Fiber-optic transceivers go metro News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment Fiber-optic transceiver developers are building datacom and telecom capacity into and around metropolitan-area networks (MANs) with a touch more urgency these days as the IEEE 10-Gigabit Ethernet specification nears final adoption.
Distrib rolls modular H/W platform Product News 1/31/2002 Post a comment Looking to provide design engineers with a flexible development solution to speed design cycles and lower costs, distributor Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. has rolled out a modular hard-ware development platform that supports a variety of chip device makers and their suppliers. The initial offering features Xilinx's field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Low-power NEC MPU now faster Product News 1/31/2002 Post a comment The 64-bit VR4181A microprocessor from NEC Electronics Inc. integrates more peripherals and offers more memory than the earlier VR4181 and is said to be significantly faster.
Welsh schools get cash for science News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment The Wales Science Year initiative has awarded its first round of grants. Jane Davidson, minister for education and lifelong learning, has given the green light to 68 science projects for young people in Wales.
Itronix looks to cut 80 jobs News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment Notebook computer designer and manufacturer Itronix is looking to cut 80 jobs at its European headquarters in Coventry. The plant employs 170 staff.
Microtune to expand RF efforts into more broadband applications News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment PLANO, Tex. -- In a move to expand its business, Microtune Inc. today announced plans to offer radio-frequency silicon chips and systems solutions for a wide range of commercial and consumer electronics applications in broadband communications, wireless connectivity products and automotive markets.
UMC operating revenues drop 44.2% in 2001 News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Silicon foundry supplier United Microelectronics Corp. today released preliminary results for 2001, showing its net operating revenue dropped 44.2% to NT$64.5 billion ($1.9 billion) compared to NT$115.6 billion ($3.4 billion) in 2000.
Symbian secures further funds for 2.5/3G OS development News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment Symbian has raised a further $29.3m from its five industrial shareholders, Psion, Nokia, Motorola, Sony/Ericsson and Matsushita. The Cambridge, UK based company, which was spun out of Psion three years ago, said the additional funding would ensure that Symbian can push on and develop the next version of its operating system for mobile handsets and devices.
Åter till nuet och verkligheten News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment Jag känner mig inte tillfreds med vad som kom ut av den s k framtidsdebatten på Elektronik/EP 2000 som jag berättade om i förra numret och som du kan läsa mer om på sid 13 i tidningen. Orsaken är att den, såsom jag fruktade, till så stor del kom att handla om de stora övergripande, oftast ganska självklara, sakerna.
Tiny contact probe for 500MHz plus ICs News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment Osaka-based Sumitomo Electric Industries has developed a contact probe with a 30µm sq tip. It is designed for ICs with pad dimensions of less than 10µm and frequencies of 500MHz and higher.
Cahners In-Stat/MDR förutspår ljus framtid News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment Cahners In-Stat/MDR förutspår att marknaden för metrooptiska nätverk kommer att växa kraftigt under de närmaste åren. Detta gör marknaden till en av de snabbast växande segmenten vad gäller utrustning inom telekommunikationsbranschen.
Hynix, Infineon in talks about a DRAM alliance, says report News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment SEOUL -- After breaking off merger talks with Micron Technology Inc. earlier this week, Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. is now reportedly in discussions about a chip alliance with Germany's Infineon Technologies AG, according to reports from Reuters.
The report claimed that Japanese business daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun quoted Infineon Chief Executive Officer Ulrich Schumacher as saying the company was in talks with Hynix about a joint venture and other potential alliances.
M-LVDS data line circuits News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment The SN65MLVD20x family of multipoint-LVDS (M-LVDS) receivers provides differential signaling at speeds up to 4200 Mbps between up to 32 devices over typical distances of 30 m.
EDA execs cautiously bask in Wall Street's attention News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment While other electronics sectors have struggled, design automation vendors have maintained steady growth over the last 18 months to transform themselves from the dogs to the darlings of Wall Street, according to executives on the Electronic Design Automation Consortium's 2002 CEO Forecast panel Tuesday (Jan. 29).
PolarFab's 8-in. fab goes into production, shows flat growth in 2001 News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment MINNEAPOLIS -- Silicon foundry PolarFab Inc. here announced that it has begun production in its initial 8-inch wafer fab, as previously expected.
The privately-held, pure-play semiconductor foundry also claimed that its sales were $63 million in 2001, roughly flat from 2000. While PolarFab did not release its earnings, the announcements by the foundry company were a major accomplishment, given the current and severe downturn in the IC industry.
Amkor reports loss for quarter and year News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment Amkor Technology Inc. reported a net loss of $137 million or 85 cents per share, including amortization charges, in its fourth quarter ended December 31. The loss was $103 million or 63 cents per share before charges, compared to a net income of $41 million or 26 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.
Tower Semiconductor's loss widens as sales fall News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment Tower Semiconductor Ltd., Migdal Haemek, Israel, today announced sales for the fourth quarter were $8.8 million versus $29.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2000, and $9.9 million in the immediately-preceding quarter, ended September 30, 2001.
0.10-micron technology could drive up mask costs to $2 million per set, says TSMC News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- While 0.10-micron process technologies will enable the development of new, complex chip designs, there could be an unpleasant surprise in store for IC makers: the cost of the lowly blank photomask for this technology could run a staggering $1.5-to-$2 million per set, warned an executive from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC).
In general, the cost of a blank photomask for a 0.13-micron design runs about $650,000 per set right now, said Shang-yi Chiang, senior vice pr
Amkor's Q4 sales jumps 5% over Q3, but Q1 could be sluggish News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc. reported sales of $352 million for its fourth quarter ended Dec. 30, up 5% sequentially but down 45% from the like period a year ago.
The company also posted a loss of $137 million, or minus $0.85 per share, in the quarter, compared with a profit of $41 million, or $0.26 per share, for Q4 of 2000.
Suppliers' support for Rambus varies News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment Samsung says yes. Infineon says no. Elpida says maybe. Such are the mixed messages that DRAM makers are giving on whether they will continue to deliver faster and denser versions of Rambus DRAM.
Hynix allocation move startles DRAM market News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment Hynix Semiconductor Inc.'s move on Tuesday placing all its DRAMs on allocation was greeted with some raised eyebrows and skepticism in the industry, but also some concurrence that the memory chip supply is tightening.
TSMC demos first 0.10-micron ICs, plans to move into production in Q3 or Q4 of 2002 News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- During the DesignCon 2002 conference here today, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) announced that it has demonstrated the first chips, based on its new, leading-edge 0.10-micron (100-nm) process technology.
The silicon foundry giant is also accelerating the development of its 0.10-micron technology by moving the process into initial production by the third or fourth quarter of 2002.
RF-tool tweak adds mutual inductance News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment The latest version of Sequence Design Inc.'s Columbus RF tool extracts mutual inductance on differential lines, determining coupling effects in communications chips operating at 10 GHz and above.
3Dlabs pushes programmable and embedded graphics News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment High-end graphics designer 3Dlabs Inc. Ltd. is driving an effort to enable a new class of programmable graphics processors with an upgraded version of the OpenGL application programming interface in a chip it may introduce later this year.
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.