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Closer Look: Intel lags in chipset support
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2/26/2002   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Intel Corp., which prides itself on being a technology leader, is definitely a follower in chipsets. That was never more clear than at this week's Intel Developers Forum here, which is replete with what the chip giant likes to call "technology breakaways." But even though Intel puts the best face on it, in chipsets the technology pacer is "break a way back."
Closer Look: The low-tech war on terrorism
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2/20/2002   Post a comment
If the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were low tech, many of the biometric safeguards against them are surprisingly low tech as well. The airport handprint identity systems, face recognition systems and fingerprint matching techniques use anemic hardware. And work astonishingly well. That bodes well. The nation may not have to spend a fortune installing biometric security and screening systems at airports, border crossings, ports of entry and access to sensitive facilities. Selecing the technologi
February outlook: where IC markets are headed
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2/15/2002   Post a comment
February outlook (2002)
Closer Look: China puts out welcome mat for Taiwan fabs
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2/11/2002   Post a comment
China is throwing out its best welcome mat to attract Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. to open world-class fabs in the country. Despite the Taiwan government dragging its feet on letting its premier chip makers go to the Middle Kingdom, China is ready any time the top foundries get the green light. In fact, Chinese cities are aggressively competing for those fabs -- a la the jockeying of U.S. states to entice fabs to site within their borders.
Closer Look: Eerie echoes of a Far East debacle
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2/5/2002   Post a comment
The more I read about the Enron financial debacle, the more it looks like an "American chaebol." All that convoluted switching of assets and loans between myriad subsidiaries and affiliates. All the market hype even when the bottom was falling out. And even this coincidence: Arthur Anderson, Enron's auditor, was called in to evaluate the assets of financially troubled Hynix Semiconductor Inc.


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