Shareholders plan class action against Vitesse News & Analysis 4/29/2006 Post a comment Shareholders in Vitesse Semiconductor are preparing a class action lawsuit against the troubled chip supplier following
allegations that the company may have issued unlawful, false and misleading financial statements for the three months ended December 31, 2005 and the three years ended September 30, 2005.
Debate rages over 450-mm wafer fabs News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment While a heated debate continues to ensue over next-generation, 450-mm wafer fabs, several semiconductor equipment and materials vendors are quietly exploring and developing their first prototype 450-mm technologies.
Chinesische Chiphersteller melden gute Quartale News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Actions Semiconductor hat für das erste Quartal 2006 einen Umsatz von 35,8 Millionen US-Dollar gemeldet. Damit konnte der chinesische Hersteller von Consumer-Chips seinen Absatz gegenüber dem ersten Vierteljahr 2005 um 4,4 Prozent steigern. Im vergleichbaren Vorjahreszeitraum hatte Actions Semiconductor 34,3 Millionen Dollar erwirtschaftet. Gegenüber dem vierten Quartal 2005 mit einem Umsatz von 39,9 Millionen Dollar musste der Chiphersteller jedoch Einbußen von 10,3 Prozent hinnehmen.
Coole Idee für heiße Chips News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Für die Chipdesigner ist die Wärmeentwicklung auf den Chips ein sehr ernstes Problem. Forscher der Purdue University haben sich da einen interessanten Ausweg einfallen lassen.
FFT-Support für rekonfigurierbaren Prozessor News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Das japanische Unternehmen IPFlex, Entwickler des rekonfigurierbaren Parallelprozessors DAPDNA-2, will gemeinsam mit der Sobal Corp. ein FFT-Entwicklungskit anbieten. Die FFT-/Inverse-FFT-Bibliothek des Kits wurde von Sobal entwickelt.
Die neueste Start-up-Liste der EE Times News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment EE Times hat seine Liste mit den 60 interessantesten Startups aktualisiert. Das Ranking 'EE Times 60 Emerging Startups' gibt es seit April 2004. Nun erscheint die fünfte Version, die aktuelle unternehmerische, kommerzielle und technologische Bedingungen berücksichtigt.
TSMC downgraded amid fab expansion News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment An analyst has downgraded Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) despite strong results and major expansion plans for the silicon foundry giant. TSMC is ramping up the second phase of its 300-mm fab in southern Taiwan, with a third phase in the works.
Matsushita profits double, sees slower growth News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Japan's largest consumer electronics company, Matsushita Electric, posted its fourth consecutive year of increased sales and profits on the back of strong sales of plasma display TVs and digital electronics devices, but forecast lower growth for the year ahead.
Toshiba's profits surge in semis News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Citing a boom in the NAND flash-memory market, Toshiba Corp.’s semiconductor and LCD unit posted a combined sales of ¥ 1.39 trillion ($11.9 billion) for its fiscal year ended March 31, up 6 percent from the previous year.
Circuit simulator optimized for sub-circuit type Spice models News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Intellectual property characterization and circuit simulation software provider Legend Design Technology has optimized its MSIM circuit simulator to perform faster than conventional simulators when using a "sub-circuit-type Spice model" for nanometer technology, the company said.
ASE names new COO News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Taiwan’s Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), the world’s largest chip-packaging house, has named Tien Wu as its new chief operating officer.
Optical device startup raises $12 million News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Firecomms Ltd., a compound semiconductor company that develops visible wavelength light sources, has announced it has closed a 9.6 million euro (about $12 million) round of funding with new and existing shareholders.
PCB manufacturer Circatex up for auction News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment The entire contents of the 250,000 square foot manufacturing site of a bankrupt printed circuit board manufacturer down to the Sharp microwave oven that resided in the gatekeepers’ hut is being disposed of by way of webcast and on-location aution.
Sony sees PS3, flat TVs as keys to recovery News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Sony is forecasting sharp falls in operating profits at many of its divisions for the year ahead as it reported a Yen 66.5 billion ($581 million) loss for the January-March quarter, worse than the Yen 56.5 billion ($501 million) loss in the same period last year.
De nouvelles nominations chez Alcatel News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Faisant suite à l’annonce de fusion avec l’Américain Lucent Technologies, Alcatel a fait part d’une série de nominations, notamment celle de Christian Reinaudo, membre du Comité exécutif et actuellement président des activités d’Alcatel dans la région Asie-Pacifique, à la tête de l’Equipe Projet d’Intégration à compter du 1er mai 2006.
Baisse du CA pour Axalto au 1er trimestre News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment L’heure est à la morosité chez Axalto. Au titre du premier trimestre 2006, le fournisseur de cartes à microprocesseurs a publié jeudi (27 avril) un chiffre d’affaires de 210 millions de dollars, en baisse de 7% à taux de change constants et de 11% à taux de change historiques par rapport au premier trimestre 2005.
Unity reports progress on RRAM R&D trek News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Unity Semiconductor Corp., founded in 2002 by former Micron executive Darrell Rinerson, is a fabless chip company in the middle of a six-year R&D trek to bring a dense, fast nonvolatile memory to market. At the half-way point Rinerson is pleased with progress.
STATS turns profit News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Assembly and test services provider STATS ChipPAC shook off seasonal weakness to register its second consecutive quarter of profit.
Strong growth predicted for semi inspection tools News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment The semiconductor inspection and metrology market is expected to grow 75 percent over the next three years and record sales of $6.6 billion in 2008, driven by the need for more refined inspection tools as the sector moves towards smaller dimensions on devices, according to a just published report from The Information Network.
SMIC continues to spill red ink News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) reported its sixth consecutive quarterly loss on Thursday (April 27) despite growing sales and a push into new foundry markets, including NAND flash and solar.
ATI set to double Indian R&D staff size News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Graphics chip firm ATI Technologies has readied a new center in Hyderabad in southern India, where it first set up shop less than a year ago. The new center can accomodate more than twice ATI's 175-person staff in Hyerabad.
IR profit flat despite higher sales News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment International Rectifier Corp. posted GAAP earnings of $25.7 million, or 36 cents per share on sales of $297.1 million, compared with $35.7 million, or 48 cents per share on sales of $281.9 million in the year-ago third fiscal quarter.
Infineon rose to No. 2 in DRAM in 1Q, iSuppli says News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Infineon Technologies capitalized on weak performances by rivals to rise to the No. 2 position in global DRAM sales for the first time during the first quarter, according to preliminary estimates from market analyst firm iSuppli Corp.
KLA-Tencor's sales, profits up News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Metrology and inspection equipment giant KLA-Tencor Corp. reported net income of $98 million, and earnings per diluted share of $0.48 on revenues of $518 million for the quarter.
Renesas' sales fall 10% on weak demand News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Renesas Technology Corp. reported that fiscal 2005 year ended March with a 10 percent decline in sales to 906 billion yen ($7.9 billion) from 1 trillion yen ($8.7 billion) in fiscal 2004.
Magma's revenue soars, but loss widens News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Partially blaming litigation expenses tied to its high-profile litigation with Synopsys, Magma Design Automation posted record revenue but a widening loss for both the fiscal year and the quarter.
To the rescue News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment As the deadline for the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive quickly approaches, all players in the electronics supply chain should be beyond planning their approach to RoHS compliancy and well into execution of this monumental transition.
The true cost of global outsourcing News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment In the first three parts of this series, we looked at how manufacturing costs are accrued and prices formulated, then reviewed three alternatives for reducing manufacturing costs without compromising quality, flexibility or responsiveness. Finally, we suggested a number of alternatives for how OEMs and their EMS suppliers might amicably resolve the divisive issue of inventory liability (see "Striking a balance," ESM, November 2005).
EMS companies get RoHS stamp of approval News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Last month, the trade association IPC released a "RoHS Lead-Free Electronics Assembly Process Capability Certification" for electronics equipment manufacturers. Two EMS companies took part in the beta test with IPC and have received certification. They are Solectron Corp.'s Charlotte, N.C., facility and Raven Industries Inc.'s Electronics Systems Division, in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Hitachi profit declines News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Japan-based Hitachi Ltd. reported earnings of $319 million on sales of $80.9 billion in its 2005 fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. Net earnings declined 28 percent from fiscal 2004, while sales rose 5 percent.
K&S posts loss, sales up News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. said revenue from continuing operations for the second fiscal quarter was $160.3 million, compared to $102.6 million in the comparable year-ago quarter.
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.