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Mattson's Q2 sales falls 55% over Q1
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Chip-equipment maker Mattson Technology Inc. posted sales of $30.5 million in the second quarter of 2003, a 55 percent decrease from $37.3 million $67.8 million in the first quarter of 2003, and a 36 percent drop from $16.8 million in the second quarter of 2002.
Texas Instruments acquires RF chip maker Radia
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DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today (July 30) said it has acquired Radia Communications Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chip maker that specializes in radio frequency (RF) design.
On Semi posts Q2 loss amid 5% sales drop
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On Semiconductor Corp. reported sales of $256.2 million in the second quarter of 2003, a decline of 5 percent from $269.5 million in the previous quarter and compared to $280.6 million in the like period a year ago.
Axcelis cuts 4% of workforce; sees boom in Japan
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Chip-equipment maker Axcelis Technologies Inc. has reduced its workforce by 4 percent and plans to consolidate its facilities as part of a plan to cut costs, according to a report from Morgan Stanley released today (July 30).
SoC vendor woos military markets
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CPU Tech Inc., a nearly stealth outfit nestled amid the sprawling corporate campuses here, east of Silicon Valley., has found a niche for its SoCs. It has targeted military and avionics applications and leveraged proprietary design software.
China's SMIC joins ARM Foundry Program
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ARM Ltd. Wednesday announced that Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has become the first foundry in mainland China to join the ARM Foundry Program.
Managing the Transition from Parallel to Serial Storage Interfaces
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In 2003, the storage industry has taken major steps in transitioning serial-based interface technologies to replace parallel physical interface standards. In addition to significant increases in data throughput, serial technologies offer advantages in IC packaging, cabling, power consumption, and other important system performance metrics.
TI completes WLAN chipset offering through RF company purchase
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Proving that the wireless LAN (WLAN) sector will be a complete chipset business going forward, Texas Instruments has struck an accord late today (July 30) to acquire startup RF component developer Radia Communications (Sunnyvale, Calif. ).
Can technology sell mobile phones?
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How does the advent of new technology impact demand for electronic equipment, such as mobile phones? Does new technology actually create demand for new mobile phones? Or does technology play a more subtle role, shaping mobile markets and products and enabling compelling features that make consumers open their wallets?
Spending on masks can pay off, Sematech finds
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Mask costs are rising sharply, with a huge jump expected at the 45-nanometer manufacturing node. But according to an International Sematech analysis, these costly advanced masks often are worth the price.
Intel confirms it is considering joining MIPI
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Intel Corp. has confirmed to Silicon Strategies that it is considering whether it should join the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance formed by Nokia, Texas Instruments, ARM and STMicroelectronics.
Inventor constructs 'ethical' artificial intelligence
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If successful, a Darpa initiative to develop technology for a "perceptive assistant that learns," or PAL, could kick off a new phase for artificial intelligence, enabling devices that would peruse large databases and assemble their own knowledge bases to assist people in decision-making.
Artificial retina holds out hope of curing blindness
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Japanese researchers working toward a cure for blindness showed off an artificial-retina prototype at the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks here recently.
Time to embrace test as a core competency
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Product cost and profit margin are playing a larger role in the post-bubble technology market. Equipment manufacturers, seem predestined to reduce engineering head count and capital equipment budgets to stay economically viable. Investment in test, often overlooked in the past, seems to be moving even further into the shadows.
Spending on masks can pay off, Sematech finds
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Mask costs are rising sharply, with a huge jump expected at the 45-nanometer manufacturing node.
IP cores from 4i2i fit Actel ASICs
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Viterbi and Reed-Solomon encoder and decoder intellectual-property (IP) cores from 4i2i Communications Ltd. have been optimized for use with Actel Corp.'s nonvolatile, single-chip ProASICPlus, Axcelerator, SX-A and RTSX-S field-programmable gate arrays.
It's time to return to 10x passion
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With ASIC design costs growing from a historical $5 million to over $50 million, one would think that the big EDA vendors would be working on significantly better ways to design chips.
Pc boards get a visualization tool for layout
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AutoVue, a visualization and collaboration tool from Cimmetry Systems Inc. that's widely used in the architectural, engineering and construction markets, is now targeting electronic design automation applications.
Intel confirms it is considering joining MIPI
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Intel Corp. has confirmed to Silicon Strategies that it is considering whether it should join the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance formed by Nokia, Texas Instruments, ARM and STMicroelectronics.
DVCon sets 2004 dates, calls for papers
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The Design and Verification Conference (DVCon) 2004 is now open for proposals for technical papers, tutorials, and panels, according to conference organizers. The conference will be held March 1 -- 3, 2004, at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California.
Siemens to cut 2300 in mobile unit
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German manufacturer Siemens AG plans to cut 2300 jobs from its mobile phone operation in an effort to save $1.13 billion in costs throughout the operation by the end of 2004.
Intel, MIPS, Qualcomm welcome to join MIPI
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Emphasizing the claims of open-ness made for the recently announced Mobile Industry Processor Interface Alliance an executive with ARM Ltd., the processor technology licensor, said that Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and MIPS Technologies Inc. would be welcome to join the MIPI alliance and hinted that one or more of these companies may already be in discussions to do so.
Bookham to close Milton facility, cuts 180 jobs
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Optical components and modules group Bookham Technology plc will cease development and production of its original ASOC technology and will close down the its Milton R&D and manufacturing facility, resulting in the loss of between 160 and 180 jobs.
Keithley cuts staff amid losses, sales drop
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Instrument and IC-test provider Keithley Instruments Inc. laid off a "small percentage" of its workforce amid losses and a drop in sales.
Intel, MIPS, Qualcomm welcome to join MIPI
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Emphasizing the claims of open-ness made for the recently announced Mobile Industry Processor Interface Alliance an executive with ARM Ltd., the processor technology licensor, said that Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and MIPS Technologies Inc. would be welcome to join the MIPI alliance and hinted that one or more of these companies may already be in discussions to do so.
Siliconix blames SARS for Q2 sales drop
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Siliconix Inc., an 80.4 percent subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology Inc., reported net income of $9.3 million, or $0.31 per share, for Q2 ended June 28, compared to $11.2 million, or $0.37 per share, in Q2 of 2002 and $10 million, or $0.33 per share, in Q1 of 2003.
Chips unravel vision mysteries
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Enabling the blind to see again is moving beyond the realm of Biblical prophecy as researchers around the world tackle the problem head-on. Recently, several researchers showed off artificial-retina prototypes at the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks that are bringing human applications for machine vision closer to reality.
4-MHz regulator can supply up to 4 amps
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Linear Technology Corp.'s LTC3414 is a high-efficiency, 4-MHz synchronous buck regulator in a 20-lead thin-shrink small-outline package using a constant-frequency, current-mode architecture that the company says can deliver up to 4 amperes of continuous current at output voltages down to 0.8 volt.
'Clockless' chip risk may pay off
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After nearly three years of writing this column, I've decided to make a minor format change by moving from general industry issues to analyzing startups. To kick us off, meet Fulcrum Microsystems.
Front-runner emerges for UWB wireless
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The IEEE 802.15.3a working group has closed in on the Multiband-OFDM Alliance's proposal as the front-runner for a multiband, frequency-hopping ultrawideband implementation of high-speed, short-range wireless communication.
LDO regulators offer 400-mV dropout
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Sipex Corp.'s SPX-2950x family of low-dropout (LDO) linear regulators is said to provide output current of up to 5 amps, dropout of 400 millivolts typical and fast transient response.
The Analyst's Couch: Future Horizons lowers forecasts
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Despite "cripplingly low" average selling prices for most semiconductors, market research and analysis group Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England) is predicting a strong bounce-back and solid growth for the industry over the next two years. However, it has lowered its forecast for growth for 2003 to 13.1 percent, down from the 18 percent it was predicting as late as June.
UMC capital spending lowest in six years
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United Microelectronics Corp. estimated Wednesday (July 30) that its 2003 capital expenditures would be $500 million, lower than the $800 million UMC spent in 2002 and the company's lowest capex for at least six years.
Scots start-up intros color polymer microdisplay
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MicroEmissive Displays Ltd. (MED), a start-up company working in the area of polymer OLED microdisplays, said Wednesday (July 30, 2003) that it has developed an active matrix polymer OLED viewfinder display comprising 320 x 240 pixels on a substrate of 0.3-inch diagonal size.
POL converters deliver up to 15 A
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Celestica Inc.'s Volant series of single-in-line package point-of-load (POL) converters, for use in computer, storage and communications equipment, delivers 10 and 15 amps in single-in-line (SIP) modules and 15 amps in the surface-mount technology (SMT) version.
Thermistors handle up to 900 joules
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Ametherm Inc.'s MegaSurge thermistors have been designed to withstand up to 900 joules of energy and 50 amps of continuous current. The units are rated to 680 volts.
Future Horizons lowers '03 forecast, predicts solid growth for '04
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Despite 'cripplingly low' average selling prices for most semiconductors, market research and analysis group Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England) is predicting a strong bounce-back and solid growth for the industry over the next two years, but has lowered its forecast for growth for 2003 to 13.1%, down from the 18% it was predicting as late as April.
Wind River met son expertise des systèmes embarqués temps réel au service du consortium Open Group
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Consortium indépendant, l'Open Group a pour vocation d'aider les entreprises à être plus performantes. Réunissant les acheteurs et les fournisseurs de systèmes d'informations, il permet de réduire les coûts et les risques liés à l'intégration des nouvelles technologies à l'échelle de l'entreprise. A ce jour, l'Open Group compte quelques grands noms des secteurs de l'industrie, de l'administration et de l'enseignement, tels qu'IBM, Sun Microsystems, l'Agence DISA (Defense Information Systems Agen
ARM expands in China with SMIC foundry deal
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ARM has secured the first mainland Chinese member for its Foundry Program, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) licensing its 7TDMI core. The agreement provides another important foothold for the Cambridge, England based company in the fast growing Chinese IC design business.
Broadcom unveils 10 Gig chip for enterprise networking
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Broadcom is hoping to catch an early lead in the emerging 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching market for enterprises with the release today (July 30) of a switch device that handles Layer 2 through 7 switching and routing while operating over 10GBASE-CX4-enabled copper media.
TD-SCDMA calls demonstrated by Danish design firm
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Danish telecommunications design group RTX Telecom A/S and its Italian partner PRISMA Engineering have tested a TD-SCDMA (time division synchronous code division multiple access) 3G terminal on a live network.
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