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Sun and TI reject SOI for 0.13-micron UltraSparc
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In a decision that will intensify the debate on the merits of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology, Sun Microsystems Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. have elected not to use SOI for Sun's next-generation microprocessor, which will be manufactured by TI.
Tool architect gains following for IC mask layout editor
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Michael Stabenfeldt, a chip designer and tool architect who has had a long and controversial career developing tools for companies like Cadence and ArcSys (now Avanti Corp.), has quietly been gaining a solid reputation among designers with his IC mask layout editor.
Silicon Access drops embedded DRAM from net processors
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Silicon Access Networks will release the first of its networking chips next week, but the iAP address processor will be built on custom SRAM, not the embedded DRAM technology on which the company was founded.
NEC cuts back Electron Devices group
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Confirming the speculation that followed poorer than expected quarterly results by parent NEC Corp., NEC Electron Devices said Tuesday (July 31) that it will cut 4,000 employees, consolidate production and slash capital spending by 42 percent as part of a radical restructuring.
Tower's foundry sales fall 40.5% from Q1, but recovery seen in Q4
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MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel -- Tower Semiconductor Ltd. here today reported silicon foundry revenues fell 40.5% to $12.5 million in the second quarter compared to $21.1 million in the first quarter of 2001. Tower's revenues were 51% below $25.6 million in the second quarter of 2000.
Vast offers developer tools
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Vast Systems Technology Corp. has released a software development environment called Meteor to complement its Comet hardware/software co-design environment.
Israeli foundry reports loss as sales fall over 40%
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Tower Semiconductor Ltd. today announced sales for the second quarter ended June 30 decreased by 51% to $12.5 million, from $25.6 million in the second quarter of 2000, and by 40.5% from $21.1 million in the immediately preceding quarter, ended March 31, 2001.
NTT launches 100-Mbit/s fiber-optic service
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Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. will launch a fiber-optic service in Japan on Wednesday (Aug. 1) capable of supporting 100-Mbit/second transmissions, opening the way for full-scale fiber to the home.
Fujitsu offering 'triple-stacked' package for cellphones
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LONDON -- Fujitsu Ltd.'s European chip operation today claimed to be offering the industry's first triple-stacked multi-chip package (MCP) for cellular phones, combining three types of memories for digital handsets.
KLA-Tencor revenues slip 13% sequentially in quarter
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SAN JOSE -- KLA-Tencor Corp. today reported a 13% sequential decline in revenues to $462 million in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended June 30, compared to $529 million in the prior quarter. The metrology supplier posted a net income of $56 million in the quarter vs. $91 million in the prior three-month period.
Finland's Benefon rolls out GSM handset/PDA based on SiRF's GPS chip technology
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SALO, Finland -- Finland's Benefon Oyj here has announced the world's first dual-band handset that incorporates global positioning system (GPS) chip technology from SiRF Technology Inc. Benefon's new handset, the Benefon Esc!, is a dual-band, 900/1800-MHz handset based on the global system for mobile communications (GSM) standard. The handset consists of a GPS navigator, a personal organizer and an advanced dual-band GSM phone in the same package.
TI, Intel lend support to next-gen v6
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Intel Corp. and Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) will play a significant role in the development of ARM Ltd.'s next-generation v6 core, the companies recently said, and will also work with Palm Inc. to help port the PDA maker's operating system to the ARM core.
Rockwell Scientific pursuing antimonide compound semiconductors in U.S. project
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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--Rockwell Scientific Co. LLC here today announced a $6.4 million contract with the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center to develop ultra-low power chip technology for high-speed digital and millimeter wave circuits.
LG Electronics signs supply chain deal with E2open
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Building on its relationship with industry-led exchange E2open, LG Electronics today inked a three-year agreement to buy E2open's supply chain collaboration software solutions.
NPU integrator touts 'service processor'
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Network processor startup Onex Communications Corp. (Bedford, Mass.) is developing an all-in-one "service processor" to forward TDM, packet or cell traffic natively, as well as a single-chip switching fabric.
Fujitsu claims first 'triple stack' memory package for cell phones
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LONDON -- Fujitsu Ltd.'s European chip operation today claimed to be offering the industry's first triple-stacked multi-chip package (MCP) for cellular phones, combining three types of memories for digital handsets.
Mentor move aims to provide supply-chain integration
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Proclaiming a major corporate initiative, Mentor Graphics entered the design data management (DDM) market Tuesday (July 31). Its first two DDM offerings, Data Management System (DMS) Workgroup and Enterprise, are based on products developed by Descon, a German company that Mentor acquired in May 2000.
Intel kills plan to use SVG's 193-nm scanners in production due to delays
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. has scrapped its production plans to use 193-nm, argon-fluoride (ArF) lithography tools from Silicon Valley Group Inc. because of delays in tool shipments. The decision, confirmed by an Intel official in an interview with SBN, apparently kills a $100 million tool order.
UMC reports loss, but expects mild Q4 improvement
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Foundry United Microelectronics Corp. lost $53 million in the second quarter and said its slump will hit bottom in the current quarter before better fortunes return toward the end of the year.
Avanti apologizes to Cadence, industry
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Avanti Corp. issued a letter of apology Monday (July 30) for the "events" that led to last week's sentencing of several of its cofounders and the court-ordered $195 million restitution the company must pay to Cadence Design Systems Inc.
JMAR receives funding from U.S. Army to complete X-ray lithography tool
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SAN DIEGO -- JMAR Technologies Inc. here today announced that it has received funding from the U.S. Army to continue the development of its X-ray lithography program. The San Diego-based company received a total of $7,796,259 from the U.S. Army Robert Morris Acquisition Center in Adelphi, Md. The contract is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
NEC plans major cutbacks in chip production
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NEC Corp. Tuesday continued to shake up its loss-plagued semiconductor group by closing aging 6-inch wafer lines in Japan, cutting production in half at its Scotland fab, and merging chip assembly operations, resulting in a loss of 4,000 jobs.
Test-and-analysis system
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Tanto is a test-and-analysis system that can be used in a variety of applications such as classic debugging, software performance optimization, and certification to industry standards.
Information appliance chip
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The GeodeLink architecture is designed for information appliance systems ranging from thin clients, set-top boxes, and personal Internet access devices to home networking and residential gateways.
DSP development package upgraded
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Programmable SoC
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UMC expects capacity use to fall to 30% this quarter
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HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Hurt by sluggish demand for communications chips worldwide, United Microelectronics Corp. posted losses in the second quarter and said it expects widening losses in the third.
Annasoft Suite Now Supports ZFx86
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NEC Releases Emulator
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Molex moves forward with new management
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At the beginning of July, Molex Inc., one of the world's largest connector suppliers, saw two new leaders take the helm. J. Joseph King became vice chairman of the board and chief executive, while Martin Slark took over as president and chief operating officer. King and Slark replace Fred A. Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel Jr., who are retiring from their positions as co-chief executives. The Krehbiel brothers will remain co-chairmen.
Trikon says tool orders up 15%, but sales drop 27% from Q1
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NEWPORT, Wales -- Trikon Technologies Inc. today reported a 27% sequential drop in revenues to $27.7 million in the second quarter, compared to $37.6 million in Q1 of 2001. The supplier of deposition and etch tools for wafer fabs said its sales were 12% higher in Q2 than $24.7 million in the period last year.
New division at Microchip
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Microchip Technology has formed an Analogue & Interface Products Division. The new division results from the integration of TelCom Semiconductor and offers more than 250 mixed-signal, power management, thermal management and interface solutions for embedded systems.
RTOS/SIP bundle
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OnCore Systems has signed a multi-year contract with UK-based Siroyan, developer of what it calls SIP (scalable integrated processor) technology.
MCT reviews operations after posting $2.5 million net loss in Q2
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ST. PAUL, Minn.--Micro Component Technology Inc. today reported a 20.6% sequential drop in net sales to $7.4 million in the second quarter from revenues in Q1, and a net loss of $2.5 million in the period ended June 30.
VC shows faith in ANT
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Internet appliance software company, ANT of Cambridge, UK has secured a new round of VC initiated funding that totals over £2.5m.
EBN's Global 100
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Ny styrelseordförande i Telelogic
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Bo Dimert ersätter Göran Lindahl på posten som styrelseordförande i Telelogic.
UMC posts $53 million loss as sales drop 36% from prior quarter
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- United Microelectronics Corp., the world's second largest silicon foundry company, posted a net loss of NT$1.9 billion ($53 million) on sharply lower net sales of NT$15.0 billion ($436 million) in the second quarter.
Singapore's STATS enters Taiwan with majority stake in test house
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SINGAPORE -- ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. today announced plans to acquire a 51% stake in Winstek Semiconductor Corp. of Taiwan, a semiconductor-testing house. The majority interest in the Hsinchu-based startup company will be purchased for $28 million in cash, said STATS.
Getting the children interested
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In the old days, when children were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, invariably they came up with jobs such as train driver, fireman, policeman or nurse. Nowadays it's more likely to be footballer, fashion model, pop star, pilot or Formula One racing driver. The job that hardly ever appears on the list is engineer.
TI and Sun rule out SOI wafers, but push copper, CVD-based low-k for RISC chips
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DALLAS -- Several months later than originally planned, Texas Instruments Inc. has qualified a 900-MHz 64-bit RISC processor, with copper and low-k interconnects, for volume shipment to Sun Microsystems Inc., which will now use the central processing units in workstations within the next 90 days (see July 30 story).
Cell Network skär ner än mer
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Samtliga aktier i Cell Network France överlåts till de forna ägarna.
Two deals come to the rescue of Filtronic's 'hemorrhaging' GaAs facility
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Microwave components firm Filtronic expects its Newton Aycliffe facility to move back towards profit as a result of two deals announced last week.
Asia becomes growth driver for comms chip companies
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Qualcomm and Virata are pinning their hopes on growth in Asian markets in 2002 to help drive them out of the current slowdown.
NEC confirms 600 Scottish job losses
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NEC Semiconductor is cutting 600 jobs at its facility in West Lothian, Scotland — around 40% of the plant's 1600 staff. The company blames the continuing slump in the semiconductor market.
Intel and TI extend licenses to support ARM's v6 architecture
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Intel and Texas Instruments (TI) threw their weight behind ARM Holdings' upcoming v6 architecture last week by announcing wide-ranging extensions to their licensing agreements with the UK processor cores company.
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