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Intel manages to turn a profit in a very bad year
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12/26/2001   Post a comment
In a year when legions of semiconductor and electronics giants are bathing in red ink, Intel Corp. will be one of the few major profitable chipmakers. Still, its relatively new wireless communications group managed to eke out a $59 million third-quarter net operating profit, which also marked the first time Intel has broken out financial results for this business unit. rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has snipped a few percentage points from Intel's lead so far this year.
Mentor extends offer for IKOS, says it owns 9% of stock
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12/26/2001   Post a comment
WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. today (Dec. 26) extended its unsolicited cash takeover offer for IKOS Systems Inc. until midnight Jan. 25, New York time, because it wants to give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) more time to review the proposed purchase and merger.
Bluetooth baseband processor
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The BSN6050 Bluetooth baseband processor is engineered for wireless information devices, accessories, access points, telematics designs, and more.
Bluetooth test set
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The E1852B test set is engineered for designs housing Bluetooth radios.
These times
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12/26/2001   Post a comment
Name a worse year than this one in the past hundred, and I'll buy you a beer.
Improv Systems rolls out SoC partners program
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12/26/2001   Post a comment
User-programmable digital signal processing vendor Improv Systems has launched a partner program with 15 participating companies to help accelerate the use and integration of designer-defined DSPs in system-on-chip (SoC) solutions.
EDA fighting must cease
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12/26/2001   Post a comment
As 2001 ends, partisan bickering threatens to undermine the health and progress of the electronic design automation industry.
One strategy for everyone?
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Over the past year, the contraction of the communications semiconductor market has led to thousands of layoffs.
Interconnect gets real
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In February, I wrote that "several NPU vendors will endorse HyperTransport by the end of this year.
Motorola to cut 9,400 jobs
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Motorola Inc. will cut 9,400 jobs companywide in the next twelve months in an effort to return the struggling organization to profitability in 2002.
Sanmina-SCI replaces head of EMS division
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12/26/2001   Post a comment
Sanmina-SCI Corp. has announced a number of management changes in the wake of the merger this month of Sanmina and SCI.
Speech recognition headed for cellphones and autos
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12/26/2001   Post a comment
Suppliers to wireless handset and automotive OEMs are investigating the latest improvements in speech recognition software in the hope of offering it as a feature in their 2002 product portfolios. At the same time, government regulations requiring hands-free cell phone use while driving and consumer demand for ever-smaller handheld devices are leading OEMs to take a hard look at the technology, according to a number of suppliers.
Samsung pushes deeper into digital audio with new SoC series
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12/26/2001   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Aiming to increase its presence in next-generation digital audio applications, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. this week announced development of a system-on-chip IC with integrated 16-bit microcontroller, 24-bit digital signal processor, 96-kilobyte cache SRAM, and other peripherals functions for handheld devices.
Insider Trading (December)
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Insider Trading (December)
Handset volume to hit 296 million in Asia Pacific region by 2005, says new forecast
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12/26/2001   Post a comment
BOSTON--Cellular handset shipments in the Asia Pacific region will jump from 162.3 million units in 2001 to 296.2 million in 2005, according to a new forecast released today (Dec. 26) the Yankee Group.
Hynix considers Micron offer on DRAM fabs
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12/24/2001   Post a comment
The Hynix Semiconductor Restructuring Committee and the firm's major Korean bank creditors will meet this week to consider the outcome of discussions with Micron Technology last week in Boise, Idaho to sell its memory fabs or form an alliance with the U.S. chip maker, the firm said Monday.
32-channel DAC
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12/24/2001   Post a comment
The ICS-625 is a 32-channel Delta-Sigma DAC board that offers 24-b DAC resolution and a simultaneous update rate of 288 kHz/channel.
GSM chipset
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12/24/2001   Post a comment
The LMX3041 transceiver, LMX3403 analog baseband, the LMX3405 digital baseband, and LMX3406 power management unit form a chipset for tri-band GSM applications.
Buffers
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12/24/2001   Post a comment
The TerraBuffer family of fanout buffers offers more than 40 I/O combinations and are aimed at wireless base station, high-end networking, and telecommunication designs.
Nikon files ITC complaint against ASML to block tool shipments in U.S.
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
BELMONT, Calif. -- Japan's Nikon Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary here today announced that it has filed a compliant with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against ASML Holding N.V., claiming that ASML is infringing upon Nikon's lithography-tool patents. Nikon's complaint requests an investigation by the ITC into the alleged unlawful importation into the United States of stepper and scanner machines by ASML of the Netherlands.
Semiconductor Alert! (Dec. 17-21)
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Commentary & analysis of week's chip news, Dec. 17-21
Get2Chip describes pipeline synthesis advances
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Get2Chip Inc. is claiming breakthrough pipeline synthesis capabilities for Pipeline Master, an new option for its Volare architectural synthesis tool. But Synopsys Inc., the synthesis market leader, said it has offered similar capabilities for years.
Zygo lowers forecast for quarter due to reduced tool shipments
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. -- Zygo Corp. today announced that sales and earnings will be below the current estimates for its second fiscal quarter ending Dec. 28. The company expects sales to be in the range of $18-to-$20 million, with a loss per share of between $.29 and $.33. These estimates exclude any gain to be realized from the previously announced sale of the Automation Systems Group to Brooks Automation.
Wireless alliance pledges unified stance on 3G
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
A coalition of equipment manufacturers and wireless carriers intends to unify industry's position in North and South America on various third-generation wireless technologies.
ASML, Canon and Nikon vie for 193-nm lithography order at Intel
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- After a recent snafu with its incumbent supplier of 193-nm (argon-fluoride) lithography tools, Intel Corp. here has quietly shifted gears and taken delivery of advanced scanners from all major suppliers: ASML Holding N.V., Canon Inc. and Nikon Corp., according to sources in the industry. Gearing up for its multi-million-dollar, 193-nm tool order for 200/300-mm IC processing, Intel has reportedly procured the first round of 193-nm scanners from one of its key tool supplier
R&D alliances take aim at 70-nm lithography
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Two R&D alliances were formed Friday (Dec. 21) in Japan to develop technologies related to 70-nanometer lithography. Semiconductor Leading Edge Technologies Inc. (Selete) and Japan's three leading mask suppliers have agreed to develop masks using a 157-nm F2 laser for 70-nm production, and Canon Inc. and Tokyo Electron Ltd. said they will try to find possible problems caused by use of the new F2 laser.
Sun grants Jini more power, promises big-name users
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems Inc. released an update of its Jini networking technology Friday (Dec. 21) and claimed that corporate "household names" will sign on as backers before the JavaOne conference in March. Launched with much fanfare in 1999, the software has found little market uptake so far.
Java strides onto the factory floor
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Once seen as a performance dog, Java has turned into a fleet greyhound that's fast overtaking the factory floor — a traditionally hostile environment for IT-centric technologies.
Pseudo-signal lets Sharp monitor display one-billion colors
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Sharp Corp. will put on sale this month an 18.1-inch SXGA LCD monitor with a 10-bit gray scale for precision color rendering.
Key Tronic hit with $16.5 million penalty
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Key Tronic Corp., Spokane, WA, announced today that a jury in Seattle federal court rendered a verdict yesterday afternoon finding that Key Tronic misappropriated trade secrets.
Chartered, Toshiba license technology to Chinese foundry
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Two semiconductor foundries, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. of Singapore and startup Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. of China, are linking up in a deal that will get Chartered's foot in the door of the Chinese market and give SMIC access to advanced 0.18-micron process technology.
UMC plans to build 200-mm wafer fab in China
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Contract chip maker United Microelectronics Corp. plans to construct a 200-mm wafer plant in China in 2002 and has already secured land for the facility in the southern city of Suzhou, about an hour west of Shanghai, according to a source close to the company.
Court of Appeal says IR35 clampdown is legal
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Judges reject contractors' latest attempt to strike down contoversial tax system but acknowledge law is neither clear nor up to date.
I-mode inte något för Europa
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Enligt den danska undersökningsfirman Stand Consult kommer den japanska trådlösa Internet- och rösttjänsten I-Mode inte att klara sig i Europa. Att försöka lansera I-Mode i Europa är enligt rapporten " som att importera japanska bilar till en plats utan vägar".
SiGe passar väl för mobiltelefoner
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Kisel-germanium för BiCMOS-processer passar särskilt väl att använda i konstruktioner med blandat analoga högfrekvensfunktioner och logik. Stephen J Kovacic, PhD och Director, Research & Development för SiGe Semiconductor Inc motiverar här varför det är just så.
Bluetooth module SDK
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
A module systems development kit has been unleashed for Bluetooth designs.
Multi-channel error detector
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Aimed at optical communication testing applications, the MP1776A is a multi-channel error detector that operates as 12.5 Gbps and can perform measurements on systems transmitting data at 40 Gbps and higher.
Bluetooth/Ethernet access point platform
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
A new Bluetooth/Ethernet access point platform consists of an IP2022 Internet processor chip and a Bluetooth RF/baseband module.
Linux OS
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Linux GPL is a freely distributed OS for embedded board designs running PowerPC, ARM, Super-H, or Pentium processors.
Cirrus expects flat-to-slightly higher sales due to stronger 'turns' in quarter
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex.--Cirrus Logic Inc. today said its revenues for the current fiscal quarter, ending Dec. 29, will be at or slightly above the high-end of its previous estimate of $70-to-$75 million. The Austin-base fabless semiconductor supplier had been predicting sequential growth of 4-to-11% from sales of $67.6 million in the prior quarter.
Utökat avtal mellan Micronic och Fraunhofer IMS
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Det utvecklingssamarbete och licensavtal Micronic har med Fraunhofer IMS har dels förlängts med tre år, dels utökats från att gälla SLM-teknik för direktritning och fotomaskritning till att även omfatta inspektion och mätning.
Flextronics köp av Orbiant godkänt av EU
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Affären mellan Flextronics och Telia som offentliggjordes den 28 oktober och som innebär att Flextronics tar över 91 procent av Orbiantgruppen från Telia, är nu godkänd av EU-kommissionen. Formellt avtal beräknas tecknas den 28 december.
Ikos rejects Mentor takeover bid, sets stage for a showdown
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
By sending a mixed message about Mentor Graphics Corp.'s unsolicited takeover bid, the Ikos Systems Inc. board of directors appeared to set the stage Thursday (Dec. 20) for a battle between Mentor and Synopsys Inc., which has made its own offer for Ikos. The Ikos board said Mentor had made a "superior offer," but recommended Ikos shareholders turn it down because it would cause Ikos to violate terms of the deal it had already signed with Synopsys.
Biometrics takes small steps in wake of security fears
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
While the pilot launch of new biometric recognition systems at several of the nation's airports may be helping to impart a feeling of security among the traveling public, industry experts say it will be years before such equipment becomes sophisticated enough to replace more traditional-and labor-intensive-means of identifying would-be terrorists.
Chartered-SMIC deals could propel China as a premier foundry base
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- China appears to have taken a giant leap forward in becoming a premier silicon foundry base in Asia--a move that could pose a threat for providers in Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and elsewhere. China took a big step in upgrading its chip industry, when Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. today said it will take an equity stake and license its 0.18-micron technology to silicon foundry startup Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (
Sweden's Macronic Laser expands licensing deal with technology partner
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12/20/2001   Post a comment
TABY, Sweden -- Micronic Laser Systems AB here signed an agreement to expand its cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (IMS). The agreement extends by three years the development collaboration between Micronic and Fraunhofer IMS in the area of pattern-generation equipment for the production of ICs and flat-panel displays. These tools are sold by Micronic.
ICS acquires Micro Networks for $65 million to boost timing IC efforts
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12/20/2001   Post a comment
VALLEY FORGE, Penn. -- Integrated Circuit Systems Inc. today announced it has acquired Micro Networks Corp. a supplier of precision timing devices for optical networking, wireless, and other applications. The agreement calls for ICS to purchase all outstanding shares and options in Micro Networks for $65 million in cash. In addition, ICS will assume approximately $12 million of debt. Micro Networks had approximately $40 million of revenue for the first nine months of this year.
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