as deadly microbes

Semi West Notebook Recov

SEMI West Notebook: Recovery is here, but moderate

SAN JOSE, CA-SEMICON West 2002 opened here to tempered, conservative remarks by top company executives and Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) leadership, with an agreement that while the recovery was underway, it would be a slow, moderate one



Out with the old, in with the new

Industry professionals who spent the first half of their careers designing and building "state-of-the-art" semiconductor fabs will now spend their autumn years trying to figure out how to tear the darn things down

Inventors Corner

Inventor's corner

The system and method for molecular contamination control allows a standard mechanical interface (SMIF) box, or pod (A), to be purged at desired levels of relative humidity, oxygen or particles


Biotech's potential clean space crunch

It's the most potent powder keg mankind has ever created. It has the potential to influence every living thing on earth


Ignorance, apathy cuts like a knife

We were young, some of us were barely out of high school, and it really didn't matter to us if the blood was visible or not


Life Sciences

Time to eliminate the

For those of you who are not familiar with the universal "10-second rule" regarding food consumption, it goes something like this: If you drop something on the ground, you can eat it if you pick it up within 10 seconds.


Some cautions concerning UPW degasification

Contemporary semiconductor fabs universally employ some type of degasification stage in their ultra-pure water (UPW) plants to reduce the concentration of dissolved gases.


After The Sale Distribut

After the sale: Distributors as troubleshooters

It's a win/win situation when users turn to their distributors for help in solving cleanroom application problems. Users get an invaluable resource, while distributors get a chance to cement relationships

Oversized Cleanrooms Ass

Oversized cleanrooms assume huge role in emerging flat-panel display production

Producers have been struggling to sort through and refine production methodologies that can deliver high volume at low cost

Special Report

Targeting AMC

Process engineers are now being charged with the task of controlling contamination control's most daunting menace.

Tube And Hose Maker Shoo

Tube and hose maker shoots for ISO Class 7, gets ISO Class 6

Manufacturer says clean, pure products is its "future"


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Product Spotlight

Swabs and wipers: Two critical consumables

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New Products

The HIAC 9703 System measures particles from small and large volume parenterals as well as fluid used for cleaning medical devices and precision parts. It detects particles in the range of 1.3 to 600 microns, according to company claims. The HRLD series sensors are used exclusively with this system to size particles through their dynamic range.