Sales up for semiconductor market

07 November, 2002

It has been reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) that global sales of semiconductors are recovering and are forecast to rise 1.8 % to $141 billion in 2002 and about 20% in each of the next 2 years.

Insulating materials for microelectronics

15 October, 2002

Researchers from the Commerce Departments National Institute of Standards and Technology reported they have developed methods for characterising key structural features of porous films being eyed as insulators for the ultrathin metal wires that will connect millions of devices on future microprocessors and increase processor speed.

Revolution in PC Microprocessing

11 October, 2002

Intel are be releasing a PC microprocessor with a new capability developed with the assistance of Dean Tullsen, called hyper-threading. The processor executes instructions from multiple threads/programs at once, as if they all came from a single thread. The CPU duplicates the architectural state on each processor, while sharing one set of processor execution resources. It makes one processor appear as two to the operating system.

Voice controlled electronics

10 October, 2002

Scientist from the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD are working on a voice analysis system and a camera with image processing. They are focussing on designing voice activated electrical appliances and electronic equipment. An example may be a video recorder that is activated by someone saying "Record the news on channel 7 this evening" or a lamp which is turned off by the voice command of "lamp out".

Sealed up with MEMS and IC technologies

02 September, 2002

A wafer scale foundry-based method of hermetically sealing surface sensitive devices such as MEMS and RF has been released by Ziptronix. It operates at room temperature using industry standard tools and materials and incorporating both MEMS and IC technologies.

Organic semiconductors

27 August, 2002

A team of Cornell University researchers is planning to develop a method to connect wires to organic transistors. They are hoping this could lead to computers that are smaller, cheaper and more flexible - literally.

90 nm Semiconductor Manufacturing Process

19 August, 2002

Intel Corporation has made several technology breakthroughs that the company has integrated into its 90-nanometre process. It has used this process to build silicon structures and memory chips. It will put this process into volume manufacturing next year using 300 mm wafers.

Nanotube technology to replace silicon chips

24 May, 2002

IBM scientists have developed a transistor technology that could enable production of a new class of smaller, faster and lower power computer chips than currently possible with silicon.

Low-temperature polysilicon

05 May, 2002

In the active-matrix liquid-crystal displays (AMLCDs)now typically found in laptop computers and an increasing number of monitors, each pixel is driven by an amorphous-silicon transistor that is fabricated directly onto the glass

Design Software

09 April, 2002 | Supplied by: Braemac Pty Ltd

The Quartus II Web Edition software is a design, place-and-route, and verification environment available as a free download from the Altera web site.

Philips integrates passives for RF design

14 March, 2002

Royal Philips Electronics has launched a semiconductor passive integration technology that the company said will lower costs for handset manufacturers.

DeviceMate development kit

12 March, 2002 | Supplied by: Dominion Electronics

The DeviceMate development kit offers integration of hardware and software, allowing users to remotely monitor and supervise any programmable device equipped with a serial interface. The kit contains everything needed to jumpstart development, including the RCM2200 core module as the DeviceMate unit, a sample target unit, complete DeviceMate software with no royalties or licence fees, and a demonstration system.

Intel's quandary over hyper-threading future

04 February, 2002

Hyper-threading is something of a mystery, and Intel are still unsure how to release it successfully to the industry.

Motion Software

11 December, 2001 | Supplied by: National Instruments Aust Pty Ltd

Text-based programmers can integrate motion into measurement applications created with Measurement Studio, a complete set of measurement tools that complements popular programming languages.

Colour technology for transflective displays

11 October, 2001

Philips has just introduced a technology that enhances luminance and colour saturation in transflective liquid-crystal displays without significantly increasing power consumption.

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