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Intel makes optical push at IDF
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TSMC is bullish on transition to 12-inch fabs
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Despite an industry downturn, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) is pushing forward aggressively with its 12-inch transition program and has laid out a blueprint for six new 12-inch wafer fabs in Taiwan.
Engibous says cash cushion will help TI through downturn
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Texas Instruments Inc. has more than $3 billion in cash, a cushion that will allow the Dallas chip maker to continue investments in capital and R&D despite the current industry slump, executives said today.
Bush budget suspends Advanced Technology Program
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The Bush administration's first budget proposal suspends funding for some Clinton-era technology programs and boosts funding for military research and development.
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High-res LCDs chase high-end systems, notebooks
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The advent of high-resolution active-matrix LCDs has arrived, but a pressing question remains as to whether there will be a market for these high-priced displays and, if so, in what sizes and formats.
Chief operating officer of ON Semiconductor resigns
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ON Semiconductor, Phoenix, on Wednesday announced that Jim Thorburn, senior vice president and chief operating officer, has accepted an operations role with Texas Pacific Group beginning March 12.
Ex-Intel exec eyes another 'choke point'
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Job hunters always have to parse the trade-offs between betting on a startup or picking the safe harbor of a conglomerate, and the debate doesn't go away even for CEOs.
Elpida president says Rambus royalties may need to be renegotiated
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The president of Elpida Memory Inc., the NEC-Hitachi joint DRAM venture, said the firm may be forced to renegotiate its synchronous DRAM licensing agreement with Rambus Inc. if three rival memory makers escape paying royalties while current litigation drags on indefinitely.
Moschip to acquire U.S.-based design house
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Moschip Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company based in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, will acquire design house Netmos Technology Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) in a stock swap deal.
ARC adds licensees, reveals platform plans
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While announcing its year-end results and a trio of big-name licensees for its configurable processor architecture, ARC International plc said it will also begin to offer application-specific platforms that utilize its intellectual property.
GM files suit to unplug California's electric-vehicle mandate
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Still reeling after California's refusal to back down from its electric-car mandate, General Motors Corp. last week filed suit in an attempt to strike down the regulation.
Cray becomes OEM for NEC supercomputer
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Half a decade after its namesake hurled NEC Corp. out of the U.S. vector supercomputer market, Cray Inc. is now to become an OEM distributor for its former nemesis.
Intel aims 700-MHz mobile MPU at mini-notebook market
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Intel Corp. rolled out a new flavor of its mobile Pentium III line, a 700-MHz part aimed at mini notebooks, while divulging a glimpse of its mobile processor roadmap at the Intel Developers Forum this week (Feb. 26-Mar. 1) in San Jose, Calif.
Tool's future in question as Wind River passes rights to Mathworks
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Wind River Systems Inc. (Alameda, Calif.) has granted exclusive distribution rights for its MatrixX system development tools to The Mathworks Inc. (Natick, Mass.), its main competitor in this segment, which acknowledges that it may kill off the MatrixX tool.
Lucent venture group pursues idling in-house ideas
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Lucent Technologies has added a new twist to the standard model of running an in-house venture capital fund. While many major high-tech companies have business units that exist solely to invest capital in, and secure equity stakes from, promising startups, Lucent's New Ventures Group goes an extra step.
Penton Media Announces New EDA Conference Event
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Hasbrouk Heights, NJ - February 28, 2001 - Penton Media, Inc. today announced a new conference and test-drive ``vendor showcase'' for the electronic design automation (EDA) market.
Slumping demand from chip firms forces Lam to cut back
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Lam Research Corp., Fremont, Calif., said slumping demand from chip makers is forcing it to implement a cost-reduction plan.
Lam's Q1 sales to decline 15%, implements cost-cutting measures
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FREMONT, Calif. -- Lam Research Corp. here today (Feb. 28) announced that it would reduce its projections for the current quarter, prompting it to implement some cost-cutting measures to reduce costs. The slowdown in the semiconductor-equipment business has prompted Fremont, Calif.-based Lam to cut executive salaries by about 10% and implement five mandatory shut down days per quarter.
Cadence Elects Cisco's Susan L. Bostrom to Board of Directors
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San Jose, CA - February 28, 2001 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that it has elected Susan L. Bostrom to its Board of Directors. Bostrom is senior vice president, Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) at Cisco Systems.
Nikon and Tower Semiconductor Sign Equipment Supply Agreement
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Langen, Germany and Migdal Haemek, Israel -- February 28, 2001 -- Nikon Corp., a provider of semiconductor optical manufacturing equipment, and Tower Semiconductor Ltd., a specialized wafer foundry, announced today that Tower has selected Nikon's DUV scanner systems and i-line steppers for its new manufacturing facility Fab 2.
Intel to ease into DDR memory in 2001
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SAN JOSE --Intel Corp. plans to introduce DDR DRAM support for the Pentium 4 during the first quarter of 2001, but not the fastest PC266 speed, Intel executives said Tuesday.
IBM and Nikon hope to improve throughput for electron projection lithography
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While companies are scrambling to boost the performance of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) exposure tools, IBM Corp. and Nikon Corp. are looking to improve the throughput for the rival next-generation lithography (NGL) technology. In separate papers presented at the SPIE Microlithography conference here, IBM and Nikon described the latest developments of an alpha tool based on electron projection lithography (EPL) technology.
Picoturbo Licenses Cores for SOC Designs to Fujitsu Siemens Computers
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Milpitas, CA -- February 28, 2001 -- Picoturbo, Inc., a developer of 16/32-bit RISC microprocessor cores for embedded applications, and Fujitsu Siemens Computers, a European computer company, announced today a licensing agreement giving Fujitsu Siemens Computers access to Picoturbo microprocessor technology.
Honeywell signs outsourcing agreement with MSL
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Manufacturers Services Ltd., said today it has signed an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace Electronics Systems to make circuit card assemblies for high-end commercial and private aviation products.
Arcom Introduces QNX Realtime Platform Development Kit
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Kansas City - February 27, 2001 - Arcom Control Systems today a development kit featuring the QNX realtime platform (RTP). The kit comes with QNX technology pre-loaded onto the flash-based drive of an Arcom Single Board Computer (SBC).
Japan's top chip makers mull shared 300-mm foundry
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Japan's top five chip makers may form a giant foundry consortium and build a 300-millimeter fab capable of producing 40,000 wafers a month as early as late 2003, if they can reach agreement on the project this year.
QuickLogic claims it will defend spot in embedded devices
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Tom Hart, chief executive of QuickLogic Corp., isn't bothered that larger competitors are tracing the small FPGA supplier's steps into the world of embedded programmable devices.
Qualcomm snares major W-CDMA chip design win at Samsung
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SAN DIEGO -- In a major coup for its chip business, Qualcomm Inc. here today (Feb. 28) announced a major design win in the wideband code-division multiple access (W-CDMA) arena with Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Under the terms, the Korean company will use Qualcomm's MSM5200 chip set in its W-CDMA-enabled cellular phones, said K.T. Lee, chief executive and executive vice president of Samsung Electronics.
Wind River passes design tool over to competitor
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Wind River has decided to give the main competitor for one of its tools exclusive distribution rights for its own product in a deal that could see The MathWorks decide to kill it off.
Basestation filter goes for superconductor film
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Toshiba has developed a tunable filter for wireless basestations that uses a high-temperature superconductor.
Intel rolls out physical-layer chips for networking applications
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SAN JOSE - At the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Corp. here today (Feb. 28) expanded its efforts in the high-end, physical-layer chip market for local- and wide-area networking applications. These new components are capable of receiving and transmitting data over multiple communications protocols, such as ATM, packet-over-SONET, packet-over-Fiber, and Ten Gigabit Ethernet.
Anadigm gets £10m in second-round funding
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Anadigm, the field-programmable analogue array (FPAA) designer, has secured £10m in second round funding. The company says the round will sustain it for the next couple of years, at which point it expects to be profitable.
Freefall leads to purer GaAs for wafers
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Gallium arsenide (GaAs) crystals grown in space are purer than those grown on Earth, according to research published by the Chinese Academy of Science and the Hebei Semiconductor Research Institute.
Flomerics sees boost from EMC and outsourcing
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Flomerics Group, supplier of analysis software to the electronics sector, reported record full-year results, and said acquisitions remain an option in the long term.
The promise of Bluetooth
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LCD price cuts peaked this month, research firm says
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DisplaySearch, Austin, Texas,said that LCD price reductions peaked in February for the majority of panel sizes.
Elantec expects revenues to drop 20-25%
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Analog chip maker Elantec Semiconductor, Inc., Milpitas, Calif., today said that sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2001 will be below previous expectations as a result of continued economic slowdown and weakening demand, particularly in the PC industry.
Consortium seeks help to boost power output in EUV tools
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While a consortium has developed the world's first exposure tool based on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology, the organization is now looking for ways to boost the critical power output in the system. The Extreme Ultraviolet LLC consortium yesterday announced the development of an alpha EUV-based tool, but also noted that the system only runs at 10 watts of power (see Feb. 28 story ).
Qualcomm concedes $11 million to former employees in suit
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Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to pay $11 million, minus attorney's fees, to 800 of its former employees under the terms of a settlement arising from a class action lawsuit.
ITC to investigate whether SiS violated UMC patents
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HSINCHU, Taiwan -- The U. S. International Trade Commission has voted to investigate whether Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. is violating two patents owned by United Microelectronics Corp., the world's No.2 silicon foundry.
New Lithography Technology Is In The Works
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A group has developed a prototype system that will bridge the gap between future 157-nm scanners and "next-generation lithography" tools.
Hong Kong's Asat reports flat results, cuts expenditures
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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Asat Holdings Ltd. here today (Feb. 28) reported sales of $84.4 million in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, a 1% increase over $83.7 million in the like period a year ago. On a sequential basis, sales for the IC-packaging and test house decreased to $84.4 million, compared with $104.1 million for the previous quarter. After-tax earnings were $10.7 million, compared with $4.4 million a year ago. The company hit its forecast by earning $0.08 per share during the period.
Microchip to close test facility, plans further cuts
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In response to the worldwide economic slowdown, Microchip Technology Inc., Chandler, Ariz., announced today that it will close its Hong Kong testing facility, laying off 400 employees, reducing overall capacity, and cutting operating costs and capital spending.
Intel to support new lower-cost Rambus DRAM due next year
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A new lower-cost four-bank Direct Rambus DRAM chip now in development depends on a new Intel Corp. chipset slated to be introduced next year, the Intel Developers Forum heard Tuesday.
Microchip to lay off 400, delay new fab, close Hong Kong test facility
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CHANDLER, Ariz.--Microchip Technology Inc. today (Feb. 28) announced it was cutting 400 jobs, delaying a new wafer fab in Puyallup, Wash., and closing its Hong Kong test facility as part of cost reductions in the midst of a severe industry downturn.
126-nm lithography seen as intriguing 'R&D curiosity' at conference
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Hoping to extend the life of optical lithography tools, a group led by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is attempting to drum up support for yet another technology generation with an exposure wavelength of 126 nanometers.
Japan's Gigaphoton prepares to ship 157-nm laser source
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Looking to gain ground on its competitors, Japan's Gigaphoton Inc. plans to soon ship its first laser source line for 157-nm lithography tools.
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