Automakers asked to can CAN News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment A consortium of the world's biggest auto and chip makers moved last week to make a safety-critical data bus the main electrical backbone for tens of millions of future vehicles.
Inventors breathe easier after Supreme Court patent ruling News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment Engineers, inventors, electronics executives and patent attorneys breathed a collective sigh of relief this week when the U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, partially reversed a lower-court ruling that restricted the scope of patents and their inventor's ability to defend them against infringement.
Rambus tosses 32-bit RIMM into memory fray News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment Rambus Inc. and some of its partners are set to deploy a 32-bit Rambus in-line memory module (RIMM) populated with faster, 1,066-MHz Rambus DRAM memory chips, as part of a renewed campaign to woo more PC makers over to the RDRAM camp.
Benchmarks in, McKinley girds for marathon News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment Intel Corp. claimed victory in the speed race for server microprocessors last week, but competitors and analysts said the Itanium 2 performance metrics the company released only marked a warmup lap in a marathon competition ahead.
IMEC takes steps to pave technology alliance with China's SMIC News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment LEUVEN, Belgium -- IMEC here today announced that it has taken steps to pave the way for its previously-announced technology alliance with silicon foundry startup Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) of China.
In April, IMEC, Belgium's independent microelectronics R&D center, announced an advanced chip-making technology alliance with SMIC of Shanghai.
OEA expands suite with RF, timing analysis tools News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment Expanding the suite of offerings based on its 3-D extraction technology, OEA International Inc. is heading to the 39th Design Automation Conference (DAC) with two new products: RF-Pass, an analysis tool for passive component design; and Net-An/PT, which couples OEA's critical net extractor with Synopsys Inc.'s PrimeTime offering.
Electronic equipment sales jump in April News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment April sales were larger than first reported for U.S. electronics and computer manufacturers, while sales for all durable goods manufacturers jumped 3.7% from an upward revised March total.
Nortel's optical woes continue as recovery stalls News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment In mid-2000, Nortel Networks Corp.'s only problem as it tried to sell its optical components division was to convince Corning Inc., one of a host of panting suitors, to shell out a reported $100 billion for the red-hot business.
Today, in a much cooler market, Nortel is struggling to find a buyer for the same unit at just about any price.
Samsung tries to get early jump with DDR-II chip News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. last week set the tone for the emerging DDR-II SDRAM market by introducing a validated 533Mbit/s chip. But what the company didn't disclose was that it also has a 1Gbit/s DDR-II device that will actually begin shipping much sooner as a specialty memory for graphics.
Skyworks braves wireless slump News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment Skyworks Solutions Inc., apparently unafraid of the downward spiral the wireless handset market finds itself in, is launching into the struggling sector.
DSP software development toolset News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment CodeWarrior Development Tools 5.0 includes support for the DSP56800 family, a line of hybrid digital signal processors from Motorola that features microcontroller functionality and integrated flash memory.
Photronics' new CEO sees rebound in photomask market due to Asia growth News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- After a tough and painful year in 2001, the blank photomask business is showing signs of a mild recovery, following some new and positive signs in the market, according to the new chief executive at Photronics Inc.
A sudden surge in fab utilization in the silicon foundry business, coupled with growing demand in select end-user consumer markets, are positive signs for photomask suppliers and other companies involved in the semiconductor industry, said Dan Del Rosario, CE
Dongbu to enter wireless front by offering RF foundry process in late 2002 News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- In a move to expand its chip-manufacturing portfolio, silicon foundry startup Dongbu Electronics Co. Ltd. plans to enter the wireless space by offering a radio-frequency (RF) process technology, according to company officials.
Dongbu plans to offer a 0.18-micron, RF-based foundry process by year's end for customers, said Peter Hillen, executive vice president of business development for the company. Dongbu is based in Eumsung, South Korea.
Elpida makes Rambus DRAM production plans News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment Elpida Memory Inc. reaffirmed its commitment to making Rambus DRAMs, saying it will shift production to its most advanced 0.13-micron manufacturing technology this year, and plans to produce the memories at a new fabrication facility using larger 300-mm wafers starting next year.
Fortsätt utbyggnaden av stomnätet News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment Staten måste fullfölja sina åtaganden när det gäller bredbandsutbyggnaden. Det innebär bland annat att uppdraget till Svenska Kraftnät att anlägga ett öppet nationellt heltäckande stomnät skall bestå. Det skriver utredaren Peter Roslund i det slutbetänkande om IT-stomnätet, SOU 2002:55, som på fredagen överlämnades till näringsminister Björn Rosengren.
Cypress invests in solar cell maker to speed revenue growth News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE--Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced plans to invest $8.8 million in a privately-held manufacturer of silicon solar cell products, called SunPower Corp. in nearby Sunnyvale, as part of an effort to accelerate its revenue growth beyond current chip products.
Semiconductor sales edge up 3.1 percent in April News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment Worldwide sales of semiconductors totaled $11.07 billion in April, a 3.1 percent increase from the $10.73 billion level reached in March, with all four geographic regions reporting growth for the second month in a row, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
UMC-Infineon 300-mm venture in Singapore awards fab contruction contracts News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment SINGAPORE -- The 300-mm silicon foundry venture between Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and Germany's Infineon Technologies AG in Singapore here today announced some $68 million worth of contracts for the next phase of a wafer-fab construction project.
The foundry venture--dubbed UMCi--is a 130-nm (0.13-micron) and 90-nm (0.09-micron) plant that is located in the Pasir Ris Wafer Fab Park in Singapore. The fab is expected to move into production in the second quarter of 2003.
UK teaching reform needs the resources News & Analysis 5/31/2002 Post a comment Good ideas — just make sure there are the resources. That is the main message in the joint Engineering Employers Federation (EEF)-EMTA response to the government's recent green paper on secondary education.
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.