KMG buys chemicals unit News & Analysis 2/26/2010 Post a comment KMG Chemicals Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of the electronic chemicals business of General Chemical Performance Products LLC for $25.5 million in cash.
Direct-write litho still facing uphill climb News & Analysis 2/26/2010 2 comments Multiple development efforts focused on e-beam direct-write lithography have reported progress this week at the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference. But, at least according to one prominent lithography researcher, production tools are still a minimum of five years away.
50V rated C0G multilayer ceramic capacitors News & Analysis 2/26/2010 Post a comment TDK-EPC Corporation launched a new series of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCC) with C0G temperature characteristics and a rated voltage of 50V, 60 percent smaller than existing products with the same capacitance according to the manufacturer
U.S. offers $50M for research buildings News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment The U.S. Commerce Dept.'s National Institute of Standards and Technology announced a competition for grants for the construction of new or expanded scientific research buildings at universities and nonprofit organizations.
Researchers say eye strain a concern as 3-D TVs debut News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment Experts in human perception are expressing concerns stereo 3-D TVs now hitting the market could cause eye strain and related health problems, a sensitive topic industry groups are actively discussing, but in their rush to get systems out the door vendors have yet to fund any major studies of the issues.
Senator: Committee struck deal on patent reform News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment A U.S. Senator leading the charge for patent reform suggested a Senate committee has struck a rough compromise keeping a draft bill alive by balancing calls for lowering damages in patent infringement suits with calls for improving the quality of patents.
Morgan Technical Ceramics aims to pioneer energy harvesting research News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment Ceramic components manufacturer, Morgan Technical Ceramics, (Stourport, UK) is undertaking a Shorter Knowledge Transfer Partnership (sKTP) project with Glyndwr University (Wrexham, Wales) which will last 26 weeks, is to design and build an energy harvesting demonstration system that will provide a renewable source of energy.
TowerJazz posts loss, sales up News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment Foundry vendor TowerJazz Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) said fourth quarter 2009 revenue was $100.6 million, representing a 26 percent increase over third quarter 2009 revenue of $79.6 million and 30 percent over fourth quarter 2008 revenue of $77.5 million.
SiPort names new CEO News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment SiPort Inc., a supplier of integrated circuit platform solutions for digital terrestrial broadcast receivers, announced the appointment of David Rolston as chief executive.
Magma provides EDA for Western China News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment Chengdu ICC (CDICC), a government-funded organization that promotes integrated circuit (IC) design in Chengdu, China, has opened an IC design center in cooperation with EDA software vendor Magma Design Automation Inc. (San Jose, Calif.).
PRODUCT HOW TO: Improving switch maintenance in PXI with BIRST News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment Switching systems are a key part of any test system, they allow users to connect the test equipment to the unit under test in different ways. Users consider the switching system to be perhaps one of the most likely parts of the system to fail, this article explores the reasons for concern and a way that one manufacturer has found to diagnose these problems.
NXP, IBM praise Dutch road-pricing trial News & Analysis 2/25/2010 Post a comment A road pricing trial conducted in the Netherlands by NXP and IBM working on behalf of the Dutch government has been proclaimed a success in that it reduced traffic congestion and decreased kilometers driven and carbon dioxide emissions.
EUV metrology R&D doesn't add up News & Analysis 2/24/2010 1 comment The numbers for the development of future EUV mask and metrology tools do not add up, according to experts at the SPIE Advanced Lithography event here.
Opinion: Microchip must raise SST offer again News & Analysis 2/24/2010 1 comment Microchip Technology Inc. will have to significantly raise its offer for Silicon Storage Technology Inc., perhaps up to $4.00 per share from the current price of $3.00 if it wants to gain control of the company and end a brewing bidding war with a private equity firm.
Mil/aero group foresees shift to optical in 2012 News & Analysis 2/24/2010 1 comment The VITA Standards Organization, a leading standards group for military and aerospace markets, will announce as early as next week a call for participation in a group to explore the feasibility of deploying in 2012 products with optical backplanes and system interconnects.
Directed self-assembly grabs the spotlight at SPIE News & Analysis 2/24/2010 Post a comment If there is a darling of this year's SPIE Advanced Lithography conference, it just might be directed self-assembly, a technology that emerged in recent years to land on the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors and is considered a potential candidate to extend optical lithography.
APEC: Tesla Roadster, solar-panel dangers kickstart power fest News & Analysis 2/24/2010 Post a comment The 25th APEC kicked off with a dynamic plenary session that discussed the past and future of power, exposed the latest improvements to the Tesla Sports Roadster, uncovered the hidden dangers and inefficiencies of solar panels and showed how close-coupling cooling can achieve a 31 percent improvement in cooling efficiency for data centers.
GlobalFoundries, Samsung join e-beam group News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment The eBeam Initiative--a forum dedicated to the education and promotion of a new design-to-manufacturing approach known as design for e-beam (DFEB)--has announced that six additional companies have joined the group.
Verigy posts loss amid sales gain News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment ATE supplier Verigy Ltd. said revenue for the first quarter was $106 million, an increase of 9 percent from the prior quarter, and an increase of 56 percent from the prior year period.
IBM says litho chemical better for environment News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment IBM said researchers from its Semiconductor Research and Development Center have developed a fluorine-free photo-acid generator for use in 193-nm lithography, billed as a more environmentally friendly alternative than the fluorine-based perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid currently in use.
Intel-led alliance pledges $3.5B in venture funds News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment The Invest in America Alliance, a group of 25 venture capital and 17 high tech companies led by Intel Corp., pledged to invest $3.5 billion in U.S. technology startups over the next two years and hire as many as 10,500 college students in 2010.
DAC 2010 to award Richard Newton graduate scholarships News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment The 47th Design Automation Conference, to be held from June 13 to 18, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif., intends to award scholarships to promote graduate research and study in EDA and circuit design. These $24.000 scholarships are in honor of the memory of Dr. A. Richard Newton.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.