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Mentor debt sale may fuel acquisitions
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A move by Mentor Graphics Corp. to sell $100 million in debentures may be a precursor to one or more coming acquisitions, according to both outside sources and Mentor's own announcement.
DuPont rolls out fast order processing system
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DuPont Photomasks Inc. today (July 31) announced the introduction of an automated photomask order processing solution designed to speed up cycle times to semiconductor manufacturers.
ASE Test narrows loss, sees profitable Q3
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IC-test house ASE Test Ltd. of Taiwan posted sales of $91.7 million in the second quarter of 2003, up 18 percent from 2Q '02 and up 29 percent from 1Q '03.
Intel sells 'eyesore' structure in Texas
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Intel Corp. has reached a deal to sell the site of a partially constructed building in Austin, Texas, to the federal government, according to a report from Reuters.
ChipPAC posts loss, sells Malaysia office building
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In an effort to cut costs and return to profitability, chip-packaging specialist ChipPAC Inc. today (July 31) said it has entered into an agreement with an undisclosed company to sell one of its office buildings in Malaysia.
Canon's fab-tool unit posts loss amid LCD surge
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Canon Inc.'s semiconductor equipment unit benefited from a surge in the exposure tool market for flat-panel displays, although the group continues to operate in the red amid a shortfall in sales in the IC sector.
2mm backplane connectors try to climb out of telecom rubble
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A marked decline in demand for telecommunications equipment has caused a similar reduction in demand for 2mm backplane connectors the past two years, but this connector sector is expected to slowly recover as prices stabilize and suppliers develop higher-performance devices.
Shakeout looms for IC test houses, says ASE exec
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In the 1980s and 1990s, a slew of companies took a page out of the silicon foundry business model and created the so-called chip-testing outsourcing industry.
Foundry Watch: GCS becomes 'virtual' opto foundry
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In the mid- to late-1990s, a handful of startups emerged and entered into the pure-play gallium arsenide (GaAs) foundry business. One of those hopefuls included Global Communication Semiconductors Inc. (GCS) of Torrance. Like its rivals, GCS hoped to offer GaAs foundry services for OEMs and chip makers. In the late 1990s, the company opened a 4-inch compound semiconductor fab for foundry services.
BTG, Semiconductor Insights form IC partnership
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BTG plc, a licensor of third-party intellectual property formerly known as the British Technology Group, said Thursday (July 31, 2003) it would formalize a partnership with Semiconductor Insights Inc., a Canadian engineering consultancy that analyzes integrated circuits, devices structures and patent portfolios.
Memory makers eye embedded role for FRAM
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Semiconductor vendors that have placed bets on ferroelectric RAM are looking beyond standalone devices toward the day when the nonvolatile memory can be embedded in CMOS logic chips.
Tellium, Zhone agree to merge in all-stock deal
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Optical-switch provider Tellium Inc. (Oceanport, N.J.) and access gear maker Zhone Technologies Inc. plan to merge in an all-stock transaction that will leave privately held Zhone (Oakland, Calif.) holding 60 percent of the merged company's equity.
SoC vendor woos military markets
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Scores of system-on-chip companies have been scrambling in recent years to deliver the value of integration to OEMs in the consumer and communications sectors.
Loss-making Tokyo Electron to cut jobs, says report
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Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL), world's second largest vendor of chip-making equipment, said Thursday (July 30, 2003) it would cut 10 percent of its workforce to about 9,000 people by March 2004 and curb capital investment and R&D spending, according to a Reuters report.
Test: the next big SoC challenge
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With system-on-chip design productivity partially resolved by using external intellectual property (IP) and improved EDA, design verification and test have emerged as the new SoC bottlenecks.
Oki puts loss from quake at $25 million
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Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. expects an "extraordinary loss" of roughly $25 million at its Miyagi Oki Electric Co. Ltd. subsidiary as a result of the earthquakes that rocked northern Japan late last month.
Indonesia acts to lower luxury tax on electronics imports
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Indonesia plans to lower the luxury tax on imported electronics goods to stem the flow of illegal gray-market imports, which currently account for more than half of electronics sales here, according to one local estimate.
EDA startup Pulsic names Roberts CEO
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Pulsic Ltd., a U.K.-based EDA startup offering physical IC design tools, has named EDA veteran Ken Roberts chief executive officer.
Nvidia lowers second-quarter gross-margin call
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Graphics processor supplier Nvidia Corp. last week lowered its gross-margin expectations for the second quarter ended July 27.
SoC interfaces going 'soft'
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Somewhere lost in the shadows of computer prehistory lies a huge cognitive leap. We will never know whether it first came in the applications engineering department of an established computer company, in a cluttered research lab where open windows supplied just enough breeze to cool a refrigerator-sized minicomputer, or on the workbench of an engineer puzzling through the data sheet for a newfangled microprocessor chip.
TI élargit sa gamme de jeux de puces pour réseaux locaux sans fil après l'acquisition de Radia
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Prouvant que le secteur des réseaux locaux sans fil doit disposer de ses propres jeux de puces, Texas Instruments a passé un accord mercredi 30 juillet concernant l'acquisition du jeune développeur de composants RF Radia Communications (Sunnyvale, Californie). Grâce à cette man?uvre, le célèbre développeur de processeurs de signaux numériques peut désormais offrir une solution complète de jeux de puces RF à bande de base pour des clients de réseaux locaux sans fil 802.11a, b et g. Depuis plusieu
Les puces élucident les mystères de la vision
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Rendre la vue aux aveugles va au-delà de la prophétie biblique depuis que les chercheurs du monde entier s'attaquent de front au problème. Plusieurs chercheurs ont récemment présenté des prototypes de rétine artificielle à la Conférence Internationale sur les réseaux neuronaux. Ils rapprochent de la réalité les applications humaines de vision mécanique.
Cypress to withdraw from PLD business
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Cypress Semiconductor Wednesday (July 30)confirmed that it is phasing out its programmable logic business, saying that it makes little sense to fight with a handful of chip companies that focus exclusively on PLDs.
Magma annonce un chiffre d'affaires record et un élan d'optimisme chez ses clients
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Les signes d'une reprise imminente du secteur de la conception électrique assistée par ordinateur (EDA) ne manquent pas. En effet, ce mardi 29 juillet, Magma Design Automation Inc. a annoncé une hausse de 26% de son chiffre d'affaires annuel pour le deuxième trimestre.
Transmeta takes stake in Chinese Linux JV
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Processor and software developer Transmeta Corp. is joining with two Hong Kong based companies to form a joint venture to develop and sell the Midori Linux operating system together with embedded and portable computing equipment into the greater China market.
Bookham va fermer son installation ASOC de Milton. 180 emplois vont disparaître
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Le groupe de composants et de modules optiques Bookham Technology plc va cesser le développement et la production de sa technologie ASOC et fermer son installation de R&D et fabrication de Milton, entraînant la suppression de 160 à 180 emplois. La société a aussi annoncé qu'elle allait réaffecter et réduire ses dépenses de R&D en prévision d'une croissance ralentie. Dans son ensemble, cette restructuration va réduire l'érosion du capital et son seuil de rentabilité d'encaisse à un chiffre compri
IC aggregates T1, E1 traffic for metro Ethernet
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A chip that integrates T1 and E1 time-division multiplexed traffic over a 100-Mbit Ethernet packet link is being sampled by Redux Communications Ltd.
Future Horizons : prévisions à la baisse pour 2003 mais espoir d'une croissance solide en 2004
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Malgré des prix de vente moyens désespérément bas pour la plupart des semi-conducteurs, le groupe d'analyse et de recherche du marché Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, Angleterre) anticipe une forte relance et une croissance solide pour le secteur au cours des deux prochaines années.
Centralized wireless LAN interface proposed
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A multivendor consortium, led by NTT DoCoMo and Airespace, has put before the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) a proposal for a standardized interface between wireless LAN access points and switches in centralized WLAN architectures.
Bus switch families
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The CB3T, CB3Q, and CBT-C bus switch families handle interfacing, interleaving, isolation, and signal gating in datacom, networking, and portable comm. designs.
Dual-mode voltage regulator
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The NCP1501 is a dual-mode PWM buck converter optimized for cell phone, and PDA designs.
TI acquires RF chip maker Radia
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DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. said it has acquired Radia Communications Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chip maker that specializes in radio frequency (RF) design.
Antenova directs its antennas two ways
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Antenna developers Antenova (Cambridge, England) and Galtronics (Tiberias, Israel), have joined forces to speed the development and marketing of Antenova's High Dielectric Antenna (HDA) technology into the mobile handset and laptop/adapter market. Separately Antenova has joined a team to examine the prospects for MIMO antenna arrays for handheld devices and laptops as part of a UK government funded project to increase spectrum efficiency.
Strand säljer ut
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Strand Interconnect AB, som trädde i frivillig likvidation den 1 Juli 2003 efter ett enhälligt beslut på extra bolagsstämma, har börjat föra inledande diskussioner om försäljning av egendom, såväl maskiner som patent och process. Parallellt har också ett par intressenter visat intresse att söka lösningar för fortsatt drift.
Teliasonera andra kvartalet
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Teliasoneras försäljning under andra kvartalet uppgick till 20 275 miljoner kronor, alltså ungefär det samma som under andra kvartalet i fjol då försäljningen nådde 20.290 miljoner.
50 000 visiteurs à l'ouverture du Salon des applications informatiques de Taipei 2003
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La plus grande foire insulaire informatique, le Salon des applications informatiques de Taipei 2003, a ouvert ses portes hier au Centre de commerce international de Taipei. Dès la première journée, plus de 50 000 visiteurs ont été recensés, soit une hausse de fréquentation de 78% par rapport à l'année dernière.
Avec le MC-30A, Epson réduit la consommation de l'électronique automobile
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Epson Europe Electronics GmbH présente le MC-30A, un quartz 32,768 kHz destiné au secteur automobile. Variante du MC-306, son principal avantage réside dans la particularité de son process de fabrication.
IC-test outsourcing market set to double by '05
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After years of select resistance and flat growth in the marketplace, the IC-test outsourcing business is expected to gain traction and double in sales by 2005, according to the top U.S. executive for Taiwanese chip-packaging and test giant Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE).
TI to buy Radia to complete WLAN chip set offering
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Proving that the wireless LAN (WLAN) sector will be a complete chipset business going forward, Texas Instruments has struck an accord late today (July 30) to acquire startup RF component developer Radia Communications (Sunnyvale, Calif. ).
Cypress phasing out PLD business
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Cypress Semiconductor Wednewsday (July 30) confirmed that it is phasing out its programmable logic business, saying that it makes little sense to fight with a handful of chip companies that focus exclusively on PLDs.
Mattson's Q2 sales falls 55% over Q1
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Chip-equipment maker Mattson Technology Inc. posted sales of $30.5 million in the second quarter of 2003, a 55 percent decrease from $37.3 million $67.8 million in the first quarter of 2003, and a 36 percent drop from $16.8 million in the second quarter of 2002.
Texas Instruments acquires RF chip maker Radia
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DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today (July 30) said it has acquired Radia Communications Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chip maker that specializes in radio frequency (RF) design.
On Semi posts Q2 loss amid 5% sales drop
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On Semiconductor Corp. reported sales of $256.2 million in the second quarter of 2003, a decline of 5 percent from $269.5 million in the previous quarter and compared to $280.6 million in the like period a year ago.
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