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Licensing issues may derail DVD market in China
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With the DVD market widely seen as poised to skyrocket this year, Chinese developers gathered here recently with Hollywood executives and PC companies to promote cooperation and to resolve lingering concerns over licensing.
Competitors draw even in next-generation lithography race
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The competition to develop a next-generation lithography solution drew nearly dead even this week, as two factions of the scanning e-beam camp and one high-profile backer of a competing extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) scheme floated announcements of broadened support.
Market up but still sub-par
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4Q more mean than lean
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SCI to close plant
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Benchmark, Stratus sign deal
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Hyundai, LG move closer to a deal
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Woodhead realigns sights
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S3 seeks salvation in Savage4
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IDT reaches deep into logic niches
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Briefs
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Avnet unit raises profile
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Arrow completes Bell EDG buy
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APS helps balance supply/demand
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SVG pushes optical evolution with scanner
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Citing the extreme conservatism of semiconductor-manufacturing managers, Silicon Valley Group (SVG) has proposed a comprehensive road map for optical lithography at its Lithography Division here. The proposal would bridge the gap between current systems and the extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) litho systems being developed by the EUV LLC consortium.
Big FED, EL prototypes coming to display confab
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Two display companies will demonstrate large prototypes at the Display Works conference next week: PixTech International will show a 15-inch-diagonal field-emission display (FED); and Westaim Advanced Display Technologies will present a 17-inch thick-film electroluminescent (EL) unit it calls SSD for solid-state display.
DRAM camps vie for PC-server space
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Java builds momentum in cable world, while Sun pushes Jini
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Members of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) met this week with members of CableLabs Inc. and other designers from cable, consumer-electronics and software companies to hammer out details of a Java TV applications programming interface that could be broadly used for both cable and terrestrial broadcast TV. Meanwhile, the CableLabs consortium here has revealed it will not use Java in a basic version of its OpenCable specification for next-generation set-top boxes, although Java is
Twilight Sets In For SRAM Industry
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Study says merchant market revenue will decline nearly $1.5 billion by 2002.
Uniphase, JDS merger eyes optical modules
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The planned merger of two optical component makers, Uniphase Corp. and JDS Fitel Inc. (Nepean, Ontario), aims to create a supplier of integrated optical modules for wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) and fibre-optic-based cable TV networks. The merger, announced Thursday (Jan. 28), is structured as a stock swap of the two companies with a combined market capitalization of $6.1 billion.
DII Group restructures semiconductor operations
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A week after agreeing to sell the wafer fabrication plant of its struggling Orbit Semiconductor Inc. subsidiary, DII Group Inc. has announced a restructuring of its semiconductor businesses.
Market fades for Level 2 cache, researcher says
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The SRAM cache market is looking grim for SRAM manufacturers, according to a Semico Research Corp., which said merchant market revenues will decline nearly $1.5 billion by 2002 and units will decline at a compound annual growth rate of -15 percent from 1997-2003.
Synopsys tool bridges logical and physical design
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Claiming it is defining the design methodology for the system-on-a-chip era, Synopsys Inc. officially rolled out its long-awaited Chip Architect design planning tool here at an internationally broadcast press conference.
India spawns homegrown IC design houses
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Though most Indian chip designers work for large, multinational companies, there's been a marked swelling in the ranks of domestic startups doing silicon and intellectual-property (IP) design on a global scale. Those companies enjoy the same advantages of the multinationals — notably an abundance of local engineering talent, available at low cost. But they also endure such challenges as high EDA-tool costs and the attrition of trained engineers to the United States.
STM sees light amid industry slump
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STMicroelectronics' (STM) annual sales returned to growth in 1998 and were marked by a rise in net profits as well as revenue.
Dwindling supplies raise LCD prices
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Thin-film-transistor LCD prices are rebounding from a sharp drop last year. Japanese and Korean industry leaders are reporting price hikes as the market moves from oversupply to scarcity.
Atmel To Buy Motorola Smart Card IC Business
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The purchase will make Atmel the world's third-largest supplier of integrated circuits for smart card applications.
Atmel designs ARM into pocket Playstation
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The ARM7TDMI Thumb processor core, developed by ARM Ltd., will control a portable miniature games console from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. called the PocketStation.
LSI Logic recovers in 4Q
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Micro Linear breaks even in 4Q
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Partners announce multi-service carrier offerings at ComNet
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OEMs broke new ground at the ComNet show this week, striking alliances aimed at giving carriers better tools to provision multiple voiceband channels and Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) services.
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