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Cell libraries enhance integration of BiCMOS power supply ICs
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The size and cost of many devices, such as cell phones, pagers and portable digital assistants, can be reduced by taking advantage of cell libraries to integrate additional functions onto BiCMOS integrated circuit power supply devices.
SoC integration on tap at ISSCC
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The science of engineering silicon into system-on-chip products will get considerable attention at next month's International Solid-State Circuits Conference, where circuit designers will be offered a serving of SoC design methodologies.
Micron slams latest Hynix bailout plan
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As expected, Micron Technology Inc. has condemned Monday's move by South Korean banks to provide financing to Hynix Semiconductor Inc., calling the plan "illegal."
Organic displays near critical mass
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Organic polymers are expected to play a larger role soon in enabling flexible color displays for computers, comms devices and consumer electronics.
EDA vendors brace for 90-nm challenge in 2003
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The ramp-up to 90-nanometer chips will give the electronic design automation industry a strong focus in 2003, according to EDA industry executives and observers. Technology users can expect to see this year include design for manufacturability, integrated databases, integrated verification suites, power analysis and system-level design.
IBM completes sale of storage unit to Hitachi
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IBM Corp. today (Dec. 31) announced it has completed an agreement to sell its hard-disk drive operations to Japan's Hitachi Ltd.
Multichip packages pivotal to DRAM mobility
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Eyeing the growing market for cellular phones, DRAM vendors are seeking ways to fold more non-volatile memory and advanced packaging techniques into their game plans.
IC forecasts all over the map in 2003
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Chip forecasts are all over the map for 2003, ranging from bullish, to cautiously optimistic, to somewhat bearish. But even before the year begins, some industry experts are already cutting their IC projections for 2003.
Expansion in China, Taiwan could create another chip capacity glut
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Warning of potential disaster ahead, market watchers here say they expect global wafer-processing capacity to surge by at least 50 percent between now and 2005.
SIA: Worldwide chip sales inched up 1.3% in November
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Global semiconductor sales reached $12.68 billion for the month of November, a mere 1.3 percent increase from $12.51 billion in October, according to figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Composer scores advance in high-tech tunes
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Just as IBM's Deep Blue showed the world a computer can play chess as well as a human master, Eduardo Reck Miranda, a researcher for the Sony Computer Science Laboratory here, aims to demonstrate a computer program able to compose original music. So far, neural networks have succeeded in imitating distinct musical styles, but truly original compositions have remained elusive. Miranda is tackling that problem with an orchestra of virtual musicians — agents — who interact to compose trul
TDM switches
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Two 512-channel switch ICs, the ZL50010 and ZL50011, have been unleashed for TDM applications.
Centillium approves shareholder rights plan
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DSL-chip maker Centillium Communications Inc. today announced its board approved the adoption of a stockholder rights plan.
Ten percent growth forecast for chip market in 2003
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Citing a new replacement cycle in wireless and PCs, the semiconductor industry is expected to grow a respectable 10 percent in 2003 over 2002, according to a report from WR Hambrecht + Co. LLC.
Samsung builds new 300-mm fab, invests in China
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In an effort to maintain its leadership position in memories, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s board on Tuesday (Dec. 31) approved a plan to invest $1.2 billion for a new 300-mm fab in South Korea, according to a report from Dow Jones.
EDA vendors set 2003 priorities
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Composer harnesses artificial intelligence to create music
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Just as IBM's Deep Blue showed the world a computer can play chess as well as a human master, Eduardo Reck Miranda, a researcher for the Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc., aims to demonstrate a computer program able to compose original music. So far, neural networks have succeeded in imitating distinct musical styles, but truly original compositions have remained elusive. Miranda is tackling that problem with an orchestra of virtual musicians — called agents — that interact to co
Semico lowers '03 IC growth forecast to 25%
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An anticipated dip in demand and average selling prices (ASPs) for semiconductors has prompted Semico Research Corp. to lower its worldwide IC growth forecast by 5%, to a healthy 25% for 2003.
Chip market to grow 10% in 2003, says report
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Citing a new replacement cycle in wireless and PCs, the semiconductor industry is expected to grow a respectable 10% in 2003 over 2002, according to a report from WR Hambrecht + Co. LLC here.
Chip sales continue gradual recovery
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Hynix garners $4 billion bail out from creditors
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In an announcement that will anger Infineon, Micron, and others, creditors for Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. today approved another bailout package for the troubled chip maker, including a whopping $4.08 billion debt-relief plan, according to a report from the Associated Press.
DRAM makers prep multichip cell phone memories
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Eyeing the growing market for cellular phones, DRAM vendors are seeking ways to fold more non-volatile memory and advanced packaging techniques into their game plans.
ISSCC to highlight system-on-chip integration
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The engineering of silicon into system-on-chip products will get a fair amount of attention at the upcoming International Solid-State Circuits Conference, where circuit designers will be offered a serving of SoC design methodologies.
Moore's Law to remain viable for 5-10 years, says survey
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Moore's Law remains alive and well, but U.S.-born engineers could become a dying breed, according to a survey conducted by the monthly publication IEEE Spectrum.
Computer market to recover first, says IEEE survey
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The computer industry is expected to become the first sector to pull out of the current economic slump, followed by energy, semiconductors, and then telecommunications, according to a survey of conducted by the monthly publication IEEE Spectrum.
Cable & Wireless sued by U.S investors
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UK telecoms firm, Cable & Wirless (C&W) is being sued by its U.S investors after claims that the firm failed to reveal a 1.5bn tax charge linked to the sale of telecom operator One2One to Deutsche Telekom in 1999.
Sub $1000 CPCI SBC
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Priced at under $1000, the C165 CompactPCI SBC is aimed at telecom and datacom designs.
Power Regulator for NICs, WLANs
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Aimed at WLAN and PC NIC designs, the CM3103 integrates a 400-mA regulator with a 3.3-V auxiliary switch switch.
CIMAC enables data acquisition for fab tools
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Computer Integrated Manufacturing Advanced Consulting (CIMAC) here recently announced a product line, said to address the data acquisition needs of semiconductor equipment.
UMC confirms stake in former rival SiS
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Taiwan foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) bought 23.23 million shares for a 4.46 percent stake in chip set maker Silicon Integrated Systems Corp., according to a report from Dow Jones.
Worldwide IC sales grow 1.3% in November, says SIA
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Global semiconductor sales reached $12.68 billion for the month of November, a mere 1.3% increase from $12.51 billion in October, according to new figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
UMC confirms stake in former rival SiS
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As expected, Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. bought 23.23 million shares for a 4.46% stake in chip set maker Silicon Integrated Systems Corp., according to a report from Dow Jones
Japan's fab-tool book-to-bill remains flat
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12/29/2002   Post a comment
Japanese suppliers of semiconductor equipment reported a book-to-bill ratio of 0.89 for the month of November, slightly up from 0.88 in the previous month, according to a report from Dow Jones, which cited the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ).
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