China may be heading for optical glut News & Analysis 12/31/2001 Post a comment The China Ministry of Information Industries had bad news for global optical fiber telecommunications equipment suppliers to begin the new year: China may be joining the rest of the world in an oversupply of optical networks.
Hynix says talks with Micron aim for merger agreement News & Analysis 12/28/2001 Post a comment More details emerged Friday (Dec. 28) on the talks between Micron Technology Inc. and Hynix Semiconductor Inc., indicating that the Boise-based memory chip maker is seeking a formal merger instead of a "strategic alliance" with debt-laden Hynix.
Despite slump, chips lead the way for Korea News & Analysis 12/28/2001 Post a comment Semiconductors continue to be the largest single export category in Korea, with shipments through November totaling $13.4 billion, a billion dollars more than auto exports, according to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy.
China and U.S. establish permanent trade relations News & Analysis 12/28/2001 Post a comment President Bush Thursday took the official step of granting permanent normal trade relations (NTR) to China beginning Jan. 1, a pro forma step set up last year when Congress repealed the law requiring annual NTR approval for China once the country joined the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Nanometrics expects 25% sequential drop in Q4 revenues News & Analysis 12/28/2001 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif.--Metrology supplier Nanometrics Inc. today cut its revenue estimate for the fourth quarter to show a 25% sequential drop in sales from $10.1 million in Q3. Nanometrics had previously said it expected sequentially flat revenues in the fourth quarter.
Samsung directors ordered to pay $69 million fine News & Analysis 12/28/2001 Post a comment Nine current and former directors of Samsung Electronics Co. Thursday were ordered by a lower court in Suwon, Korea personally to pay a total of $69 million in damages to stockholders in a class action law suit for failing to stop illegal cross-subsidies to sister affiliates of the parent chaebol.
Highly experienced women top IEEE-USA salary survey News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment WASHINGTON -- The gender gap for professional salaries in U.S. electronics and information technology fields now shows women with 20-to-29 years of experience being paid more than men, according to a new survey by the IEEE-USA organization.
IMT claims largest dedicated MEMS fab for independent supplier News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Innovative Micro Technology here this week announced an expansion of its microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) fab and assembly/packaging facility. The MEMS frontend fab now has 30,000 square feet of class 100 production area, while the backend packaging section totals 4,000 square feet, according to the company.
Wireless crystal News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment The FX32B crystal has been unveiled for wireless, portable, and handled system architectures.
Routing to take new path News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment It would be both incomplete and inaccurate to preview the internetworking world of 2002 without acknowledging the horrendous body count resulting from the recession of 2001.
Net embedded software to grow News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment Even as many embedded software-tool and operating-system companies trade punches with Microsoft Corp. over the potentially highly profitable net-centric computing device market populated by Web-enabled set-top boxes, Internet-enabled wireless information appliances and cell phones, their attention is divided.
Integration grows to system level News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment Displays are metamorphosing into "system-level displays" by integrating once-external functions onto the glass together with higher-performance thin-film transistors (TFTs).
DOD presses for net-centric tools News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment U.S. military planners have long talked about their desire to harness the power of networking technology to link the Defense Department's far-flung network of reconnaissance and surveillance sensors.
PCs, Ethernet occupy factory floor News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment The factory floor's long-awaited move toward PC controls and Ethernet-based communications isn't complete, but industry analysts say they expect major progress in 2002.
Design tools exceed timing closure News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment The most significant development of the new year in electronic design automation may be the advent of integrated, "IC implementation" tool suites that incorporate both logical and physical design.
Power hogs are handheld woes News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment Authorities on analog and mixed-signal technology believe that handheld electronics will soon incorporate an unprecedented number of features.
Software model needs overhaul News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment As the trend toward putting multiple processors on a chip spills into the commercial marketplace, thought leaders say it's time for an even more radical shift, to new software models that reveal, rather than hide, the details of all the hardware resources engineers can now cram into a microprocessor.
Power supply vendor Ault reports loss News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment External power supplier Ault Inc., Minneapolis, reported that sales for its second 2002 fiscal quarter ended December 2, were $9.9 million, down from the $26.5 million reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2001.
Dense wave nets' future is cloudy News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment Amid the political and economic turmoil of the past year, one market condition has remained absolutely constant: the rapidly increasing demand for Internet service.
Larger IC makers won't shift to foundries, concludes research firm News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment LONDON -- Silicon foundry companies could eventually capture up to 40% of revenues from processed wafers at integrated device manufacturers, but the top 10 IDMs will outsource no more than 10-to-15% of their ICs to third-party wafer fabs, according to a new report from Future Horizons this week.
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.