PRI lays off 20% of workforce due to drop in fab automation sales News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment BILLERICA, Mass. --PRI Automation Inc. here today (March 30) announced it was laying off 20% of its workforce, or 370 people, because of falling orders for wafer fab automation systems. The company also slashed its estimates for revenues and earnings in the company's current fiscal quarter, which ends March 31.
Motorola's latest job cuts hit automotive electronics fab News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector will "temporarily lay off" up to 1,500 workers at its fabrication facility in Toulouse, France, which specializes in automotive electronics. The move indicates that the automotive segment, where demand has remained strong while orders for PCs and mobile phones have weakened, is not immune to cuts.
U.S.-based Cradle hopes India's software will reshape MPU business News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment DELHI, India--Silicon Valley startup Cradle Technologies Inc. today (March 30) launched a software initiative in India to build development support for its Universal Micro System (UMS) platform and plant the seeds for a new crop of "chipless chip" companies that could redefine the microprocessor business.
UML moves towards hardware-software codesign News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment Work by Cadence Design Systems and the companies that make up the European Electronic Chips and Systems Design Initiative (ECSI) could lead to a version of the Unified Modelling Language (UML) that can underpin both the hardware and software sides of system design.
Ericsson och Nortel levererar UMTS-nät till Mobilkom Austria News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment Mobilkom Austria, en av Österrikes 3G-licensinnehavare, har valt Ericsson och Nortel Networks som leverantörer av UMTS-utrustning för uppbyggnad av vad som Mobilkom betecknar som Österrikes första UMTS-nät. Nätet beräknas kunna börja leverera 3G-tjänster under första halvan av 2002. Mobilkom planerar att investera mellan 600 till 700 miljoner euro i sitt UMTS-nät fram till 2010.
Rekordsnabb fiber News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment WorldCom och Optisphere har tillsammans slagit världsrekord i överföring av data, tal och video. En enda fiber i WorldComs nätverk har uppnått överföringshastigheten 3,2 terabit per sekund.
UML spec eyes hardware-software co-design News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment Work by Cadence Design Systems and the companies that make up the European Electronic Chips and Systems Design Initiative (ECSI) could lead to a version of the Unified Modeling Language that can serve both the hardware and software sides of system design.
Morningstar analyst says Intel will admit to cutting capital spending News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment CHICAGO--Another financial analyst is predicting that Intel Corp. will soon buckle to the chip recession and cut capital spending from the company's current budget of $7.5 billion. In a new report, Morningstar Inc. analyst Jeremy Lopez said it is only a question of how much Intel will cut back from its record capital spending plans.
Scheme bridges cable and DSL service gaps News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment Looking to fill the gaps left by today's cable and digital subscriber line (DSL) deployments, BridgeWave Communications has devised a new modulation scheme that capitalizes on the wealth of available millimeter-wave bandwidth to wirelessly deploy any broadband-access service on a multimegabit/second basis throughout the metropolitan area.
Powell tells Congress he'll reform FCC News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment Michael Powell, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, told Congress on Thursday (March 29) that he will remake the agency as a nimbler regulator of emerging digital industries, and pledged to rebuild the FCC's technical expertise to help commissioners sort through the dizzying array of issues created by technology and industry convergence.
Micron posts loss as memory prices drop 50% in quarter News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment BOISE, Idaho -- Micron Technology Inc. today (March 29) reported a net loss of $88.3 million on net sales of $1.07 billion in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended March 1. The loss includes the effects of Micron Electronics Inc. pulling out of the PC business and plunging DRAM prices, said the Boise company.
Micron Technology reports net loss for quarter News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment Micron Technology, Boise, Idaho, today confirmed its March 21, 2001 announcement that the pretax results of its Semiconductor Operations were slightly profitable for the second fiscal quarter ended March 1, 2001 on net sales of $1.05 billion.
Board-industry recruiters feel economy's pinch News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment Recruiters of board-level engineers are feeling the hiring pinch precipitated by the slowdown in the economy, but at least one employer says it doesn't want to miss an opportunity to hire a good engineer, despite current economic conditions.
Intersil to phase out IC facility News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment Intersil Corporation announced today that it plans to embark on a phased closure of the company's Findlay, Ohio operation, which manufactures integrated circuits primarily for automotive and industrial applications.
Aspex Uses Synopsys' Timemill to Tape Out Programmable DSP Chip News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment Mountain View, CA - March 29, 2001 - Synopsys, Inc. today announced that Aspex Technology Ltd. of Uxbridge, England, a fabless semiconductor company designing scaleable digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits, used Synopsys' high-speed, high-capacity circuit simulator, Timemill, to successfully tape out its VLSI Associative String Processor (VASP) chip.
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.