Infineon sales fall 30% sequentially in quarter due to DRAM prices News & Analysis 1/31/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/31/2001 Post a comment 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.
Bygger 3G-nät på egen risk News & Analysis 1/31/2001 Post a comment Telia hade ingen lycka i länsrätten. Det blir ingen inhibering av Post & Telestyrelsens, PTS, beslut i 3G-frågan. Telia väntas inte överklaga beslutet.
VSIA demos online spec compliance News & Analysis 1/31/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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.
Fujitsu mulls U.S. public offering News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment Complex design and resource coordination is required to achieve ultra low-power digital signal processors that include advanced architectures and process-optimized IP.
Vishay acquires capacitor maker Tansitor News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment Digital Optics Corp. has developed manufacturing techniques that are said to offer unprecedented levels of automation and integration for fabricating complex optoelectronic modules.
LinkUp announces low-power, system-on-a-chip line for mobile devices News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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.
Intel launches subnotebook CPUs to counter Crusoe News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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.
Chorum acquires Polytronix, enters into LCD market News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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.
Wolfson rolls digital audio chips News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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.
Intel and others invest in Tru-Si News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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.
Celoxica Announces DK1 Design Suite News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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.
Virata Adopts Sequence's Watt Watcher News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment 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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.