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PRI lays off 20% of workforce due to drop in fab automation sales
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BILLERICA, Mass. --PRI Automation Inc. here today (March 30) announced it was laying off 20% of its workforce, or 370 people, because of falling orders for wafer fab automation systems. The company also slashed its estimates for revenues and earnings in the company's current fiscal quarter, which ends March 31.
Researchers pile into superconductor work
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The frenzy of activity surrounding the superconducting qualities of magnesium diboride (MgB2) shows no sign of dissipating.
Motorola's latest job cuts hit automotive electronics fab
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Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector will "temporarily lay off" up to 1,500 workers at its fabrication facility in Toulouse, France, which specializes in automotive electronics. The move indicates that the automotive segment, where demand has remained strong while orders for PCs and mobile phones have weakened, is not immune to cuts.
U.S.-based Cradle hopes India's software will reshape MPU business
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DELHI, India--Silicon Valley startup Cradle Technologies Inc. today (March 30) launched a software initiative in India to build development support for its Universal Micro System (UMS) platform and plant the seeds for a new crop of "chipless chip" companies that could redefine the microprocessor business.
Cirrus Logic warns of profit shortfall due to low-margin product mix
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AUSTIN, Tex. -- Cirrus Logic Inc. here today (March 30) warned that its profits will be sharply lower in the current quarter, ending March 31, because of lower volumes in high-margin products and a 4-to-6% sequential drop in sales from the prior three-month period.
Automotive electronics hit by temporary layoffs
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The automotive semiconductor sector looks to have been adversely affected by the downturn in demand for semiconductors after all as Motorola lays off 1500 in France temporarily.
Wacom brings pen technology to handhelds
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Wacom is to make a second push into the OEM market for its pen-tablet technology, focusing on a new crop of personal digital assistants and handheld devices.
UML moves towards hardware-software codesign
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Work by Cadence Design Systems and the companies that make up the European Electronic Chips and Systems Design Initiative (ECSI) could lead to a version of the Unified Modelling Language (UML) that can underpin both the hardware and software sides of system design.
Ericsson och Nortel levererar UMTS-nät till Mobilkom Austria
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Mobilkom Austria, en av Österrikes 3G-licensinnehavare, har valt Ericsson och Nortel Networks som leverantörer av UMTS-utrustning för uppbyggnad av vad som Mobilkom betecknar som Österrikes första UMTS-nät. Nätet beräknas kunna börja leverera 3G-tjänster under första halvan av 2002. Mobilkom planerar att investera mellan 600 till 700 miljoner euro i sitt UMTS-nät fram till 2010.
Rekordsnabb fiber
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WorldCom och Optisphere har tillsammans slagit världsrekord i överföring av data, tal och video. En enda fiber i WorldComs nätverk har uppnått överföringshastigheten 3,2 terabit per sekund.
Cirrus Logic says profits for next two quarters will disappoint
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Semiconductor maker Cirrus Logic Inc. said on Friday it expects profits for the next two quarters to come in sharply below analysts' expectations, citing an inventory charge and a shift towards its lower-margin magnetic storage business.
Legislation sparks race to new technologies for disabled
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Companies are racing to come up with improved computing technology products for people with disabilities in order to comply with a government mandate that takes effect June 21.
Designers find tools, intellectual property wanting
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Industry improvements in the quality of intellectual property and tools were the topics of discussion at the International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design.
Vendors race to finish Pentium 4 components
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Two Taiwanese chip vendors are in the final stages of completing chip sets to link Intel Corp.'s Pentium 4 microprocessor with double-data-rate SDRAM.
UML spec eyes hardware-software co-design
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Work by Cadence Design Systems and the companies that make up the European Electronic Chips and Systems Design Initiative (ECSI) could lead to a version of the Unified Modeling Language that can serve both the hardware and software sides of system design.
Genesis Microchip expects higher loss due to non-recurring expenses
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SAN JOSE -- Genesis Microchip Inc. today (March 29) warned that its losses be higher than previously estimated because of costs associated with restructuring its operations, low production yields, and other non-recurring expenses.
QuVis, ASIC International team on next-gen video codec
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ASIC International Inc. will help QuVis Inc., a maker of servers for digital cinema broadcasts, develop a next-generation video encoder/decoder chip for digital cinema. The device will be ready for sampling in early 2002, the companies said.
Verification, online tools called keys to IC quality
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Better verification and online tools are the keys to quality design, two keynoters told the International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design conference this week.
Morningstar analyst says Intel will admit to cutting capital spending
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CHICAGO--Another financial analyst is predicting that Intel Corp. will soon buckle to the chip recession and cut capital spending from the company's current budget of $7.5 billion. In a new report, Morningstar Inc. analyst Jeremy Lopez said it is only a question of how much Intel will cut back from its record capital spending plans.
Scheme bridges cable and DSL service gaps
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Looking to fill the gaps left by today's cable and digital subscriber line (DSL) deployments, BridgeWave Communications has devised a new modulation scheme that capitalizes on the wealth of available millimeter-wave bandwidth to wirelessly deploy any broadband-access service on a multimegabit/second basis throughout the metropolitan area.
Transmeta-Microsoft alliance tackles uncertain terrain
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Microsoft Corp.'s debut this week of a Tablet PC powered by Transmeta Corp.'s Crusoe processor represents a high-stakes play for both companies in a U.S. market plagued by numerous duds.
It's all in the Acronyms
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Powell tells Congress he'll reform FCC
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Michael Powell, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, told Congress on Thursday (March 29) that he will remake the agency as a nimbler regulator of emerging digital industries, and pledged to rebuild the FCC's technical expertise to help commissioners sort through the dizzying array of issues created by technology and industry convergence.
Focus Report: Design Libraries
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Chip assembler IPAC posts $3 million loss in Q4
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SAN JOSE -- Integrated Packaging Assembly Corp. here today (March 29) reported revenues dropped 23% in the fourth quarter to $4.3 million compared to $5.6 million in the same period a year ago.
Intersil closing Ohio plant to phase out automotive, industrial ICs
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IRVINE, Calif.--Intersil Corp. today (March 29) announced plans to close its semiconductor plant in Findlay, Ohio, which produces ICs for automotive and industrial systems. About 430 people work at the facility.
LSI hopes C-Cube opens gateway
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Mitsubishi to put SCM on Internet
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Micron posts loss as memory prices drop 50% in quarter
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BOISE, Idaho -- Micron Technology Inc. today (March 29) reported a net loss of $88.3 million on net sales of $1.07 billion in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended March 1. The loss includes the effects of Micron Electronics Inc. pulling out of the PC business and plunging DRAM prices, said the Boise company.
Micron Technology reports net loss for quarter
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Micron Technology, Boise, Idaho, today confirmed its March 21, 2001 announcement that the pretax results of its Semiconductor Operations were slightly profitable for the second fiscal quarter ended March 1, 2001 on net sales of $1.05 billion.
Packaging company reports bigger loss for quarter
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Integrated Packaging Assembly Corporation, San Jose, reported revenues for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2000 were $4,295,000 compared with revenues of $5,605,000 for the same period one year earlier.
Board-industry recruiters feel economy's pinch
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Recruiters of board-level engineers are feeling the hiring pinch precipitated by the slowdown in the economy, but at least one employer says it doesn't want to miss an opportunity to hire a good engineer, despite current economic conditions.
Intersil to phase out IC facility
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Intersil Corporation announced today that it plans to embark on a phased closure of the company's Findlay, Ohio operation, which manufactures integrated circuits primarily for automotive and industrial applications.
Genesis Microchip expects loss for quarter
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Genesis Microchip Inc. today said that its earnings for the fourth quarter of its 2001 fiscal year ending March 31, 2001 are anticipated to fall short of its previously stated expectation.
PLDs, DRAMs, and standard cell chips get clobbered in downturn, says report
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Market researcher IC Insights Inc. here said an analysis of chip sales in January vs. October shows DRAMs, MOS standard cell designs, and programmable logic getting hit the hardest out of nine IC product categories.
Japan develops packaging technology road map
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The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) has written a road map that plots the direction of packaging technology development for roughly the next decade.
Developing an Emulation Environment
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Semiconductor equipment sales were $47.7B last year
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Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), today reported a revised annual worldwide semiconductor equipment sales figures of $47.7 billion in 2000.
Correction slightly cuts record sales figure for chip equipment in 2000
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SAN JOSE -- Last year was a record year for semiconductor equipment sales, but a slight correction in a couple tool categories lowered the 2000 revenue estimate by $706 million, said an international trade group here today (March 29).
Aspex Uses Synopsys' Timemill to Tape Out Programmable DSP Chip
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Mountain View, CA - March 29, 2001 - Synopsys, Inc. today announced that Aspex Technology Ltd. of Uxbridge, England, a fabless semiconductor company designing scaleable digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits, used Synopsys' high-speed, high-capacity circuit simulator, Timemill, to successfully tape out its VLSI Associative String Processor (VASP) chip.
Simtek revenue jumped 57% in 2000
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Simtek Corp., a Colorado Springs, Colo., a provider of nonvolatile memory, saw its revenue increase by 57% in the year ended Dec. 31, 2000.
Dry etch sales will grow 17.5% in 2001 after surging 70.2% last year, says report
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NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. -- Purchases of dry-etch tools for wafer fabs will grow 17.5% to $4.7 billion in 2001 from $4.0 billion in 2000, according to a new market report from The Information Network here. Worldwide revenues for dry-etch systems surged 70.2% last year, according to the report.
Editor's Notebook: ISQED Here to Stay
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By focusing on the quality of electronic design, this highly technical conference offers a unique forum for discussion in Silicon Valley.
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