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SCI Systems plans more plant closings
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To restructure its operations for profitability in the current economic downturn, SCI Systems Inc. will close nine plants before EMS peer Sanmina Corp. acquires it later this year.
Tegal's Q3 sales fall 66% over last year amid weak demand
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PETALUMA, Calif. -- Tegal Corp. here today reported sales of $4.4 million for its second fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, a 65.6% drop over the $12.8 million posted in the like period a year ago. The company also reported a net loss of $2.5 million for the quarter, or minus $0.20 cents per share. The results included a one-time charge of approximately $600,000 related to recent staff reductions.
Digi International buys NetSilicon for $50 million to enter embedded chip market
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MINNETONKA, Minn. -- In a move to expand its product portfolio, Digi International Inc. here today announced that it has acquired NetSilicon Inc. for approximately $50 million in stock. With the acquisition of NetSilicon, based in Waltham, Mass., Digi gains a quick entry into the Ethernet/Internet Protocol (IP) -based embedded chip market. NetSilicon's architecture enables Internet/Ethernet connectivity to electronic devices.
Hitachi forecasts $1.9 billion loss this fiscal year
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Hitachi Ltd. Tuesday reported a net loss of $929 million (110.5 billion yen) for the first half ended Sept. 30, compared with a $501 million net profit for the same period a year ago.
EMS providers hope for windfall from military spending
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With the announcement on Friday of a record $200 billion military contract awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp. and the promise of a larger defense budget in fiscal year 2002, a sector of the EMS industry is eyeing growth opportunities in the military and aerospace market even though few expect the business to materialize any time soon.
Proposed SoC design foundry awaits industry rebound
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K.C. Shih claims to be the first person in the world to conceive of a foundry for system-on-chip designs. "I am offering a new idea," said Shih, president and chief executive officer of Global Unichip Corp., based in Taiwan.
Solectron to miss revenue forecast
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Solectron Corp. today forecast that fiscal 2002 sales will be lower than earlier guidance.
Toshiba tailors MPEG-4 interface for specific baseband chips
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Sounding a note of caution for system integrators looking to add wireless video features to mobile handsets, Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) said its MPEG-4 decoder and encoder/decoder ICs, both sampling now, are tailored to specifically interface with Qualcomm Inc.'s MSM3300, a leading baseband processor for cdmaOne handsets.
SynTest rolls out design-for-test software to reduce chip-testing costs
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BALTIMORE -- During the International Test Conference (ITC) here today, SynTest Technologies Inc. rolled out a new design-for-test (DFT) software line that promises to reduce chip-testing costs. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company announced TurboDFT, a software product that integrates test-ready blocks and intellectual property (IP) cores for use in testing system-on-a-chip and other complex ICs.
Mosaid cancels switch-chip project and cuts 13% of its workforce
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OTTAWA -- Mosaid Technologies Inc. here today announced the cancellation of its switch-on-a-chip project--a move that impacts 13% of its workforce, or 28 employees. Mosaid had been developing the so-called Fabr-IC, a switch-on-a-chip line for communications equipment. But the Ottawa-based company was also in discussions with an undisclosed party to sell the product line, but those discussions have been terminated, according to the company.
Current feedback amplifier
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Targeting DSL applications...
Anam, Simtek sign process technology deal in nonvolatile memory arena
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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc.'s silicon foundry unit here today announced a process technology deal with Simtek Corp. of Colorado Springs, Colo. Under the terms, Amkor and its foundry subsidiary, Anam Semiconductor Inc. of Bucheon, Korea, have licensed the nonvolatile memory process technology from Simtek. This includes Simtek's flash and nvSRAM process technologies.
UMC reports $117 million loss in quarter
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United Microelectronics Corp. today reported a net loss of $117 million (NT$4.02 billion) for the three-month period ended September 30.
Solectron takes advantage of downturn to regroup
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In an interview with EBN, Phil Fok, Solectron's senior vice president and chief administrative officer, talked about the Milpitas, Calif., company's inventory issues, supplier requirements, and the shift in emphasis from global growth to the acquisition of specific technology expertise.
Mitsubishi's net income down 98% in first fiscal half
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Mitsubishi Electric Corp. Tuesday reported net income of $13 million for the first fiscal half ending Sept. 30, down 98% from $615 million for the same period a year ago.
UMC reports loss but expects 10% sales growth in Q4
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HSINCHU, Taiwan -- United Microelectronics Corp. is set to cut its full-year capital spending after announcing widened loss for the third quarter as demand for communications products continued to fall.
Motherboards with Intel's DDR chip set to ship in December
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Major motherboard makers will debut their designs based on Intel Corp.'s forthcoming double-data-rate DRAM chip set next month at Comdex Fall 2001 in Las Vegas and should have products on the shelf a few weeks before Christmas.
Cymer reduces headcount by 11% or 100 employees
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SAN DIEGO -- Citing the current and sharp downturn in the IC market, Cymer Inc. here today announced that it has reduced its headcount by 11%, or about 100 jobs. Effective today, the work force reduction will trim the company's headcount from about 900 employees to 800 employees worldwide, according to Cymer. The San Diego-based company is a supplier of lasers for lithography tools and other products.
Credence offers one-stop design-to-test solution for chip makers
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FREMONT, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. here today announced a one-stop design-to-test solution that promises to reduce chip-testing costs for IC makers. Credence's Quartet Series of automatic test equipment (ATE) now supports Integrated Measurement Systems Inc.'s (IMS) pre-silicon test debug solution, dubbed VirtualTester. IMS is a subsidiary of Credence, based in Fremont.
UMC slides further, but predicts uptick
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United Microelectronics Corp.'s losses deepened in the third quarter, as fewer orders from its key communications customers muted demand for its advanced process technologies.
Startup fields Spice debugging tool
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Sandwork Design Inc. is fielding what it calls the first third-party "transistor-level" debugging tool, named Spice Explorer. The offering includes a "lint" capability that finds problems in Spice netlists, and a waveform viewer with multiple display options.
Tough times beckon for NPUs
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The market is smaller and the money tighter. Yet OEMs want a 'total package' in support of network processors. These were only the most obvious changes seen by vendors at the recent Network Processors Conference.
PLD recovery won't come until 2003, but 300-mm will help suppliers cut costs, says report
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Pulled down by the slump in wired communications systems, the sale of programmable logic devices will plunge 34.1% this year and drop an addition 3.5% in 2002 before a slow recovery takes place in 2003, according to a new forecast released today by iSuppli Corp.
Winbond to close fab, shift focus to specialty DRAM
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Winbond Electronics Corp., Taiwan's top DRAM maker, said it would close a 5-inch wafer fabrication facility that produces mainly consumer chips by the end of 2002.
Stor förlust för Telenor
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Det norska telebolaget Telenor gick med förlust kvartal 3. Bolaget gjorde en förlust efter skatt på över 2,5 miljarder norska kronor.
Rätt första gången med prototypverifiering
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Prototypvalideringen blir allt svårare med ökad kretskomplexitet. Chris Brigden från IMS förespråkar här en metod baserad på företagets prototyptestare där prototyperna kan verifieras medan kretsen fortfarande håller på att utvecklas.
Alcatel awarded Russian 3G supply contract
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VimpelCom, the Russian telecommunications services provider, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Alcatel for the supply of a 3G/UMTS trial network
Applied teams with PDF to boost defect-catching ability for higher yields
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Applied Materials Inc. here and PDF Solutions Inc. in San Jose today announced a partnership to combine wafer inspection systems with process/design characterization methodologies for a "comprehensive approach" to yield improvements in chip manufacturing.
National's device eases boundary-scan test in systems and reconfiguration in field
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SANTA CLARA -- National Semiconductor Corp. here announced availability of system-level testing support along with embedded flash programming and the ability to reconfigure programmable logic in a new 48-pin chip, which conforms to the industry's IEEE 1149.1 standard for boundary-scan test.
Microtune to buy Bluetooth chip maker
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Microtune Inc has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Transilica Inc, a San Diego-based developer of chips based on Bluetooth technology
ON Semiconductor's loss meets expectations
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ON Semiconductor Corp (Phoenix, Arizona) announced that total product revenue in the third quarter of 2001 was $275.4m, a decrease of 10% sequentially and a decrease of 47% compared to the third quarter of 2000
Resonext says WLAN chipset cuts power, space and costs
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Resonext Communications Inc (San Jose, Calif) has announced details of a two-piece CMOS chipset for 802.11a wireless LANs with a zero-IF architecture and featuring the company's Accuchannel equalisation technology
Power protection company suffers in difficult market conditions
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Chloride, the power protection company, does not expect to see a major improvement in market conditions in the second half of its financial year.
Bookham "pleased with performance" despite fall in financial figures
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Bookham Technology, the Oxfordshire-based optical components firm, expects revenues going forward to be flat, "at least" for the fourth quarter.
Power product market move for Alcatel
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Alcatel Converters is looking to develop a market for its power products outside internal clients with the award of an exclusive UK and Republic of Ireland distribution franchise to Acal Power Solutions.
Primus Epic CDS/R gets Federal Aviation Administration approval
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Honeywell has received Federal Aviation Administration approval for its Primus Epic CDS/R integrated avionics system (pictured). The retrofit display combines communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management functions.
Fält Elektronik i konkurs
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Kalixföretaget Fält Elektronik, som startades 1978 av Hans Fält har försatts i konkurs. Vad som skall hända med företaget är i skrivande stund ännu inte avgjort, men sannolikt blir det någon form av rekonstruktion.
UMC posts $117 million 3Q loss, cuts capital spending; fab utilization at 36%
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Silicon foundry giant United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) today reported a net loss of $117 million (NT$4.02 billion) for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to a profit of $422 million (NT$14.56 billion) in the like period a year ago. Net sales were $346 million (NT$11.96 billion) in the period, down 59.4% over the like quarter a year ago.
Arrow's return privileges curtailed by falling orders
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A dramatic decline in orders has hindered Arrow Electronics Inc.'s return privileges, forcing the company to write down $95 million in inventory, a rare occurrence in franchise distribution.
Elpida rolls out 64- and 128-Mbit DRAMs for mobile applications
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TOKYO -- Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. here today rolled out a 64- and 128-megabit DRAM line for use in mobile applications. Elpida's Mobile RAM line are 1.8- to 2.5-volt devices that are geared for cellular phones and PDAs, said Akira Yabu, technical marketing and engineering manager for Elpida. The company is a joint DRAM venture between Japan's Hitachi Ltd. and NEC Corp.
ON Semiconductor's loss meets expectations
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ON Semiconductor Corp., Phoenix, announced that total product revenue in the third quarter of 2001 was $275.4 million, a decrease of 10% sequentially and a decrease of 47% compared to the third quarter of 2000.
Implant Center and Ion Implant Services merge to form Innovion
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SAN JOSE --Two independent providers of ion implantation services--Implant Center Inc. (ICI) and Ion Implant Services Inc. (IIS)--here on Tuesday will announce that they have merged their operations and formed a new company, SBN has learned. ICI of San Jose reportedly took controlling interest of IIS of Sunnyvale, Calif., after ISI ran into financial problems, according to industry sources. ISI reportedly shut its doors following the current and sharp downturn in IC industry, sources sai
Proper Grounding Strategies
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