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Samsung to join quad-data-rate SRAM group
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3/31/2001   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics, the largest SRAM vendor, is expected to announce Monday (April 2) that it will join the QDR (quad-data-rate) group of vendors that now includes Cypress, IDT, Micron and NEC.
Microsoft reveals Xbox strategy for Japan
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
Chairman Bill Gates explained Microsoft's strategy for cracking the Japanese market with his company's Xbox gaming console in a keynote address Thursday (March 29) at the Tokyo Game Show before an audience of 4,000, including hundreds of journalists.
Analog chip maker to cut 4% of workforce
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Sipex Corp., Billerica, Mass., today announced it will reduce its workforce.
Semiconductor Alert! (Mar. 26-30)
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Commentary & analysis of week's chip news
Contract manufacturers project lower revenue
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EMS providers SMTC Corp., and Plexus Corp. have joined the growing list of technology companies that have projected lower revenue in upcoming quarters.
2001 slump makes 2002 looks like recovery year, says research firm
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The 2001 semiconductor recession is getting so bad that it now looks a recovery could come sooner rather than later, said IC Insights Inc., which is calling for a double-digit rebound in integrated circuit sales next year.
China's chip makers open capacity throttle
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While chip makers elsewhere are scaling back capital spending amid a slumping market, China's semiconductor industry is rushing ahead with a spate of fab construction plans to meet what local observers say is red-hot demand.
Infineon mulls transistor plant in China
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BEIJING -- Munich-based Infineon Technologies AG is considering a joint venture in China to make transistors and diodes for telecom products, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
Intel, Broadcom vie for the network core
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Intel Corp. has spent two years and several billion dollars buying assets and sculpting a strategy to tackle the telecommunications market. And the fight is just beginning.
Astec looks to supply more power
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China's latest chip plan adds help from Taiwan
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BEIJING -- After a number of false starts to modernize its chip industry, China's government and a number of fledging IC makers here this week outlined new strategies that could transform the nation into the next Asian powerhouse for semiconductors.
Analysis: Cisco's inventory bubble roils supply chain
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
The severity of the decline in end-equipment demand in the networking industry demand came home to roost this week when it was revealed that Cisco Systems Inc. had halted component ordering in the March-ended quarter.
Cadence donates funds, execs to design program at CalState
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems Inc. will fund coursework at California State University at Long Beach intended to give students a better understanding of IC design. Cadence plans to give CalState $2 million over three years, and said it is likely to spend another $4.2 million to expand the program to other California universities.
EMS providers have stocks downgraded by analyst
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EMS providers Celestica, Flextronics, Plexus and SCI Systems were downgraded by Robertson Stephens to reflect what the financial firm calls "an accelerating slow down in end market demand, compounded by poor visibility for the rest of the year."
Comm. IC makers shedding all excess
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Infineon mulls transistor plant in China
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Infineon Technologies AG is considering a joint venture in China to make transistors and diodes for telecom products, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
Early adopters reap e-commerce's benefits
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In Depth
Sun's gold standard for procurement
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Long design effort delivers space station power
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The designers at Boeing Co.'s Rocketdyne Division (Canoga Park, Calif.) are riding high, thrilled that the power system they crafted for the International Space Station is working successfully in orbit after almost a decade of development on earth.
Midtier distributors seek global strategies
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Set against the backdrop of Avnet Inc.'s pending purchase of Kent Electronics Corp., pressure to serve OEMs around the world is forcing some midtier U.S. distributors to seek out creative ways to gain a global presence without making acquisitions.
Speakers cite trouble spots for SoC, mobile designs
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Designers must help solve the power consumption crisis for mobile devices and achieve a better rate of first-pass success with system-on-chip (SoC) silicon if those products are to flourish, according to speakers at this week's International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED) conference.
BTCPower touts flat transformers
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LumiLeds outshines CCFL backlights
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Facing losses, ADS seeks investors
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Mitsubishi, NEC work to reopen quake-damaged fabs
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A 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck south of Hiroshima on March 24 caused greater damage to a Mitsubishi Electric system-on-chip fab and a major NEC DRAM fab than was initially reported, but it spared other semiconductor plants.
Microsoft shuts Windows on Bluetooth support
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Microsoft Corp. will not support Bluetooth in the next major version of Windows, executives said this week, portraying the technology as not ready for prime time.
Subcontractor looking for equity infusion
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Undercapitalized and in need of a bailout, ADS Electronics Inc. is shopping for an equity investor or joint venture partner.
Bush revives high-tech advisory panel
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President George W. Bush revived on Wednesday (March 28) a high-tech advisory panel established by his father in 1990.
Thomas & Betts reports loss for quarter and year
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Interconnection components supplier Thomas and Betts, Memphis, Tenn., reported a net loss of $44.6 million or 77 cents a share for the fiscal year 2000 ending December 31, compared with earnings of $119.4 million or $2.06 per diluted share in 1999.
Nanometrics sees 15% drop in metrology sales from Q4
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- Metrology supplier Nanometrics Inc. here today (March 30) said its revenues would sequentially decline 25% in the first quarter from $17.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2000. The company cut its estimates for system shipments, saying that total would decline 15% in Q1 instead an expected drop of 10%.
China handset market still booming
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
BEIJING -- Cell phone makers in China aren't suffering from the glut of excess inventory afflicting the rest of the world, according to parts exhibitors at the International IC Show held here this week.
Transmitter keeps in tune with loop antennas
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
Micrel Semiconductor has developed a single-chip radio transmitter for unlicensed bands in the 280 to 460MHz range that automatically corrects for differences in a connected loop antenna so the board does not need to be tuned on the manufacturing line with a trimmer pot.
Report opens possibility of 3G spectrum sharing
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In an interim report replete with qualifiers, regulators said "limited sharing" of government-controlled broadcast spectrum is possible for third-generation (3G) wireless services.
Cambridge company moves into US for "triple business"
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Cambridge-based ANT is expanding, with the opening of a US headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.
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