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War worries deal electronics industry recovery a wild card
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Persistent concerns about the war in Iraq and terrorism have dampened the growth potential of the global economy, but electronics industry executives said they still expect slow expansion as they cling to gains made over the last year.
UMC starts 300-mm chip-making at Tainan, says report
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United Microelectronics Corp. said Tuesday (April 1, 2003) that its most advanced manufacturing lines at its 8-inch wafer plants are running at full capacity, and that this has prompted the company to activate production at a 300-mm wafer fab, according to a Dow Jones report.
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NEC cherche ā vendre son usine en Ecosse
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NEC Electronics Corp cherche un acheteur pour son usine de plaquettes, implantée il y a six ans ā Livingston, en Ecosse. Initialement, l'usine a été créée pour fabriquer des DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) mais, il y a deux ans, NEC a annoncé un projet visant ā remplacer la fabrication de DRAM par celle de systčmes sur une puce et de circuits intégrés logiques.
SARS virus hits high-tech workers in Hong Kong
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Workers at high-tech firms based in Hong Kong are being warned to take extra precautions not to put themselves at risk from the potentially fatal respiratory virus, SARS that is spreading across Asia and other parts of the world.
Qinetiq opens volume production nanomaterial plant
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Independent defence research agency, Qinetiq has opened a nanomaterials production facility in Farnborough through a subsidiary established last year, Qinetiq Nanomaterials Ltd.
Entegris expands wafer-carrier manufacturing in Germany
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Entegris Inc. said today (April 1, 2003) that it has expanded manufacturing capabilities at its facility in Bad Rapaneau, Germany.
Aelis Photonics annonce une percée dans la compensation optique
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Aelis Photonics Inc., start-up basée ā Netanya, en Israël, lčve doucement le voile sur une technologique d'égalisation optique qui, selon l'entreprise, peut atténuer trois sources séparées de distorsion de phase -- dispersion chromatique, dispersion modale de polarisation et automodulation de phase.
NEC attempting to sell Scotland fab
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NEC Electronics Corp. is attempting to find a buyer for its six-year-old wafer fab in Livingston, Scotland. The fab was originally built to produce DRAMs, but two years ago NEC announced plans to end DRAM production there and instead make system-on-a-chip and logic ICs.
Rodel shows polishing pad for 0.13-micron and beyond
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Semiconductor polishing company Rodel Inc. has introduced a polishing pad for direct shallow trench isolation (STI) and pre-metal dielectric chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing applications.
Silicon Access upgrades software for routers/switches
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Fabless communications chip company Silicon Access Networks has released version 2.3.0 of its iFlow Programming Environment (iPE) and iFlow Reference Software (iRS. The software upgrades will enable easier development and configuration of the company's hardware and software solutions for network routers and switches.
Siemens Dematic går stärkta ur krisen
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-- Krisen har inte försvagats oss utan stärkt oss, inledde styrelseledamoten Peter Drexel sitt anförande med då han på en presskonferens förra veckan talade om hur Siemens Dematic klarat 2001 års dramatiska nedgången i marknaden för produktionsutrustning.
Telias hotspot-projekt får ny fart
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Idén med en bärbar dator är att man skall kunna använda den varsomhelst med tillgång till samma funktioner som en fast dator.
Telias projekt HomeRun, som innebär att användaren av en bärbar dator skall kunna koppla upp sig trådlöst via en lokal hotspot (trådlös accesspunkt), får nu förnyad fart i och med ett samarbete med Intel Centrino.
Hitachi, Mitsubishi complete merger of chip operations
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Japan's Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. today (March 31) consummated their agreement to merge their chip-making operations, creating the world's third-largest semiconductor supplier and bumping Motorola Inc. from its position as the world's leading supplier of microcontrollers.
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