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Therma-Wave cautiously optimistic after sales rise 19% from prior quarter
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FREMONT, Calif.--Therma-Wave Inc. today posted revenues of $13.2 million and a net loss of $40.5 million in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended March 31.
Dongbu to make Artisan's IC libraries available on 0.18-micron process
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Artisan Components Inc. here today announced its "early access" chip libraries for Dongbu Electronics Co. Ltd.'s 0.18-micron CMOS process technology. Under the terms of a deal signed in December 2001, Artisan's SAGE-X standard cell library, dual-port SRAM, and diffusion programmable ROM generators will be made available to Dongbu's selected silicon foundry customers.
Alpha Industries reports 14.8% sequential drop in sales during quarter
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WOBURN, Mass.--Alpha Industries Inc. today reported net sales sequentially dropped 14.8% to $28.2 million in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended March 31, compared to $33.1 million in the prior three-month period. Alpha's sales were 47.7% lower than $54.0 million in the quarter last year.
Agilent expands PSA spectrum analyzer line
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Agilent Technologies has expanded its PSA series of spectrum analyzers with the release this week of the E4446A and E4448A models, which deliver frequencies up to the 50-GHz range and provide one-button power measurements for a host of wireless applications.
PTT Vision, Electroglas to develop high-speed 3-D wafer inspection systems
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MINNEAPOLIS -- PPT Vision Inc. here and San Jose-based Electroglas Inc. today announced a partnership to develop high-speed inspection systems for semiconductor manufacturing using three-dimensional scanning technology.
IC market up but chip-tool business still down in 2002, says Novellus CEO
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SAN FRANCISCO -- There's good and bad news for semiconductor equipment makers in 2002, said Richard Hill, chairman and chief executive of Novellus Systems Inc., at a technology conference here today. The good news is that the overall semiconductor industry is expected to be around $200 billion in terms of worldwide sales in 2002, a 10% growth rate over 2001, Hill said during a presentation at the conference, which is sponsored by Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.
BOC Edwards will acquire Semco to expand wet-processing portfolio
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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- BOC Edwards today announced an agreement to acquire Semco Corp. of Livermore, Calif., a supplier of systems for liquid chemical blending, delivery, and collection used in wet deposition processes for copper plating and other semiconductor fab applications.
DRAM spot prices drop following Hynix board's decision
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DRAM spot market prices dropped by 5 percent early Tuesday (April 30), following the decision by Hynix Semiconductor Inc.'s board of directors to reject a proposed merger with Micron Technology Inc. (Boise, Idaho).
DDi reports greater-than-expected loss
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DDi Corp. incurred a $5.9 million net loss during the company's first quarter of 2002, which ended in March.
AMD outlines MPU roadmap to regain lost share, begins sampling 'SledgeHammer' chip
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SAN FRANCISCO -- During a technology conference here today, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. gave a sneak preview of its product roadmap, including plans to ship a 32/64-bit microprocessor running at more than 2-GHz by year's end. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company also announced it is currently sampling "SledgeHammer"--a high-end, 32/64-bit microprocessor that will compete against Intel Corp.'s family of server chips.
Five-port transceiver delivers 25 Gbits/s
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A five-port transceiver from Accelerant Networks Inc., optimized for noisy backplane environments, is said to deliver 6.25-Gbit/second peak bandwidth for each port, or roughly 25 Gbits of typically available bandwidth.
Magma plans virtual prototyping tool
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Magma Design Automation Inc. is developing an RTL virtual prototyping tool to compliment its Blast RTL-to-GDSII IC implementation environment.
Motorola MCU features LCD driver
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The 68HC908LJ12 microcontroller features a liquid crystal display (LCD) driver that connects directly to LCD panels.
U.S. seeks closer tech ties to China
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The United States is seeking closer cooperation with China on civilian technology programs, including efforts to promote open technology standards and university research and development initiatives.
Singapore EMS firm hunts for acquisitions
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Like a fisherman casting a wide net, Ngit Liong Wong is looking for acquisitions to build Venture Manufacturing Ltd., which some analysts say is essential if the EMS provider is to continue to grow. But companies that are deemed too big, too expensive, or don't offer the advanced design/engineering capabilities that Wong is seeking will not be hauled in. As president and chief executive of Venture, Wong knows the 18-year-old Singapore EMS company, which reported 2001 sales of $1.5 billion, must
Verizon exec calls fiber 'the ultimate move' for carriers
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Fiber connectivity received a strong endorsement Tuesday (April 30) when Verizon Communications' chief technology officer Mark Wegleitner called it "the ultimate move" for delivering broadband service to homes and businesses.
AMD accelerates 0.13-micron process to pave way for Hammer MPUs, says Sanders
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SAN FRANCISCO -- During a technology conference sponsored by Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. here today, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. announced plans to accelerate the deployment of its 130-nm (0.13-micron) technology by one quarter. The move will pave the way for its Hammer family of 32/64-bit microprocessor lines in the marketplace, said W.J. Sanders, chairman of AMD, in a presentation at the conference.
Funding change will boost research diversity
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Sir Howard Newby, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), told the Council's annual conference that it must re-engineer its funding model to encourage greater diversity of research and courses in the country's educational institutions.
National buys Finland's Fincitec and Estonia's ARSmikro for $15 million
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--In a move to expand its chip design capabilities for battery-powered applications, National Semiconductor Corp. today announced it has acquired Fincitec Oy of Finland and ARSmikro OU in Estonia in transactions valued at a total of $15 million.
Simtek creates 3-V nonvolatile SRAMs with silicon-nitride technology
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Simtek Corp. here today announced development of next-generation low-voltage nonvolatile SRAMs for systems requiring high-speed random-access memory performance but 3-volt operation.
Samsung to unveil NetDRAM for networking
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Samsung Electronics Co. will add a new application-specific NetDRAM patterned after the Japanese Fast Cycle RAM to its memory arsenal for the growing networking equipment market, according to industry sources Tuesday.
Digital radio developer raises $45 million
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Digital radio developer iBiquity Digital Corp. said it has raised $45 million in private equity financing to launch its AM and FM broadcast technology.
EMS provider has better-than-expected earnings
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Manufacturers' Services Ltd. reported a net loss of $7.2 million in the company's first quarter of 2002, ended March 31.
Cost to Irish as science students disappear
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The Irish Republic's government has been told that the cost of correcting a worrying slump in the student take-up of science will be €178m, plus recurring expenditure of €66m a year.
Allegro MicroSystems' design engineers move to Edinburgh
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Allegro MicroSystems is expanding its European IC design operations in Scotland, and moving its 12-strong team of design engineers into a converted cotton mill outside Edinburgh.
Vishay has sequential growth in sales and profits
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Vishay Intertechnology Inc. reported net earnings for the first 2002 fiscal quarter ended March 31 of $2.4 million, or 2 cents per share after restructuring charges, on sales of $434.1 million.
50 jobs go at AT&T Labs
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AT&T Laboratories in Cambridge has closed after 16 years. The company decided at the end of last year to sell the labs as part of a series of cost-cutting measures. But a suitable buyer could not be found, largely because of a lack of agreement on how to split its considerable intellectual property rights.
TI, IDT, Hitachi collaborate on small QFN packages for logic devices
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DALLAS -- The big battle over tiny packages for advanced standard logic devices is expanding. Standard logic allies Texas Instruments Inc., Integrated Devices Inc., and Hitachi Ltd. today introduced quad flat no-lead (QFN) packages with 14, 16 and 20 contacts for gate and octal-bit width devices.
Via earnings slump due to competition from Intel
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Via Technologies Inc. said that earnings dropped in the first quarter as PC demand slowed and competition from Intel Corp. intensified.
Light flash restructures carbon nanotubes
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In an accidental discovery at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, materials researchers have found that carbon nanotubes can be restructured using light.
Semiconductor IP market reportedly grew 25% last year
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The semiconductor IP market expanded 25% in 2001 despite the weak global economy and declining sales in the rest of the electronics industry, according to research firm Gartner Dataquest.
Front-end integrates converters to aid broadband access
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Analog Devices Inc. has announced a mixed-signal front-end for broadband communications to the home. Intended to aid wireless and cable modem access, the AD9862 includes two 12-bit A/D converters that perform 64 Msamples/second and two 14-bit D/A converters that perform 128 Msamples/s.
SEZ opens U.S. lab for 300-mm wafer cleaning processes
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PHOENIX -- Austria's SEZ Group here today officially opened its first U.S. laboratory for development and testing of 300-mm wafer cleaning processes. The 3,000-square-foot lab is currently running three-to-four demos per week, said SEZ.
Creditors may have last word in determining fate of Hynix
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The decision by the board of directors of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. to reject an acquisition offer by Micron Technology Inc. may be short-lived, according to knowledgable observers.
Hynix calls off Micron deal as it questions viability
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The will-they, won't they saga of the memory-operations marriage between Hynix Semiconductor and Micron Technology took another turn after Hynix decided that, while selling its memory operations was in theory desirable, it would leave the viability of the rest of its business uncertain.
PRI sales fall 16% from prior quarter, resulting in $7 million net loss
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BILLERICA, Mass. -- PRI Automation Inc. today reported a 16% sequential drop in revenues to $45.7 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended March 31, compared to $54.9 billion in the prior three-month period. The company's revenues were 37% lower than $72.9 million in the same fiscal quarter last year.
ST draws on programmable logic for custom instruction processor
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A team based at STMicroelectronics' (ST) central R&D lab in Agrate, Italy, has built a processor with a dynamically programmable instruction set. The work will be presented at the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference in Florida in mid-May.
Hynix board kills deal with Micron
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Hynix Semiconductor Inc.'s Board of Directors unanimously rejected the proposed sale of its core memory operations to Micron Technology Inc. on Tuesday, killing the deal that would have brought badly needed consolidation to the DRAM industry and flouting the earlier approval of creditors who have extended two multi-billion bailout packages to the sickly Korean memory maker.
Hynix-Micron deal expires with rejection of restructuring plan
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SEOUL -- The big memory deal is off. Micron Technology Inc.'s preliminary agreement to purchase the memory business of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. expired today with the Korean DRAM maker rejecting a restructuring plan proposed by its creditors.
SPI 4.2-enabled GigE MACs
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The IXF1110 Gigabit Ethernet and IXF1010 100/1000 Ethernet MACs are equipped with a SPI 4.2 interface.
180 drabbas då Nokia lägger ned i Linköping
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Nokia Home Communications i Linköping planerar att lägga ned sin verksamhet och har varslat alla sina 180 anställda om uppsägning. Anledningen: För dålig efterfrågan.
TDM-to-IP network access processor
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A network access processor has been developed to deliver TDM packets over IP links.
With merger near, Avanti fields tool to compete against Synopsys
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Avanti Corp. this week is unveiling Orion_ec, a formal equivalency checker that replaces the company's Design Verifyer offering. Avanti is making the announcement shortly before its expected acquisition by Synopsys Inc., which has a directly competing product, Formality.
Rudolph Technologies' revenues rise 13% from prior quarter
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FLANDERS, N.J.--Metrology supplier Rudolph Technologies Inc. today reported a 13% sequential increase in revenues to $12.0 million in the first quarter compared to $10.7 million in Q4 of 2002. The company posted a net income of $447,000 in the first quarter vs. a net income of $662,000 in Q4.
IBM, U.S. lab uses supercomputer to simulate material strengths of ICs and airplanes
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SAN JOSE -- Using one of the world's most powerful supercomputers as a computational microscope, a team from IBM Corp. and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) here today announced a major breakthrough in simulating the strength of materials, including semiconductors. Scientists from IBM and LLNL used the so-called ACSI White supercomputer to simulate the creation and deformity of some 1 billion atoms. Last year, IBM built the RISC-based supercomputer for LLNL of Livermore, Calif.
IBM, U.S. lab uses supercomputer to simulate strengths of ICs and airplanes
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SAN JOSE -- Using one of the world's most powerful supercomputers as a computational microscope, a team from IBM Corp. and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) here today announced a major breakthrough in simulating the strength of materials, including semiconductors. Scientists from IBM and LLNL used the so-called ACSI White supercomputer to simulate the creation and deformity of some 1 billion atoms. Last year, IBM built the RISC-based supercomputer for LLNL of Livermore, Calif.
IBM, U.S. lab uses supercomputer to simulate strengths of ICs and airplanes
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SAN JOSE -- Using one of the world's most powerful supercomputers as a computational microscope, a team from IBM Corp. and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) here today announced a major breakthrough in simulating the strength of materials, including semiconductors. Scientists from IBM and LLNL used the so-called ACSI White supercomputer to simulate the creation and deformity of some 1 billion atoms. Last year, IBM built the RISC-based supercomputer for LLNL of Livermore, Calif.
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