Power rationing adds to Taiwan woes
News & Analysis 9/30/1999 Post a comment Still reeling from the earthquake that rocked Taiwan last week, energy officials this week find themselves coping with temperatures in the 90s that have caused the state-run power agency to decree power rationing in Taipei and on most of the rest of the island. Despite growing demand for electricity brought on by the heat, Taiwan's fabrication facilities have been given "100 percent, all-the-time" status, as have hospitals and military installations.
Samsung halts Rambus production after Intel delays Camino News & Analysis 9/30/1999 Post a comment With another delay of a key Intel Corp. chip set for enabling Direct Rambus DRAMs in PCs, Rambus systems have missed the window for the Christmas selling season, analysts say, potentially costing PC makers tens of millions, possibly hobbling the upcoming launch of Intel's next version of the Pentium III and causing at least one DRAM maker to halt production of Rambus parts.
ATE struggles to keep up with deep-submicron chips News & Analysis 9/30/1999 Post a comment The ATE industry is gearing up for a period of prosperity, but there is serious trouble ahead unless the industry drops long-held testing shibboleths and prepares for a future in which the key drivers are the Internet and the consumerization of the electronics industry.
Portable phone makers press demand for thin lithium-ion cells News & Analysis 9/30/1999 Post a comment Demand for miniaturized components among portable-phone makers has moved the front lines of competition in the rechargeable battery market to cells under 4 mm thick. To get there, vendors are marshaling novel lithium-ion structures, most based on a polymer gel electrolyte.
G.Lite faces many challengers in DSL race News & Analysis 9/30/1999 Post a comment Four months after the G.Lite plugfest spelled the end of the short-lived Universal ADSL Working Group, activity among carriers and OEMs working in digital subscriber line services indicates that there is anything but universal agreement on the virtues of splitterless ADSL.
Toshiba decides against boosting LCD output
News & Analysis 9/30/1999 Post a comment Faced with a shrinking capital spending budget and another year of red ink, Toshiba Corp. has declined to increase capacity at its Japan-based joint venture LCD plant, though partner IBM Corp. is making plans to boost production.
SIA presses China to end IC tariffs News & Analysis 9/30/1999 Post a comment U.S. semiconductor industry executives at a technology development seminar this week said they will bring China into the World Semiconductor Council, and expressed support for China's entry into the World Trade Organization.
Panelist debate the role of future FPGAs News & Analysis 9/30/1999 Post a comment Panelists at the Military Applications of Programmable Logic Devices conference took a look at tomorrow's market for field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and decided that the parts have a future in system-on-a-chip designs and possibly even in consumer electronics.
Cypress licenses Intel USB products, development tools News & Analysis 9/30/1999 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor Corp. said today it will cooperate with Intel Corp. on Universal Serial Bus (USB) peripheral controller technology, and that it has licensed USB development tools and high-performance designs from the microprocessor giant.