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WSTS upgrades expectations

Following what it describes as a ‘strong’ third quarter, World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) has upgraded its 2007 forecast. Now, the organisation expects sales this year to reach $257.2billion – an increase of 3.8% over last year.

What are the scores?

Leading UK firms spent almost £21billion on R&D during 2006 – a rise of 9% over 2005 – according to figures published by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

Securing smart cards

ARM launches the SecurCore SC300 processor, which it believes will enable more functionality to be embedded in a smart card or SIM card, but with minimal additional silicon area.

Wafers into solar panels

IBM has announced a semiconductor wafer reclamation process, pioneered at its Burlington fabrication plant in Vermont. The process uses a pattern removal technique to turn scrap semiconductor wafers into a form suitable for the manufacture of silicon based solar panels.

Lack of detail

With less than a year to go until the next US presidential election, Silicon Valley wonders if US presidential candidates have any views on science.

Out of focus

ASML agrees to supply an extreme ultraviolet (euv) preproduction tool to Belgian research centre IMEC in 2010.

Leading lights

Anglia launches specialised LED lighting division in response to growing general lighting industry demands for solid state lighting solutions.

Wafer shipments grow

Total silicon wafer area shipments in Q3 2007 amounted to 2,174million sq in, an increase of 5% over last year according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group’s (SMG) quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Cenamps wins KTN management role

Cenamps, a national centre for emerging technologies, has secured a major contract to manage the newly created Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NKTN), funded by the Government’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB).

Vehicle infrastructure targeted

STMicroelectronics and US company Automotive Communications Systems are to jointly develop communications ics for vehicle and infrastructure integration (VII) applications. The VII initiative is investigating the potential safety benefits of car to car and car to roadside high speed communications.

Wafers into solar panels

IBM has announced a semiconductor wafer reclamation process, pioneered at its Burlington fabrication plant in Vermont. The process uses a pattern removal technique to turn scrap semiconductor wafers into a form suitable for the manufacture of silicon based solar panels.

MEDEA+ succession finalised

MEDEA+, the pan European microelectronics research programme, will be succeeded by CATRENE – the Cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe on Nanoelectronics – when it concludes next year.

UK is Europe’s ic design leader

The UK is home to 31.9% of the chipless, fabless and ic design companies in Europe, says market researcher Future Horizons. This represents more than three times the number of such companies in any other European region. Israel, included in the report, is home to 15.5% of such operations.

Carbon Trust takes stake in CamSemi

Cambridge Semiconductor has raised $26million in what it claims is of one of the largest VC funding rounds for a European fabless semiconductor company this year. The investment features a $4m equity stake by Carbon Trust Investments – the first time it has taken a stake in a company looking to improve energy efficiency in consumer products.

Good vibes for Perpetuum

Energy harvesting specialist Perpetuum has completed a £5million funding round backed by Environmental Technologies Fund, Quester and Top Technology. Perpetuum will use the cash to commercialise its vibration energy harvesting technology.

Atmel sells North Tyneside equipment and building

Semiconductor manufacture on Tyneside is set to end early next year following the $124million sale by Atmel of the North Tyneside fab originally built by Siemens. The company has concluded deals with TSMC and Highbridge Business Park to dispose of 8in fabrication equipment and land and buildings respectively.

SoI gets industry boost

Nineteen companies have banded together to form the SOI Consortium, with the aim of pushing silicon on insulator (SoI) technology into broader market use. The consortium says its mission is to promote the benefits of SoI and to reduce the barriers to its adoption. Andre-Jacques Auberton-Herve, ceo of Soitec, has been elected chairman of the organisation.

Sainsbury review demands ‘effective science and innovation system’

Former science minister Lord Sainsbury (pictured) has published his Review of the UK science and innovation system. He concludes the best way for the UK to compete, in an era of globalisation, is to move into high value goods, services and industries. However, he adds, an effective science and innovation system is vital to achieve this objective.

NXP expands Caen R&D operations

NXP Semiconductors has opened a new R&D centre in Caen, aiming to develop technology that will improve products such as digital tvs and mobile phones. The new centre will take the number of engineers on the Caen site to 800.

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