TSMC opens Tainan fab, plus 300-mm pilot line News & Analysis 3/30/2000 Post a comment In a ceremony that included a traditional Chinese dragon dance, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. today officially opened TSMC Fab 6, which the company calls the world's largest semiconductor production facility.
ON Semi adds PWM fan speed controller News & Analysis 3/30/2000 Post a comment ON Semiconductor Inc. today added another product to its portfolio of thermal management products, introducing a pulse-width modulation (PWM) fan speed controller with fault detection.
Tool wish list assembled for Medea projects News & Analysis 3/30/2000 Post a comment A wish list of EDA tools needed to help Medea, the European design automation consortium, achieve the goals of its second project road map was enumerated by a panel at this week's Date 2000 Conference. Tools ranging from system-level design to MEMS to test will be needed to make IC design thrive, panelists said.
Artest acquires Micro Linear test operation News & Analysis 3/30/2000 Post a comment Artest Corp. has signed a letter of intent to acquire Micro Linear Corp.'s wafer sort and final test operations in San Jose, Calif. Under the proposed deal, Artest would purchase all of Micro Linear's test equipment and would provide the wafer sort, device assembly, and final test services for all of Micro Linear's production requirements. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
NEC preps electrochemical battery for portable apps News & Analysis 3/30/2000 Post a comment Claiming to have opened the door for a new type of battery technology, NEC Corp. said it has developed a prototype "maintenance-free" proton polymer electrochemical battery with an energy density equal to lead batteries and a current discharge some 20 times greater.
TSMC accepting 0.13-micron designs News & Analysis 3/30/2000 Post a comment Hoping to beat its competitors to the punch, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. said today that it has begun taking orders for its leading-edge, 0.13-micron process technology, with production slated for early next year.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.