Microsemi sales grow 21% from year ago in quarter News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Microsemi Corp. today reported net sales increased 21% to $65.4 million in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended Oct. 1, compared to pro forma sales of $54.2 million in the period last year (excluding a business sold in June). The supplier of analog, mixed-signal and discrete devices posted a net income of $4.7 million in the fourth quarter vs. $2.5 million last year.
Altera warns of flat sales in fourth quarter News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. here today announced that it is reducing its guidance for sequential revenue growth in the fourth quarter, ending Dec. 31. The programmable logic supplier said it now expects fourth-quarter revenues to be nearly flat with sales in the third quarter.
China Netcom poised to launch optical network
News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment The growing availability and declining price of bandwidth here is prompting companies like China Netcom to launch the nation's first broadband network using Internet Protocol-over-dense wave-division multiplexing (DWDM) technology. The 40-Gbit/second network also demonstrates how networking technology is driving China's electronics industry.
AMD prepares assault on workstation, server segments News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- A year after successfully penetrating the consumer PC segment, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. isn't resting on its laurels. The company is now preparing products and technology to enter the workstation and low-end server market in the first half of 2001.
Elpida makes 300-mm wafer fab play News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment Elpida Memory Inc., the year-old DRAM joint venture between Hitachi Ltd. and NEC Corp., has demonstrated its readiness to play tough by announcing plans to build a 300-mm wafer fab that will run a 0.13-micron process, and which will be in volume production by the first half of 2002.
ASM International expands 300-mm furnace production in Europe News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment BILTHOVEN, the Netherlands -- ASM International N.V. today announced its European subsidiary has leased 4,500 square meters of space for assembly and test of 300-mm wafer vertical furnaces. About 10 million euros ($8.6 million) will be invested in the new facility, which will double ASM Europe's vertical furnace capacity, said the company.
Europe to spend $125 billion in cellular equipment over seven-year period, analyst says News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment LONDON -- Gearing up for next-generation wireless Internet services, European operators are projected to spend more than $125 billion on infrastructure equipment products over the next seven years, according to a new report released here today by the Strategis Group.
As a result of these investments, European operators are expected to triple their installed base of cellular basestation from 265,000 in 2000, to 720,800 by 2007, according to the Strategis Group, a market research house based in W
Semitool inks distribution agreement in Japan with Toyoko News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment KALISPELL, Mont. -- Semitool Inc. here today announced an exclusive distribution pact with Toyoko Kagaku Co. Ltd. to sell wafer spin rinsers, dryers, and wafer-container cleaning equipment in the Japan. The agreement covers Semitool's Storm series of wafer container cleaning equipment as well as its spin rinser/dryer and Scepter rinser/dryer systems.
IP telephony test suite covers protocol gamut News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment Tekelec Inc. is expanding its Velosity voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) test and development environment to include the Megaco H.248 protocol in IP environments, as well as expanded Signaling System 7 capabilities.
AMCC rolls out a low-jitter transceiver for OC-48 networks News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SAN DEIGO -- Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) here today expanded its transceiver line, rolling out a 2.5-gigabit-per-second part that features an enhanced jitter performance and forward-error correction capabilities.
Designed for use in ATM, Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, HDTV, SONET/SDH, and other networking or consumer-oriented applications, the new S3067 transceiver from AMCC features an enhanced jitter generation of only 3.5mUI--or roughly 50% lower than competitive products on the ma
Broadcom inks deals with Motorola, Net2Phone in set-top box IC market News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment IRVINE, Calif. -- In a move to expand its reach in the set-top box and telephony markets, Broadcom Corp. here today announced separate alliances with Motorola Inc. and Net2Phone Inc.
In the first announcement, Broadcom rolled out a new line of interactive TV video decoder chips. Among the first customers for the chips is Motorola, which will use the products in a new line of interactive set-top boxes.
Silicon Wave claims first chip tuners for cable telephony and VoIP News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment LOS ANGELES--During the Western Cable Show here, Silicon Wave Inc. today claimed it was offering the world's first silicon tuner for cable telephony. The SiW1100 chip allows cable and network operators to compete with local exchange carriers in offering telephone services, according to the San Diego-based company.
Fairchild expects stronger growth in 2001 after current slowdown News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. today reiterated its forecast of $490 million in sales during the current fourth-quarter period. Fairchild's guidance shows a 3% sequential gain in revenues from $476 million posted in the third-quarter period, which ended Oct. 1.
TEL to sell NuTool's copper electroplating system News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment TOKYO--In a move to increase its portfolio for copper processing steps, Tokyo Electron Ltd. here today announced it will sell copper electroplating systems from U.S. startup NuTool Inc. The marketing, sales, and support pact covers chip makers in Japan, U.S., and Europe.
TI claims 30% market share in data-over-cable modem chips News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment HOUSTON -- Texas Instruments Inc. is predicting that it will ship nearly 3 million of the world's 10 million chips for data-over-cable services in 2000. Using market projections from Dataquest Inc., TI's digital signal processor division here said it expects to grab 30% of the market for DOCSIS integrated circuits in 2000, less than a year-and-a-half after the company entered the cable-modem chip business.
Applied to set up $1 million R&D fund in Taiwan News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Applied Materials Inc. here today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Republic of China National Science Council of Taiwan to establish a research and development fund on the island.
Under the terms, Applied Materials plans to donate a total of $1 million over the next five years to encourage and promote innovative research and semiconductor applications development programs in Taiwan.
DSL chip market to grow 84.3% over six-year period, says analyst News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Fueled by the huge demand for broadband services to homes and businesses, the chip market for Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) applications is projected to grow at an annual rate of 84.3% over a six-year period, according to a new report here today from Cahners In-Stat Group Inc.
In fact, the total DSL chip market is projected to grow from just over 10 million ports shipped in 1999, to over 90 million by 2004, said Katherine Bowen, an analyst who follows the business for Cahne
Scramble to recruit over the Net continues
News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment Employers and job seekers alike agree that the Internet is the wave of the future for job hunting, but right now companies are still grappling with how best to utilize the Net, which today remains a weak tool in the recruiter's kit. Major OEMs are tweaking their strategies to improve efficiency, even as the IEEE-USA is putting a new wrinkle in its attempt to help members find jobs.
Siliconix's new power MOSFET package takes up less space News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Siliconix Inc. today announced plans to offer advanced power MOSFET packaging technology that provides a direct thermal path from the backside of a copper die-attach pad to printed circuit boards. The package will significantly improve the thermal performance of power conversion and power management circuits in a range of system applications, according to Siliconix.
ChipPAC acquires Viko Test Labs, reports slowdown in Q4 News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Amid an apparent slowdown in its IC-packaging and assembly business, ChipPAC Inc. here today announced that it has acquired Viko Test Labs from its parent company, Viko Technology Inc., for an undisclosed amount.
With the acquisition of Viko Test Labs, based in Santa Clara, Calif., ChipPAC will significantly boost its internal IC-test capacity. Viko Test Labs provides IC-test, burn-in, failure analysis, wafer sort, and other services for chip makers. The company has fac
AT&T develops broadband phone with touch screen News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment AT&T is developing a "broadband phone" that will be able to carry any type of packet traffic from voice to data to streaming video as specified by a touchscreen. Designed by AT&T's labs in Cambridge, U.K., the phone was described in a plenary session at IEEE Globecom on Tuesday (Nov. 28) by David Nagel, chief technology officer of AT&T and president of AT&T Labs.
Aqueous processes spill over at IEDM News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment Aqueous solutions will take the spotlight at the International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco next month. A number of presentations at the 46th annual IEDM (Dec. 11-13) will describe how aqueous-based principles are being applied to build sensors and circuits.
Aqueous processes spill over at IEDM News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment NEW YORK ( ChipWire) Aqueous solutions will take the spotlight at the International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco next month. A number of presentations at the 46th annual IEDM (Dec. 11-13) will describe how aqueous-based principles are being applied to build sensors and circuits.
Ibis aims for 100% increase in SOI wafer deliveries in 2001 News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment DANVERS, Mass. -- Ibis Technology Corp. today reiterated its outlook for financial results in the current fourth quarter, estimating that revenues will grow 50% sequentially from $2.52 million in the third quarter. The supplier of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers and implanter tools said fourth-quarter revenues are expected to be 130% higher than $2.37 million in the period last year.
Startup moves IP through the network core News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment Startup Point Reyes Networks (San Jose, Calif.) is developing a method of tagging traffic streams that will allow multiple streams to share a single wavelength, which company founders say will open up the possibility for transporting Internet Protocol (IP) through the network core.
Agilent adds synthesizable ARM cores for communications, imaging ASICs News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced it has licensed two synthesizable RISC cores from ARM Ltd. for integration into communications and imaging ASIC products. The ARM7TDMI-S and ARM946E-S are being delivered in software form--as "soft" vs. "hard" cores--which offers additional flexibility for ASIC designers, according to Agilent.
Intercept adds autorouter option News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment Intercept Technology Inc. is bringing its own autorouter to the pc-board CAD market to make itself less dependent on third-party routers from the likes of Cadence Design Systems Inc., whose Specctra router Intercept currently supports.
Broadcom to buy Israeli MPEG-2 encoder supplier for $777 million in stock News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment IRVINE, Calif.-- Still hot on the acquisition trail, Broadcom Corp. here today announced it will buy VisionTech Ltd., an Israeli supplier of digital video/audio compression and depression chips, for $777 million in stock. VisionTech's encoder chips are used in MPEG-2 applications for personal video recording, interactive videoconferencing, and Internet Protocol systems.
Elpida to build 300mm DRAM fab News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment Elpida Memory Inc., the NEC-Hitachi DRAM joint venture, took its first step toward independent production capability by announcing it will build its own $1.7 billion 300-mm wafer fab on the site of NEC's Hiroshima complex.
Ultratech enhances new stepper for wafer-bumping throughput News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE--Ultratech Stepper Inc. today rolled out a new member to its Saturn Spectrum lithography stepper series with new features aimed at flip-chip bumping and wafer-level packaging manufacturing. Among the new features are improved machine vision and a pattern recognition-based alignment system that eliminates the need for dedicated targets.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times