DRAM prices may be heading south for winter News & Analysis 10/29/1999 Post a comment After four years in the pricing dumpster, DRAM makers finally were able again to raise prices significantly this fall and tell customers to stand in line for orders. But that party has been rudely interrupted by a price collapse in recent weeks that threatens to linger well into November.
Synopsys gets behind VCX as group demos online tools News & Analysis 10/29/1999 Post a comment The Virtual Component Exchange (VCX), a not-for-profit industry organization seeking to streamline the business and legal aspects of licensing intellectual property (IP) cores, is due to demonstrate the first prototypes of its online tools next week at the IP99 Europe conference and exhibition. The group will also announce the addition of six member companies to its roster, including EDA leader Synopsys Inc.
IBM develops flexible transistors News & Analysis 10/29/1999 Post a comment Researchers at IBM Corp. have developed flexible transistors that could be an alternative to the thin field-effect transistors used in liquid-crystal displays.
Nortel charges Optical Networks with raiding engineers
News & Analysis 10/29/1999 Post a comment Nortel Networks Inc. filed suit in the Superior Court of Quebec on Wednesday (Oct. 27) asking the court to issue an injunction that would keep Optical Networks Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) from raiding engineers tied to Nortel's OPTera metropolitan optical networking group, formerly Cambrian Systems Inc.
UMC negotiates WSMC purchase, Hitachi outsource deal News & Analysis 10/29/1999 Post a comment Japan's Hitachi Ltd. and UMC Group here are negotiating a huge manufacturing agreement that could send as much as 20 percent of Hitachi's wafer-processing capacity to the Taiwan foundry. UMC is also negotiating to purchase Worldwide Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., according to reports.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.