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Agere to lay off 4,000 workers, close fab in Spain in massive restructuring of units
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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- In a major move to downsize its operations, Agere Systems Inc. today announced it is lay off 4,000 workers and planning to close down its wafer fab in Madrid, Spain, by the end of the year. Agere said it is now looking attempting to sell the wafer fab.
Sumitomo säljer Obducats utrustning i Japan
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Sumitomo Corporation, ett av de ledande japanska handelshusen, ska börja marknadsföra och sälja Obducats utrustning på den japanska marknaden.
ARM extends Java deal for wireless with J2ME licence
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ARM Holdings has taken out a licence for the J2ME technology from Sun Microsystems in a move that will see the companies look at adapting Java further for "the segments that ARM serves", according to Reynette Au, ARM's vice-president of corporate marketing.
Ericsson får kinesisk miljardorder
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Ericsson har fått tre GSM-order sammanlagt värda 110 miljoner dollar från kinesiska Heilongjiang Mobile.
FlexICs foundry to offer plastics over glass for displays
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Californian company FlexICs has set up as a foundry for semiconductors on plastic. The aim is to sign up OLED and LCD manufacturers for what it expects to be a cheaper and more durable alternative to the glass currently used in most displays.
Dome plan for Deptford as Knowledge City moves sites
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Legacy, the consortium that unsuccessfully bid £125m to turn Greenwich's Millennium Dome into a science park, now wants to develop its Knowledge City project on a nearby site.
C-Cubed sensor technology checks car engine efficiency
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A monitor that checks a car engine is running at maximum efficiency may become a standard feature on new vehicles following the launch of a sensor technology from C-Cubed.
Integration levels are turning IC firms into 'virtual asic' suppliers
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The level of integration in communications chips is turning Broadcom and similar comms specialists into 'virtual asic' suppliers.
WAP med inbyggd säkerhet
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AU-System kan enligt ett licensavtal integrera Diversinets PKI-lösning i sin WAP-browser vilket möjliggör säkrare mobila transaktioner.
Embedded Linux and eCos for SuperH
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Red Hat will extend its Embedded Linux, eCos RTOS and RedBoot firmware support and services to include Hitachi's SuperH RISC processor architecture.
Small Scottish suppliers now feel the pinch
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The downturn in Scottish electronics is now spreading redundancies to second-tier players that supply companies such as Motorola.
Brunswick Award given for organic materials research
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Dr Bertram Batlogg of ETH (pictured) collected the Brunswick Award for Bell Labs-ETH Zurich research team's work on organic materials for electronic components.
Italienska H3G väljer Ericsson
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Ericsson har valts till huvudleverantör av italienska H3Gs UMTS-nät.
Uppföljningsorder för Telelogic
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Telelogic AB har fått en följdorder värd 5,3 miljoner kronor (60 miljoner yen) från Japan.
Helms keeps eye on the ball at Sematech
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Managing Sematech's many projects while staying in close touch with the 13 member companies and the myriad firms that develop the equipment and materials they use means plenty of field work for new chief Bob Helms.
Aetrium expects sales to fall 46% from prior quarter
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ST. PAUL, Minn.--Aetrium Inc. here today said it expects to post a loss and a 46% sequential decline in revenues to $4.3 million in the second quarter compared to $8.0 million in Q1. The supplier of test and chip-assembly systems had been forecasting sales of $6.0 million in the quarter, ending June 30.
SiS changes tack for next round of graphics battle
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Core logic maker Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. is girding for another run at the cutthroat market for discrete graphics chips, where it hopes to carve out space by offering lower-priced add-in cards than competing products with similar performance. The company is also shifting from its strategy of integrating core logic and graphics functions in a system-on-chip and is moving instead to develop a two-chip discrete solution.
IP litigation hindering standards efforts
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Increasing patent litigation, particularly in the semiconductor industry, is making it harder for technology standards groups to operate, according to a former regulator.
Agere gets Sirius about satellite radio design
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When Agere Systems unveiled a satellite digital radio chip set recently, the company's onetime Lucent engineers put on display not only their technical ingenuity but also the complexities implicit in this new broadcasting architecture.
Brooks to buy PTI to expand interface and mini-environment offering
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CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- In a move to expand its offering in fab mini-environment systems, Brooks Automation Inc. today announced an agreement to acquire Progressive Technologies Inc., a supplier of high-precision air flow and pressure control systems based in Tewksbury, Mass.
Casio aims for auto market with PDA
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Casio Inc. this week rolled out a personal digital assistant (PDA) aimed at business professionals and automotive telematics users, strengthening its position in the mobile computing market.
PMC-Sierra expects loss, 21-22% sequential sales drop in Q2
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- PMC-Sierra Inc. today reduced its estimate for second-quarter revenues to $93-to-95 million, and the fabless chip company said it expected to post a pro forma net loss of $0.07-to-$0.09 per share, excluding one-time charges.
Group preps protocols for 1394-based 'hybrid' storage
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A National Committee on Information Technology Standards (NCITS) working group is pursuing a new protocol standard for the IEEE 1394 bus in a bid to enable 1394-based "hybrid" storage devices that could efficiently handle both computer data and audio/video streams.
ChipPac ready to ramp same die-size stacked packages into production
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FREMONT, Calif. -- ChipPac Inc. here today announced it is ready to begin volume production of same die-size stacked packages after qualifying a new chip-scale packaging (CSP) technology.
MIT to build media lab in India
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India will be home to Asia's first media laboratory under terms of a deal between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)and India's Ministry of Information Technology.
Lucent narrows chip and logistics vendor base to reduce costs
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MURRAY HILL, N.J. -- In its latest move to cut costs, troubled Lucent Technologies Inc. here moved to narrow its supplier base by announcing strategic agreements with nine chip makers and global logistics providers. Lucent has signed supplier agreements with a total of six chip makers, including Agere Systems, Cypress Semiconductor, Integrated Device Technology, Motorola, PMC-Sierra and Xilinx.
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Canada's West Bay Semi rolls out its first chip product for optical networks
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VANCOUVER -- Communications-chip startup West Bay Semiconductor Inc. here today rolled out its first product--the industry's first 16-port 155-megabits-per-second, channelized framing device for optical networks. West Bay--a two-year-old, fabless design house started by former members of PMC-Sierra Inc.--said the new WB1501 chip will lower the costs of networking-equipment based on SONET/SDH and other protocols.
Editorial: Toward a common language
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Communications IC market to drop 15.1% in 2001, but wireline will fall faster and last to recover
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-- Chip consumption in the communications market is projected to fall by 15.1% in 2001 over last year, according to a new report from the In-Stat Group here today. But given the financial reports from various chip makers this week, the communications IC market may be falling at even faster--and unprecedented--rates. Wireline-chip makers have been especially hard hit in the market. These once-high-flying suppliers began to see a slowdown in orders late last year, but they insist
RF Micro Devices plans China assembly plant to serve Nokia
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In a move to expand in China's cellular phone market, RF Micro Devices Inc has announced plans to open a final assembly facility and logistics centre in Beijing to supply radio-frequency components to Nokia Group
Agilent, Spirent adopt dual-market approach
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Communications test companies discovered at the recent Supercomm that a two-pronged strategy is key to surviving the telecom slump of 2001
Alpha Industries, SAW supplier to develop switch/filter modules for handsets
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Alpha Industries Inc has announced plans to co-operate with Munich-based Epcos AG in development of integrated switch/filter modules for wireless handsets
Nortel signs $1bn contract with Sprint PCS
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Nortel Networks has announced a $1bn contract to supply Sprint PCS with wireless Internet services and equipment as part of the build out of its CDMA-based service in the United States
STMicro uses 'pure' CMOS approach in read-channel IC for higher integration
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GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced samples of a new CMOS read/write channel chip that supports data rates up to 750 megabits per second and features advanced signal processing techniques for wider tolerance of heads and media.
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