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Chartered won't cut key investments despite 'unprecedented' fall in foundry utilization
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SINGAPORE -- Faced with an unprecedented collapse in foundry market demand, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. here is attempting to do everything possible to maintain its planned increase in capital spending and R&D this year, said company officials during a conference call with analysts today (Feb. 28).
ASML holds steady with higher lithography forecast--for now
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While Japan's Nikon Corp. has cut back its forecast for lithography tool shipments this year, rival supplier ASM Lithography is still holding steady with its original projections--at least for now.
AMD constructs $45 million test, design centre for MPUs in Singapore
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SINGAPORE--In a move to expand its Asian resources for microprocessor products, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced plans for a new $45 million semiconductor testing and chip design facility in Singapore. The seven-story testing facility and design centre will be operational in the second half of 2002, said the Sunnyvale, Calif., company.
STMicroelectronics opens new 8-inch fab, flash R&D centre
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STMicroelectronics has inaugurated an advanced technology research-and-development centre along with an 8-inch wafer fab for flash memory at the company's site in Agrate Brianza, Italy, near Milan. The R2 Technology Centre will focus heavily on the development and advanced manufacturing of products based on deep-submicron flash and other non-volatile memory technologies, including smart cards.
Optical industry returns to Earth
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Optical component suppliers are getting a reality check. For the first time in their short history, they have been plagued by cyclical ills such as decreased demand and mounting inventory.
AMD constructs $45 million test, design centre for MPUs in Singapore
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SINGAPORE--In a move to expand its Asian resources for microprocessor products, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced a new $45 million semiconductor testing and chip design facility in Singapore. The seven-story testing facility and design centre will be operational in the second half of 2002, said the Sunnyvale, Calif., company.
Siemens names chief of new optics unit
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Jost Spielvogel, a senior executive in Siemens AG's information and communications management team, has been named chief executive of Optisphere Networks Inc., Reston, Va., a subsidiary Siemens formed last year to focus on the optical networking market.
Altera and Chartered cut revenue forecasts
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Altera Corp. and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing have both reduced their guidance for revenues in the current quarter.
IBM targest networking apps with souped up embedded PowerPCs
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IBM Corp's Microelectronics Division has unveiled the 750CXe family PowerPC microprocessors geared to embedded networking and imaging applications.
Embedded focus with Avnet sale of Midwich
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Avnet Applied Computing (AAC) is to sell off its Midwich subsidiary so that the division can focus on the embedded and industrial computing sectors.
The future of EDA
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Synopsys chief says that next-generation designs will require new design methodologies and different approaches to design and verification.
Cadence's Integration Ensemble draws mixed reviews
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Cadence Design Systems Inc. presented only one user of its ballyhooed Integration Ensemble (IE) tool at the product's rollout this week, and competitors are already expressing considerable skepticism about the all-in-one tool.
IBM ups clock speed of embedded PowerPCs
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IBM Corp's Microelectronics Division has unveiled the 750CXe family PowerPC microprocessors geared to embedded networking and imaging applications.
Sun offers 64-bit workstation for $995
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Claiming a price/performance breakthrough in technical computing, Sun Microsystems Inc. today (Feb. 27) rolled out the Sun Blade 100, a 64-bit workstation with a starting price of $995. Although EDA is a target market, most EDA users will need to spend far more than $995 to get the memory they need.
Samsung receives Intel funding for ramping Rambus DRAM output
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SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today (Feb. 27) said Intel Corp. has signed a final agreement to fund additional production capacity for 128-megabit Rambus DRAMs. The Korean memory maker said it will now be able to produce at least 10 million 128-Mbit RDRAM chips a month without spending any of its own money as a result of the strategic alliance.
ASML MaskTool system simulates photoresist images from mask design data
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- ASM Lithography's MaskTool business unit today (Feb. 27) introduced a new simulation system for optimizing and designing lithography processes in semiconductor fabs.
Siemens names chief of new optics unit
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Jost Spielvogel, a senior executive in Siemens AG's information and communications management team, has been named chief executive of Optisphere Networks Inc., Reston, Va., a subsidiary Siemens formed last year to focus on the optical networking market.
IMP threatened with delisting by Nasdaq
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IMP, Inc., San Jose, a maker of analog semiconductors, today said that it has received a letter from Nasdaq notifying it that, because the company has not filed its Form 10-Q for the period ended December 24, 2000, the Company's securities are subject to delisting from the Nasdaq Small Cap Market.
Altera says orders 'deteriorated' in February, predicts 24% drop in Q1 sales
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SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. today (Feb. 27) joined the parade of chip companies reducing revenues estimates for the first quarter.
Kingston to boost output of RDRAM modules for Pentium 4
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Kingston Technology Co., Fountain Valley, Calif. today said that it will spend $15 million to increase RDRAM RIMM module capacity to support the continuous ramp of Intel Pentium 4 processor based systems.
The right, and wrong, way
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Intel probably needs EUV by 2004 but won't have tools until 2005
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- It's not too surprising that Intel Corp. expects to become the world's first customer for a next-generation lithography tool based on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology.
Chartered's foundry utilization falls to low 60-percent range, loss expected
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SINGAPORE -- With its fab capacity utilization rates running in the low 60-percent range, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. today (Feb. 27) warned that it will record a loss in the first quarter and its foundry revenues will be 35% lower than $318.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2000.
Cypress picks Circuit Semantics' Dynacell for cell characterization
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Rich and deep cell libraries help produce better designs at the cost of cell library develoRich and deep cell libraries help produce better designs at the cost of cell library development and characterization time.pment and characterization time.
Altera and Chartered cut revenue forecasts
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Altera Corp. and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing today both reduced their guidance for revenues in the current quarter.
Barrett says Intel expects 10% hike in MPU sales
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SAN JOSE -- Intel Corp. president Craig Barrett told the Intel Developers Forum Tuesday that despite the current PC industry downturn his firm "is operating under internal guidance" that its microprocessor and chipset sales will increase about 10 percent this year.
inSilicon Delivers Solution for Voice and Data Over Broadband Networks
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San Jose, CA - February 27, 2001 - inSilicon Corp., a provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) communications platforms, has introduced a new serial telephony controller (STC) device IP technology that it says enables a highly cost-effective and scalable solution for next-generation voice-over-data gateways.
EUV alpha tool is now operational, says Intel lithography director
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The director of Intel Corp.'s lithography program today (Feb. 27) announced that a consortium has developed and demonstrated the world's first exposure tool based on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology. The creation of the EUV system was completed about six to nine months ahead of the program's original schedule.
Three distributors sign to participate in Quotility
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eConnections Inc., Pasadena, Calif., announced today that distributors Digi-Key Corp., Jaco Electronics Inc., and Projections Unlimited Inc. will participate in Quotility, a neutral and secure quoting service that provides an e-connection to authorized distributors, suppliers, and manufacturer's reps in the electronic components industry.
Innoveda Targets PCB Fabricators with New Product Line
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Marlboro, MA - February 27, 2001 - Innoveda, Inc. today unveiled Fabfactory, its new product line created specifically for fabricators of bare printed-circuit boards (PCBs).
Zuken's Cadstar SI Brings Signal Integrity Screening and Simulation to PCB Design
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Westford, MA - February 27, 2001 - Zuken announced Cadstar SI and Cadstar SI Plus, two new modules for its Cadstar entry-level PCB design solution that provide fast, accurate signal integrity screening analysis. Using intelligent netlist format files from the Cadstar PCB Design Editor that carry the information for signal integrity (SI) simulation, the modules allow SI problems to be identified and 'what if' scenarios to be investigated.
STMicro places price tag of new R&D center at $1 billion
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MILAN, Italy--STMicroelectronics plans to invest a total of $1 billion in a new R&D center in Agrate Brianza, on the outskirts of Milan. The new center has begun focusing on development and pilot production of next-generation flash and nonvolatile memory-based ICs using 0.13-micron processes, said the company during a dedication ceremony today (Feb. 27).
TI, Beatnik team up on OMAP-based wireless audio solutions
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Texas Instruments Inc. today announced that Beatnik Inc., a developer of audio solutions and content for digital devices, will optimize its Beatnik Audio Engine (BAE) for TI's programmable DSP-based OMAP architecture.
Ramtron pushes FRAM into the logic realm
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Claiming that its ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) technology is capable of virtually unlimited cycle endurance, Ramtron International Corp. is making a foray into low-level logic with two parts that allow logic states to be stored and retained on-chip when powered down.
Comms pioneer Claude Shannon dead at 84
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Claude Shannon, whose work laid the foundation for modern computing and communications technology, died Feb. 24 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 84. Shannon was coauthor of "A Mathematical Theory of Communication," which played a key role in the development of information theory and computer science.
NEC in volume production with GameCube graphics engine
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NEC Corp. has begun volume production of the system-on-a-chip device it is making for GameCube, Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s next-generation gaming console, which is scheduled to hit the Japanese market in July and the U.S. market in October.
STMicroelectronics opens new 8-inch fab, flash R&D center
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STMicroelectronics today inaugurated an advanced technology research-and-development center along with an 8-inch wafer fab for flash memory at the company's site in Agrate Brianza, Italy, near Milan. The R2 Technology Center will focus heavily on the development and advanced manufacturing of products based on deep-submicron flash and other non-volatile memory technologies, including smart cards.
German court revokes key Quickturn patent
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In the latest twist in the seemingly endless Mentor-vs.-Quickturn patent disputes, the German Federal Court has revoked a key patent held by Cadence Design Systems subsidiary Quickturn.
It's not 1984-85--it's deja vu
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DALLAS -- For a growing number of semiconductor industry veterans, 2001 has a familiar and eerie ring.
Cadence to appeal German patent court decision
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Cadence Design Systems has said it will appeal against the German Federal Patent Court's decision to overturn a key patent used in its suit against Mentor Graphics over the technology used in Mentor's SimExpress emulators.
UPDATED: JDS Uniphase slashes 3,000 from payroll
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The world's largest optical components supplier, JDS Uniphase Corp., said today it would reduce its headcount by 3,000 due to the slowing business environment.
UPDATED:Samsung to use Intel cash to boost Rambus DRAM output
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SEOUL --South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co said on Tuesday it would cooperate with Intel Corp., the world's largest computer chipmaker, to boost output of high-powered Rambus DRAM chips.
Intel demonstrates Infiniband Fabric at IDF
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SAN JOSE --Intel Corp. on Monday at the Intel Developer's Forum provided the first public demonstration of its new Infiniband fabric, an I/O technology used to speed server-to-server connections and links to remote storage and networking devices.
AMD Builds Design Center In Singapore
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The seven-story testing facility and design center in Singapore will be operational in the second half of 2002.
Optical industry returns to Earth
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Optical component suppliers are getting a reality check. For the first time in their short history, they have been plagued by cyclical ills such as decreased demand and mounting inventory.
Intel unveils single-chip Gigabit Ethernet controller at IDF
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Intel Corp. on Monday announced that it has begun sampling a single-chip Gigabit Ethernet controller that the company believes will help accelerate the deployment of high-speed data networks.
40-Mbit wireless rides orthogonal multiplexing
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As cell phone providers scramble to up their second-generation (2G) bit rates for wireless digital communications from a measly 14 kbits/second to 3G rates of 2 Mbits/s, AT&T's Wireless Systems Research Department is preparing 40-Mbit/s technologies using orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM).
Network Processor Forum to unite CSIX and CPIX efforts
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Former members of two network processor groups have joined together to form the Network Processing Forum, a consortium aimed at accelerating development of networking and telecommunications products by establishing standards. The NP Forum has established four working groups to drive the development of standards, said Raj Yavatkar, director of the Internet Exchange Architecture for Intel and NP Forum board member.
Network Photonics taps Agility for tunable lasers
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Agility Communications Inc. has agreed to supply customized versions of its 3040 tunable lasers to Network Photonics Inc., which is developing dense wave division multiplexing systems for super-metro networks that will integrate mesh and ring optical topologies.
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