Scaling methods apply to EUV, says IMEC litho chief News & Analysis 2/27/2009 Post a comment Techniques being used to extend the life of 193-nm lithography appear equally applicable to next-generation extreme ultraviolet lithography, which could greatly increase the extendibility of the technology, according to Kurt Ronse, director of the advanced lithography program at nanoelectronics research center IMEC.
Stringer assumes Sony presidency in major reorg News & Analysis 2/27/2009 Post a comment Sony Chairman and CEO Howard Stringer will also assume the title of president of the Japanese electronics giant as part of a major restructuring that includes management changes and the formation of two new business groups. The changes will go into effect April 1.
January chip sales seen down 30% year-on-year News & Analysis 2/27/2009 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global chip sales is expected to come in at $15.1 billion for January, down from the $17.7 billion achieved in December 2008, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
TSMC tips litho roadmap, backs maskless News & Analysis 2/27/2009 2 comments At the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference here, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) disclosed its lithography roadmap and said it is still backing maskless technology.
Analyst weighs benefits of Nokia/Qualcomm link News & Analysis 2/27/2009 Post a comment Qualcomm is likely to see its position as the leading supplier of baseband chips for next generation mobile handsets enhanced following its recent deal with Nokia, but the jury is still very much out on just what market share gains it woud enjoy, according to market research group iSuppli.
German industry calls for microelectronics aid News & Analysis 2/27/2009 Post a comment The VDE, umbrella group for the German electrotechnical and electronics industry, has raised its voice in favor of state aid for the ailing chip industry. At the EC level, the industry might find this a hard nut to crack.
Tokyo Electron, Oerlikon cooperate on PV sales News & Analysis 2/27/2009 Post a comment Semiconductor equipment providers Tokyo Electron (Japan) and Oerlikon Solar (Switzerland) have announced a sales cooperation for photovoltaic equipment. The move aims at improving Oerlikon's market position in the Far East.
Mixed prospects seen for memories markets News & Analysis 2/27/2009 Post a comment The DRAM market will show significant quarterly growth throughout the rest of 2009, after touching a revenue low point in the first quarter, according to market research group IC Insights (Scottsdale, AZ.).
What is source-mask optimization? News & Analysis 2/27/2009 Post a comment A war of words of sorts emerged at the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference among vendors developing source-mask optimization tools in hopes of extending 193-nm immersion lithography to the 22-nm node.
Comment: Android beyond the phone News & Analysis 2/26/2009 Post a comment Look out, Redmond, I'm seeing signs that Google's Android could wind up in netbooks, digital picture frames and a host of embedded devices as a friendly, app-rich face for Linux.
Mentor posts profit, but will cut jobs News & Analysis 2/26/2009 Post a comment EDA vendor Mentor Graphics posted a profit of $31.5 million on revenue of $242.6 million for the quarter ended Jan. 31, in line with a revenue warning the company issued earlier this month. The company said it plans to cut an unspecified number of jobs as it trims costs amid the economic downturn.
Audio network chip start-up nabs $6 million News & Analysis 2/26/2009 Post a comment BridgeCo Inc., the provider of processor IC and software platforms for home networking and Internet radio, has raised a further $6 million from its existing backers, bringing the total raised to $59 million.
Upcoming conferences and events News & Analysis 2/26/2009 Post a comment What events will be essential to attend for automotive electronics designers within the next few months? Automotive DesignLine Europe offers a comprehensive overview.
Embedded systems project to get $6.9 million from EU News & Analysis 2/26/2009 Post a comment Interested, a collaborative research project intended to bring embedded systems development tools together from European vendors, to create tool chains, is set to get a total of 5.4 million euro (about $6.9 million) of funding towards the cost.
First Solar sees breakthrough in manufacturing costs News & Analysis 2/26/2009 Post a comment Solar module manufacturer First Solar Inc. had both bright and subdued forecasts for the emerging solar industry, unsettling investors with suggestions that it expects demand to fall, competition to increase and huge financial challenges for the industry in the near future, as it revealed it had broken the $1/watt price barrier by reducing manufacturing costs to just $0.98/watt.
Analyst: Trio dominated GaAs device market in '08 News & Analysis 2/26/2009 Post a comment The market for Gallium Arsenide devices grew by 9 percent in 2008, according to market research group Strategy Analytics, with early estimates showing that RFMD, Skyworks and TriQuint further consolidated their position in the sector.