ServerWorks chief spurns first-generation PCI Express News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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
ChipPAC's Q2 sales jump 22.6% despite downturn News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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%.
Celoxica selects Mentor exec as CEO News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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.
Intel retakes market share from rival AMD News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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
German component maker cuts jobs after loss News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment
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.
AMD, Fujitsu, Saifun flash deal to enable 3G handsets News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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).
Singapore government may end fab investments News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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.
Cadence puts chip veteran in charge of Europe News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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.
SIS introduces PC chipset supporting dual Rambus memory News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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.
Sales up at Siliconix, profits doubled News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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.
Cadence contests Mentor's emulation lawsuit News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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.
Fab-building transition hits Tower's results News & Analysis 7/31/2002 Post a comment 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.
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Tabletop system generates extreme-UV laser light News & Analysis 7/30/2002 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/30/2002 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/30/2002 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/30/2002 Post a comment 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.
Venture capital continues to dry up News & Analysis 7/30/2002 Post a comment 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.
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.