SDMI urged to rethink protection of digital content News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment A group of university researchers claims to have cracked the watermarking technology of the Secure Digital Music Initiative, which could force the SDMI to rethink its solution for a secure digital music distribution system, security experts said.
NEC narrows gate length below 0.10 micron News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment NEC Corp. has developed a 0.13-micron generation process technology that uses a transistor gate measuring less than 0.10 micron, a length many semiconductor makers consider a technological milestone as CMOS transistors become harder to scale.
AMD chip set supports DDR memory News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment Fulfilling a strategic move disclosed earlier this year, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) unveiled support on Monday (Oct. 30) for double-data-rate (DDR) memory in the form of its 760 core logic chip set, which will work with the company's flagship Athlon microprocessor.
SVG revenues grow 26% to record $239.9 million in fiscal Q4 News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Silicon Valley Group Inc. today reported it received new orders for 26 Micrascan lithography systems in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended Sept. 30, and sales in the period increase 26% to a record $239.9 million compared to $189.8 million a year ago.
Trikon sales surge 139% to $31.5 million in quarter News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment NEWPORT, Wales -- Trikon Technologies Inc. today reported revenues of $31.5 million in the third quarter, an increase of 139% from $13.2 million in the period last year and a 23% sequential gain from $25.7 million in the second quarter. The supplier of deposition and etch equipment posted a net income of $7.1 million vs. $4.2 million in the third quarter last year and $3.7 million in the second quarter of 2000.
NEC narrows gate length below 0.10 micron News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment TOKYO ( ChipWire) -- NEC Corp. has developed a 0.13-micron generation process technology that uses a transistor gate measuring less than 0.10 micron, a length many semiconductor makers consider a technological milestone as CMOS transistors become harder to scale.
Mosel Vitelic closer to announcing 300-mm fab in Canada News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO During a forecasting conference here, Mosel Vitelic Inc. officials disclosed the company is one step closer to moving ahead with an ambitious 300-mm wafer fab project in Canada. However, managers with the Taiwanese chip maker also indicated that the company would not look for a joint technology partner in the venture as previously thought.
TI claims its chips are in 45% of ADSL equipment News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today predicted that its analog line driver shipments this year enable eight million asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) ports to deployed in the field in 2000. That total is 25 times greater than TI's shipments in 1999, according to the Dallas company.
ASM, Philips create thinnest dielectric gate for 70-nm process node News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment BILTHOVEN, the Netherlands -- ASM International N.V. here and partner Royal Philips Electronics N.V. announced they have produced what is believed to be the thinnest gate dielectric with a commercially acceptable leakage current. Such a thin layer of dielectric material will be needed for the 0.07-micron process technology node later this decade, according to the two companies.
Old models can't explain new economy, speaker says News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment Seeking to dispel popular myths about the "New Economy," the chief economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas presented a macroeconomic look at how the microprocessor and related technologies continue to expand productivity, while keeping unemployment at bay.
Rainfinity adds Internet reliability software modules News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment Rainfinity, a provider of scalable Internet reliability software, has announced two modules aimed at distributing network traffic around multiple firewalls or equipment nodes, allowing network sessions to continue uninterrupted in the event of failures.
Chartered preps RF CMOS process for production News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment LONDON Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Singapore) now has qualification data available for its 0.25-micron and 0.18-micron CMOS process technologies, which it is readying for commercial availability. Optimized for RF applications, the 0.25-micron process is expected to be ready for prototype production early in 2001, and characterization of the 0.13-micron RF CMOS process is due to commence at about that time.
Get ready for allocation of wafer substrates, warns Dataquest News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- The silicon wafer market could enter into a state of chaos next year, as analysts project a shortage of 200-mm products and expensive price tags for 300-mm diameter substrates. Already in tight supply at the present time, 200-mm silicon wafers could move into allocation in 2001, due in part to huge demand and the lack of new capacity to make starting substrates for chip fabs, warned Klaus-Dieter Rinnen, director of semiconductor manufacturing analysis at Dataquest.
Chipworks will buy ICE to increase reverse engineering services News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Integrated Circuit Engineering Corp. (ICE), one of the chip industry's oldest market and technology research firms here, has agreed to be acquired by Chipworks Inc., an Ottawa-based company specializing in reverse engineering services. Chipworks today said its purchase of ICE will result in the world's largest reverse engineering service provider for the microelectronics markets.
Distributors find webcrawling a sticky issue News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment As high-tech companies' e-business strategies increase in sophistication and industry players try to carve
a competitive Web edge, concerns about how information is collected and disseminated are starting to simmer.
Taiwan's Mosel Vitelic moves closer to 300-mm fab in Canada News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- During a forecasting conference here, Mosel Vitelic Inc. officials disclosed the company is one step closer to moving ahead with an ambitious 300-mm wafer fab project in Canada. However, managers with the Taiwanese chip maker also indicated that the company would not look for a joint technology partner in the venture as previously thought.
Need2Buy moving e-commerce site into Asian markets News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment Online sourcing site Need2Buy Inc. has signed an agreement with distributor World Peace Industrial Co. Ltd. to develop Need2Buy-Asia, a business-to-business e-commerce marketplace targeting Asia's components industry. WPI will become the third arm of a joint venture established earlier this year between Need2Buy and Japan's Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
Sapphire Software spins off unit for chip automation services News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif. -- Three-year-old Sapphire Software Inc. here has decided to spin off its automation business for chip manufacturing and supply-chain management. The new company--called Sapphire Automation Inc.--will focus on consulting services and the development of next-generation control software for semiconductor production facilities, including 300-mm wafer fabs.
Taiwan approves S3-Via graphics chip venture after delay News & Analysis 10/31/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. After a three-month delay, Taiwan's government has given its blessing to a graphics chip joint venture between S3 Inc. and Via Technologies Inc., which on Monday announced they are moving ahead with plans formally launch the new company.
Readers go for Bush News & Analysis 10/30/2000 Post a comment If the last close election was any indicator, the folks over at Gallup, Harris and the other polling companies can fold up their tents. In 1992, EE Times readers correctly predicted that a young man from Arkansas would overcome questions about women like Gennifer Flowers and move into the White House. Now, in EE Times' "2000 Worldwide Salary & Opinion Survey," this influential group has spoken again.
Double-digit chip growth still seen in next couple years News & Analysis 10/30/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Despite a slowdown in the PC, network equipment, and wireless handset markets in recent weeks, the semiconductor market will continue to grow at a double-digit rate for the remainder of 2000 and the next couple of years before hitting a downturn in 2003, according to chip forecasts from Dataquest Inc.
Metro nets try on all-in-one fabrics News & Analysis 10/30/2000 Post a comment Last year's crop of multiservice aggregation equipment for the metropolitan network is already being challenged, as new vendors promise similar gear that uses all-in-one switch fabrics rather than the multifabric boxes currently proposed.
Cymer now claims 81% share of light sources in wafer fabs News & Analysis 10/30/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Excimer light source supplier Cymer Inc. here today reported a 67% increase in revenues to $98.4 million in the third quarter compared to $58.9 million in the period last year. Cymer's net income jumped to $18.1 million compared to $3.5 million in the quarter last year.
UMC makes available Chipsizer estimation tool on Web site News & Analysis 10/30/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. today claimed to be the first IC maker to publicly offer an online chip-size and cost estimation tool for designers using its wafer-processing foundry services. The Chipsizer comes from nTool Inc. of Fremont, Calif., and can be accessed on UMC's Web site at www.umc.com.
Chartered accelerates RF CMOS roadmap for wireless chips News & Analysis 10/30/2000 Post a comment SINGAPORE -- Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. today announced plans to begin prototype production of 0.25-micron radio-frequency CMOS technology in early 2001, following the recent release of process qualification data. The Singapore-based chip foundry also said it is preparing to offer preliminary design rules, device models, and characterization data for a 0.18-micron RF CMOS in December.
ASM ships first high-k wafers made with ALCVD to Sematech News & Analysis 10/30/2000 Post a comment BILTHOVEN, The Netherlands -- ASM International N.V. here today said its U.S. subsidiary has shipped the first wafers with high-k dielectric film grown from atomic layer chemical vapor deposition (ALCVD) to International Sematech as part of a development project for advanced CMOS transistor gate structures.
Silicon foundry sales remain strong until 2003, predicts Dataquest News & Analysis 10/30/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Demand for silicon foundry services is expected to remain strong for the next couple of years, but some analysts believe that a capacity-glut could hit this booming market with a major thud by 2003. But for now demand still remains robust for foundry services from both fabless semiconductor houses and integrated device manufacturers (IDMs), said James Hines, analyst who tracks the industry segment for Dataquest Inc. of San Jose.
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.