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Infineon sales fall 30% sequentially in quarter due to DRAM prices
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MUNICH--Hammered by lower DRAM prices, Infineon Technologies AG here today reported a 30% sequential drop in revenues to 1.66 billion euros ($1.53 billion) in the company's first fiscal quarter, ended Dec. 31, compared to 2.38 billion euros ($2.19 billion) in the prior three-month period. Compared to a year ago, Infineon's revenues were up 8% from 1.54 billion euros.
Chartered looks for partners to fund $3 billion 300-mm fab
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SINGAPORE -- Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. is in talks with more than one potential foundry partner to help it equip a new chip facility here as a 300-mm wafer fab. Last year, Chartered planned to set up its new Fab 7 as a 200-mm facility in 2001, but this week it announced a one-year delay in equipping the plant so that it can bring it up as a 300-mm fab.
Infineon's gross margins hurt by DRAM pricing pressures
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Infineon Technologies AG witnessed a sharp decline in its gross margin during the fiscal 2001 first quarter, ended Dec. 31, and said it sees a difficult second quarter ahead.
Bygger 3G-nät på egen risk
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Telia hade ingen lycka i länsrätten. Det blir ingen inhibering av Post & Telestyrelsens, PTS, beslut i 3G-frågan. Telia väntas inte överklaga beslutet.
Att tillverka mobiltelefoner är vår kärnverksamhet!
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I samband med presentationen av Nokias helårsrapport för 2000 tryckte koncernchefen Jorma Ollila på att tillverkningen av mobiltelefonerna i högsta grad är en viktig del av kärnverksamheten som man absolut inte vill släppa.
VSIA demos online spec compliance
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The Virtual Socket Interface Alliance previewed its Web-based tool at DesignCon 2001, a tool which promises to aid IP vendors in verifying that their cores comply with VSIA specifications.
ASML announces KrF lithography tool for 120-nm applications
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VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- ASM Lithography here today announced a lithography tool designed to extend 248-nm optical technology down to resolutions of 120-nm. The new PAS 5500/800 family of UV Step & Scan products from ASML incorporates the new Starlith 800 lens from its optics partner--Germany's Carl Zeiss.
FPGAs take wrong road
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Fujitsu mulls U.S. public offering
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The president of Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. (FMI) said the company may have to make an initial public offering in the next two years to give it more leverage in buying companies and attracting engineers.
Avant! postpones Q4 results
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FREMONT, Calif. -- Avanti Corp. postponed the release of its quarterly results today, saying that it needed more time to complete its year-end audit. The design automation supplier said it will now post its results for the fourth quarter "on or before Feb. 15."
Pixelworks invests $7.5M in DSP start-up
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Pixelworks, Inc., a provider of chips for the advanced display market, today announced a strategic investment in Jaldi Semiconductor Corp., a privately held fabless semiconductor start-up developing application specific reconfigurable Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology.
Playstation/i-Mode combo to be moved overseas
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NTT Docomo Inc. and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. intend to expand services that combine Sony's Playstation game console and Docomo's i-Mode cellular phones into overseas markets with the help of Docomo's partners.
STATS expects 20-30% drop in assembly/testing revenues in Q1
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SINGAPORE--ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. (STATS) here today reported net revenues reached $92.8 million in the fourth quarter, but demand for chip packaging and testing continues to fall. STATS said it now expects to post a loss in the first quarter with net revenues dropping 20-to-30% from Q4 of 2000.
IEEE group gains ground on wireless standards
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Session No. 11 of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) concluded last week after a flurry of activity, much of which centered on establishing a unified air-interface document with a common, flexible, medium access control (MAC) platform supporting multiple, spectrum-dependent physical layers (PHYs).
Designing Ultra Low-Power DSPs
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Complex design and resource coordination is required to achieve ultra low-power digital signal processors that include advanced architectures and process-optimized IP.
Crawford to step down as Zilog's CEO
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Zilog, Inc. today announced that Curtis J. Crawford, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of ZiLOG will step down as chief executive officer.
Vishay acquires capacitor maker Tansitor
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Component supplier Vishay Intertechnology Inc., Malvern, Pa., has acquired Tansitor Electronics Inc., a manufacturer of wet tantalum electrolytic capacitors and solid tantalum capacitors based in Bennington, Vt.
Applied lowers forecast for quarter, but 300-mm product sales on track
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Applied Materials Inc. here today lowered its forecast for the first quarter following sluggish demand and order delays, but the chip-equipment giant claimed its 300-mm product sales are on track. The announcement is an ominous sign for chip-equipment makers. Applied, the world's largest supplier of semiconductor equipment, could be the first in a parade of companies in this industry to announce disappointing results in the first quarter of this year--and beyond, accordin
Micro Linear reports loss for fourth quarter
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Micro Linear Corp., San Jose, Calif., reported a net loss of $3.4 million, or 28 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2000. That compared to a net loss in the preceding quarter of $3.8 million, or 33 cents per share, and a net income of $228,000, or 2 cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 1999.
Singapore takes 15% stake in UMC-Infineon 300-mm fab
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SINGAPORE -- In a move to support 300-mm wafer processing in Singapore, the country's government today announced a 15% stake in a $3.6 billion facility planned here by Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. and Infineon Technologies AG of Germany.
Wafer bonding gets optical boost
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Digital Optics Corp. has developed manufacturing techniques that are said to offer unprecedented levels of automation and integration for fabricating complex optoelectronic modules.
Crossing the Great Divide
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Intel chops Pentium prices to spur demand
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Intel Corp. has slashed the prices of most of its microprocessors to help overcome sluggish demand for PC products.
Profile: Aart de Geus
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The Aart of Analogy is alive and well at Synopsys.
Altera design software revs compile time
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Altera Corp. has rolled out Quartus II, its next-generation PLD development software, claiming improvements in compile time and device performance.
Toshiba launches integrated 64-bit RISC processor with PCI interface
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SAN JOSE --Toshiba Corp. today announced availability of a new RISC-based series of embedded 64-bit processors with a range of integrated peripherals. The series is based on a 64-bit processor architecture from MIPS Technologies and intended to be an alternative to custom-designed ASICs.
Nitronex readies GaN power amps for 3G apps
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Claiming a series of process and integration advances, Nitronex Corp. plans to begin commercial production of gallium nitride power amplifiers made on 4-inch silicon wafer substrates late this year.
LinkUp announces low-power, system-on-a-chip line for mobile devices
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- LinkUp Systems Corp. here has introduced its latest system-on-a-chip product line for smart phones, PDAs, music players, and Internet appliances. Based on ARM Ltd.'s ARM720T line of RISC processor cores, the new L7210 from LinkUp incorporates several new and advanced functions on the same device, such as a Secure Digital (SD) Card controller, a Bluetooth-enabled interface, Universal Serial Bus (USB), and the AC-Link codec.
Stanford Microdevices rolls out SiGe-based RF device for 3G
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Gearing up for third-generation (3G) wireless networks, Stanford Microdevices Inc. here today rolled out a radio-frequency (RF) device based on a high-speed silicon-germanium (SiGe) process technology.
Pace Micro throws a lifeline to Sega's Dreamcast console
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Pace Micro Technology Ltd., a leading developer of set-top box technology in the United Kingdom, is throwing a lifeline to Sega Corp.'s beleaguered Dreamcast computer games console technology.
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Pioneer-Standard cuts profit estimates
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Pioneer-Standard Electronics, Inc., reported record results for the most recent quarter, but also cut estimates of earnings for the current quarter and full fiscal year.
Intel launches subnotebook CPUs to counter Crusoe
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Moving to catch up with newcomer Transmeta Corp. in the low-power microprocessor arena, Intel Corp. on Tuesday (Jan. 30) unveiled a pair of chips aimed at the mobile market: a 500-MHz Pentium III processor that operates at less than 1 volt and a 500-MHz Celeron processor with an eye on the subnotebook segment.
Picoturbo, Newlogic, and Chip Express Join Forces for Turnkey Bluetooth ASIC
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Santa Clara CA - January 30, 2001 - DesignCon - picoTurbo, Newlogic, and Chip Express today announced a partnership to provide the Picoboost Bluetooth IP core as a turnkey building block in the Chip Express time-to-volume ASIC technology.
Chorum acquires Polytronix, enters into LCD market
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RICHARDSON, Tex. -- Chorum Technologies Inc., a supplier of processors and subsystems for the fiber-optics market, here today entered the liquid crystal display (LCD) business by acquiring Polytronix Inc. The agreement gives Chorum the ability to develop LCD products for the fiber-optic market. Based in Richardson, Polytronix develops standard and custom LCDs for applications in the telecommunications, healthcare, aerospace, and consumer electronics industries.
Innoveda adds Spice to XTK analysis tool
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Innoveda Inc. has released a new version of the XTK cross-coupling signal-analysis tool supporting Spice co-simulation.
Celoxica adds simulator, debugger to Handel-C compiler
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Celoxica Ltd., a longtime hardware compiler supplier that traces its roots back to research on the C-like Handel-C language at Oxford University's computing laboratory in the early 1990s, has released its DK1 Handel-C design tool.
Wolfson rolls digital audio chips
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Wolfson Microelectronics Ltd. (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) is sampling a new family of components that will add digital audio capabilities to digital camcorders, digital still cameras, DVD players and Internet appliances, or be used in portable MP3 players.
Fujitsu Renews, Upgrades Tensilica License
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Tokyo, Japan - January 30, 2001 - Tensilica, Inc., a supplier of configurable microprocessor core intellectual property (IP), announced today that Fujitsu Limited has upgraded its license to a multiple use, time-based agreement.
Motorola disconnects handset development with Psion
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Motorola Inc. has discontinued its handset joint-development agreement with Psion PLC's computers division, citing a initiative to streamline its core businesses.
CAST and FS2 Partner to Provide SOC Debug Capabilities
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Santa Clara, CA - January 30, 2001 - DesignCon - CAST, Inc. and First Silicon Solutions, Inc. (FS2) today announced a joint effort to make embedded processor cores easier to debug.
Intel and others invest in Tru-Si
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Semiconductor equipment maker Tru-Si Technologies Inc. (Tru-Si) has received $18 million in funding from C 2 Capital and Intel Capital. The funding will be used to expanded the company's management team and operations, according to Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Tru-Si. The company sells a line of proprietary atmospheric downstream plasma gas-etch systems, which are said to be the world's most efficient damage-free removal solutions in the semiconductor industry.
EDA Tools Optimized for New Altera Architectures
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San Jose, CA - January 29, 2001- Altera Corp. announced the availability of synthesis and simulation tools from 3rd party EDA vendors that now support Altera's newest architectures: the APEX 20KC device family and the Excalibur embedded processor solutions which incorporate the ARM-based and MIPS-based embedded processor cores.
Get2chip Appoints Director of E-Design
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San Jose, CA -- January 29, 2001 -- Taher Abbasi has been appointed to the position of director of e-Design and Corporate Applications of Get2chip.com, Inc.
Celoxica Announces DK1 Design Suite
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Abingdon, UK - January 29, 2001 - Celoxica Limited today announced the DK1 design suite, software that it says enables a new approach to the design of electronic hardware components at the heart of leading high-tech products.
Nokia lower outlook for 2001
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Nokia Corp., the world's largest cellular handset supplier, reported strong growth for 2000, but lowered its outlook for 2001.
Virata Adopts Sequence's Watt Watcher
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Santa Clara, CA -- January 29, 2001 - Sequence Design, Inc today announced that Virata Corp. will deploy Sequence's Watt Watcher power analysis and optimization software for the design of advanced broadband communications integrated circuits.
SCI to build Hitachi products in China
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SCI Systems Inc., said today it will make optical products for Hitachi Media Electronics Ltd. in China as part of a multi-million deal with the Japanese company.
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