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Second-half preview: IC market wakes up
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After flat-to-down growth in the first half of 2005, the semiconductor industry is projected to wake up from its lingering lull in the second part of this year.
Juniper's Heckart joins Microsoft TV effort
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Microsoft TV has hired away Juniper Network Inc.'s Christine Heckart to be its general manager of marketing.
Magnum completes acquisition of Cirrus' digital video line
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Magnum Semiconductor has completed its acquisition of Cirrus Logic's digital video product line assets.
AU Optronics acquires IBM LCD patents
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Taiwan-based Liquid crystal display supplier AU Optronics Corp. has signed an agreement with International Business Machines Corp. (IBM Corp.), agreeing to acquire the computer maker's hundreds of global patents related to thin-film-transistor (TFT) LCD technology.
Second-half preview: Flat-panel display makers roll dice on fab spending
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Market researchers expect demand for flat-panel displays to continue growing, but the unanswered question is whether a display industry capital spending spree to expand fab capacity will yield profits during the second half of 2005.
Advantest's chairman, CEO steps down
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Hiroshi Oura, chairman and chief executive of Japan's Advantest Corp., has stepped down from those posts.
Mikrocontroller mit Flash und LCD-Treiber
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Microcontroller, Flash-Speicher und direkte LCD-Ansteuerung kombiniert ein neuer Baustein von Toshiba. Damit sollen Entwickler unterstützt werden, die Produkte mit verschiedenen Varianten oder Field-Upgrades planen.
Stromwandler für komplexe Verhältnisse
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Für die Messung von Strömen bis 1000 Ampere hat der Schweizer Hersteller LEM eine neue Stromwandler-Familie entwickelt. Die Geräte kombinieren die Messwerterfassung per Hall-Effekt mit der Signalaufbereitung in einem sehr kompakten Gehäuse.
Advanced Energy, MKS Instruments name new CEOs
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MKS Instruments Inc., a provider of process control technologies, said that John Bertucci has stepped down as chief executive.
Actual 2005 DAC attendance down slightly
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General conference and exhibit attendance at the 2005 Design Automation Conference was down a little more than 1 percent from 2004, according to final attendance figures.
Perspective d’un avenir austère pour les fabricants de photomasques
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Klaus Rinnen, vice-président de Gartner Dataquest, a prédit un avenir austère aux fabricants de photomasques et les a invités à trouver un moyen de capitaliser sur la prépondérance croissante de la conception comme facteur de différentiation au sein du secteur des semi-conducteurs.
EE Times' venture capital counter stands at just over $1.1 billion
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So far in 2005, up to and including Thursday June 30, EE Times has reported on 92 startup deals that have raised just over $1.1 billion from more than 200 venture capital firms and other investors.
On Semiconductor ferme une ligne de production et supprime 150 emplois
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En ligne avec sa stratégie de baisse des coûts, On Semiconductor Inc. envisage le transfert des activités de son usine de Malaisie à Phœnix, ce qui devrait entraîner la suppression de 150 emplois.
CMP company changes name to Entrepix
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Total Fab Solutions Inc., a provider of chemical mechanical planarization services, equipment and metrology, has changed its name to Entrepix Inc. The company (Tempe, Arizona) said it made the change to emphasize its focus on CMP.
Streit zwischen AMD und Intel eskaliert
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Zwei Tage nach seiner Klage gegen Intel vor einem US-Gericht legt AMD noch eins drauf: Jetzt zerrt der Prozessorhersteller seinen großen Rivalen auch in Japan vor den Kadi. Intel gibt öffentlich kontra.
Mobile phone production accelerates in Q2, says iSuppli
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6/30/2005   1 comment
After suffering the typical seasonal slowdown in the first three months of the year, mobile-phone unit production will rise sequentially in the second quarter and for the remainder of 2005, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp.
FSI improves cleaning for 65-nm, 45-nm manufacturing
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FSI International Inc. has improved cleaning processes for the 65- and 45-nanometer manufacturing nodes to exceed the guidelines from the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) on material loss, the company said.
Altera, InterNiche and MorethanIP Team on Reference Design
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A networking reference design for Altera's Nios II delivers 60 Mbits of throughput via TCP/IP over a 100-Mbit link for embedded applications requiring high-throughput network connectivity.
Generationswechsel bei Siemens Österreich
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An der Spitze der Siemens AG Österreich löst Brigitte Ederer den langjährigen Vorstandsvorsitzenden und Generaldirektor Albert Hochleitner ab. Neu in den Vorstand aufgenommen wird Alfred Ötsch, der zurzeit im Siemens-Bereichsvorstand Automation and Drives tätig ist.
India's TCS inked for Chinese software venture
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India Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), one of India's leading software export services companies, has announced a joint venture with the Chinese government and Microsoft Corp. to set up a new entity to address Chinese software and global market needs.
Vogt Witten ist pleite
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Der Elektronik-Dienstleister Vogt electronic Witten GmbH hat erwartungsegmäß Insolvenz angemeldet. Vor einer Woche hatte der Mutterkonzern Vogt Electronic AG seine finanzielle Unterstützung eingestellt.
Réponse du DG d’Intel à AMD : La société ne changera pas ses pratiques commerciales
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Deux jours après qu’Advanced Micro Devices Inc. a porté plainte contre Intel Corp. pour pratiques déloyales, le Président-directeur général d’Intel, Paul Otellini, rétorque. Il stipule que sa société ne changera pas ses pratiques commerciales et s’attend à une décision de justice en sa faveur.
Machine tool maker plans semi equipment move, says report
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Kao Fong Machinery Co. Ltd., one of Taiwan's leading manufacturers of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, is to move into the production of semiconductor-manufacturing equipment, according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
Nikon debuts first hyper NA immersion litho system
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Seeking to take the technical lead in lithography, Nikon Corp. rolled out what the company claims is the world's first hyper numerical aperture (NA) immersion system for volume chip production.
AMD keeps up pressure on Intel with Japanese lawsuits
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is keeping up the legal pressure on rival Intel Corp., filing two lawsuits for damages in Japan alleging violations of Japan's Antimonopoly Act.
Philips starts 65-, 90-nm chip design in India
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European consumer electronics giant Royal Philips Electronics has said it is starting work on 65- and 90-nanometer chip design at its Bangalore development center, aimed at the next-generation of consumer chips including those based on its Nexperia platforms.
Motorola acquiert l’équipe de R&D et le portefeuille d’IP de Sendo
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Motorola Inc. a indiqué l’acquisition d’actifs de Sendo Ltd., fabricant britannique de combinés mobiles.
Freescale beteiligt sich an europäischem 45-nm-Gate-Stack-Projekt
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Freescale Semiconductor hat sich Europas ehrgeizigem NanoCMOS-Projekt angeschlossen. Forschungsschwerpunkt des Projekts sind Fertigungsverfahren für 45-nm-CMOS-Logikschaltungen.
Philips zeigt bildgebendes Verfahren auf Magnetbasis
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Interessante Anwendungen in Medizintechnik und Materialforschung könnten sich für eine neue bildgebende Technik namens Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) ergeben. Wissenschaftler des niederländischen Philips-Konzerns haben jetzt die Realisierbarkeit dieser Technologie nachgewiesen.
Motorola to acquire Sendo R&D team and IP portfolio
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Motorola is acquiring key assets, including a research and development team and complete intellectual property portfolio, from British mobile handset maker Sendo.
Apologetic Owens warns of more Nortel cost cuts
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Nortel Networks Inc. chief executive Bill Owens offered a public apology to shareholders at the company's delayed annual meeting.
Wet clean IC-equipment market heating up
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The wet clean IC-equipment market is heating up, as Applied Materials Inc. and Lam Research Corp. are reportedly entering the crowded fray.
Intel CEO's response to AMD: Company won't change business practices
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Two days after Advanced Micro Devices Inc. filed an antitrust suit against Intel Corp. accusing its archrival of unfair business practices, Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini fired back, stating the company would not change its business practices and expects any court decision to be resolved in its favor.
Asyst revises Q4 results with reduced loss
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Chip-equipment maker Asyst Technologies Inc. readjusted its consolidated financial statements for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Mar. 31.
NAND market hit by MP3 slowdown
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The high-flying, NAND-based flash memory market has not collapsed, as expressed by one fabless chip maker. But the sector has finally experienced some tough and turbulent times, following a lull and disappointing demand for flash-based MP3 players in the consumer market.
Military suppliers announce support of next-gen data network
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Three of the largest U.S. military contractors have announced they will support development of an open-standard mesh networking system as an extension to the Defense Department's specification for a Common Data Link.
ADE rolls out next-generation wafer inspection tool
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ADE introduced its latest nano-particle inspection and defect classification tool used for inspection of silicon substrates.
Yosemite kit lowers PowerPC 440EP evaluation time, costs
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To accelerate the usage of the PowerPC 440EP CPU it has just acquired from IBM Corp., Applied Micro Circuits has just introduced a low cost evaluation kit designed for it by Embedded Planet LLC.
APEC 2006 to Focus on the Future of Power
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A call for papers was issued by APEC, the leading power conference. Expanded events are planned for the show in New Orleans in February, 2006. Get more details here.
LSI maximizes nanometer SoC integration
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LSI Logic announced its Core in I/O methodology, which the company states provides optimal use of core and I/O area for logic design, and an improved design experience.
Philips demonstrates imaging based on magnetic traces
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Scientists at Philips Research have demonstrated the feasibility of an imaging technique called magnetic particle imaging.
Analyst raises annual chip market growth forecast to 7%
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Handelsbanken Capital Markets has upgraded its forecast for global semiconductor market growth from 3 percent to 7 percent after it has seen indications that chip sales were strong in May.
Sun, NTT DoCoMo team on Java for mobile data
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Sun Microsystems Inc. has announced an agreement with NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, to deliver a next-generation mobile data services platform based on open-standard Java technology.
Genesis Microchip, Meridian Audio ally on video processors
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Image processing chip supplier Genesis Microchip Inc. and audio/video products supplier Meridian Audio Ltd. have entered a strategic licensing agreement giving Meridian the right to promote Genesis' Faroudja technologies, products and brand on a global basis.
Flash memory price fall has frozen market, says SigmaTel
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According to a fabless supplier of analog-intensive mixed-signal chips into the portable electronics market, a 30 percent fall in NAND flash memory pricing has "temporarily frozen the market" and caused disruption to orders for its own system-level chips.
RF-to-baseband transceiver start-up raises another $13.5 million
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Xceive Corporation, specialist developer of RF-to-baseband receiver integrated circuits for televisions, mobile telephones and consumer electronics devices, has closed a Series C funding round worth $13.5 million.
LSI shatters previous density/performance boundaries with 90-nm RapidChip platform ASICs
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LSI Logic announced that its next-generation RapidChip Platform ASIC families will be manufactured in the company's G90 90nm process technology.
Les fabricants électroniques américains en Malaisie prévoient une croissance ralentie en 2005
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Selon un groupe du secteur, les fabricants électroniques américains installés en Malaisie prévoient une forte croissance pour 2005 malgré certaines préoccupations sur les prix élevés du pétrole et les hausses des taux d’intérêt. Les performances globales devraient, toutefois, chuter par rapport à 2004.
Jobs go as Spirent restructures U.S. DSL monitoring group
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Spirent plc is making large cuts in the workforce of its mainly U.S. based and loss making Service Assurance division, which focuses on monitoring systems of leased lines and DSL lines at major carriers.
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