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ServerWorks chief spurns first-generation PCI Express
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Raju Vegesna stubbornly refused to board the Intel-led bandwagon for the Rambus memory interface back in 1999, and the tough stance paid off. Vegesna's company, ServerWorks Inc., netted a commanding market share in PC server chip sets when server makers also turned thumbs-down on Rambus, opting instead for synchronous DRAM.
AMD, Fujitsu turn lawsuit into chance for multibit flash
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A long legal battle was expected when Saifun Semiconductors Ltd. filed a patent infringement suit against Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Fujitsu Ltd. in February, but the three companies on Wednesday (July 31) announced an agreement that will see AMD and Fujitsu use Saifun's technology in their ongoing effort to develop flash memories capable of storing four bits per cell.
Skyworks consolidates GaAs line, cuts 450 jobs
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WOBURN, Mass. -- Continuing its efforts to cut costs, wireless-chip startup Skyworks Solutions Inc. late today announced plans to shift its indium-gallium-phosphide (InGaP) manufacturing and process lines from Sunnyvale to Newbury Park, Calif.--a move that will impact 11% of its workforce, or 450 employees. When completed, the combination of these actions will reduce the company's worldwide headcount from 4,200 to 3,750 employees. This also includes 1,900 employees located at the company's asse
Vishay acquires two more load cell operations
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Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., Malvern, Penn., announced today that it has purchased the BLH and Nobel Businesses from Thermo Electron Corp.
Synopsys claims speedup for Physical Compiler release
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Synopsys Inc. on Wednesday (July 31) announced a new release of Physical Compiler, its flagship product for physical synthesis, and claimed it offers a twofold run-time speedup and an average 6 percent improvement in quality of results.
ChipPAC's Q2 sales jump 22.6% despite downturn
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FREMONT, Calif. -- ChipPAC Inc. here today reported sales of $97.1 million for the quarter, a 22.6% increase from $79 million in the prior quarter and 11.1% from $87.4 million in the like period a year ago. The IC-packaging and assembly provider reported a loss of $7.1 million, or minus $0.05 a share, in the quarter, compared to a loss of $7.5 million, or minus $0.11 a share, a year ago. In the previous quarter, ChipPAC posted a loss of $11.5 million, or minus $0.15 a share.
Adept slashes 24% of workforce amid downturn
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SAN JOSE -- Adept Technology Inc., a manufacturer of robotic and flexible automation systems for the IC and related industries, here today announced plans to reduce its workforce by 24% in the current quarter. The company, which has been hit hard by the downturn, has also reduced research and development, sales, and administrative expenses by over 50%.
Second-quarter U.S. GDP growth
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Celoxica selects Mentor exec as CEO
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ABINGDON, England -- Celoxica Ltd., a spin-off from Oxford University and pioneer of so-called hardware compilation, has appointed Phil Bishop as chief executive officer. Bishop joins Celoxica from Mentor Graphics Corp. where he was vice president and general manager of worldwide consulting.
SiS chip set supports Rambus memory
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Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. unveiled a PC chip set on Wednesday (July 31) that supports Rambus memory, the market's second chip set to do so.
Intel retakes market share from rival AMD
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Intel Corp. regained several percentage points of microprocessor market share over Advanced Micro Devices in the second quarter, according to two separate analyst reports. Joe Osha, principal semiconductor analyst for Merrill-Lynch, estimated that AMD lost market share to Intel in Q2 '02, dropping to 18% share from 22% the preceding period. Mercury Research, Scottsdale, Ariz., also reported that the AMD processor share in second quarter unit shipments excluding Intel's Xbox sales dropped to 16
Tower's sales have sequential jump but losses continue
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Tower Semiconductor Ltd. today reported second-quarter sales increased 38% from the first quarter to $11.6 million, though expenses associated with furnishing a new state-of-the-art wafer fab contributed to another sequential net loss.
German component maker cuts jobs after loss
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Continuing price erosion and weak orders, particularly in its home European market, dampened quarterly sales and earnings for Epcos AG, forcing the Munich, Germany component supplier to slash 300 jobs as part of a cost-cutting program.
Intel sees China passing Japan in PC market this year
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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - U.S. chip behemoth Intel Corp said on Wednesday China will overtake Japan as the world's second biggest PC market this year, earlier than expected and underscoring the weak demand in Asia's most mature market.
AMD, Fujitsu, Saifun flash deal to enable 3G handsets
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Fujitsu Ltd. today announced that they will collaborate with Israeli IP developer Saifun Semiconductors Ltd. on flash-memory chips that store four bits per cell to increase data storage in future 3G wireless handsets. The three-way deal was sprung from the settlement of a patent suit filed this year by Saifun against AMD, whose two-bits-per-cell MirrorBit flash is strikingly similar to Saifun's nitrided read-only memory (NROM).
Vishay reports improved sales and earnings
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Vishay Intertechnology Inc. announced that sales in the second quarter ended June 30 were $457.8 milllion, up 5.5% over sales of $434.1 for the first quarter ended March 31.
Singapore government may end fab investments
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Temasek Holdings, the investment arm of the Singapore government, may divest itself of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. and its sister company, ST Assembly and Test Services, thereby abandoning the wafer production business.
Antenna developer steers cash three ways
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Steerable antenna specialist Antenova has raised £6m in second-round funding as the company gears up product development with a range of customers. The new funding from a consortium led by Quester and the Cambridge Gateway Fund follows a first round completed in April 2001.
LVL7 Systems ports its software to Intel switches
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Networking software developer LVL7 Systems Inc. said Wednesday (July 31) that it is expanding its focus on Ethernet by porting its Fastpath software package to Intel Corp.'s IXE family of Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet switching devices.
ARM Licenses Cores to Agere, Atsana
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In an effort to extend its penetration in the communications sector, ARM has struck licensing according with Agere Systems and Atsana Semiconductor.
Companies develop Bluetooth stacks for TI DSPs
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Troy Wireless and Stonestreet One are bringing enhanced Bluetooth support to Texas Instruments' TMS320C54x family of DSPs.
Cadence puts chip veteran in charge of Europe
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BRACKNELL, England -- Cadence Design Systems Inc., a leading EDA software and design services vendor, has appointed Gillaume d'Eyssautier as vice president and general manager of its European operations. D'Eyssautier, an experienced chip industry executive, was formerly vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa at IBM Technology Group.
Teradyne, Accelerant roll 6.25-Gbps backplane reference design
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Teradyne is joining forces with Accelerant to make 6.25-Gbps backplanes a reality for communications designers.
SIS introduces PC chipset supporting dual Rambus memory
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HSIN CHU, TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Silicon Integrated Systems (SIS) has launched a set of chips intended for use by designers of desktop PCs and workstations. Dubbed the SiSR658, the chipset supports Rambus memory devices and, according to SIS is the first computer chipset to support dual Rambus memories operating at 1066-MHz clock frequency.
SiS shows first third-party, RDRAM-based chip set
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS) here today launched the world's first third-party PC chip set that supports Rambus Inc.'s high-speed memory interface. Supporting 800- and 1066-MHz RDRAM devices, the SiSR658 chip set is geared for high-end computers and workstations. The product also offers 1.5 to 2 times more data transmission bandwidth than competing solutions, based on double-data-rate SDRAM, according to the Taipei-based company.
Power amplifier specialist WSI folds
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Power amplifier specialist Wireless Systems International has closed its doors and laid off 53 employees.
IBM Microelectronics fires up 300mm-wafer fab
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IBM Microelectronics today brought its $2.5 billion 300mm-wafer fab unit onstream as part of a $5 billion capital investment program launched two years ago to expand its chip making sites worldwide.
PCI Express IP core
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A PCI Express intellectual property (IP) core has been unleashed for the Virtex-II Pro FPGAs.
18-Mb co-processor
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The SiberCAM Ultra 18-M is an 18-Mb TCAM-based forwarding/classification co-processor aimed at OC-192 and OC-48 equipment designs.
0.13-micron quad GigE transceiver
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The BCM5464S Gigabit Ethernet transceiver is developed using a 0.13-micron process and dissipates less than 700-mW power.
Sales up at Siliconix, profits doubled
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Siliconix Inc., a manufacturer of power MOSFETs and an 80.4% subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has recorded sales of $94.9 million in the second quarter of 2002 up 30% on $73.3 million recorded in the same quarter a year earlier and 14% more than the sales of $83.6 million for the first quarter of this year. This resulted in a net income of $11.2 million for the second quarter more than doubling the profit of $5.1 million made a year before.
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Cadence contests Mentor's emulation lawsuit
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. a leading supplier of EDA tools and design services, will contest a complaint from Ikos Systems, a subsidiary of Mentor Graphics Corp., alleging the Cadence Quickturn Palladium design verification system infringes on an Ikos patent.
Atsana takes ARM license in pursuit of the massively parallel
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OTTAWA, Canada -- Atsana Semiconductor Corp., a start-up company developing programmable processors for multimedia wireless devices, has taken a license for the ARM922T core from ARM Holdings plc for use with its multimedia processor.
Fab-building transition hits Tower's results
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MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel -- Tower Semiconductor Ltd., the Israeli foundry manufacturer of chips, managed to increase sales in the second quarter but net losses remained relatively high, partly due to expenses associated with the construction of its second wafer fab. Sales for the second quarter of 2002 increased from the previous quarter by 38% to $11.6 million, but were still lower than in the same quarter a year earlier when the company recorded sales of $12.5 million. The loss for 2002's s
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ICS posts fiscal 4Q gains, but down year-over-year
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Integrated Circuit Systems today reported it increased its profits by cutting costs and migrating to higher margin digital consumer products.
Tabletop system generates extreme-UV laser light
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A small, inexpensive tabletop laser system that can produce coherent extreme-ultraviolet laser light has been built by a research team at the University of Colorado. The system uses a hollow optical fiber filled with argon gas as a nonlinear optical waveguide that upconverts visible laser light into the extreme-ultraviolet range — a critical part of the spectrum for advanced lithography systems.
Amkor reports loss despite higher sales
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Amkor Technology Inc. recorded a second quarter net loss of $384 million, or $2.33 per share, on sales of $409.9 million. The loss includes a $311 million, or $1.89 per share, impairment charge for Amkor's equity investment in Anam Semiconductor Inc.
MIPS offers on-chip interconnect to link SoC blocks
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Eschewing the shared bus approaches favored by ARM and PowerPC cores, MIPS Technologies Inc. has introduced an on-chip switch for system-on-chip developers. Called SoC-it, the switch is intended to provide a high-performance link between a MIPS processor and multiple third-party intellectual property cores.
Amkor's Q2 sales up 15% amid restructuring
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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Following its exit from the silicon foundry business, Amkor Technology Inc. here reported a net loss of $383.5 million, or minus $2.33 per share, on sales of $409.9 million, for its second quarter of 2002. This compares to a loss of $188 million, or minus $0.15 a share, on sales of $350 million in the first quarter of this year. In the like period a year ago, Amkor reported a loss of $116.3 million, or minus $0.76 a share, on sales of $350.2 million.
Sony plans video interface for Playstation in 2003
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Sony Corp. will make a video interface available for the Playstation 2 game console next year as part of a $49 option that will include an MPEG camera and about 20 game titles.
Venture capital continues to dry up
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Venture capital investment continued its two-year decline in the second quarter of 2002. Total investments fell 11.2% sequentially to $5.7 billion, the lowest level since the third quarter of 1998, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers, Venture Economics, and National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree Survey.
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