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Intel to roll out less costly 1.3-GHz Pentium 4
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12/31/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --Trying to push its new Pentium 4 processor more quickly into the mainstream PC market, Intel Corp. plans to introduce a less-expensive 1.3-GHz chip in January.
Intel to roll out less costly 1.3GHz Pentium 4
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12/29/2000   Post a comment
Trying to push its new Pentium 4 processor more quickly into the mainstream PC market, Intel Corp. plans to introduce a less-expensive 1.3-GHz chip in January.
Cirrus bets on 98k chip to bring DVD to the masses
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12/29/2000   Post a comment
SAN MATEO, Calif. - Cirrus Logic Corp.'s Crystal Semiconductor unit has stepped out of its audio-processing niche to introduce a DVD device that it hopes will seed the market for the growing video standard in everything from cars to mini-entertainment systems.
Samsung taps NAND flash devices for cell phones
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12/29/2000   Post a comment
SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Samsung Electronics said it has started offering NAND flash memory, used mostly as data storage memory in flash cards, as an alternative to NOR flash devices in multichip packages aimed at cell phone makers.
Korean chip equipment pushout hits Nanometrics
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12/29/2000   Post a comment
In a sign that semiconductor firms are delaying equipment purchases, Nanometrics Inc., Milpitas, Calif., said today that a large Korean chip company rescheduled an order this quarter, which will result in a revenue shortfall at the equipment firm.
Sheldahl completes acquisition of IFT, replaces CEO
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12/29/2000   Post a comment
Sheldahl, Inc. and International Flex Technologies, Inc. (IFT) today said they have completed the previously announced merger of the two companies. Sheldahl also has replaced Edward Lundstrom as its chief executive officer.
Metrology supplier Nanometrics cuts Q4 revenue outlook
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12/29/2000   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--Nanometrics Inc. today warned investors that it will report lower-than-expected revenues for the fourth quarter because of changes in tool shipments to a major South Korean chip maker. Nanometrics did not identify the Korean customer.
U.S. semiconductor worker safety at record levels
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12/28/2000   Post a comment
WASHINGTON -- The healthiest American workers are the ones making microprocessors and telephones. According to the latest Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, the semiconductor and communications manufacturing industries are the safest in the United States.
Semiconductor worker safety at record levels
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12/28/2000   Post a comment
The healthiest American workers are the ones making microprocessors and telephones. According to the latest Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, the semiconductor and communications manufacturing industries are the safest in the United States.
Extraction tool for interconnects designs features per-hour licensing
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12/28/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Silvaco is offering an extraction and characterization tool for on-chip interconnects that is one of the first IC physical design tools available exclusively on a pay-per-use basis. Silvaco will not sell licensed copies of the Quest tool but instead will offer it only online at $15 per use.
California Micro Devices issues earnings warning
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12/28/2000   Post a comment
California Micro Devices Corp., Milpitas, Calif., said today that it expects revenues for its third fiscal quarter ending December 31 to be 8-10% lower than its second quarter revenues of $16.1 million and that earnings would be 10-20% lower than analysts' estimates of 14 cents per share.
Ibis licenses IBM's process for new series of SOI wafers
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12/28/2000   Post a comment
DANVERS, Mass.--Ibis Technology Corp. here today announced it has licensed IBM Corp.'s patented process for silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers using separation by implantation of oxygen technology, known as SIMOX. IBM's process employs a modified low-dose process to produce SIMOX-SOI wafers.
IBM licenses SOI technology to Ibis
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12/28/2000   Post a comment
Ibis Technology Corp, Danvers, Mass., today said that it has licensed from IBM the right to manufacture and sell SIMOX-SOI(Separation by IMplantation of OXygen / Silicon-On-Insulator) wafers, using IBM's proprietary SIMOX process, to IBM and to all Ibis customers.
AXT to discontinue laser diode business
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
AXT, Inc., Milpitas, Calif., a manufacturer of compound semiconductor substrates and optoelectronic devices, today announced that it will discontinue its laser diode and consumer product lines in 2001 in order to focus on its core businesses.
ASE chairman gets jail sentence for real estate deal in Taiwan
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. today reported that its chairman, Jason C.S. Chang, has been sentenced to six years in jail for allegedly falsifying documents in a real estate deal several years ago, prior to joining ASE.
Analog Devices' decoder gets Dolby certification for surround-sound format
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. this week announced certification of its Melody audio decoder chip set by Dolby Laboratories Inc. for the new Dolby Surround Pro Logic II format.
Valence completes Telcordia lithium-ion battery patent takeover
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
Valence Technology, Inc., today announced that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act with respect to the company's acquisition of all of Telcordia's Bellcore lithium-ion polymer battery intellectual property rights.
TI introduces ADC supporting 8 input channels
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc has introduced a highly-integrated delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC) from the company's Burr-Brown product line, which features 24 bits of no missing code (NMC) performance, operates from 2.7V to 5.25V, and consumes less than 1mW of power, according to TI.
TI's 24-bit ADC packs eight-channel multiplexer, programmable gain amplifier
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Texas Instruments Inc. today claimed unmatched integration and performance in a new 24-bit analog-to-digital converter that features an eight-channel multiplexer, programmable gain amplifier, input buffer, burn-out current sensor, dual independent current DACs, and other functions for measurement and control applications.
Magnetic memory tests show impact of thin-film control on read speeds
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
TORONTO--Micromem Technologies Inc. here said its nonvolatile magnetic memory technology performed favorably in recent tests performed by Honeywell International Inc.'s Federal Manufacturing & Technologies unit. The tests also underscored the relationship of thin-film process control with read speeds of the nonvolatile memories, according to the Canadian company.
San Diego-based REMEC buying RF assembly/test firm in Philippines
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO -- REMEC Inc., a publicly-traded supplier of high-frequency subsystems here, announced it plans to acquire Pacific Microwave Corp., a device assembler and testing house in the Philippines. Privately-held PMC specializes in backend production and testing of radio-frequency (RF), microwave, and millimeter-wave gallium-arsenide (GaAs) devices, subsystems, and boards for broadband wireless applications.
Another blackout hits Taiwan chip makers; UMC reports generator fire
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- A power outage struck semiconductor manufacturers here Monday evening, causing some wafer fabs to shut down equipment temporarily and other frontend processing lines to switch over to backup generators for a couple of hours, according to authorities in Hsinchu.
Remec acquires microwave component maker in Philippines
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12/26/2000   Post a comment
Remec, Inc., San Diego, announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire for cash Pacific Microwave Corp. (PMC), a privately-held microwave electronics manufacturing company located in the Philippines. PMC has approximately 850 employees, including microwave engineers, technicians and assemblers.
Japan's Ulvac rolls out wafer cleaning system
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12/22/2000   Post a comment
METHUEN, Mass. -- Ulvac Technologies Inc. here has expanded its semiconductor equipment portfolio, announcing a new, low-cost cleaning system for 6- and 8-inch wafer fab applications. The new system, dubbed the Enviro Advanced Dry Strip System, is a multi-chamber, single-wafer photoresist stripper and polymer-removal tool that incorporates both microwave downstream and low-energy plasma.
Zilog cuts workforce by 7%, reduces revenue forecast
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12/22/2000   Post a comment
Zilog, Inc. today announced that it will cut 7% of its workforce due to slowing demand for its products. The chip company expects fourth quarter revenues to decline approximately 15% from the third quarter, while first quarter 2001 should decline approximately 10% from the fourth quarter.
Singapore's STATS lowers forecast for next two quarters
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12/22/2000   Post a comment
SINGAPORE -- Citing a slowdown in its IC-packaging, assembly, and test businesses, Singapore's ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. (STATS) has lowered its sales and profit forecast for at least the next two quarters. STATS late yesterday announced that its sales for the fourth period will be flat, compared to third quarter revenues of $90.5 million. Previously, the company projected sequential growth of 8% to 10%.
Zilog cuts staff by 7%, weighs sale of fab
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12/22/2000   Post a comment
CAMPBELL, Calif. -- Zilog Inc. here announced it is cutting 7% of its 1,300-member work force as it wraps up a sluggish fourth quarter that saw revenue plunge 15% from the third quarter.
Actel offers space-class FPGAs with radiation hardened latches
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12/22/2000   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Actel Corp. here said it is introducing the industry's first field-programmable gate array series with radiation hardened latches for space applications. The new antifuse FPGAs eliminates the need for triple module redundancy (TMR), which is used in programmable logic devices that do not have radiation hardened latches, said the company.
Vishay's Q4 earnings will fall below expectations
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12/22/2000   Post a comment
Hit by customer order cancellations and extended deliveries, Vishay Intertechnology Inc., Malvern, Pa. announced that net sales for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2000, would be 5 to 7% lower than the $670,000,000 record high shipments in the third quarter of 2000.
2000 update to chip roadmap stirs controversy
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12/22/2000   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. — Recognizing that semiconductor process technology is changing faster than envisioned only a year or two ago, the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) has posted a 2000 update to its Web site (see http://public.itrs.net). But there is disagreement on how long the accelerated pace will continue, since troublesome delays in lithography now appear likely.
Ravisent chip chosen for Microsoft's Xbox
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12/22/2000   Post a comment
Ravisent Technologies Inc., Malvern, Pa., e Friday became the latest chip vendor selected by Microsoft Corp. for the upcoming Xbox electronic game console.
August's 300-mm inspection system handles up to 43 wafers per hour
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12/22/2000   Post a comment
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.--August Technology Corp. here this week rolled out what the company says is a complete solution for automated inspection of 300-mm wafers, with the capability of handling up to 43 substrates per hour.
ASM, German chip center collaborate on SiGeC fab processes
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12/22/2000   Post a comment
BILTHOVEN, the Netherlands -- ASM International N.V. here announced an exclusive technology agreement to commercialize epitaxy processes for silicon-germanium carbon (SiGeC) processes developed by the Innovations for High-Performance Microelectronics center in eastern Germany.
Brooks Automation acquires distributor of fab software in Japan
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12/22/2000   Post a comment
CHELMSFORD, Mass.--Brooks Automation Inc. here announced the purchase of its Japanese distributor of wafer fab automation software to increase its presence in the marketplace. The transaction transfers "substantially all" of the assets of Daifuku Co. Ltd.'s business unit to the Brooks Automation-Japan subsidiary, said the Chelmsford-based company.
ST opts for phase-change memory
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12/22/2000   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is to start work on a joint development project with US-based Ovonyx to build non-volatile memories based on a technology derived from that used in rewriteable CDs.
Microtune bucks industry trend, holds to revenue forecast
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
Microtune, Inc., Plano, Texas, said today that based on quarterly results to date, the company believes that its guidance for fourth quarter 2000 revenue remains in line with the revenue guidance provided during the company's most recent quarterly earnings conference call. On that call, the company increased guidance for the fourth quarter from a consensus estimate of $17.5 million to a range of $21 million to $22 million in revenue.
Silicon foundry business to grow 18% to 20% in 2001, analyst says
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Despite what appears to be a major downturn in the silicon foundry business, the industry will show steady growth in 2001, said Joanne Itow, who tracks the area for Semico Research Corp. of Phoenix. In fact, Itow has not revised her original forecast for the silicon foundry business for 2001, in spite of some uncertainties in the market.
Alliance Semiconductor sharply cuts revenue forecast
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
Alliance Semiconductor Corp. today reduced its revenue guidance for the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2000, and now expects that third quarter revenues will be flat or up 2% sequentially from the $64.5 million reported in the fiscal second quarter ended September 30, 2000. Prior revenue projections in October anticipated sequential quarterly revenue growth of over 20%.
Malay foundry gambles on growth forecasts
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
KUCHING, Malaysia -- Bringing high tech to a Borneo outback better known for logging than logging on, a dedicated foundry plans to mass-produce quarter-micron devices on 8-inch lines by early next year. 1st Silicon Sdn. Bhd. (1Si) is one of two Malaysian foundries ramping up the 0.25-micron lines. But while the second fab, Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., sits in an established technology enclave in Kulim in the north of Malaysia, 1Si's lines are in Sarawak, an hour's flight from Penang's packagin
Virata revises forecast; stock price plummets
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
Virata Corp. said slack demand for its Helium devices will trigger lower-than-forecast revenues and earnings for its fiscal third quarter ending in December and its fourth quarter ending in March.
STMicro to apply Ovonyx's thin-film technology to nonvolatile memory
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics here today announced plans to collaborate with Ovonyx Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., to jointly develop thin-film nonvolatile memory technology for a range of chip applications. The R&D partnership aims to apply Ovonyx's memory technology to STMicroelectronics' processes for nonvolatile storage in microcontrollers, memory chips and other ICs.
Samsung stacks NAND flash, SRAM in package for 3G cell phones
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced it is sampling a multi-chip package device that stacks a 64-megabit NAND-type flash memory chip and an 8-Mbit SRAM together for use in third-generation (3G) cellular phones. Wireless handsets currently have 16-Mbit or 32-Mbit NOR-type flash memory built-in, but the wireless Internet access capabilities of 3G phones necessitates an increased flash memory capacity, said Samsung.
Toshiba, Infineon to develop ferroelectric RAM for cell phones
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. here and Infineon Technologies AG in Munich today announced a development agreement to commercialize nonvolatile memory chips using ferroelectric technology. Under the pact, Toshiba and Infineon said they will initially create a 32-megabit ferroelectric random-access memory (FeRAM) for use in cellular phones. The FeRAM will be aimed at replacing NOR-based flash memories and SRAMs now used in cell phones, said the two companies.
STMicro in licensing, development deal for non-volatile memory technology
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics today announced that it has signed an agreement with Ovonyx Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., under which ST will license Ovonyx's thin-film non-volatile semiconductor memory technology. The two companies will also establish a joint development program.
SEMI's equipment index drops as orders, shipments fall
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Orders for chip production systems fell 8% in November from October and tool shipments dropped 5% in the month as the book-to-bill ratio for North American suppliers eased back to 1.12, according to the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade group.
Samsung unveils multi-chip package device for 3G mobile phones
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics is sampling a multi-chip package device that stacks a 64Mb NAND-type flash memory chip and an 8Mb static random access memory (SRAM) chip together for use in third generation (3G) mobile phones.
Micron sales fall 30% from prior quarter due to weak DRAM demand
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12/20/2000   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho -- Micron Technology Inc. today reported a 30% sequential drop in net sales to $1.8 billion in the company's fiscal first quarter, ended Nov. 30, compared to $2.6 billion in the prior three-month period. Micron said the lower revenues resulted from a drop in memory shipments and a 10% decline in average selling prices for chips.
Chartered Semiconductor warns of slower Q1 growth
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12/20/2000   Post a comment
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing today reiterated its earlier earnings guidance for the fourth quarter 2000, but warned it may not meet growth expectations for the first quarter of 2001
Chip sales slide 30% at Micron from previous quarter
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12/20/2000   Post a comment
Micron Technology, Inc., Boise Idaho, today reported net income of $352 million, or 58 cents per share, diluted, on net sales of $1.8 billion for its first fiscal quarter of 2001, ended November 30, 2000.
Dense-Pac's new 3-D package bundles DSP, SRAM, timing device
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12/20/2000   Post a comment
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- Dense-Pac Microsystems Inc. this week rolled out at new three-dimension chip-packaging format that combines digital signal processors with other devices. The new DSP HeLP-Stack is part of a new series of 3-D packages that will combine dissimilar devices in a three-dimensional assembly, said the company.
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