Licensing issues may derail DVD market in China News & Analysis 1/29/1999 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/29/1999 Post a comment 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.
SVG pushes optical evolution with scanner News & Analysis 1/29/1999 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/29/1999 Post a comment 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.
Java builds momentum in cable world, while Sun pushes Jini News & Analysis 1/29/1999 Post a comment 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
Uniphase, JDS merger eyes optical modules News & Analysis 1/29/1999 Post a comment 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.
Market fades for Level 2 cache, researcher says News & Analysis 1/29/1999 Post a comment 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.
India spawns homegrown IC design houses News & Analysis 1/28/1999 Post a comment 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.
Dwindling supplies raise LCD prices News & Analysis 1/28/1999 Post a comment 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.