Photronics invests $300 million to build 0.25- to 0.13-micron photomask shop in China News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment SHANGHAI -- Photronics Inc. here today outlined its strategy in China, announcing a new company that will build the most advanced blank photomask shop in that nation. In total, Photronics will invest $300 million in China over the next five years.
The move represents the second photomask supplier to announce big plans in China in recent weeks. Earlier this month, DuPont
Photomasks Inc. (DPI) announced plans to become the first merchant supplier of lithography reticles to install a production li
Chartered sees modest improvement in silicon foundry market News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment SINGAPORE -- Silicon foundry supplier Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. today said business conditions continued to improve, leading the company to raise its sequential revenue growth estimate for the first quarter to a percentage range in the "mid-single digits" from $76.1 million in Q4 of 2001.
U.S. announces modified Microsoft settlement News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday (Feb. 28) that it has modified its proposed settlement of its antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. to toughen sanctions against the company for its antitrust violations.
IDT ups sales guidance to 5-7% sequential growth in quarter News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Integrated Device Technology Inc. today raised its forecast for revenues to a 5-to-7% sequential increase in the current fiscal quarter from $80.2 million in the prior period. Previously, IDT had been predicting revenues would be flat-to-slightly up.
Chartered sees business picking up News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment that both revenues and earnings will be at the high end of the
previously provided guidance range. Revenues are now expected to be up mid-single digits from fourth
quarter 2001. This compares to prior guidance of "flat to up mid-single digits."
Mattson's Q4 loss totals $67.1 million, including charges News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif.--Still suffering from a one-two punch--the severe industry downturn and the financial effects of acquiring two companies--Mattson Technology Inc. today reported a net loss of $67.1 million on net sales of $48.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2001. The loss included $36.1 million in charges for inventory write-downs, restructuring, and other one-time items.
Hong Kong's ASAT sees slow recovery in chip assembly business News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment HONG KONG -- Chip packaging and test contractor ASAT Holdings Ltd. today reported a 17% sequential drop in revenues to $22.6 million in its fiscal third quarter, ended Jan. 31, compared to $27.1 million in the prior three-month period. ASAT's revenues were 73% lower than $84.4 million in the same quarter a year ago.
IBM will steer PowerPC into mobile mart News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment IBM intends to take its PowerPC processor architecture to the mobile sector and into "head-to-head competition with Intel" and that company's Xscale processor, John Kelly III, senior vice president of IBM's Technology Group, said this week.
Räddad från nerjustering News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment Danska Thrane & Thrane klarade sig med en hårsmån från att behöva justera ner sina förväntningar för affärsåret 2001/2002, som slutar med utgången av april. Tredje kvartalets omsättning slutade på 128,1 miljoner kronor, en nedgång på 7,6 procent.
TDC-resultat ner 63 procent News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment Den danska teleoperatören TDCs resultat 2001 minskade med 63 procent från 6,2 miljarder danska kronor 2000 till 2,8 miljarder 2001. Eftersom det var väntat så påverkades inte aktiekursen negativt, utan den steg nio kronor. Omsättningen ökade från 44,5 till 51,5 miljarder kronor.
Cell phone chips integrate DSP, Xscale processor News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment Integrated baseband chips are being developed for 2.5G and 3G cell phones that merge Intel Corp.'s 400-MHz PXA250 Xscale processor, 400-MHz Micro Signal Architecture DSP and enough on-board flash to handle all DSP and applications code. The company hopes the parts, made in Intel's 0.13-micron process and being worked on at its R&D lab in Israel, can help recreate in the cellular world the kind of high-volume platform Intel and Microsoft forged with the PC.
Hitachi to spin off display operation News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment Under continued pressure to regain profitability, Hitachi Ltd. this week identified its Display Group as the next division to reorganize and will spin it off into a separate company in October.
Large backplane sales plunged 45% in 2001 News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment The market for large-scale backplanes (LSBPs) used in computer and telecom equipment fell 45% last year to an estimated $1.38 billion, down from $2.5 billion in 2000, according to the latest projections from iSuppli Market Intelligence Services, El Segundo, Calif.
Video-centric DSPs News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment The MAP-BSP family consists of several software programmable DSPs that target video-centric consumer broadband applications.
Intel launches 'Radio Free Intel' to connect PCs, cell phones via RF technologies News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) here today, Intel Corp. announced a new effort to enable its long-awaited "connected PC" version by deploying its vast R&D resources into what the company calls "Radio Free Intel."
Intel's "Radio Free Intel" concept is not geared to provide propaganda to third world countries over the radio waves, but rather it describes the company's new, ambitious R&D efforts into the radio-frequency (RF), software-defined radio, and related sectors.
ESS raises first half 2002 estimates based on DVD growth News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif. -- ESS Technology Inc. today upped its estimates for first-quarter sales to a range of $68-to-$70 million compared to a previous forecast of $57-to-$60 million. The digital video and home networking chip supplier also raised its forecast for sales in Q2 to a range of $66-to-$70 million from a previous estimate of $62-to-66 million.
Intel reveals long-term goals for silicon photonics, sensors News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment Intel Corp. chief technology officer Patrick Gelsinger will reveal several research breakthroughs that extend the reach of silicon devices in his keynote address Thursday (Feb. 28) at the Intel Developer Forum. They include wireless CMOS-radio-based sensor networks, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and photonics chips that compute with photons instead of electrons.
Protocol handler enables IrDA News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment The MCP2155 is an IrDA protocol stack handler for data communications equipment applications. It embeds the IrDA protocol stack, including IrLAP, IrLMP, tiny transport protocol (Tiny TP), IrComm layers (9-wire cooked service class), and portions of the IrPHY with bit encoding/decoding, into one peripheral device.
Programmable SoC family News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment The AT94s family of single-chip programmable SoCs integrates 246Kbits to 1Mbit of configuration EEPROM, a 20MIPS RISC processor; 5,000 to 40,000 FPGA gates; 20KB to 36KB of SRAM; and peripherals, which include UARTs, timer/counters, a 2-wire serial interface, and a hardware multiplier.
Pentium upp till 10 GHz News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment (EiN - San Fransisco - Intel Developers Forum) 4GHz med en vanlig Pentium 4-processor. Det lyckades en Intel-tekniker komma upp i under en demo idag. Då räckte det förstås inte med luftkylning, utan det krävdes betydligt mera exotiska hjälpmedel. Med luftkylning låg gränsen någonstans runt 3 GHz.
Optillion introducerar Ethernet-transceiver för 40 km News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment Optillion lanserar nu TOP 5010, en fiberoptisk transceiver för 10 Gbit/s Ethernet för avstånd upp till 40 kilometer. Tack vare transceiverns långa räckvidd möjliggörs Ethernet-baserad Internet- och datatrafik, som tidigare använts i lokala företagsnät, nu även i stadsnät.
Opti sales surge on last-time buys as its weighs liquidation plan News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Still reconsidering a plan to liquidate itself, Opti Inc. here posted a net income of $381,000 on revenues of $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2001. The company's sales surged 98% on a sequential basis from the third quarter of 2001 because of an increase in last-time buys of PC chip sets, said Opti's chief executive officer.
ETSI approves speech recognition algorithm for cars News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has approved a speech recognition algorithm developed by Motorola Labs, France Telecom (FT) and Alcatel. The feature extraction- based algorithm was competing with another developed by Qualcomm for ETSI approval.
Intel's 0.13µm Xscale to go through Irish fab News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment At its developers' forum in San Francisco, Intel launched a series of network processors developed using its XScale technology. The processors will be built at the company's Fab 14 at Leixlip in the Irish Republic using 0.13µm equipment that is being moved in.
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