Analysis: VCC flags in fourth quarter News & Analysis 1/4/2005 Post a comment The Silicon Strategies'Venture Capital Counter registered US$97.7 million of investment in December 2004, taking the total for 2004 to US$2128.9 million. The total number of deals for 2004 was 173.
Cassidy made president TSMC North America News & Analysis 1/4/2005 Post a comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has appointed Rick Cassidy president, TSMC North America, effective from the beginning of 2005. Cassidy takes over from Edward Ross, who was named President Emeritus, TSMC North America.
Langzeitstabiler Drucksensor News & Analysis 1/4/2005 Post a comment Für Druckmessungen in Gasen und Flüssigkeiten hat American Sensor technologies einen hochgenauen Festkörper-Druckschalter entwickelt. Einsatzmöglichkeiten sieht der Hersteller in industriellen und landwirtschaftlichen Hydraulik- und klimatechnischen Anwendungen.
Schwaches Jahr für Chip-Industrie erwartet News & Analysis 1/4/2005 Post a comment Hohe Lagerbestände, sinkende Verkaufspreise und ein schwaches wirtschaftliches Umfeld werden die Aussichten der Halbleiterindustrie für 2005 verdüstern. Die Investmentbank Pacific Crest Securities erwartet einen weltweiten Umsatzrückgang von 4 Prozent gegenüber 2004.
An 'intelligent' approach to dummy fill News & Analysis 1/3/2005 Post a comment Dummy fill and line slotting have become requirements for nanometer ICs but they have an electrical impact designers can't ignore. David White (right) and Bob Moore from DFM startup Praesagus examine current solutions and outline an "intelligent" approach to dummy fill.
IC market to decline 4% in '05 News & Analysis 1/3/2005 Post a comment Amid the current inventory correction problem, falling ASPs and related economic factors, the semiconductor industry is expected to decline by 4 percent in terms of worldwide sales in 2005 over 2004, according to a report from Pacific Crest Securities Inc. on Monday (Jan. 3).
AMD unveils media processor, teams with TiVo for DVRs Product News 1/3/2005 Post a comment AMD has unveiled a system-on-chip (SoC) solution for portable media players that supports direct video content transfer to digital video recorders and scaling to DVD-quality displays. At the same time, AMD is partnering with TiVo to support its DVR initiative.
IBM's PC unit was unprofitable for three years News & Analysis 1/3/2005 Post a comment A Securities and Exchange regulatory filing by IBM revealed that the firm continued to lose money in its PC operation in the past three years, and that the losses continued even after the firm had outsourced most of its PC manufacturing in 2002.
Nortel retains NYSE listing, gets extension on 10-K filing News & Analysis 1/3/2005 Post a comment Nortel Networks Corp. and its principal operating subsidiary, Nortel Networks Ltd. have received a three-month extension from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to file its 2003 annual 10K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), during which time Nortel will remain listed on the exchange.
UMTS stimuliert Markt für Drahtlos-Modems News & Analysis 1/3/2005 Post a comment Glänzende Aussichten verheißt das Marktforschungsinstitut In-Stat/MDR den Anbietern von Mobilfunk-Modems. Nach einem fulminanten Jahr 2004 werde die Nachfrage in den kommenden Jahren noch zulegen, so die Marktforscher.
Le PDG de MoSys démissionne pour raisons de santé News & Analysis 1/3/2005 Post a comment Fu-Chieh Hsu, Président-directeur général (PDG) de Monolithic System Technology Inc. (MoSys), fournisseur de cœurs de propriété intellectuelle et d’autres produits, a annoncé, le vendredi 31 décembre, qu’il avait quitté la société à compter du 30 décembre 2004. Fu-Chieh Hsu, l’un des cofondateurs de l’entreprise, a invoqué ses récents problèmes de santé pour justifier sa démission.
New players News & Analysis 1/3/2005 Post a comment Two foundries -- Korea's MagnaChip and India's ISMC -- will be closely watched in 2005. Silicon Strategies explores the strategies of these two emerging foundry players. Click links to read stories.
Tech evangelist for CEA's contributions News & Analysis 1/2/2005 Post a comment The 21st century's mania for cool gadgets has given iPods a celebrity worthy of Elvis and turned the Consumer Electronics Show into a media mecca. But the Consumer Electronics Association, the power behind CES, doesn't carry the same cachet as Steve Jobs or Colonel Tom Parker, and that bothers Virginia Williams.
Roll up your sleeves; it's a new year News & Analysis 1/1/2005 Post a comment The electronics industry is going to be busy putting out brush fires this year. Some will require a coordinated effort by all industry players; others must be addressed by individual companies.
Beyond The Box News & Analysis 1/1/2005 Post a comment Three years ago, in the midst of the brutal economic downturn, InFocus Corp. decided to move its manufacturing operation from Wilsonville, Ore., to contract manufacturers in Asia.
Reinventing Innovation News & Analysis 1/1/2005 Post a comment Dell Inc. has made an art form of outsourcing product development. It does virtually no design work and spends approximately 1 percent of sales on R&D-less than a quarter of what many other leading technology companies spend for product innovation.
Who Will Dominate System-In-A-Package? News & Analysis 1/1/2005 Post a comment With system-in-a-package technology catching on, the old semiconductor supply chain-from wafer fab to assembly-and-test house to contract manufacturer-is being redefined. And numerous players, eager to tap into a growth market, are in a tussle for dominance. For OEMs, the rivalry is another twist in an already complicated supply chain.
LCD = low-cost display News & Analysis 1/1/2005 Post a comment There's good news this year for makers of mobile phones, PDAs, car infotainment units and all manner of handheld gizmos: The supply constraints that drove up pricing for small liquid-crystal displays starting in late 2003 have vanished, shifting the balance in favor of buyers.
Labor supply chain: the next big thing? News & Analysis 1/1/2005 Post a comment In a bow to the axiom that necessity is the mother of invention, IBM Corp. has launched an innovative program to raise the efficiency of its services-and-solutions work force. The initiative taps into the same supply chain principles the company says it has employed successfully on the product side of its business.
EMS providers see green in green laws News & Analysis 1/1/2005 Post a comment Here's a Kafkaesque challenge: Develop a business process that's compliant with a set of regulations that are still being developed, and if you miss the deadline-which, by the way, is in seven months-be prepared to pay hefty fines.
A slow start? News & Analysis 1/1/2005 1 comment Are you ready for a challenging new year? Early indicators point to a tough start for 2005 as the electronics industry shows signs of sluggishness after a relatively strong 2004. If the weakness persists, the industry can expect to see inventories build and component prices soften.
Worldwide chip sales jump 1.3% in November, says SIA News & Analysis 1/1/2005 Post a comment Worldwide sales of semiconductors grew to $19.02 billion in November, an increase of 1.3 percent from $18.8 billion in October, and an increase of 18 percent from the $16.12 billion in the like period a year ago, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported late Thursday (Dec. 31).